Kate Small Idaho nurse outdoor hunter trolled on social media after posting her kills on Instagram and insisting she hunts & kills ethically.
An Idaho nurse has received threats against her life after the makeshift hunter posted images of her kills on social media.
The threats against Kate Small along with threats against her baby daughter follows the mother posting images of her having killed bears, deer, hogs, wolves around her home area of Boise, as well as other places around the world, such as South Africa.
The 29-year-old then posts pictures on Instagram of her trophy kills as she poses with the dead carcasses. To date – @kate_small_outdoors – has accrued a following of over 27,000 on the social media platform.
The largest animal Small has ever hunted was a black bear which was over 6ft tall and weighed more than 350lb.
According to the nurse, her most ‘difficult’ kill was a wolf due to its heightened senses, speed and distance such animals can travel in a day.
Idaho nurse insists her kills are ethical:
Small, who has been hunting for around 10 years, mainly hunts with her fiancé, Justin, with the couple ‘one day’ hoping to introduce their daughter, Finley, to the ‘blood sport’.
Despite claims to the contrary, Small insists she hunts in an ‘ethical way’ and to only kill animals for food or ‘conservation’ along with urging more women to take part in hunting.
In one video the young mother posted online, Small brags about ‘dropping’ a bear during a hunt. In her post, Small stresses all her hunts are all legal.
Posted Small: ‘I like being able to know exactly where my food came from and not only that but working extremely hard to get it. I like being able to provide organic, nutritious meals for my family. This lifestyle also lets me create everlasting memories with my friends and family,’ she said.
‘Even if I am unable to harvest an animal, memories made on a mountain, battling the elements and being pushed to your limit are invaluable. It’s a true test of your inner strength and character.
‘I salvage as much of the animal as I possibly can. I always keep the head and hide for mounting. The meat is what we live off of, we butcher it ourselves and then we will eat it the rest of the year.
‘Aside from wolves, as they carry parasites that are dangerous to eat and the meat is bad, I don’t hunt anything I won’t eat. I never take an animal for fun, it’s for food or for conservation.’
Kate Small implores more women to go hunting:
In another post, Small implores ‘more women’ to get into hunting.
‘It’s that time again folks. Who wants to hunt side by side with Outdoor kate?
Must like share and tag another huntress!
Our goal is to get more women into the sport of hunting!
We want to teach safe hunting practices as well as hunting techniques. How to find deer trails, sign and how to pattern them.’
Needless to say- Small’s posts have led to her receiving an avalanche of condemnation, including death threats online, with some social media users going so far as targeting her one-year-old daughter as well as her pet dogs.
Added Small: ‘I have actually received thousands of death threats. People saying things I’d never wish on my worst enemy. I’ve had hundreds of people also threaten to rape and murder my one-year old daughter. I recall one person saying, ”I’m going to put your baby in a blender and listen to her scream”.
‘I’ve also had people say they are going to murder my dogs, which just doesn’t make any sense to me, you’re mad that I killed an animal, so you’re going to kill an animal.
‘For the most part I try to use education and explain why I do what I do but I must admit sometimes my sarcasm gets the better of me and I respond with humor. I usually laugh the death threats off, if you are threatening someone who hunts apex predators for a living, you mustn’t be very bright.’
Small claims hunting certain animals was less cruel than them dying from nature causes.
She said: ‘Those that I know who hunt, including myself, have an immense respect for animals and care deeply about them, that’s another reason why we do what we do.
‘Every year fish and game [authorities] comes out with new quotas specifying what and how many of each species in each particular area can and should be hunted. These quotas are based on scientific research to help keep the populations at their healthiest.
‘Hunting helps these animals combat spread of disease and competition for food. I know people think hunting is cruel, but it isn’t, you know what’s cruel? Mother Nature. Have you ever seen an elk get half eaten by wolves and suffer for hours while it slowly and painfully dies? Have you ever seen a mule deer gradually waste away and eventually die of starvation?
‘I don’t know about you, but to me a single shot to the vitals sounds like a much better way to go.’