As I post this, it's the first day of the Pennsylvania firearms season for deer, what traditionalists call "buck season." It was a cold, rainy day, and where I was not many shots were fired. Of the shots I heard, most were not single shots — they were two. "Bang," with a follow-up shot. If that first shot connected, you can bet it didn't drop the deer. What makes a deer drop in its tracks? Is it a certain caliber? Hunters will testify that the caliber their gun shoots drops deer in its tracks. No matter what caliber you shoot, if you want your next deer to go "flop" when your gun goes "bang," check out my November 26 column in the Jamestown (NY) Gazette: "Bang-Flop Bullet Placement" To read
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 is pro-hunting. That's right, and he has some things to say about the chase. The Bible presents hunting in a positive light. History, science and common sense also inform us about the role hunting plays in God's created order — what people call nature.
"Mission: Hunter" is a blog that addresses hunting topics through the lens of theology for the woods and for hunters who pursue deer and other wildlife in its native habitat, grounded in the moral rightness of hunting from a Christian and biblical point of view.
The Bible does not support the common idea that hunting is morally wrong. Hunting is moral, positive, and right for a Christian believer to do. In the Old Testament the history of hunting goes back to the days of Noah (Genesis 9:2-3). In the New Testament it was God who told Peter, one of Jesus' closest disciples, to "Kill and eat" (Acts 10:13). God's word in Genesis 9:2-3 never changed.
In my mission to pursue Christ, hunting is a platform for sharing the gospel through writing and speaking. Mission: Hunter!