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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.

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...

November 1, 2018

I wrote an article for the September 2018 issue of Deer and Deer Hunting magazine called "Building Lifelong Hunters" focusing on the work of John Annoni's program in the public schools of Allentown, Pennsylvania. John is probably the nation's top thinker (and doer!) in recruiting new hunters, and he's doing some amazing things through his program "Camp Compass."

If you want to know about mentoring new hunters, you need to know what John Annoni is saying. Anyone of influence in the hunting world should be interested in wh...

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