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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Deer Collisions — A Hunter’s Perspective: 8 Reasons Why We Hit Deer

Do you know why we hit so many deer in October and November? "The rut!" you say. Yes, but it's a lot more than that. In the whitetail world, everything is changing right now. In my new article at Deer & Deer Hunting online, I detail 8 reasons why we hit deer. If you and your family are going to be safe on the roads, you need to know hitting deer is more than a matter of rut-crazed bucks running willy-nilly into the paths of cars. Check it out: "Deer Collisions — A Hunter’s Perspective: 8 Reasons Why We Hit Deer." To read other blog posts from MISSION: HUNTER, CLICK HERE to go to www.EverydayHunter.com.

Anatomy of a JAKES Event

The November/December 2019 issue of Turkey Country magazine (NWTF) carries my article about the Warrior Trail Gobblers chapter of the NWTF and their huge JAKES event. If you want to create a day-long event involving as many kids as possible, here's how to do it. What a great day it was for 100 kids in 2018, and 150 kids in 2019. In those two years they harvested over 50 gobblers, and were introduced to outdoor interests that will carry them the rest of their lives. To read other blog posts from MISSION: HUNTER, CLICK HERE to go to www.EverydayHunter.com.

"One does not hunt in order to kill"

Many years ago I came across a quote by Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset, "One does not hunt in order to kill. One kills in order to have hunted." It's a quote well-known to hunters. It's a good turn of phrase. It made me think. It certainly had the ring of truth. But but it left me unsatisfied. Weren't philosophers those old Greek guys with names like Aristotle and Plato, who walked around ancient Athens all day in togas talking about their theories? And what did an early 20th century Spanish philosopher know about hunting? I can tell you now that Facebook is like the ancient Greek Agora. It's full of philosophers, many of whom aren't worth listening to. And I can tell you that a Sp

THE DEER HUNTERS' ALMANAC — ON NEWS STANDS NOW!

The long-awaited "2020 Deer Hunters' Almanac" from Deer & Deer Hunting magazine is on news stands now, and the timing couldn't be better! Without a doubt this digest-size annual is the most comprehensive publication deer hunters can get anywhere. It's an encyclopedic collection of tips, strategies and information for whitetail enthusiasts all across the nation who are in the woods now, on a mission to satisfy their deer hunting passion. I couldn't be more pleased to have worked for seven years now with editors Dan Schmidt and Chris Berens, as the author of Chapter 7 (titled "WHITETAIL NATION"). It's the section where I've compiled all the deer stats from every state and Canadian province whe

Taxidermy — Thinking about the Cost

Taxidermists are going to be busy this year. I say that because some nice bucks are already falling, and the season has just begun. And last year (in my area) bucks got a big of a reprieve because of fewer hunters in the woods in the firearms season due to rainy weather. Any discussion about taxidermy always leads to the question, "How much should a mount cost?" That's not an easy question to answer because the price a taxidermist charges isn't just for his materials, his time, and his skills. More goes into it than that. To find out what, read my October 7 column in the Jamestown Gazette, "Taxidermy — Thinking about the Cost." Photo by Steve Sorensen: The taxidermist uses his skills and ar

Aiming for the Whitetail Record Book

Already, hunters are tying tags to some big whitetails, and some of them are destined for the record books. What if YOU knock down one of these out-sized bucks? It would be best if you know how these things work, and what you need to do to establish the credibility of your harvest. "Aiming for the Whitetail Record Book" has the background information you need. Click here to read it 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 courtesy of Brian Kightlinger:

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