Mom blasted by trolls for ‘raising a murderer’ as she takes her one-month-old baby out HUNTINGJanuary 25, 2021
A WOMAN who began having contractions while she was out hunting now takes her month old baby shooting – despite online trolls accusing her of raising a murderer.
Gabrielle Shaker, 27, of Pennsylvania, had a love for the outdoors that soon developed into a hunting hobby, after she met her husband Cody.
The physical therapist enjoyed athletics during her school career but later swapped sprinting for shooting, after her first hunting trip in December 2010.
Gabrielle now takes her newborn baby boy, Rhett Lee, along with her to make the most of the hunting season – although not everyone agrees with her parenting style.
"I don't care what they have to say, as they don't know hunting like I do and it's my life, not theirs," she told the Daily Mail.
Gabrielle explained, "I was only fifteen years old when I met my now husband, Cody and although he used to go out hunting, I was more interested in athletics – until I realised I wanted to do a sport that got me outdoors more."
Gabrielle described shooting her first pheasant as "liberating", after watching Cody, and enjoyed how long they spent outdoors together.
"I heard the rifle and saw a deer topple to the ground, which didn't bother me as much as I thought it would, so I decided to have a go to see what it was all about.
"As I held the shotgun, I aimed it at a pheasant and took my shot – it was liberating and right in that moment, I knew I was hooked."
Since her hunting hobby began, Gabrielle has hunted squirrels, bears, deers, turkeys, pheasants and even a 150-pound whitetail dear.
Gabrielle and Cody desperately wanted to complete their hunting household and start a family, and began IVF treatment in February 2019 after trying unsuccessfully for three years.
"Although hunting gave me something to do, I desperately wanted to start a family and knew that I couldn't keep distracting myself from the fact that something was wrong, as it just wasn't happening for us," she said.
After just one round, the couple were ecstatic to find out Gabrielle was pregnant.
"I couldn't believe that the IVF took so quickly, but we were overwhelmed with excitement and couldn't wait to start the next chapter of our lives together."
The newborn began his hunting journey long before his mother gave birth to him – she had to give up the next hunting season, but Gabrielle prepped for archery season in her first trimester and first experienced contractions on her first hunting shoot while pregnant.
She prepped for the hunt by hiking between two and six miles every evening, even though loved ones raised concerns about her travelling into the woods so far along in her pregnancy.
"As I was having contractions on and off throughout the whole day, I was apprehensive about going – but it was my first day going on a hunting shoot whilst pregnant and I didn't want to miss out on the season whilst I could still hunt.
"My intuition kept telling me that I would be fine, so I listened and decided to hike up the side of a mountain, where I came face-to-face with a turkey – I aimed up my shotgun and pressed the trigger."
She hunted her first ever solo turkey, and just two weeks later Rhett Lee arrived when she was induced on December 3, 2020.
"I couldn't believe that I was a mother and wanted to spend every minute of the day with him," she exclaimed.
Yet she soon missed her hunting hobby and didn't want to waste the rest of the hunting season – so took her son along with her, just six weeks later after giving birth.
The newborn dons earmuffs and a padded coat and is strapped around his mother as they search woodlands for small game, such as squirrels.
"As I strapped him around me and placed his little earmuffs to protect his ears, I felt a new sense of safety and couldn't wait to get out into the woods.
"After a few hours in the woods, we decided to head home and as it was such a success, we started prepping for next season in May 2021 right away," Gabrielle said.
"I hope that by taking Rhett out at such a young age, will help him to develop a love for the outdoors, as well as hunting and that he follows in our footsteps when he's older."
She claims to receive a lot of support for her questionable online content, and doesn't let negative remarks affect her.
"I know hunting isn't everyone's cup of tea, but I love getting to watch the sunrise and provide fresh meat for my family, as well as taking on the challenge that hunting brings."
Some have condemned her of raising her son as a murderer – but Gabrielle says "it's my life, not theirs" and blames it on the fact people "don't understand hunting like she does".
She continued, "Despite getting a lot of support from my family and friends, there have been a few negative comments from others who have seen my photos online, such as "why do you want your son to be a murderer?
"I do feel sad whenever I hunt, but I respect the animal and the life it's lived and that's the attitude of a true outdoorsman.
"I wish people would understand that they don't need to agree with my lifestyle, and just because they don't like it, doesn't mean I'm going to stop anytime soon.
'Hunting is a passion of mine now and there's no better feeling than being out in the woods with the ones you love, getting free-range meat that you can enjoy for months to come – it's fantastic."
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