HUNTING AND FISHING
I feel compelled to quote Ted Nugent [yea, it is a little reach from the Bible, but worthwhile nevertheless despite the language] from the New Orleans Times Picayune, Jan 12, 1989. I might mention PeTA was criticizing Nugent for hunting. Ted's response was, "Try snow-shoeing into a winter yard area of deer after a severe winter and tell me how you like the mass, slow lingering death as an alternative to a natural harvest. Get your fat ass out of the office and let me take you with my children and friends to the beautiful world of truth and experience that you could never understand otherwise."
Does God think we should hunt? What would you convey to people that say:
"Many hunters are sick people, in my opinion. They kill beautiful animals. . . . They see beauty in death, not life. They can invent all the excuses they want, but when you boil it all down, they want to kill something." Committee to Abolish Sport Hunting [CASH] (Animals' Agenda, January, 1989)
Well, what does God say to us about hunting. First let us look in Genesis. The first story on hunting occurs with the struggle between Jacob and Esau in an attempt to be blessed by Isaac. Let us take a look at this passage.
Gen 27:3 Now therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me [some] venison; Gen 27:4 And make me savoury meat, such as I love, and bring [it] to me, that I may eat; that my soul may bless thee before I die. Gen 27:5 And Rebekah heard when Isaac spake to Esau his son. And Esau went to the field to hunt [for] venison, [and] to bring [it].
Gen 27:30 And it came to pass, as soon as Isaac had made an end of blessing Jacob, and Jacob was yet scarce gone out from the presence of Isaac his father, that Esau his brother came in from his hunting.
This story is obvious in a couple of observations. First, this was not the first hunt recorded. It was the result of Isaac asking for his favorite meal. Esau was going hunting for venison [Bambi]. If God had not wanted man to hunt, he would not have said back in
Gen 9:3 Everything that lives and moves will be food for you. Just as I gave you the green plants, I now give you everything.
God gives us things that move. Things that move require hunting otherwise the term that would have been used would have been, find.
Pr 12:27 The slothful [man] roasteth not that which he took in hunting: but the substance of a diligent man [is] precious.
And another word about hunting in the Old Testament as found in Leviticus:
Leviticus 17:12 And whatsoever man [there be] of the children of Israel, or of the strangers that sojourn among you, which hunteth and catcheth any beast or fowl that may be eaten; he shall even pour out the blood thereof, and cover it with dust.
Hunters who take pride and care about God's creation and honor him in their actions. James J. Kilpatrick said it best in his nationally syndicated column in The Bloomington Pantagraph, Dec 2, 1989, "And when it comes to the supposed evils of hunting, let it be said for the record that hunters do more toward the preservation of wildlife than whole battalions of publicity seeking pantywaists have ever done. Since enactment of the Pitman-Robertson Act of 1937, wild game hunters have provided more than $2 billion toward care and propagation of wild animals. through the duck stamp program, other hunters have preserved wetlands and developed breeding grounds for waterfowl that otherwise would have been lost."
The benefits of hunting are many, from food on the table to wildlife management. "By maintaining deer numbers at or just below the carrying capacity of the range, biologists are able to manage for a healthy herd and, consequently, better reproduction rates. Since the ultimate responsibility is not to exceed carrying capacity, biologists must rely on sportsmen to harvest the required number of deer each year." Dick Thomas (Deer & Deer Hunting, March 1989)
I might add that sportsmen use the venison to feed families and in some cases homeless programs throughout the country. The concept of waste or killing for the sake of killing simply never enters the picture.
The concept of hunting is carried through the Bible in a little different but parallel tone - fishing.
Fishing, simply put, is hunting under the water. God tells us in Isaiah how he is going to bring a little discontent to Pharaoh because Pharaoh is ignoringGod and what he [Pharaoh] is doing to God's people [do you think the extremists can understand the parallel?]. God in his wisdom uses our everyday experiences to tell us in practical and understandable terms what He is going to do for us and to us. Here He uses an ordinary everyday experience to tell His people how He will treat those who refuse to acknowledge Him or His policies.
Isa 19:8 The fishers also shall mourn, and all they that cast angle into the brooks shall lament, and they that spread nets upon the waters shall languish.
For those of you who still scorn the thought that God would allow or even forbid us to fish, especially after the last passage, check out Matthew 17. Here we have God telling his disciples what to do! This bears repeating - - - God told His disciples to do this!
Matt 17: 25"Of course," Peter answered. When Peter went into the house, Jesus spoke up first, "Simon, what is your opinion? Who pays duties or taxes to the kings of this world? The citizens of the country or the foreigners?" 26 "The foreigners," answered Peter. "Well, then," replied Jesus, "that means that the citizens don't have to pay. 27 But we don't want to offend these people. So go to the lake and drop in a line. Pull up the first fish you hook, and in its mouth you will find a coin worth enough for my Temple tax and yours. Take it and pay them our taxes."
Jesus is telling someone to use a fishhook, not to eat the fish, but to gather up what is in its' mouth?
Do you know of all the hunted species, there are no populations that are in danger of becoming extinct? The only exception to this is where the animal rights extremists have entered the picture and enacted legislation promoting their policies. In some of these cases, their legislation is killing populations of animals and some to the point where extinction is a very real threat!
A fine example is where the extremists introduced and helped pass legislation which made hunting of mountain lions illegal in western states. Well, those mountain lion populations have now increased to the point where they are invading mountain goat populations and the mountain goat will face extinction. This is not a threat to the goats, it is a promise. In fact, the mountain lion population is becoming so burdensome on their habitat, they have begun to kill farm animals, well publicized joggers in California and I will predict humans will be next [but the ARs don't see that as a burden].
The cost to the environment is TOO MUCH and the cost to the taxpayer is even more! Where planned hunts took care of the natural balance, special government hunts at a much greater cost to taxpayers now take place. This is an unfair burden for the mountain lion and the environmental taxpayer.
Well, is more to be said here? I don't think so. You may like to visit this site: http://www.christiandeerhunters.org which may explain a few things for you.
"Hunting is a sick macho act taken to an extreme. We find it hard to understand how sport hunting can be considered a sport when a 200 lb. man with a belly full of beer goes out with a high-powered rifle and shoots a defenseless animal. I call it an act of cowardice and nothing to be proud of at all." Walter Simson, Animal Rights Advocates of Western New York (Amherst Bee, March 16, 1989)