We’re getting pretty used to seeing Chad Mendez in the woods with a bow in one hand and a trophy rack in the other. However, what we aren’t getting used to is the negative feedback we’ve seen in the comments of Chad’s Instagram photos.
We just saw Chad get back from an elk hunt, where he successfully harvested another big bull with his bow. Like always, Chad snapped a few photos with his trophy, then posted them on his Instagram account:
Thank you old warrior. All your scars, cuts and punctures tell me u were a fighter. I’m so grateful to be able to feed me, all my friends and family with the amazing, lean protein u will provide us. I was able to sneak into 45 yards and send a perfectly placed arrow, watching him expire within seconds. I know there will be some of u that still don’t understand why I hunt. This is my grocery store. This is my food and I’m proud to be a hunter. Thank u Kade, Bladen,Cody and John for showing me around and helping on this trip! U guys r awesome! Now off to Canada to meet up with @thefever_ca for some archery deer hunting! #elk #bigbull #thankful #honored #meat #food #kuiu #hoyt #mtnops #alwayslethal #lethalproducts #traeger #finzandfeatherz #vortexoptics
Not long after posting, however, the comments started rolling in . . .
Some folks congratulated Chad on his accomplishment, while others were severely critical of him.
This is what we hate to see. Negativity cast on someone else for doing what they love in an ethical, respectful manner. The photo taken of Chad and his bull checks off every bullet point on the to-do list that goes into taking a respectful hunting picture.
Instead of getting in keyboard war, however, Chad’s somewhat subtle response to those nasty comments is pure awesomeness.
Read his response in the Instagram post below:
This may seem “graphic” to some of you, but this is real. This is what your dinner was before it was served to u on a plate or handed to you in a bag at the drive thru or turned into the food u feed ur cat or dog. It’s real food harvested by my own two hands. This is how I choose to feed myself and my family. I understand I’ll never win this battle with close minded humans, but most of us are fortunate enough to have a choice and this is mine. #iamahunter #thankful #elk #meat #godscountry #hatersgonnahate #ignorant #walkincooler