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!

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Poaching and Hunting — Not the Same Thing

What's the difference between poaching and hunting? It's no surprise that many people haven't thought about the difference. Many even assume there's not much difference. I can think of a few reasons why. 1. We no longer live in a rural society where nearly everyone is a hunter. 2. Urban people and rural people alike get much of their information from the large coastal cities, even on topics people in those cities know little or nothing about. 3. This leads to simplistic thinking — good because it's easy to understand, but bad because it's often wrong. Consequently many people today conveniently and simplistically lump any one who kills animals with guns into one big category. They think if y

How to Stay Warm

Staying warm on a winter hunt depends on what you wear and what you do. Today's hi-tech clothing gives us some big advantages over the hunters of pioneer days and the native Americans of primitive times. They didn't have Polartec®, Gore-Tex®, Thinsulate®, and other brands. All of these have been around for 20 years or more, and I'm not even up-to-date on whatever has come out in the last couple of years, but I do know how to stay warm even without new technology. I've learned that staying warm in the woods is possible without spending hundreds of your hard-earned dollars. Although the weather isn't very cold as I write this post in mid-January, we've had some frigid weather and we're getting

Sorensen named Field Contributor to Deer & Deer Hunting

's a huge honor and privilege to have been recently named a Field Contributor to Deer & Deer Hunting magazine. My byline now appears in the magazine's masthead, which began with the December 2019 issue. Subscribers should already have the February 2020 issue, and for other readers it's available now on news stands. For the second month in a row I have two articles in the magazine. If you spent the fall trying to avoid hitting deer, you might want to read "8 Reasons Why We Hit Deer" starting on page 10. It can help to understand the full picture of why so much whitetail carnage occurs along the roads in the fall and, more importantly, offers ten concrete things you can do to avoid hitting the

One Man's Passion for the .220 Swift Cartridge

I just finished reading a book loaned to me by a buddy, Dana Gould of Dayton, PA, titled One Man's Passion for the .220 Swift Cartridge by Vincent Dougherty. Here's a hunter who decided early in his life to shoot everything with that flat-shooting, high-speed, small-caliber cartridge. His book is full of lessons, and one of the lessons is that the smaller the cartridge you use on big game, the more you need to know what your bullet is doing when it impacts and penetrates the animal. This 570-page book on the .220 Swift probably represents more knowledge of a single cartridge than any book on any cartridge. If you're a small caliber shooter, you need to make it your own. Many people say the o

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