Under just about every archery or bowhunting post on social media, you’ll find a critical comment not from an anti-hunter but from a keyboard warrior within our own ranks. And most times, the comment is rude, unnecessary, and even unfounded.
Some call-outs are valid. If an influencer is poaching, otherwise breaking the law, or claiming to be an expert but demonstrating false form or info that could harm others, by all means graciously admonish them — or alert the authorities.
But if what another archer or bowhunter shares is legal, ethical, and subjectively correct, keep the so-called “constructive criticism” to yourself. Just leave unsolicited feedback off social media.
Some people shoot small bucks. It’s not my cup of tea, but maybe they’re feeding a family, tagging their first deer, or simply don’t care about score.
Many hunters prefer to sit in a blind rather than climb a tree or run and gun. You can’t know their health limitations, legitimate fears, or property restraints.
Whether it’s tactics, trophy size, or choice in camo pattern, we don’t have to like what every other hunter does.
Snapshots on social media can’t tell you all the background info, demonstrate angles, or explain why archers make the choices they do. But no matter the reason, so long as it’s not illegal, it’s none of my business. And frankly, it’s none of yours either.
It’s easy to act high and mighty when hiding behind a screen. But chastising your peers usually doesn’t make them look bad — it reflects poorly on you.
Rather than wasting hours going after strangers, spend that time improving yourself. Send a few more arrows downrage or put boots on the ground scouting. Make yourself a better bowhunter.
And if you truly want to help other archers or bowhunters, become a mentor and share your knowledge instead of forcing your snarky opinions down the internet’s throat.