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 is pro-hunting. That's right, and he has some things to say about the chase. The Bible presents hunting in a positive light. History, science and common sense also inform us about the role hunting plays in God's created order — what people call nature.


"Mission: Hunter" is a blog that addresses hunting topics through the lens of theology for the woods and for hunters who pursue deer and other wildlife in its native habitat, grounded in the moral rightness of hunting from a Christian and biblical point of view. 

The Bible does not support the common idea that hunting is morally wrong. Hunting is moral, positive, and right for a Christian believer to do. In the Old Testament the history of hunting goes back to the days of Noah (Genesis 9:2-3). In the New Testament it was God who told Peter, one of Jesus' closest disciples, to "Kill and eat" (Acts 10:13). God's word in Genesis 9:2-3 never changed.

In my mission to pursue Christ, hunting is a platform for sharing the gospel through writing and speaking. Mission: Hunter!


Predators In the Turkey Woods

If you are a turkey hunter, you're a predator. You've bought your license, you're ready to punch your tag and report success. You'll share that success by showing a nice photo of your bird to your friends, and you'll enjoy a great meal. But you're not the only predator in the woods during turkey season. Far from it. The vast majority of predators will do none of those things. They will kill every day, and they won't play by the rules you play by. This week's column, published in the Olean Times Herald (Olean, NY), tells what is going on in the turkey woods, not just during the month of May, but every month of the year. Yes, you already know, but lots and lots of people don't. And they're the

Late Season—No Time to Give Up on Gobblers

The PA Game Commission asked me to write a couple of posts on spring gobbler season for the agency's blog. The second was to be on late season hunting. So I did, and here is "Late Season—No Time to Give Up on Gobblers." Check it out. By the way, I killed the two late season gobblers pictured here on May 21 and May 27 the first season I hunted with the call I designed, the Northern Scratchbox turkey call. I'm running low and won't be making more until later this summer, but I still have a few on hand. Get one while you can. You can't have too many turkey calls, so add my custom scratchbox to your collection. It's deadly on stubborn gobbler, and you can order it here on my website. Just click

Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Recognize Sorensen

Jamestown Gazette outdoor writer Steve Sorensen took home two top Excellence in Craft Awards from the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association (POWA) at its annual conference on May 5 in historic Franklin, Pennsylvania. Sorensen won two first place awards and one second for work published in 2017. His article titled “Turn a Kid on To Hunting” (Jamestown Gazette, August 14, 2017) won First Place in the Youth and the Hunting/Shooting Sports Award category (sponsored by the National Shooting Sports Foundation), and Second Place in the “Pass It On” Award (sponsored by the National Rifle Association). Sorensen also took the First Place Whitetail Deer Award for “The Waterlogged Buck” (December/Jan

The Turkey Hunting Paradox

Turkey hunters fall into two camps—those who say it's easy and those who say it's hard. Ironically, when it's easy, it's easy for the same reason that it's hard. These big birds are unpredictable. One longspur will fall into a novice hunter's lap, and another will evade the most seasoned woodsman's best calling and best strategies. Serious turkey hunters work relentlessly at bagging a mature gobbler, and I suppose it helps to be a little unbalanced. But sooner or later the serious turkey hunter arrives at a balance—the ability to enjoy and appreciate the woodland drama he participates in. If you're looking for that balance, my April 30 column is for you. (Read The Turkey Hunting Paradox on

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