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.

Wildlife brings pleasure to everyone, and is everyone's responsibility. Surprisingly, few people are aware that one of the great wildlife viewing opportunities is very close to home here in northwest Pennsylvania. You can get an up-close look at Rocky Mountain elk, and you don't have to visit a game farm or pay big bucks for a tour.

These animals are wild, and very accessible. If you life in driving distance of Elk County, Pennsylvania, don't miss out on a memorable experience in elk country. In fact, today's column appe...

In North America, the whitetail deer drives wildlife conservation efforts more than any other game animal. The whitetail is vitally important to conservation, so much that whatever stimulates interest in deer and helps hunters pursue them is good for wildlife in general.

One of the biggest names in deer hunting magazines (plus digital media and other communication venues) has been rescued by three passionate deer men. Read the inside story in my July 15 column in the Jamestown Gazette, a story about the origins of a gr...

What does it cost for a license to hunt deer here in the northeast? In many states the cost of a license (whatever permit, tag, etc. you need to kill at least one deer) is higher than a meal in an average eatery. That's right. You can easily drop $25 per person to eat at Ruby Tuesday or Olive Garden (including drinks and tip). That's more than you'd spend on a license to hunt a whole season in Pennsylvania or its neighbor to the north, New York.

My July 1 column in the Jamestown Gazette points out that the best values fo...

(Bradford, PA, June 29, 2019)

"The big Tom gobbled on the roost while it was still dark, and I slid in closer. It slowly grew lighter and the turkey continued to gobble — in fact, he wouldn’t shut up. I hoped no other hunter could hear him.I made several low calls and he hammered right back at me. My heart was pounding and my glasses fogging over....

"Two hens joined him and for the next hour they never left a 50-yard circle.I used my mouth call, box call, slate call and yelper. The gobbler answered them all, but wouldn’...

If you're a hunter, you've heard it before. "Hunting is murder! Hunters are murderers! The Bible says 'Thou shalt not kill'! So hunters are murdering millions of animals!" 

Anywhere hunters interface with animal rights advocates, hunters face that kind of flawed reasoning. Facebook is rampant with it. Some critics of hunting even believe hunters should face severe punishment for killing an animal.

My June 17 column in the Jamestown Gazette clarifies this issue, explaining that "kill" in the Sixth Commandment is not the sa...

Several years ago during the spring turkey season I walked up on a tiny fawn, still wet from being born and all alone. I took some photos and left it, wondering where the mother deer was. When I got home I called my friend Charles Alsheimer, and asked him to explain why the fawn was alone. 

In my June 3 column in the Jamestown Gazette I explain why a walk in the woods can lead us to discover a fawn all alone, and why that fawn is alone. The best thing for you and me to do is leave it alone. Check out "Mama's Fawn Surviva...

(West Chester, PA, May 19, 2019)

Outdoor writer Steve Sorensen won the top “Excellence in Craft” award from the Pennsylvania Outdoor Writers Association May 19, for an article titled “The Ultimate Hunting Goal: Building Lifelong Hunters.” Deer and Deer Hunting published the article in the September 2018 issue.

To be eligible for this award, Sorensen had to win first place in one of 28 “Excellence in Craft” categories. He won in the category “Pass It On” for the article which most effectively promotes passing on the love a...

When it comes to spring gobbler hunting, it's either easy or it's hard. One or the other — there's nothing between.  People have told me they don't hunt them because their first hunt was so easy. Others have told me they don't hunt them because it's too hard  they've gone weeks at a time without hearing a single gobble.

I've seen both sides and for me, the intensity of my desire to kill a gobbler was inversely proportional to my success. In other words, the more badly I wanted to tie my tag on a gobbler's leg, the l...

At some point in every season, turkey hunters will complain that they can't call a gobbler because they're all "henned-up." That is, the boys are with the girls, so the hen gobblers are with ("a bird in the hand") is worth more to him than your sweetest calling ("two birds in the bush.")

Peak spring gobbler action arrives when gobblers get lonely. Be there and you’re halfway to success. But more often, gobblers are “henned-up.” They won’t gobble much, they’ll go only where the hens go, and they’ll frustrate turkey hunter...

Turkeys don't do anything routinely enough to make hunting them a sure thing, but they'll do few things often enough to give hunters an edge. Over the years I've learned one of those things, and it's a lesson that paid off on Friday. If you leave a gobbling bird one day, the odds are pretty good he'll be there in the morning.

Click here to read my May 6 column in the Jamestown Gazette, "He’ll Be There in the Morning."  

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