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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.

I don't know about you, but I have a harder time killing does in Pennsylvania's firearms season than I do bucks. I seldom fail to get a buck, but I usually fail to get a doe. I've thought long and hard about why, and I think a mama whitetail is smart. She has one purpose in life — to protect her little ones, and that has made her more wary than many bucks older than she is.

If I had to bet, I'd put money on a mother deer at age 2½ being smarter than a 2½ year old buck. She's probably smarter than a 3½ year old buck. A 3½...

You may have heard stories about the Keystone State's new record buck. It was taken on public land in 2017, and now sits atop the record book in the typical archery category.

It's a beauty, but like many record book bucks, it's controversial. What's the real story? What objections have people raised? Why was the story controversial? And what did the hunter do RIGHT that confirms the hunt happened the way he said it happened? I address these questions and more in the December-January issue of North American Whitetail maga...

Deer hunting isn't magic. Or is it? As a young hunter yet to draw first blood, I was trying to figure out anything that would give me the success I desperately wanted. Who knew which of the many accoutrements of deer hunting held the magic and would make me a real deer hunter, just like my dad?

I'm much older now, but I'm just as sure as ever that there's magic in deer hunting — although the magic is not what I once thought it might be. Check out my December 10 column in the Jamestown (NY) Gazette: "The Magic of Deer Hu...

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