Where Do You Draw the Line with Hunting Pictures?

A recent article in Outdoor Life asks a very good question: where do you draw the line with hunting pictures.

Some folks suggest we ought not show any blood at all--it will fuel the anti-hunting crowd, they say. I remember one interview with Keith Warren where he suggested not only removing blood and the animals hanging tongue, but even putting fake eyes from a taxidermist in to mask those dead eyes in the pictures!

I don't buy that. That crowd already has its collective mind made up. They aren't going to change it based on my pictures. And if you're trying to entice new hunters into the fold by pretending there's no blood in hunting, then they're in for a rude awakening.

On the other extreme, some folks post pictures of entrance wounds, bloody arrows and pierced hearts. I personally like those pictures. I share many of them in my YouTube videos, but I don't show them to everyone.

I believe the important consideration is "who is your audience?" I post my "trophy photos" on my personal Facebook page. All my friends, Facebook or otherwise, know I am an unapologetic hunter. But I don't post my bloody pictures on my personal Facebook page. I am happy to share them with the audience that appreciates that sort of thing--Facebook groups of hunters and YouTube viewers who appreciate hunt-specific photographic information. Even on the YouTube shows where I suspect almost all viewers know what they're getting into when they watch an episode of "Death by Bunjie," I usually still post a warning about graphic images at the beginning as a courtesy.

I know I personally LOVE to see entrance and exit wounds on deer. It's not a morbid curiosity. It's not that I like gore--I really don't and I refuse to watch "gory" movies. For me, this is research. It helps me further my knowledge of anatomy and lethal shots. It makes me a better hunter. It keeps me thinking about hunting. It gives me grounds for discussion with fellow hunters. It helps me better understand their hunting experience, and later interpret my own. It's awesome.

Similarly, I recently spined a doe in a hunt and had it on tape. I wrestled with the idea of whether to share that video. In the end, I think it is valuable to share that video with others. It further explains the hunt I experienced and might aid others faced with a similar situation in the future. It aids in the discussion on crossbow hunting. It's awesome.

So, for me, it depends on the audience. For the record, I'm a good audience for such pictures. Share your hunting pictures with me on our Facebook page--bloody or not--and you can see mine there as well (when I get lucky, that is).

You can read the Outdoor Life article here: http://www.outdoorlife.com/blogs/out-there/respecting-animal-where-do-you-draw-line-photos-hunt

Good luck out there and All Hail Bunjie!