A woman has fired back at critics who called her a “bad mother” for committing her two-year baby hunt – insisting that all other parents do the same to “normalize” the killing.
Stay-at-home mom Beka Garris, 31, from Ohio has been hunting since she was 10 years old – a hobby she now passes on to her daughter, Isabella. Beka spent so much time outdoors during her own childhood and would like to pass on this tradition.
Beka leaves before dawn and can easily take home a 200-pound white-tailed deer to feed the family. While hunting days with a toddler in tow can be a bit noisier, Beka and daughter Isabella have still managed to harvest both deer and rabbits.
Controversial: Mother-of-one Beka Garris, 31, is under attack for taking her two-year-old daughter Isabella on the hunt
Under attack: Ohio native says it’s important for parents to ‘normalize’ killing – and urges more people to introduce their young children to hunting
History: Beka has been hunting since she was ten, and she is determined to pass that hobby on to her daughter
Angry: Despite Beka’s insistence on normalizing the hunt, online critics have beaten her for her decision to introduce Isabella to the blood sport
Parents found Beka’s photos ‘shocking’ and criticized her for exposing her daughter to hunting at the age of two. However, this is not something that impresses Beka, who claims to continue the traditions of her ancestors.
“Each parent has the choice of raising their children as they see fit,” said Beka.
“Hunting with children of all ages is something our ancestors have been doing all the time. It is not something to be considered “shocking”.
“I choose to ignore what people are saying. The fact that my daughter likes to come with me only makes my decision to take her stronger. We like to spend time outdoors learning about nature.
“My dad is an avid hunter, so he started taking me when I was ten. Hunting and fishing became a big part of my childhood. Now during the open season we are going to spend a few hours in the forest at least a few times a week.
Handsfree: when she goes hunting and fishing, Beka carries Isabella on her back so she has both hands available for her bow
Food for thought: Beka hunts to provide food to her family and she also shows Isabella how to harvest the animals for meat, regularly posing her child with the dead creatures
Speaking out: “Exposing a child to nature and hunting at a young age will only help them create a stronger bond with nature,” Beka emphasized.
Purpose: Beka insists that eating freshly caught game is actually better for you than eating store-bought meat
“Hunting with my daughter can be shorter than if I went alone, because I want to make sure she stays entertained and comfortable in the weather.
Exposing a child to nature and hunting at a young age will only help them build a stronger bond with nature. They will be brought up because they think these activities are normal – as it should be.
“I refuse to apologize for teaching my child that food comes from the forest, water and garden.”
For Beka, hunting is more than spending time outdoors. Wild game is said to be better for your health compared to store-bought meat. Hunting can also help with population control conservation.
“It’s nice to know where your food comes from and knowing how much time and effort I put into hunting is a bit of a satisfaction,” said Beka.
Spreading a message: the hunter wants to inspire other parents to let their children hunt
Use: ‘We carry out clothing, skin and cut our animals into pieces. I keep the skull and some bones to bleach and make works of art, ”Beka revealed
Mother and daughter: “I refuse to apologize for teaching my child that food comes from the forest, water and garden.”
Defense: Beka insists that she be allowed to raise her child at her own discretion
Wild game is something you rarely find in a supermarket, and it’s both tasty and better for you. Conservation plays a big part in why I hunt too.
‘We work on clothing, skin and cut our animals into pieces. I keep the skull and some bones to bleach and make works of art. Feathers and skin are then stored to create a tapestry or clothing. Meat is cleaned, cut into pieces and then frozen for future meals.
“Some people may not understand what we kill in our house, but this shows respect for the animal. By creating something that you can view and remember, you will appreciate its beauty.
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“I hope to have inspired moms and dads to take their kids outside more.”