Hunt to Kill… or… Kill to Hunt?

27 Mar

Caleb's 1st Turkey Hunt

Another lesson learned for this old boy this past weekend with the opening of Spring Turkey Season here in California.  There are birds here… and lots of them if you know where to go.  A far greater lesson though was the one my son Caleb (10) taught me.

Listen to Caleb’s words in this short unedited clip we shot from our old digital camera.  Forgive the quality and lack of editing… one day we’ll invest in camera equipment and editing software.


Did you catch it… “It was fun… Even though we didn’t see anything…”  Now, there is a lesson for us all.  You know what I learned?  Too often we hit the woods and the water with killing or catching on our minds.  And when we don’t, we feel like the hunt or fishing trip was unsuccessful.  Success of a hunt isn’t measured by the kill or the catch, success is measured by the experience.

That is a message I believe we all need to hear this week.  Hunting isn’t about killing and fishing isn’t about catching, they are by-products.  The real “killing” is just dying to have the opportunity to hunt or fish… to be in God’s creation, enjoying all that He has created for us to enjoy.

Breakfast from the Blind


18 Things that are seen don’t last forever, but things that are not seen are eternal. That’s why we keep our minds on the things that cannot be seen.

2 Corinthians 4:18 (CEV)


How many times have we as outdoorsmen and sportsmen hit the woods or water and forgotten the “things that are not seen”?  Some times it takes a child to remind us that the blessing is in the experience.

The boys and I would kill to be in the woods or on the water every day as ministers in the great outdoors.  If I wasn’t a full-time pastor in a local church our family would be committing our full-time efforts to communicating God’s love of us while hunting, fishing, and being Chaplain’s to Outdoorsmen.  Don’t waste an opportunity…

This week, ask God to reveal how you are to be sharing your love of the outdoors with someone else and how you missed Him in your last excursion, because of focusing too much on the kill or the catch.

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1 Comment

Posted by on March 27, 2011 in Devotional


One response to “Hunt to Kill… or… Kill to Hunt?

  1. Don

    May 3, 2011 at 3:44 pm

    Thanks for the coyote hunting update. I agree there are a lot of amazing Gods creations in the mountains that should be shared with our children. Maybe next time you can find a Wyle Coyote to shoot at.


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