April Vokey has a special way with words when it comes to delivering a message.
As an outdoors personality in the fly fishing world, April Vokey is a master at delivering powerful messages. Vokey still spends her summers guiding for salmon in the Pacific Northwest; however, she has recently picked up hunting. For her, it’s more than just a hobby.
Hunting has a different meaning to each individual who picks up a gun or bow to pursue game. For Vokey, it’s a feeling that has rattled her core. Just read below and see what she posted on her Facebook page.
As an animal lover, this whole hunting thing has been very emotional. Never have I felt so attached to the food I eat, or to the food I see so often go to waste. I feel a responsibility to know where my food comes from, and to limit my grocery store shopping when there’s been an animal killed for my wellbeing.
It’s been hard. I’ve lost sleep. I’ve had to take some very deep looks into who I am as a person. Yet, I’ve still decided that this is for me, that I will still eat meat, and that I will always feel a connection to nature – the day that I can’t accept this, I will stick to eating fish… but I just don’t foresee that in the near future.
That’s not all. She continued on in the way only Vokey can.
Vic and Kath from OceanHunter Sportsfishing have taken me under their wings to open my eyes to this new world. Kath has fed me some of the most incredible meals made with wild game, and Vic has taught me how to gut and prepare an animal. I thought it would be one of the hardest things I’ve ever been a part of, but while he and I were doing the stuff so many of us try to pretend doesn’t happen, I kept asking myself, “would you still eat a pork burrito”? Why, yes I would. And until I make the decision not to, I choose to come to grips with the reality of where my food comes from, as well as all the pain, heartache, and hard work that goes along with it.
Vokey ended her emotional response below. This is what it’s all about.
I think I’ll always cry after a kill and I’m ok with that. I’m ready for it. You’ll never see me smiling and posing with an animal (this is likely the most graphic photo I will ever post), you’ll never see me sponsored by a hunting company (this time I’m keeping this sport as mine… there will be no career involved here. It’s so exhilarating to be just as excited over a sport as I was when I first got into fishing), and I will always respect that not everyone understands where I’m coming from (I’m sorry mom and dad) … but, for now, I’m still craving pork burritos. Didn’t see this one coming. Xo
As you just read, hunting has had a profound effect on April Vokey. For someone who has the passion she does for fishing, it’s no surprise that it has easily translated to hunting.
Thank you, April, for communicating how we all feel.