Texan lawyer "hooked to hunting" claims people out there want to hunt her!
There's also incredible footage of her husband, Khris, catching a duck mid-air while it flies over them. Tate has 11 million followers on Ínstagram who eagerly await her next video or photo.
Nikki Tate is a lawyer from Dallas, Texas. When she's not fighting tough cases in the courtroom, Tate is out hunting in the wilderness with her family and close friends. Tate hunts deer, ducks, hogs and sometimes, predators.
The 27-year-old prides herself on being able to skin the catch as well. Pictures on her Instagram page show her hanging out with friends and family and their many catches.
There's also incredible footage of her husband, Khris, catching a duck mid-air while it flies over them. Tate has 11 million followers on Ínstagram who eagerly await her next video or photo. She goes by the name @nikkitateoutdoors on the social media site.
Tate told The Sun in an interview, "I became involved in hunting about 10 years ago when I went to my uncle's ranch in South Texas."
"It was then when I shot a bow for the first time. I loved the challenge, and given my athletic history and competitive personality, I instantly became addicted."
"The very first time I hunted, it was the time of year where we could only kill bucks, and I saw over fifteen doe walk past me, some within 10 yards. I remember shaking the entire time."
"I hadn't pulled back my bow once, yet the adrenaline pumping through my body was unlike any sport I had ever played."
"Ever since that moment, I have been hooked. I've hunted several animals, but my favorite by far is waterfowl."
"I was always told to stay away from waterfowl hunting or else I would never go back to hunting anything else. Well, they were right. I spend almost every weekend waterfowl hunting, but I do get a few deer hunts in a year to help fill the freezer. I wouldn't trade the early mornings, hard work, blood, sweat, (and yes, even tears), for anything."
Tate has named a 12-stone buck as her biggest kill. The meat lasted her family almost six months and is one of the reasons why she hunts. The others are conservation, predator control, and camaraderie.
She told The Sun:
"We eat everything we kill unless we are hunting predators. My husband and I skin everything ourselves, and if we can't eat everything, we donate it to organizations that are aimed at feeding the homeless. We pride ourselves on only taking ethical shots, and work hard to make sure that it happens. Hunting helps maintain animal populations at levels that are compatible with human life/activity.
For example, hogs are insanely overpopulated and can cause serious damage to agricultural products, fields, and other vegetation, which can harm livestock. We also hunt coyotes and bobcats for purposes of predator control.
I do occasionally enjoy a solo hunt (it's actually therapeutic), but hunting with my friends and family is what I enjoy the most. I have made so many memories in the duck blind and deer blind - from killing my first deer with my husband to watching my husband catch a duck in mid-air. I am also extremely lucky to have a few girlfriends who would rather sit in the blind instead of going to brunch."
Tate uses a 12 gauge semi-auto shotgun for duck hunting, a Ruger.270 rifle for deer hunting and an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle for predator hunting. Despite her best efforts to respect everyone else's beliefs and wishes, she has faced a lot of flak for putting up hunting pictures and videos. So much so that she has received death threats from people who don't believe in hunting.
She has even had articles written about her that condemn her actions and call her pictures on social media 'divisive'.
Despite all of the negative feedback she's been receiving from haters, Tate told The Sun:
"I pride myself in respecting others for their beliefs and practices, regardless of whether I agree with them. I hunt for food, conservation, friendship, and so much more, all of which are very important to me. If I can respect others' beliefs, values, and reasons (even those that involve human life and death), please respect mine.
"Most people love my hunting pictures and social media pages. I think people really appreciate the fact that I don't sugar coat anything. I am who I am and I am not going to change that. If I kill a deer in a sweat suit and it’s evident that I haven't showered in a few days, I am still going to post a picture with my deer. I'm hoping people are looking at the deer, anyway."
The lawyer will continue to hunt because that's what she loves doing. As long as she doesn't hunt an already endangered species, we doubt there will be any consequences for her actions. Either way, it isn't hurting anyone so it's fine.
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