Profile looks at women hunters who "eat what they kill"

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The Second Amendment isn’t about hunting.

However, a lot of people on either side of the debate are hunters. They love going into the woods and taking down an animal. Further, most people who hunt actually eat what they kill. Contrary to what some may think–and this thinking does exist–they don’t kill an animal then leave it to rot.

As yesterday was International Women’s Day, a lot of websites featured women in various roles. There was nothing wrong with that. But a Texas website opted to highlight women who serve as influencers by hunting and eating the animals they harvest.

When Danielle Prewett and I talked, Instagram was down. There had been some sort of internal meltdown at Meta, and Instagram and Facebook were suddenly inaccessible. The outage was a minor inconvenience for most casual Instagram users, who use the app primarily as a way to distract themselves between meetings, to online shop, or to see what their ex has been up to. But what was it like for Prewett, a cook, blogger, hunter, and influencer (she doesn’t love that word, but we’ll get to that later) who has amassed a significant following on the platform and owes much of her success to it?

“What a relief, really,” she laughed, at her home outside of Houston. “The world needs a day off.”

Prewett, who is the wild foods contributing editor at the website MeatEater and founder of the food blog Wild + Whole, is at the forefront of a growing number of women touting the wonders of wild game on social media. Her Instagram—when it’s up and running—has over 118,000 followers, and is a mix of hunting photos and close-up shots of exquisitely prepared game. In one, she shows off an enormous slab of elk meat the size of a parking meter; in another, she shares videos of how she prepared some delicate squash blossoms.

While it’s by no means unusual to see women in the hunting and game space, the field remains largely male-dominated, both in terms of the audience and in the type of content that gets put out. “Most of the time you think of hunting as a very masculine thing,” Prewett says. “Their recipes tend to be burgers, poppers, or something fried. And so I wanted to make something practical that would be more universal, that’s not just geared to a man’s palate. I wanted to make this more approachable for a wider audience.”

I’d argue that much of the reason it’s a male-dominated space is simply because a lot of women don’t have an interest in hunting. That’s certainly fine, of course, so long as it’s their decision and not because someone told them they had no place as a hunter.

Then again, in my experience, telling a woman she can’t be a hunter is the fastest way to put her in a deer stand.

As for cooking wild game, well, who doesn’t want a good recipe for venison? (My dad used to simmer venison chops in red wine. Oh my God were they delicious.)

That, however, isn’t just a woman thing.

Frankly, I’m glad to see so many women stepping into this particular space. It may inspire more women to camo up and hit the woods, thus helping keep our hunting heritage alive and well.