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 “Best” Deer Cartridge is about Physics and Biology

If you want to knock any deer over with one shot, I'll tell you how to do it. I'm not going out on a limb with that statement because it's not about the cartridge. You can do it with a .243. You can do it with the .300 magnum. Re-read those last two sentences. What's common in both of them? That's right — every word except the caliber. "You can do it." Yes, if you know where to put the bullet AND YOU CAN PUT THE BULLET THERE, you can do it every time. (The great majority of times anyway, because there are no guarantees in deer hunting.) Deer are tough, but they can't overcome physics (the energy the bullet clobbers them with, and its attendant terminal ballistics). And they can't overcome bi

How to Stay Warm

Gun seasons are mostly over, and I wrote this during the Pennsylvania firearms season. But it's even more relevant in the later seasons when hunters are out with muzzleloaders and bows, or hunting predators. Cold is tough for some hunters to cope with, but for centuries man has lived in northern climes where he had to survive cold temperatures — with a lot fewer advantages than we have today. Over the years I've hunted in some frigid temperatures, and have learned how to deal with the cold. In my December 2 column in the Jamestown Gazette, "How to Stay Warm," I'm passing along some of what I've learned, and it may be more timely now than it was a couple of weeks ago. Click this link and read

Two New Articles in Deer & Deer Hunting

Don't miss the December 2019 issue of Deer & Deer Hunting magazine. It's loaded with deer data! Including TWO (2) of my articles! On page 50 is a feature called "Amazing Adaptable Whitetails." How have deer adapted and survived, even under today's pressure? Find out here. In the Deer Browse column, on page 10, I've written "World's Biggest Forkhorn?" It's hard to answer that question for sure, but this crazy-big 4-piont taken in Kentucky early this season has to be a top contender. Ohio hunter Riley Emery arrowed a buck called "Slingshot." It looks like it has two giant slingshots rising from its head. If you like 4-point bucks, you'll be impressed with this one featured in this article. I m

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