Wildlife brings pleasure to everyone, and is everyone's responsibility. Surprisingly, few people are aware that one of the great wildlife viewing opportunities is very close to home here in northwest Pennsylvania. You can get an up-close look at Rocky Mountain elk, and you don't have to visit a game farm or pay big bucks for a tour. These animals are wild, and very accessible. If you life in driving distance of Elk County, Pennsylvania, don't miss out on a memorable experience in elk country. In fact, today's column appears in plenty of time for you to plan a trip and see elk at their most exciting time of the year. Get the details in my July 29 column in the Jamestown Gazette, "Not a 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!