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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.

(West Chester, PA, May 19, 2019)

Outdoor writer Steve Sorensen won the top “Excellence in Craft” award from the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association May 19, for an article titled “The Ultimate Hunting Goal: Building Lifelong Hunters.” Deer and Deer Hunting published the article in the September 2018 issue.

To be eligible for this award, Sorensen had to win first place in one of 28 “Excellence in Craft” categories. He won in the category “Pass It On” for the article which most effectively promotes passing on the love a...

When it comes to spring gobbler hunting, it's either easy or it's hard. One or the other — there's nothing between.  People have told me they don't hunt them because their first hunt was so easy. Others have told me they don't hunt them because it's too hard  they've gone weeks at a time without hearing a single gobble.

I've seen both sides and for me, the intensity of my desire to kill a gobbler was inversely proportional to my success. In other words, the more badly I wanted to tie my tag on a gobbler's leg, the l...

At some point in every season, turkey hunters will complain that they can't call a gobbler because they're all "henned-up." That is, the boys are with the girls, so the hen gobblers are with ("a bird in the hand") is worth more to him than your sweetest calling ("two birds in the bush.")

Peak spring gobbler action arrives when gobblers get lonely. Be there and you’re halfway to success. But more often, gobblers are “henned-up.” They won’t gobble much, they’ll go only where the hens go, and they’ll frustrate turkey hunter...

Turkeys don't do anything routinely enough to make hunting them a sure thing, but they'll do few things often enough to give hunters an edge. Over the years I've learned one of those things, and it's a lesson that paid off on Friday. If you leave a gobbling bird one day, the odds are pretty good he'll be there in the morning.

Click here to read my May 6 column in the Jamestown Gazette, "He’ll Be There in the Morning."  

To read other blog posts from MISSION: HUNTER, CLICK HERE to go to

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I recently purchased a maple scratch box caller from you and had to share this little story. My son and I were out a couple of mornings ago and we were on some really nice birds just after daylight. I was using your Northern Scratchbox caller and was getting good responses from the birds heading our way.

With the birds about 100 yards out and responding vocally and some deer a little closer, my son happened to notice off to our right at about 50 yards a large coyote that appeared to be stalking us, not even looking at th... somehow confused "The Everyday Hunter" with "The Expert Hunter" when they put me on this list. Nevertheless, it's humbling to be associated with Dan Schmidt, John Eberhart, the Drury Brothers, Mark Kayser, Mia Anstine T-Bone Turner, Melissa Bachman and many others great names in the world of deer hunting.

My favorite gear includes the Sit-Drag (for gun hunting on the ground), the Havalon Rebel knife, and a single-strap back pack. Check it out at  21 Experts Reveal Their 3 Most Favorite...

I wasn't going to go hunting today because I got soaking wet yesterday. But at 4:30 there was no rain so I headed out.

My Northern Scratchbox came through again. This gobbler fell to a load of Number 5 shot at 7:20 AM today. I'm pretty sure he's the one I flushed off the roost at 5:39 while I was looking at my phone to see the time.

He made a big circle and came in behind me. When some brush screened me from him, I moved to a different tree and began calling. He fanned out and marched right to the spot I had picked out...

My last newspaper column was titled Why Won't He Come? After writing it I thought more about the topic, and today's article on the Havalon Knives blog is an expansion on the subject.

Click here to read "10 Reasons Stubborn Gobblers Won't Come" at the Havalon Knives website. 

To read other blog posts from MISSION: HUNTER, CLICK HERE to go to And to buy the lightest, sharpest hunting knife you'll ever use, go to the Havalon Knives website and order using the code STEVE10 for $10 off a $35 order.


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