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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.

Social media is a place where lots of people aren't very social. We argue. We debate. We insult. We polarize. It's like stepping into the shower where the water is either freezing or scalding. How do you break through and get your message heard?

Sometimes you can't. But instead of frustrating ourselves with people who aren't interested in changing their views, it might be better to ask simple questions that leave your friend thinking. But what questions do we ask?

There are many, but in this week's column I focus on three...

It's mid-August, antlers are about fully grown, and hunters can start forming conclusions about what whitetail antlers are going to look like after they harden and shed velvet. Although hunters talk a lot about genetics, that has little do do with why one season differs from another. In this week's column I detail some of the reasons one year can produce bigger antlers than another year. And this year is shaping up very well for hunters.

It looks like we have some real bruisers to chase this year. And that's not all. We...

People often ask why we hunt, and the answer to that question can be simple or comples. We can't come up with just one answer that will satisfy every questioner, so we end up saying something like "It's all about the meat."

Yes, that's good, but eating the meat is only one reason why we hunt. And even if you don't eat the meat but pass it along to someone else, hunting would still be worth doing. In my article on the Havalon Knives website I give 10 reasons why we hunt, and that's only a start.

Click here to read "Why D...

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