Amidst daily death threats and constant harassment from anti-hunting lobbyists, Johanna Clermont refuses to be anything other than what she is: a hunter.
Despite what her critics want you to believe, Johanna Clermont is a seasoned hunter. From wild boar in the Pyrenees and deer in Scotland, to antelope and kudu in South Africa (which you can see courtesy of her Instagram below), she’s far more accomplished than most sportsmen you’ll ever meet. And that’s precisely why she receives so much pushback.
At just 23-years-of-age, Clermont shoulders enough stress to sink a lesser human being. Constant online abuse blotches her hunting-positive social media presence. Death threats come her way via various platforms on a “daily basis,” she says. The most persistent, such as the anti-hunting lobbyists in her native France, aim to tear her down no matter the cost.
All of this would have been far worse, too, had she not made the intelligent decision to change her last name before setting up all her social media accounts. Regardless, Johanna Clermont is not to be bent, bullied, or broken.
A law student from Perpignan, Clermont treats her role as a hunting ambassador as seriously as her pursuit of law. For her, it has become a life’s calling to provide a voice for female hunters – and the adversities they face – the world over. And she’s not pulling any punches, just like her critics. Her response to the death threats and constant, volatile barrage?
“Don’t insult me,” she fires back. As for those who differ in philosophy, Clermont has no issues there. The answer, in fact, is simple. “If they don’t like hunting, they don’t go hunting. And that’s it, voila!”
Johanna Clermont: Hear Her Roar
Moreover, Clermont clarifies that it is never her fellow hunters that give her grief over being a woman in the field. In her experience, she finds that hunting parties are always “happy when there is a woman in the group who knows how to hunt,” she tells Daily Mail UK.
She readily acknowledges, however, the challenges her womanhood presents in the public eye. “You have to be better [at hunting] when you’re a woman,” she states. “That’s something that is true in business, too. It’s challenging… but that’s cool, because you can do it!”
She echoes this sentiment where her own hunting skills are concerned, as well. For Clermont, being a good shot is key for two reasons: “First to ensure the animal does not suffer, secondly because just like in the business world’, women need to be better than men to ‘get respect’.”
For Clermont, these struggles pale in comparison to the hunt itself. Her hunting philosophy all hinges on “being outside in nature and staying close to what we really are inside.”
As such, she aims to eat any animal she harvests. And like any good hunter, she’s always game to share her spoils with family and friends.
“You Can Go Hunting and Be Pretty”
Yet despite her strong hunting ethics, she seems destined to combat her detractors. Many refuse to believe that someone as “chic” and “beautiful” as Clermont is capable of hunting, harvesting, skinning, quartering and cooking wild game. This is, of course, a ridiculous sentiment.
“You can go hunting and be pretty, brush your hair, wear a bit of make up if you want, and care about your clothes. I think you can be glamorous in hunting, of course,” she tells her critics. “Glamorous is an attitude,” she adds, before noting a key point.
“The practice in itself is not glamorous because going into nature to kill animals to eat is not glamorous, but in your attitude when you go hunting, yes of course you can be glamorous,” she clarifies.
As for her advice for fellow female hunters who are experiencing pushback, or simply wanting to enter the sport, Ms Clermont believes it is “important to make friends who are hunters, and join a community – because there is so much to take on board. Being part of a group is a great way to learn all the rules,” she offers.
Good on you, fellow Outsider. Women have, after all, been hunters since the dawn of time.
For all the latest in hunting headlines, stick with your fellow hunters at Outsider.com.