A blond lawyer who loves nothing more than hunting waterfowl and deer has defended her controversial lifestyle.
Nikki Tate, from Dallas, Texas, posts pictures of herself posing with her kills — including deer, ducks and hogs — on her Instagram page.
Other striking shots show the attorney skinning her catches, posing with her gun and her friends and enjoying social time when she is not hunting.
And amazing video footage shows the 27-year-old’s husband Khris catch a duck in his hand when one flies right at him.
Nikki shares her hunting exploits with her 11k followers on Instagram @nikkitateoutdoors and claims there is no feeling that compares to hunting.
She said: “I became involved in hunting about 10 years ago when I went to my uncle’s ranch in South Texas.”
“It was then when I shot a bow for the first time. I loved the challenge, and given my athletic history and competitive personality, I instantly became addicted.”
“The very first time I hunted, it was the time of year where we could only kill bucks, and I saw over fifteen doe walk past me, some within 10 yards. I remember shaking the entire time.”
“I hadn’t pulled back my bow once, yet the adrenaline pumping through my body was unlike any sport I had ever played.”
“Ever since that moment, I have been hooked. I’ve hunted several animals, but my favorite by far is waterfowl.”
“I was always told to stay away from waterfowl hunting or else I would never go back to hunting anything else. Well, they were right.”
“I spend almost every weekend waterfowl hunting, but I do get a few deer hunts in a year to help fill the freezer.”
“I wouldn’t trade the early mornings, hard work, blood, sweat, (and yes, even tears), for anything.”
Nikki has killed coyotes, hogs, deer, ducks, geese and doves on her hunts, naming a 170-pound buck as her biggest kill.
It fed her family for almost six months, and the meat is one of the reasons why she hunts.
The others are conservation, predator control and camaraderie.
“We eat everything we kill, unless we are hunting predators,” added Nikki.
“My husband and I skin everything ourselves, and if we can’t eat everything, we donate it to organizations that are aimed at feeding the homeless.”
“We pride ourselves in only taking ethical shots, and work hard to make sure that it happens.”
“Hunting helps maintain animal populations at levels that are compatible with human life/activity.”
“For example, hogs are…