A fashion influencer who fell in love with a hunter now shares their kills on social media – but her followers aren’t sure about her ‘disgusting’ new passion.
Influencer and blogger Kristyn Higdon, 28, from Lexington, Kentucky, was perhaps originally favoured by her followers for her lifestyle and fashion tips but over the past four years, Kristyn has interwoven a new passion of hers into her online content – hunting.
Both Kristyn’s father and grandfather are keen hunters too, but it was fiancé Chad, 33, who introduced Kristyn to hunting – and it’s an activity that’s bought the couple closer together.
Using a double tree-stand set up, the hunting duo have mastered their tag-team tactics but most of all, hunting provides them the chance to spend quality time together.
The influencer starting sharing pictures of her hunts in hope to help people see hunting in a different light, but says she was met with mixed reaction.
Influencer and blogger Kristyn Higdon, 28, from Lexington, Kentucky, was perhaps originally favoured by her followers for her lifestyle and fashion tips but over the past four years, Kristyn has interwoven a new passion of hers into her online content – hunting
The Instagram beauty was introduced to hunting by her fiancé Chad and said the activity has brought them closer together
Like many hunters, Kristyn is keen to show that hunting is an important act of conservation. Animal herds such as deer need culling in order to control population numbers. Without this control, the species’ available vegetation and habitat could be overwhelmed.
Supported by fiancé Chad, Kristyn continued to persevere and soon noticed a new flurry of responses. Whilst some remained skeptical others gained a new outlook telling Kristyn that they understood hunting in a way they didn’t previously.
Kristyn and Chad plan to continue their happy hunts for many years to come and are due to get married in December 2021.
‘I began hunting four years ago. It’s a passion that both I and my fiancé share,’ Kristyn said.
Kristyn said she mainly hunted deer, but also liked to hunt for turkeys with chad or her father during the spring, pictured
Kristyn with a deer but a hunt. The huntress said she is participating in the conservation effort because deer need culling
‘Just this year, we hunted a double tree-stand setup together and I harvested a buck which was awesome. It’s also something I get to do with my dad and papaw.
‘I predominantly hunt during the early fall for compound bow deer season – and usually only for whitetail deer. I also love turkey hunting in the spring with my dad.
Kristyn said she had been using her platform for several years to post about fashion and lifestyle, but hoped to use it to show hunting in a different way.
‘For me, it’s one-hundred percent about conversation and wildlife management. We also process and eat what we harvest so our meat consumption is sustainable,’ she said.
‘I can’t even remember the last time I brought shop-produced ground beef because I use our ground venison for everything. The bucks are usually mounted after the meat is processed.’
The huntress waiting for a deer to show up. After she started sharing her hunting experience online, Kristyn was met with disgust and horror by some of her followers
Practicing at home with a bow. Kristyn explained her father and grandfather are keen hunters, but it was Chad who convinced her to have a go
When Kristyn decided to add hunting content into the mix, she received a mixed response.
‘Some people responded positively – especially those who hunt themselves,’ Kristyn said.
‘They told me, “Enjoy some of the most nutrient dense meat on the planet”.
‘Others said some nasty things such as “meat is murder”, and 2You are a disgusting excuse for a human. Hopefully one day soon, karma finds you”.
Kristen posing in camo clothes with her bow. She said she tried not to pay attention to negative comments about her hunting
Kristyn uses every part of the animal in order to be sustainable. She said she tried not to argue with some people who would never change their mind on hunting
The huntress with some stag’s antlers on a hunt. She said she planned to pass down her hunting tradition down to her future children
A deer mounted on Kristyn’s wall at home. The bride-to-be is not ashamed about her love of hunting
‘I honestly try not to pay attention to the negative ones. I don’t even respond. There are some people that will never see hunting any other way so it’s not worth trying to argue with them.
It’s not been all bad, and some of Kristen’s blogging friends have been supportive of her efforts, she said.
‘My blogging friends saw the way I mixed my sustainable hunting message alongside my regular lifestyle content and they thought it was really cool how I tied the two together,’ she said.
The huntress with a deer during a successful hunt. Kristyn said she tried not to respond to people who criticized her for hunting
Kristyn with her dog. The influencer swapped style selfies for hunting throphies and shocked her followers
‘Since then, people have definitely started to see hunting in a different way. People tell me all the time that even though they may not hunt, they understand why we do it and respect our reasoning,’ she added.
The huntress said she and Chad planned to pass their hunting tradition down to their family, with a wedding planned for December 2021.
‘There’s no plans for children just yet but we do have two nieces we’d love to take some day,’ she said.
Kristyn with one of her hunting trophies at her home in Lexington, Kentucky. She said hunting brought her and Chad closer together
Kristyn posing in front of a Christmas tree during the festive period. The Instagram influencer used to post about lifestyle but made a surprising re-conversion
Kristyn showing her sense of style. She began posting hunting snaps along her usual fashion pictures
Kristyn with a turkey. The huntress explained she tried to be as sustainable as possible with her hunting