I got in a little trouble yesterday (from my lovely wife) for posting a photo of a successful guest with his first bear that he had ever shot, which happened to be bloody from being shot – go figure. We have mutually decided to try to “cater to bear hunters”, since I am an avid hunter, and this combination could boost our bookings in May, when bookings are few and far between. Incidentally, I believe that the month of May could be full with bear hunters in a few years, but that is beside the point. We are just beginning this new promotion, with my real life photos – that is, the guys I have actually taken out who have killed bears, and they are few (I just started doing this last year). But hey, we are 3 for 3 with hunters who have gone, all harvesting bears. All using the meat. All enjoying rugs and skulls and claws. That’s 100%, a trend I want to keep going, and I am proud of it! Back to the issue: I used a photo of one happy customer, because it’s what I’ve got. Some animal lovers, vegetarians, or people who are squeamish about blood may not like this. Can I do better trying to be sensitive to them (primarily for my wife, who is concerned about this)? Yes, I can. But as a mental health professional, I can also tell you that trying to be a people pleaser promotes fear and anxiety – and thats what “trying to be politically correct” causes. to quote Hall and Oates from the 80’s, “I can’t go for that, no, no – no can do.” It’s called “self-care” and that’s how I take care of myself. So what are we to do? There are three choices. #1: If you dig bear hunting like me and my friends, and many, many Alaskans who hunt and fish for a living/ do sustenance harvesting as part of their primary food (and lets face it, stuff bleeds, it doesn’t magically appear on our table) – then dig it, like it, share it, follow it, comment, etc.! You are my blood brothers and sisters according to Uncle Ted. #2: Follow me and read my blog with some selectivity. What I am going to be talking about and sharing in photo and video is ALWAYS in the title. If it’s bear hunting or fish snagging – simply ignore. OR, choose to focus on the gorgeous surroundings, and the happy hunter, and the bear, and imagining what that experience must have been like (rather than focus on all that blood). That’s simple enough, right? #3. Unfollow me. Don’t read my blog. But please don’t be a hater (which only hurts you). I respect your right to be vegan, animal lover, non-hunter, squeamish about blood, or whatever. That’s up to you, and I won’t waste my emotional energy worrying about it. In return, will you do the same for me? Just keep in mind that you will be missing out on tons of REALLY GOOD STUFF, because I blog scenery, wildlife, natural things, whales, sea otters, puffins, clients enjoying a great time in the outdoors, etc. almost every day (and dead bears only a few times a year), and you will be missing out on some good stuff. Like this for instance: a guest came down from Anchorage a few days ago, and photographed this beautiful momma brown bear with her year-old cubs. Live bears. No blood. YOU could be enjoying this on your drive from Anchorage down to Homer, Alaska, and Majestic View Bed & Breakfast. Enjoy! 🙂
PS. I think she’s radio collared. Though I can’t actually see the radio collar, I can see the tell-tale ring around her neck. I’ve seen this my whole life with whitetail deer, moose, and black bear. What do you think?