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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.

Wildlife brings pleasure to everyone, and is everyone's responsibility. Surprisingly, few people are aware that one of the great wildlife viewing opportunities is very close to home here in northwest Pennsylvania. You can get an up-close look at Rocky Mountain elk, and you don't have to visit a game farm or pay big bucks for a tour.

These animals are wild, and very accessible. If you life in driving distance of Elk County, Pennsylvania, don't miss out on a memorable experience in elk country. In fact, today's column appe...

In North America, the whitetail deer drives wildlife conservation efforts more than any other game animal. The whitetail is vitally important to conservation, so much that whatever stimulates interest in deer and helps hunters pursue them is good for wildlife in general.

One of the biggest names in deer hunting magazines (plus digital media and other communication venues) has been rescued by three passionate deer men. Read the inside story in my July 15 column in the Jamestown Gazette, a story about the origins of a gr...

What does it cost for a license to hunt deer here in the northeast? In many states the cost of a license (whatever permit, tag, etc. you need to kill at least one deer) is higher than a meal in an average eatery. That's right. You can easily drop $25 per person to eat at Ruby Tuesday or Olive Garden (including drinks and tip). That's more than you'd spend on a license to hunt a whole season in Pennsylvania or its neighbor to the north, New York.

My July 1 column in the Jamestown Gazette points out that the best values fo...

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