As Western Journalism recently reported, renowned outdoorswoman Eva Shockey encountered some especially harsh criticism after bagging a 510-pound black bear during a hunting expedition.
“I’ve had 5,000-plus death threats in one day,” she asserted, including when at least one hunting opponent urged her to kill her pet dog instead of wildlife.
“Apparently hunting a bear, eating/donating all of the meat and putting money towards conservation is a bad thing,” she wrote on her Facebook page, “but killing my puppy is ok. If this logic isn’t totally insane, I don’t know what is.”
While some might take such threats as a cue to tamp down their public support for hunting, Shockey has since proven she is fully prepared to fight back against her detractors. Set for a limited run, the hunter has released a line of apparel bearing the defiant message, “I’ll never apologize for being a hunter.”
T-shirts and hooded sweatshirts are available during the two-week promotional period, which began with a goal of selling 1,000 units. With just under one week left, Shockey has already eclipsed that goal and is on pace to more than double it before the shirts are taken offline.
She shared a series of messages to her father, hunter and television host Jim Shockey, regarding the brisk sales of her unique product.
Shockey included a personal endorsement not only of the product itself, but perhaps more importantly the message it conveys.
“Show your hunting pride with this limited-edition super soft tee,” she wrote. “And never apologize for being a hunter!”