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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.

(Bradford, PA, June 29, 2019)

"The big Tom gobbled on the roost while it was still dark, and I slid in closer. It slowly grew lighter and the turkey continued to gobble — in fact, he wouldn’t shut up. I hoped no other hunter could hear him.I made several low calls and he hammered right back at me. My heart was pounding and my glasses fogging over....

"Two hens joined him and for the next hour they never left a 50-yard circle.I used my mouth call, box call, slate call and yelper. The gobbler answered them all, but wouldn’...

If you're a hunter, you've heard it before. "Hunting is murder! Hunters are murderers! The Bible says 'Thou shalt not kill'! So hunters are murdering millions of animals!" 

Anywhere hunters interface with animal rights advocates, hunters face that kind of flawed reasoning. Facebook is rampant with it. Some critics of hunting even believe hunters should face severe punishment for killing an animal.

My June 17 column in the Jamestown Gazette clarifies this issue, explaining that "kill" in the Sixth Commandment is not the sa...

Several years ago during the spring turkey season I walked up on a tiny fawn, still wet from being born and all alone. I took some photos and left it, wondering where the mother deer was. When I got home I called my friend Charles Alsheimer, and asked him to explain why the fawn was alone. 

In my June 3 column in the Jamestown Gazette I explain why a walk in the woods can lead us to discover a fawn all alone, and why that fawn is alone. The best thing for you and me to do is leave it alone. Check out "Mama's Fawn Surviva...

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