The 30-year-old mother, Rebekah Stephens, fell in love with hunting when she was just seven years old. It was her father who introduced hunting to her as he used to regularly take her along to expeditions.
A huntress has been receiving a few looks of disapproval from people after she revealed that she takes her 9-month-old daughter along with her on hunts and even has a custom hunting outfit for the baby when the set out on their expeditions. According to Daily Mail, the 30-year-old mother, Rebekah Stephens, from Ohio, fell in love with hunting when she was just seven years old. It was her father who introduced hunting to her as he used to regularly take her along to hunt until she finally adopted the traditional pass-time. Rebekah revealed that she sets out on these expeditions with just a bow and arrow.
It's during these trips that she takes her daughter along, and she's even brought her a 'cute' outfit to wear on the trips. "I hope that she loves to hunt and fish as I do; she already adores the outdoors," she said. Rebekah had her first hunt at a very young age of 10, and even before that, she grew up feeding on the spoils of the animals her dad would hunt. So, none of this was really unfamiliar territory to her.
She has hunted deers, turkeys, and rabbits over the years, and her largest kill has been a whitetail deer which weighed over 14th 4Ib. Like mentioned before, her choice of weapon is a bow and arrow. Rebekah tries to make use of the animals she hunts as much as possible, so she either eats them or uses them to be made into something like home décor or clothing.
The most important factor about all of this is that her passion for hunting hasn't diminished one bit, even after having a child of her own. Due to her hobby, some people have wished her ill-health, but Rebekah knows how to ignore such comments. "I was brought up in a small town in New Jersey and my father taught me how to hunt and fish at an early age," said Rebekah.
"Some people love it, yet others think it is too extreme and dangerous. Some have even wished ill on my life for taking my daughter hunting," she said. "I get quite a few anti-hunters saying things like, 'how would you like it if someone hunted you and your baby' and other things along the lines of, 'how can you teach an innocent baby such horrible things like hunting?'. I try not to let it bother me; it can be tough at times, but strangers online don't know me, so really cannot judge me."
She explained she felt grateful to her father for encouraging her to get outdoors, and said, "Even at a young age I was obsessed with the outdoors and took to it even more than my brothers. I'm extremely thankful to have a dad who thought girls could hunt too. As a little kid, I knew it simply as a way of putting food on the table; we didn't buy beef, we always had deer meat. As I got older, I saw it as a way to escape the outside world and relax."
"I love everything about hunting, but I've always loved being outdoors. It's peaceful and I see so many things in the woods that others never get to see. I'm also providing food for myself and family. Lastly, money from my hunting license goes towards funding conservation," she added while mentioning that her most recent hunt was a turkey. "You can only hunt when it's daylight, but I get up extremely early so I'm there before daylight and the turkeys don't see me walking into the woods," she explained.
"We had to be there before daylight, so I got my daughter up early, fed her and drove to the spot we were hunting. We had a ground blind (tent) set up to sit in and wait. She did extremely well for an eight-month-old baby and was very quiet the whole time, for five hours," she added. Rekha added that she has one thing to say to people who judge her and that's "There is always much respect in taking a life. If you haven't been in my shoes and lived this lifestyle, you really can't judge what is best."