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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.

Spring gobbler hunting can be frustrating. Sometimes that gobbler that's answering your every call just doesn't want to come. Your calls are sweet, he seems interested, but nothing you do brings him in.

Gobblers have lots of reasons why they won't come. Maybe you can think of a few more, but for starters click here to read "Why Won't He Come?" in the April 22 issue of the Jamestown Gazette

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Photo by Steve Sorensen:  This gobbler wa...

We miss spring gobblers for various reasons, from failing to pattern our shotguns to misjudging the distance. The list of reasons is long, and includes awkward angles, fatigue, obstructions, and many others. Unfortunately, sometimes we send a swarm of shot at him and he gets away, but we didn't miss. Some of the shot may have penetrated his feather armor. Maybe he'll recover. Or maybe not.

I suppose you need an element of luck to hunt turkeys for a lifetime without missing, but it's possible, and it should be our goal. C...

If you're not ready for spring, you're going to miss the best time of the year. Here's a primer on trout fishing and turkey hunting.

See my April 1 front page feature in the Jamestown Gazette, "Spring Is Fast and Furious in Western New York’s Outdoors!"  

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Photo by Andy Sorensen:  If you want to see a kid thrilled, help him catch a fish.

Photo by Steve Sorensen:  When you’re trout fishing, turkey hunting, cleaning up winter’s mess, c...

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