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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.

For most of my life I've been wanting to write this article. The first set of antlers I ever saw were the wide, heavy antlers hanging in my grandparents entryway. As a little kid I couldn't imagine anything bigger, and I'd count the points every time I went to their house. That article has finally been published in the December 2019 issue of Pennsylvania Game News. The story of Grandpa's Post-War Buck from 1947 ends with a surprise twist seventy years later in the 2017 season. This might be one of my best, for several r...

Gun seasons are here! The majority of hunters have waited all year. We make all our preparations, and then if we're unsuccessful we scrap our plans and hunt every day differently.


But what if we tried making every day as much like opening day as possible? While we can't make every day exactly like opening day, we can think about some of the things that contribute to our success on opening day, and do those things on the days that follow.

You can probably think of a few, but to get started thinking about what those thin...

It's bearing down on us — the opening day of firearms season. It's this Saturday (November 16) four miles from me in New York, and Saturday, November 30. Read about it in today's front page feature in the Jamestown Gazette, "Thank a Hunter!" 

These are the days when most hunters enter the woods in search of America's most prolific and abundant big game animal, the whitetail deer. But it hasn't always been that way. There was a time not that long ago when deer were scarce, and would have been virtually extinguished if it...

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