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!


The Mistake Jake and the Season-Ending Injury

Thanks to editor Bob D'Angelo for including my (embarrassing) article “The Mistake Jake and the Season-Ending Injury” in the April 2019 issue of Pennsylvania Game News magazine. It's the story of my 2018 spring gobbler season, a season that was shortened by a little guy that acted like a tough guy. I bled more than he did, and I barely got the best of him. There's a lot more in this issue, including a tribute to long-time editor Bob Bell who passed away in February, and an excellent primer on turkey hunting by my friend Freddie McKnight. If you're not a subscriber, check the news stands. It should be there now.

Springtime Tips for Trail Cameras

Throughout the winter I travel the country speaking to thousands of hunters, so I meet a lot of people. A lot more follow me on Facebook (where I have three pages). I'm thankful for the questions people ask me. I'm not afraid to say I don't know the answer, but sometimes (I'm happy to say) I can answer them. This week, my column was prompted by a question on Facebook: Do trail cameras with visible flash scare the animals? My March 25 column "Springtime Tips for Trail Cameras" in the Jamestown Gazette answers the question, and as is frequently the case, the answer is "Yes, and No." Click here for "Springtime Tips for Trail Cameras." To read other blog posts from MISSION: HUNTER, CLICK HERE to

March Is Fickle

The human species here in the northeast becomes pretty self-centered at this time of year. As we wait for the coming of spring, we complain about the snow and ongoing cold temperatures as though we think spring is never going to come. But the days ARE getting longer, and as they do we see more and more deer along the roads. Whether they start moving earlier in the evening or the longer daylight hours simply expose them in their normal routine is an open question. But let's keep in mind the challenges winter creates for the birds and animals that must cope without central heat and microwave meals. My March 11 column "March Is Fickle" in the Jamestown Gazette will put things into perspective.

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