I agree that there's people out there I don't like. But I dislike them under my breath. Since cam has turned in to the topic of this thread, I'll use him for an example. He hunts then makes stories and shows out of it and makes money doing so. If he's able to afford landowner tags every year, then good for him. It's clearly not a secret that he's hunting private land.rj, thanks for taking the time to respond.
"Everything is monetized these days" - yes it sadly is. But that doesn't mean I need to participate in it. Or at least, to the best of my ability. The monetization and commodification of everything is disgusting. I'm glad Matt R is giving a voice to those of us who are in the silent majority.
"People are making it look like hunters don't even like hunters." The hunting community is not a monolith. There are plenty of hunters whose approach I do not respect (like this Cam guy). I'm not going to compromise my values by keeping silent about a guy monetizing and commodifying killing animals. He's hurting the face of hunting, not me by disagreeing with him.
Hunting in America is not going away because only 2, 3, or 4% of Americans participate. But hunters should be at the vanguard of presenting the respectful and humane taking of a life, rather than the braggadocios, B&C fueled, profit driven model practiced by so many. As one friend said to me, "Boone And Crockett would serve the hunting community better if it took the name of the hunters off the lists, and made it just about the animal."
A guy who walks across the back forty, climbs a treestand, and bags a whitetail for his family is quantitatively different form a a self-promotional douche-bag on Instagram. Sometimes it's not as black and white as that example, but I'd liken it to the guy who said, "I don't know what pornography is, but I know it when I see it."
Randy does the same thing. But he hunts public land. He appeals to us as public land hunters. Most of us resonate more with Randy than we do with someone like Cam.
People can hate Cam for who he is, but I don't think it's necessarily fair to hate him for what he's doing. It's the same thing Randy does. They just go about it in different ways. They've both done guided hunts, they've both done unguided hunts. They've all made money doing both. As long as he's not breaking any laws or creating a ton of unethical hunters, I guess I personally don't see a issue.
Clearly if someone is breaking the law and poaching, that's a different story. 99% of hunters don't want to break any laws. Shitty people who break the law for content are likely to break the law even more when there's not a camera around. I wouldn't say it's a fair assumption to group "influencers" together because some have broken laws before.
There's plenty of bad apples out there, influencers or not, but I don't know any that are creating content with bad intentions.