Life is sometimes full of surprises, and I just watched something highly unusual on the internet. This year at the “Sundance Film Festival” a very “pro-hunting” film was shown. Who would of ever thought they would see that in this day and age of anti’s and political correctness. It is a coup just to get your film excepted into this prestigious showing of movie magic!
Maria White’s film is entered into the short film category and is called “Debutante Hunters!” It’s about five women from Georgia who are industrious, beautiful, family oriented, and put game in their freezer on a regular basis. One pair of women consisted of a very competitive mother and daughter team. The film shows clips of them skeet shooting, as well as harvesting everything from doves to alligators.
The women talk about their love for the out-of-doors, and articulate the message about hunting and conservation going hand in hand. These women know what their talking about, and present their love of the hunt in a humble “not in your face” kind of way. They hunt with their moms, dads, husbands, and kids, and leave you with a strong sense of family camaraderie. They even have a scene with a cook out consisting of quail, venison, wild boar, and alligator. One of the women explains the nutritional benefit of wild game vs. store bought meat.
The film also takes you afield as these women hunt deer, wild boar, and turkeys. There are even a couple of kill shots, along with their reaction to the cycle of life. One women explains her feeling about killing, gutting, and skinning the animals she harvest. They are passionate about what they do, and I think the film is going to get allot of attention. Of course I certainly don’t think it will all be positive. In fact it might get down right “brutal” for these lady hunters, and the criticism that will certainly come their way. From what I saw in the film they can handle it. Hey if a few minds can be changed, and some of the anti-hunting rhetoric squelched a bit-that’s a good thing! No-matter what, I applaud the daring production of such a bold timely statement, and the message it brings to those who really “don’t have a clue!”