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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.

Thanks to editor Bob D'Angelo for including my (embarrassing) article “The Mistake Jake and the Season-Ending Injury” in the April 2019 issue of Pennsylvania Game News magazine. It's the story of my 2018 spring gobbler season, a season that was shortened by a little guy that acted like a tough guy. I bled more than he did, and I barely got the best of him.

There's a lot more in this issue, including a tribute to long-time editor Bob Bell who passed away in February, and an excellent primer on turkey hunting by my friend...

Throughout the winter I travel the country speaking to thousands of hunters, so I meet a lot of people. A lot more follow me on Facebook (where I have three pages). I'm thankful for the questions people ask me. I'm not afraid to say I don't know the answer, but sometimes (I'm happy to say) I can answer them. This week, my column was prompted by a question on Facebook: Do trail cameras with visible flash scare the animals?

My March 25 column "Springtime Tips for Trail Cameras" in the Jamestown Gazette answers the question...

The human species here in the northeast becomes pretty self-centered at this time of year. As we wait for the coming of spring, we complain about the snow and ongoing cold temperatures as though we think spring is never going to come.

But the days ARE getting longer, and as they do we see more and more deer along the roads. Whether they start moving earlier in the evening or the longer daylight hours simply expose them in their normal routine is an open question. But let's keep in mind the challenges winter creates for t...

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