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 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!

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Steve Sorensen wins Top Writing Award

(West Chester, PA, May 19, 2019) Outdoor writer Steve Sorensen won the top “Excellence in Craft” award from the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association May 19, for an article titled “The Ultimate Hunting Goal: Building Lifelong Hunters.” Deer and Deer Hunting published the article in the September 2018 issue. To be eligible for this award, Sorensen had to win first place in one of 28 “Excellence in Craft” categories. He won in the category “Pass It On” for the article which most effectively promotes passing on the love and appreciation of the outdoors. From those 28 first place winners, “The Ultimate Hunting Goal” was recognized as “The Best of the Best,” an award sponsored by the National

How Badly Do You Want to Kill a Gobbler?

When it comes to spring gobbler hunting, it's either easy or it's hard. One or the other — there's nothing between. People have told me they don't hunt them because their first hunt was so easy. Others have told me they don't hunt them because it's too hard they've gone weeks at a time without hearing a single gobble. I've seen both sides and for me, the intensity of my desire to kill a gobbler was inversely proportional to my success. In other words, the more badly I wanted to tie my tag on a gobbler's leg, the less likely I was to do it. In my May 20 column in the Jamestown Gazette I outline three reasons that all changed as I matured as a hunter. Check out "How Badly Do You Want to Kill

When Hens Are a Problem, Be the Hen

At some point in every season, turkey hunters will complain that they can't call a gobbler because they're all "henned-up." That is, the boys are with the girls, so the hen gobblers are with ("a bird in the hand") is worth more to him than your sweetest calling ("two birds in the bush.") Peak spring gobbler action arrives when gobblers get lonely. Be there and you’re halfway to success. But more often, gobblers are “henned-up.” They won’t gobble much, they’ll go only where the hens go, and they’ll frustrate turkey hunters from novices to experts. No hunter has a foolproof solution to dealing with competition from hens. Look at it as a challenge more than as a problem, and your odds go up eve

He’ll Be There in the Morning

Turkeys don't do anything routinely enough to make hunting them a sure thing, but they'll do few things often enough to give hunters an edge. Over the years I've learned one of those things, and it's a lesson that paid off on Friday. If you leave a gobbling bird one day, the odds are pretty good he'll be there in the morning. Click here to read my May 6 column in the Jamestown Gazette, "He’ll Be There in the Morning." To read other blog posts from MISSION: HUNTER, CLICK HERE to go to www.EverydayHunter.com. Photo by Steve Sorensen: On Friday morning, this gobbler was right where I left him on Thursday.

Northern Scratchbox Cons Coyote

I recently purchased a maple scratch box caller from you and had to share this little story. My son and I were out a couple of mornings ago and we were on some really nice birds just after daylight. I was using your Northern Scratchbox caller and was getting good responses from the birds heading our way. With the birds about 100 yards out and responding vocally and some deer a little closer, my son happened to notice off to our right at about 50 yards a large coyote that appeared to be stalking us, not even looking at the birds or the deer. I had just finished a series of calls with the scratch box and the coyote headed directly toward us. (Photo courtesy of Rick Peluso) When he looked at us

Favorite Gear of 21 "Experts"

ArcheryTopic.com somehow confused "The Everyday Hunter" with "The Expert Hunter" when they put me on this list. Nevertheless, it's humbling to be associated with Dan Schmidt, John Eberhart, the Drury Brothers, Mark Kayser, Mia Anstine T-Bone Turner, Melissa Bachman and many others great names in the world of deer hunting. My favorite gear includes the Sit-Drag (for gun hunting on the ground), the Havalon Rebel knife, and a single-strap back pack. Check it out at ArcheryTopic.com: 21 Experts Reveal Their 3 Most Favorite Deer Hunting Equipment."

19¼ Pounds, 1⅛" spurs, 8¼" beard

I wasn't going to go hunting today because I got soaking wet yesterday. But at 4:30 there was no rain so I headed out. My Northern Scratchbox came through again. This gobbler fell to a load of Number 5 shot at 7:20 AM today. I'm pretty sure he's the one I flushed off the roost at 5:39 while I was looking at my phone to see the time. He made a big circle and came in behind me. When some brush screened me from him, I moved to a different tree and began calling. He fanned out and marched right to the spot I had picked out at 35 yards. He fell hard at 7:20 and barely moved after that. As I was leaving the woods another one was gobbling. I'll try to set up an appointment with him tomorrow.

10 Reasons Stubborn Gobblers Won't Come

My last newspaper column was titled Why Won't He Come? After writing it I thought more about the topic, and today's article on the Havalon Knives blog is an expansion on the subject. Click here to read "10 Reasons Stubborn Gobblers Won't Come" at the Havalon Knives website. To read other blog posts from MISSION: HUNTER, CLICK HERE to go to www.EverydayHunter.com. And to buy the lightest, sharpest hunting knife you'll ever use, go to the Havalon Knives website and order using the code STEVE10 for $10 off a $35 order. Photo by Steve Sorensen: The author worked this gobbler every way possible, but he was always with hens and a couple of other gobblers. One day, when he was all alone, he came t

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