I’m Over It

Craig James | October 5, 2020

I’m over it.

I’m over the nonsense, the nastiness and the folks in the outdoor community who are just plain rude and lack good raising.

A couple days ago, I’m scrolling through Facebook and I come across a GON story about Travis “T-Bone” Turner of the Bone Collector TV show killing a big Georgia buck in Troup County.

As I began to read the story, I couldn’t help but be excited and proud for T-Bone, a celebrity hunter who has stayed true to his roots and is about as down to earth a fellow as you’re gonna find anywhere. Not to mention he’s a good old Georgia boy.

Then I read some of the comments, things like that the buck was taken in a high fence, or that “us poor folks can’t kill deer like that, how much did he pay for that one?” The list of negative comments went on and on and on.

The sad thing is that this same thing happens on nearly every hunting and fishing post that hits social media these days. To me, it’s downright disgusting.

My mama told me a long time ago that if I didn’t have anything nice to say, then I shouldn’t say anything at all. Now I’m just a simple country boy, but thank the Lord that one stuck with me.

My question to some of you is why? Why be nasty? Is it because you’re jealous? Or do you find the “courage” only because you’re hiding behind a keyboard? I’d guess that the large majority of the negative comments I routinely see would never be said to someone face to face.

You don’t have to agree with or support anyone. For the sake of goodness, just keep on scrolling if you don’t like something. One swipe and it’s gone forever.

Newsflash! No one cares about your negative opinion or what you think about someone else’s deer.

If you don’t like what I’ve said here, and it makes you a little angry, maybe reread it. You might just be part of the problem.

It’s disgusting to me when I see one sportsman putting down another, especially in front of thousands of people online. It’s time that we either say something nice or keep our mouths shut.

I’m over it.


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  1. rikeep on October 8, 2020 at 10:39 am

    Amen, brother!

  2. B. Cartwright on October 6, 2020 at 7:42 pm

    I can’t speak specifically about the T-Bone buck but I’ll say this:

    There’s nothing “sportsmanlike” about shooting deer that are trapped in a high fence.
    There’s nothing “sportsmanlike” about shooting deer that you’ve basically trained to come to your feeder or bait pile.
    There’s nothing “sportsmanlike” about paying a guide $10,000 to stick you in a blind that he built next to a food plot he planted so you can shoot the deer that are trapped in the high fence that he built.

    None of the above scenarios require one iota of skill or effort. All the “sportsman” does in any of those cases is makes the shot.

    Flame Away!

    • CSully312 on October 11, 2020 at 2:21 pm

      Who said T-Bone killed his in a pen? Just because a hunter is able to afford to pay for a guide to find and feed a deer just like most hunters do as in food plots, corn piles, or whatever else that you may use to attract deer to your property doesn’t matter does it?? I DEFINITELY DO NOT AGREE WITH HUNTING TAME DEER IN A PEN AT ALL but if it’s a free range deer then there’s not much a “SPORTSMAN” hunter can say about it unless they are jealous or just being a <—3 about it in my opinion. True enough there is no sport in killing a animal that is in a pen but if there’s no high fences then it’s FAIR GAME..”Sportsman” don’t get jealous when they can’t practice the same techniques as some of the ones who have money and can afford to pay guides to feed deer for them..We figure out a way to grow the deer we have the privilege of hunting ourselves “BIGGER”

  3. CSpeegleJr on October 6, 2020 at 2:43 pm

    Couldn’t agree more. I’d like to add to it, shame on the adults who trash our new hunters who kill their 1st deer and they don’t believe it was a shooter.

  4. CSully312 on October 5, 2020 at 11:50 pm

    I totally agree 100%!!! Instead of being proud of our fellow Georgia hunter for bagging a big buck we have all these damn jackals acting like a bunch of immature A~Holes. Congrats T~Bone!!! You make us West Georgia true sportsman proud!!!! Thanks for everything you and Waddle do and have done for all the hunters around this country!!!

  5. bigred41 on October 5, 2020 at 8:09 pm

    Good job Craig. My problem is that I’m too old to use all the goodies out there now to hunt with. I started hunting in Fayette county in 1978 when there were no deer, no corn, no cameras, no 4 wheelers, no drones and hunters had to hunt. I continue to hunt but it’s not the same.

  6. ShawnLumsden on October 5, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    Preach brother!!! Couldn’t agree more!!!

  7. AllanS on October 5, 2020 at 11:17 am

    I think you are spot on. I also think that the people who don’t say anything or say something positive far out number the tiny few that must comment negatively. I would guess it is 1000 to 1 or more. I too have a hard time ignoring the few negative twits but I think ignoring them is the way to handle them. The only reason they comment is for attention.

  8. drewskyc on October 5, 2020 at 10:19 am

    100% agree. I think when people talk trash about other people’s catches or kills its just pure unadulterated jealousy.

  9. msdins on October 5, 2020 at 10:16 am

    Very well said sir, I couldn’t agree more.

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