Unless I’m reporting from the field, I generally try to keep my personal life off the pages of Game Trails Online.
But over the past two days I’ve experienced some things I feel should be shared publicly.
I lost a friend on Sunday.
Chance Stavinoha was killed in a motorcycle accident in San Antonio. He was a buddy of mine from way back in my Boy Scout days and although I hadn’t seen the guy in over a decade his passing bothers me greatly. He was the same age of me and leaves behind three boys ages 10, 16, and 18.
This morning I awoke to moderate over 100 hateful, vulgar, insulting comments aimed at one of our posted Trophy Pics. Or rather the hunters in the picture. As of the time of this writing the number has hit close to 400. That’s a lot of hate. A lot of wishing someone dead. A lot of promises to kill someone if and when you see them.
The third item I’d like to share is the above-pictured handout. My 12-year-old daughter brought it home from her first day of seventh grade. Although I strongly agree with the message, I’m not entirely sure when “Hunting” became the definition of unacceptable behavior.
Maybe someone at the school office can explain it to me tomorrow.
So why am I sharing all this?
For this reason: Life is short. Too short. Too short to go through life spewing hate and threatening people just because you disagree with them. If we allow that then what we love gets twisted into something it’s not. Hunting is not the definition of bullying.
Just my thoughts.