By Jason Reid
Rochester, New York – -(Ammoland.com)- For any organization, finding the future leaders and volunteers is a critical component to carrying on the greater purpose of the organization.
As I sat with various leaders, writers and SCI members this past week, it was clear there is a concern. A concern for finding the next generation hunters to not just be SCI members, but to begin training and mentoring to carry the weight of communicating the value and traditions of hunting, here at home and abroad.
Kendall Jones, the huntress from Texas who has made a name for herself by professionally handling the direct attacks of anti-hunting movement head on, was a fellow attendee to 2015 Safari Club International Convention and one of the younger people to attend this years convention.
This year’s recipient of the SCI Young Hunter Award was able to take a few minutes along with her manager, Justin Cook, to expand on the conversation on handling the pressures of anti-hunting tormentors and being a leader to others who share a love of hunting. because it is not just enough any longer to talk about what is happening and talk about action.
First off, beyond the limelight, Jones is an authentic and sweet person. However her competitive nature, from years of athletic training is a part of what has made her successful in standing strong over the past months.
But how was she able to stand strong? There were multiple branches to her approach. According to Jones, having an immediate support system with her friends, family and management team. As a support system, this means always listening to each other and talking through the issue at hand. Flesh out the idea and building a response. Jones made note she and her family have been blessed to have received support and guidance from other members of the hunting industry.
Jones was quick to point out she ignores the hatred and refuses to take things personally. She knows she is in the right.
Justin Cook told me they gave her the option to back down quietly and not make a huge deal over the matters. However, Jones stuck to her guns and what she believed in, deciding to ignore the hatred. She also told me her best defense was to stick to factual information and not wavering from those facts.
However, over the past few days here at SCI I’ve learned, facts are not always flashy and don’t always make people feel good. Emotionally driven rhetoric is flashier and more attractive to those who have no tied interest to a particular point.
Yet, by sticking to the facts Kendall Jones has joined the other digital age huntresses in beginning to lead this new generation.
Looking into the future and how we can better support each other, “Building a larger industry support system for every hunter and huntress to be able to turn to for support is the next step in putting our foot down against anti hunting haters,” said Jones, “This is the lowest we will ever go as far as our response and standing up to anti-hunting torment, says Cook, we are entering a new age of response.”
To help usher in this new age of response, there are two things we need to remember.
“We need to remember to capture the fun we have before and after the hunt,” says Jones.
Then, expanding the way we chronicle the entire hunting experience is also something Jones and Cook where adamant must take place. Expand? Yes, right now we as hunters take the pictures of our journey preparing for and of our kill. Both Jones and Cook discussed how we need to make the supplying of meat, whether it is to local villages abroad or just for our own use, clear through our photos. The camera can no longer go away after initial success photos are taken.
After speaking with both Jones and Cook, the future of communicating hunting is bright, however it will look different. We will all have to adapt in order to spread the mission of our culture and look to the example which has been set my Jones and others to stand strong in the face of adversity and always remain professional.
About Jason Reid:
Jason Reid is a writer and business professional from upstate New York. After deciding to pursue his dream of becoming an outdoor writer, Jason started a blog from his dorm room at Houghton College, growing it and working hard to earn opportunities. While bowhunting big game is his ultimate passion, Jason welcomes all outdoor challenges which force him to push his limits. Jason’s work can be viewed on his website Pushingthewildlimits.com