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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...

Gun seasons are here! The majority of hunters have waited all year. We make all our preparations, and then if we're unsuccessful we scrap our plans and hunt every day differently.


But what if we tried making every day as much like opening day as possible? While we can't make every day exactly like opening day, we can think about some of the things that contribute to our success on opening day, and do those things on the days that follow.

You can probably think of a few, but to get started thinking about what those thin...

It's bearing down on us — the opening day of firearms season. It's this Saturday (November 16) four miles from me in New York, and Saturday, November 30. Read about it in today's front page feature in the Jamestown Gazette, "Thank a Hunter!" 

These are the days when most hunters enter the woods in search of America's most prolific and abundant big game animal, the whitetail deer. But it hasn't always been that way. There was a time not that long ago when deer were scarce, and would have been virtually extinguished if it...

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...

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 HER...

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 ab...

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 Schmid...

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...