National Public Radio correspondent Tamara Keith went all the way to Mississippi to tag along with 15-year-old Magan Herbert on a deer hunt, in a story titled “For Some Girls, The Ultimate Goal Is To Kill A Buck.” Comments range from snarky to sniveling to “Atta Girl!” The story follows Magan from a cheerleading competition to a deer hunt, with her mom, Marcy.
I like how the story features the mom, too, and talks about how the Herbert family fills its freezer with free-range, healthy and organic venison for a year, just from a deer season. I wonder who the guy is that is whispering to her to put down her phone and take the shot.
Then, there are the comments, and thanks to J.R. Robbins at NRA’s Hunters’ Rights website for pointing out the diversity among comments. You’re always going to get nasty comments about hunting. A small percentage of the population does not approve. They sometimes write threatening personal comments, and I know of two women in the industry whose children have been threatened by animal rights’ lovers. So much for civility.
Please, though, do not misinterpret this next point, but aren’t there any young women in New York or other northeast states who hunt? Did NPR seek a young woman with a soft drawl for insidious purposes? Were they hoping for a redneck woman or what? What drew them from the studio in D.C. to the woods in Mississippi? Why not neighboring Maryland? And why a state that allows hunting over bait?
Believe me when I write that I do not look down on people with Southern drawls. In fact, we lived in rural Virginia and my two little boys attended a rural school and one day came home telling me about their friends’ daddies who went “bar hunting aboot the woods.” Later, we moved them to England and their accents changed again. By the time we landed in Southern California, they were accent mutts with extremely interesting vocabularies. In fact, we took Baby Boy back to Lincolnshire a couple of years ago, and it was like he was home again. He could understand everyone and well, he just fit in. Ordered bangers and mash and mushy peas on his chips. Could make change easily. Half pence? No problem.
What do you think? Do you think NPR purposely found a Southern girl to interview, just to bolster the image of hunters being ignoramuses from the South? I hope not.
Or as my Southern daughter-in-law would say, “Bless her heart, I hope she didn’t do that.”