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Hunting is a very controversial sport on its own without adding any other variables into the mix. Father and hunting company owner Travis Zatopek posted a photo of himself hunting with his baby in a carrier on his back. He posted the photo on Facebook with the caption, "When it’s dove season, and you have baby duty! Owner of Hacienda, Travis Zatopek, making it happen.”

While many praised him for the photo, others criticized him for taking his infant daughter with him.

The photo was shared over 15,000 times. Many said that Zatopek was an irresponsible father and he was putting his daughter in danger by taking her with him.

Because of the intense backlash, Zatopek issued the following statement, “As American citizens, we have the right to raise our children utilizing what we, as their parents, feel is right and wrong. We do not apologize for raising our girls around guns and hunting. Educating them young is a huge attribute for their future. We feel it is important for our girls to experience the great outdoors and wildlife versus video games and elusive Pokemons. This is our choice, and we stand true to our values. I would like to thank the keyboard warriors, because for every one negative comment, five positive comments have evolved."

He also explained the situation his baby daughter was in, "She was briefly placed in it for a photo opportunity and was enjoying it so much that we let her sit that way, while numerous people were watching her. As soon as she dozed off, my wife immediately took her inside,” saying she was never in danger.

Some of the polarized comments were:

"I personally love it!! Baby even has in ear protection!! Good job dad!! But I can also sadly hear in my head all the hate messages this dads gonna get and/or more ppl b------ about gun violence and babies safety. BC even when you do all the things you think you can to protect your child, someone somewhere will have something negative to say. I say yay for dad for taking the extra step to make sure baby is taken care of!!"

"Baby should come first theres no way that you had no other choice but to take babe with you hunting hes not even being worn the right way and any number of things can happen!!! Maybe its just my nervousness with guns or maybe im just overprotective but as cute as this pic is i completely disagree with the actions of the father."

Source: Grind TV
Photos: Facebook/Hacienda Wildlife Company

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