MUCC Resolution Tackles Cyber-Bullying and Hunter Harassment

Rob Miller (pictured) and Patricia Doherty introduced the resolution to combat cyber-bullying and hunter harassment Rob Miller (pictured) and Patricia Doherty introduced the resolution to combat cyber-bullying and hunter harassment
Technology allows innovations in all sorts of fields, but anti-hunters have been quick to use technology for hunter harassment. There have been many recent media stories of anti-hunters cyber-bullying hunters, especially young female hunters.
At this summer’s annual convention, though, the members of Michigan United Conservation Clubs passed a resolution to attack these anti-hunting threats head-on, continuing MUCC’s role as defender of the rights to hunt, fish and trap in Michigan since 1937.
If you hunt and get online occasionally, you’ve probably heard of Kendall Jones, the Texas cheerleader who, after posting pictures of a successful African lion hunt, was bombarded by anti-hunting cyber bullies, including one who made a Facebook page titled Kill Kendall Jones. She has showed remarkable perseverance in continuing to promote hunting through her own Facebook page and setting the record straight about what hunters do for conservation. For more on Kendall Jones, read Will Brantley’s excellent column here on
Here in Michigan, though, we have our own cyber-bullying situation.  An 18-year old bear hunter, Audrey Niemi, posted a picture of a successful hunt with her dad on her Facebook page, after which she was harassed online. This extended into “real” life when people even called her place of employment and a cyber-bully tried to find her address through a Facebook group.
And pretty much anyone who was involved with the Citizens for Professional Wildlife Management petition drive has received threats and tidings of doom from radical anti-hunting internet trolls, though often it’s the same one posting under different anonymous names.
In light of situations like this, Michigan United Conservation Clubs members passed a resolution at this year’s Annual Convention to crack down on cyber-bullies harassing hunters, anglers and trappers, with even tougher penalties for those who cyber-bully hunters younger than 18. While there are both cyber-bullying and hunter harassment laws in Michigan, the resolution calls for updating Michigan’s hunter harassment laws to recognize the internet as a new medium for anti-hunters to harass hunters. This resolution was introduced by Rob Miller, of the Bowfishing Association of Michigan and the MUCC Wildlife Committee, and Patricia Doherty of the Huron Pointe Sportsmen’s Association.
Michigan United Conservation Clubs has been protecting the rights to hunt, fish and trap since our founding in 1937. Back then, no one could have imagined the internet, let alone imagine that it would be used as a forum for radical activists to attack people for participating in our outdoor heritage. But no matter what technology anti-hunters latch on to in the future, MUCC will continue to lead the effort to protect our rights to hunt, fish and trap in Michigan!

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