We all have some abilities and skills that we have picked up at young age, for instance for city child riding a bicycle is normal, and for a country child hunting and fishing is just a way of life and survival.
Rebekah Stephens is one of the children who learned how to hunt and fish at a very young age as in her family that was the way how there would be food on the table. She remembers that her family never bought beef, but for dinner they always had deer meat and for her hunting is a normal thing.
However, hunting is not attributed to women usually the men were the ones who enjoyed hunting and fishing, but this girl was a part of the hunting trips with her father and siblings and thus became interested in this sport. Her family survived on her father’s hunting trophies and it became a part of her life.
Rebekah is now 30-year old mom with 9-month-old baby, living in Ohio, but she never left her childhood passion, hunting. She takes her little baby with her on her hunting trips having her strapped firmly to her back, or front, while she shoots and kills animals for her family.
She fell in love with hunting when she was seven years old and liked it a lot so when she was old enough she went actively on hunting trips and managed to hunt deer, turkeys, rabbits, and even a 200+ pound whitetail deer, her biggest kill up to now.
This young lady says that even girls can have fun hunting too and she is grateful that her father introduced her to hunting at such an early age. She said:
“As a kid, I knew it simply as a way of putting food on the table. We didn’t buy beef, we always had deer meat. As I got older, I saw it as a way to escape the outside world and relax.”
Rebekah became a mother but motherhood was not an obstacle for her to continue her passion for hunting. She takes her daughter with her, Isabella, who is quiet all the time while she is outside enjoying the time spent with her mother and the fresh air. However, now as a mother Rebekah does not use the traditional hunting rifle but uses a bow and arrow for her kills. In this way she avoids any possible risks of hurting her baby.
She goes regularly into the woods with a bow, a quiver of arrows, camo gear, and a baby strapped to her back. The first hunting adventure with her daughter was when Isabella was 8-month old when together they have made their first hunt, a wild turkey. During this time Isabella “was very quiet the whole time, for five hours.”
Rebekah is an experienced and passionate hunter and in order to avoid creating waste she tries to use as much of the animals she kills. Aside the use of meat for food, she uses the kill for clothing, home décor, or protection.
Her hunting skills and practice have not been approved by many people and her actions have attracted a lot of negativity. She has received plenty of messages that condemn her hunting, especially when caring her baby, but Rebekah ignores them. Here are some of the comments:
‘“How would you like it if someone hunted you and your baby?’ ‘How can you teach an innocent baby such horrible things like hunting?’”
But, there were positive reactions of Rebekah’s hunting skills and her wish to continue with her passion although she has become a mother. The fact that she takes her child with her for many people is a way of showing how close she is with her child.
She stated the following regarding these positive comments:
“Hands down, the best comment was from someone who lets me hunt in their property. He said that he thought it was great I was getting my daughter involved in the outdoors at such a young age and that it was great that I hadn’t stopped doing what I was passionate about just because I had a child.”
“I hope that she loves to hunt and fish as I do; she already adores the outdoors. However, if she chooses not to hunt and fish, I will respect her decision.”
“There is always much respect in taking a life. If you haven’t been in my shoes and lived this lifestyle, you really can’t judge what is best. “