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Mission: Hunter

Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison (Genesis 27:3, KJV).

God takes an interest in hunting, and contrary to what many people think, he's not against it. He has some things to say about the chase—positive things. We see positive truths about hunting in the Bible, and in God's created order. History, science and common sense also inform our thinking. 

 

"Mission: Hunter" is a blog that addresses a wide range of hunting topics, but the touchstone is always theology for the woods for hunters who pursue deer, wild turkeys, and other creatures in their native habitat. You may never have thought of yourself as a theologian, but if you ever express your thoughts on the morality of hunting (or morality in general), that makes you a theologian. Even if you're an amateur theologian, you can be a good one only by using the proper sources for your theological thinking.

In the Old Testament the history of hunting goes back, at least, to the days of Noah (Genesis 9:3). In the New Testament it was God who told Peter, one of Jesus' closest disciples, to "Kill and eat" (Acts 10:13). The idea that hunting is immoral cannot be supported by the Bible. Hunting is moral, something positive, and not wrong for a Christian believer to do.


I am a hunter. Many people think my identity is in hunting, but my identity is in Christ. My mission is not to have Christianity sanctify my hunting. My mission is to pursue Christ, as a Christian who hunts. Mission: Hunter—or Everyday Hunter, on a mission.

Don't miss the December 2019 issue of Deer & Deer Hunting magazine. It's loaded with deer data! Including TWO (2) of my articles! On page 50 is a feature called "Amazing Adaptable Whitetails." How have deer adapted and survived, even under today's pressure? Find out here. 

In the Deer Browse column, on page 10, I've written "World's Biggest Forkhorn?" It's hard to answer that question for sure, but this crazy-big 4-piont taken in Kentucky early this season has to be a top contender. Ohio hunter Riley Emery arrowed a buck...

For most of my life I've been wanting to write this article. The first set of antlers I ever saw were the wide, heavy antlers hanging in my grandparents entryway. As a little kid I couldn't imagine anything bigger, and I'd count the points every time I went to their house. That article has finally been published in the December 2019 issue of Pennsylvania Game News. The story of Grandpa's Post-War Buck from 1947 ends with a surprise twist seventy years later in the 2017 season. This might be one of my best, for several r...