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).

Did you know God is pro-hunting? That's right, and he has some things to say about the chase—positive things. We see positive truths about hunting in the Bible. History, science and common sense also inform our thinking about God's created order and the role hunting plays in the stewardship of wildlife and nature.

 

"Mission: Hunter" is a blog that addresses a wide range of hunting topics through the lens of theology for the woods and for hunters who pursue deer, wild turkeys, and other creatures in their native habitat. Its touchstone is the moral "rightness" of hunting from a Christian and biblical point of view. 

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, who writes about it, and who uses hunting as a platform for communicating the gospel. Mission: Hunter—or The Everyday Hunter, on a mission.

The November/December 2019 issue of Turkey Country magazine (NWTF) carries my article about the Warrior Trail Gobblers chapter of the NWTF and their huge JAKES event. If you want to create a day-long event involving as many kids as possible, here's how to do it. What a great day it was for 100 kids in 2018, and 150 kids in 2019. In those two years they harvested over 50 gobblers, and were introduced to outdoor interests that will carry them the rest of their lives.

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Many years ago I came across a quote by Spanish philosopher José Ortega y Gasset, "One does not hunt in order to kill. One kills in order to have hunted."

It's a quote well-known to hunters. It's a good turn of phrase. It made me think. It certainly had the ring of truth. But but it left me unsatisfied. Weren't philosophers those old Greek guys with names like Aristotle and Plato, who walked around ancient Athens all day in togas talking about their theories? And what did an early 20th century Spanish philosopher know ab...

The long-awaited "2020 Deer Hunters' Almanac" from Deer & Deer Hunting magazine is on news stands now, and the timing couldn't be better! Without a doubt this digest-size annual is the most comprehensive publication deer hunters can get anywhere. It's an encyclopedic collection of tips, strategies and information for whitetail enthusiasts all across the nation who are in the woods now, on a mission to satisfy their deer hunting passion.

I couldn't be more pleased to have worked for seven years now with editors Dan Schmid...

Taxidermists are going to be busy this year. I say that because some nice bucks are already falling, and the season has just begun. And last year (in my area) bucks got a big of a reprieve because of fewer hunters in the woods in the firearms season due to rainy weather.

Any discussion about taxidermy always leads to the question, "How much should a mount cost?" That's not an easy question to answer because the price a taxidermist charges isn't just for his materials, his time, and his skills. More goes into it than that...

Already, hunters are tying tags to some big whitetails, and some of them are destined for the record books. What if YOU knock down one of these out-sized bucks? It would be best if you know how these things work, and what you need to do to establish the credibility of your harvest.

"Aiming for the Whitetail Record Book" has the background information you need. Click here to read it at the Havalon Knives website. 

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The signs are all around us. The coming hunting seasons are shaping up to be memorable, and we're counting down the days. But no matter how much deer sign we see, and evidence of other abundant wildlife, at some point this fall everything will fall into a lull.

Did the deer move to other ranges? Are they changing home ranges? Is there too much activity in the woods for them to be comfortable doing what they have been doing? Were the animals we saw in September nothing more than ghosts? When the lull comes, think about my...

It was Art Linkletter who hosted the classic 1950s TV show named "House Party" with a hilarious segment called "Kids Say the Darndest Things." That was six decades ago, but kids still surprise us with what comes out of their mouths.

My newspaper column this week tells about a friend's boy who joined a Cub Scout troop and took over the conversation about what gear the kids might need when faced with outdoor challenges. Check out my September 9 column in the Jamestown Gazette, "The Kid Is a Cutting Edge Leader."

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Social media is a place where lots of people aren't very social. We argue. We debate. We insult. We polarize. It's like stepping into the shower where the water is either freezing or scalding. How do you break through and get your message heard?

Sometimes you can't. But instead of frustrating ourselves with people who aren't interested in changing their views, it might be better to ask simple questions that leave your friend thinking. But what questions do we ask?

There are many, but in this week's column I focus on three...

It's mid-August, antlers are about fully grown, and hunters can start forming conclusions about what whitetail antlers are going to look like after they harden and shed velvet. Although hunters talk a lot about genetics, that has little do do with why one season differs from another. In this week's column I detail some of the reasons one year can produce bigger antlers than another year. And this year is shaping up very well for hunters.

It looks like we have some real bruisers to chase this year. And that's not all. We...

People often ask why we hunt, and the answer to that question can be simple or comples. We can't come up with just one answer that will satisfy every questioner, so we end up saying something like "It's all about the meat."

Yes, that's good, but eating the meat is only one reason why we hunt. And even if you don't eat the meat but pass it along to someone else, hunting would still be worth doing. In my article on the Havalon Knives website I give 10 reasons why we hunt, and that's only a start.

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