So God Made a Hunter

Posted April 18 2013

  And on the ninth day, God looked down on his planned paradise and said,

“Now that I have a caretaker…I need a protector.”

 

So God made a Hunter.

 

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Someone who can feed people in times of famine, flood and drought, lands of infertile soil, ice and snow. Someone who will provide warmth and protection in the harshest of climates.   Someone who will travel far from home to pursue food and materials that don’t grow from the earth. He must be cunning and brave and use the same steady hand to slay his food…as he extends to feed and clothe his family. A man who can protect his race with meat on their tables, furs on their backs, hides on their feet and walls…someone who will define himself as head of the food chain.

 

So God made a Hunter.

 

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And God looked at his animals, watching overpopulation lead to disease, and disease put entire species in danger of themselves. He saw overpopulation wreaking havoc upon planted fields and predators threatening domesticated animal farms. He saw important creatures in the circle of life become the threat to their own demise, and needed someone who would safeguard the delicate balance of his living earth.

 

So God made a Hunter.

 

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He must be able to rig a trap and load a gun and have the sharpest eye. He must use his surroundings to hide himself from prey, using patience, cunning and skill to outwit the keenest of animals on the earth and fowl in the sky. He will find opportunities where none appear, surviving the toughest of elements to fulfill his role. He must have a passion so deep that it silences any pain, discomfort, loneliness or fear

he endures along the way.

 

So God made a Hunter.

 

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He needed an example who would teach the highest respect for the planet, passing along his heritage for generations to come. Who would show youth the importance of conservation and provide cherished memories for his kin in the field. Who reveres the beauty of a sunrise and sunset, who best knows sounds of the woods and whistling of wind in wings…and dreams in colors of nature.

 

So God made a Hunter.

 

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Someone who will purchase licenses, permits and tags to hunt, providing the largest contribution on the globe to conservation efforts. Who farms the land with foods for his animals, unafraid to trade his blood and sweat for reward. Who will grow small conservation groups into global movements in the protection of wildlife. Who would spend billions each year to stimulate the economy, invigorating commerce in countless areas of life, from hotels to gas stations to sporting goods to lumber yards.

 

So God made a Hunter.

 

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And today, God is looking at us all. He sees us nourish and clothe each other, protect our wildlife by monitoring populations, and form the largest base of funding for conservation. He sees us providing companionship for our fellow sportsmen, our children and our best buddies in the field. He sees us stimulating the economy through all of the industries who gain from our hunts and travels. He sees us as conservationists…because that is who we are. We are conserving our race and the health of species and their habitats around the planet. But now, God needs more.

 

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God sees the right he gave us, the right to protect ourselves, our families and our planet, in question. He sees people using our tools meant to help each other, instead to hurt each other. He sees hunters suffering from the wrongdoers of the world, and how those here to conserve are now the ones being threatened. As one government restriction leads to another, the links in our chain are being systematically weakened.

 

Today, God is calling upon his Hunters. Our community. Our heritage. Our traditions.

 Save what God has built.  Help protect conservation efforts and the 2nd Amendment.

 

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By Kate Vandemore

 Leave a comment   25 Comments.
  1. April 19th, 2013 Clayton Taylor says:

    You have put what’s in my heart into words and it humbles me! Thank you so very much for your touching word, from the Taylor family in Louisiana, thank you and God Bless!

  2. April 19th, 2013 Shannon Greenwood says:

    Absolutely beautiful! Coming from a deep hunting heritage, it hurts to see what is happening to our rights and our future. I know we have raised our son “Hunter” to respect and preserve what God has given us.

  3. April 19th, 2013 Dakota Smith says:

    Beautifully written and a joy to read.

  4. April 19th, 2013 Jennifer Cope says:

    Awesome, beautiful, and so true! I’m not a fowl hunter, but big game and what is going on in my state and across the U.S. makes me very sad. “HE” does see all and I believe we need to save what God has given us. Thank you for these inspirational words.

  5. April 19th, 2013 Clark Coker says:

    POWERFUL! Incredibly well written, Kate! Thank you for these words that will hopefully reach some that are “on the other side”.

  6. April 19th, 2013 Kate Harper says:

    What a beautiful, eloquent, well-articulated piece of writing, that truly captures the very essence of hunters. That is, up until the very last sentence. There is no current threat to the shotguns we brandish for our waterfowl hunts and our turkey hunts. The debates being posed in our society and the questions we argue and ponder do not pertain to hunters in any way. Rather, we are lately forced to ask ourselves what a middle aged woman living in a safe, affluent suburban neighborhood was doing with a case full of assault weapons and we are further forced to reflect upon the risk of such a transgression when those highly dangerous weapons designed for nothing other than murder fall into the hands of a mentally ill son. Let’s not make the issue of gun control about something it has nothing to do with ( hunting) and make it about what truly lies at the heart of it (safety and reason and logic). Again, Kate, I very much enjoyed reading this, and feel it’s one of the few things I’ve read that do justice to the waterfowl hunters in my life, I just wish it hadn’t been tarnished by reference to the 2nd amendment.

  7. April 19th, 2013 Butch Davis says:

    a truly beautiful piece of work the reference to the 2nd amendment did not tarnish this piece at all you were right and anyone who believes gun control in any form is palatable then force them to give up their cell phones texting and driving kills more people weekly than guns do all year

  8. April 23rd, 2013 Julie DeSplinter says:

    I am in awe…great job!

  9. May 2nd, 2013 Tim Rupard says:

    Kate, this is superb! Very well written and right on target! I love the fact that you and Tony show the appreciation to our Maker for his creation… as well as standing strong for our rights! Well done.
    Tim

  10. May 6th, 2013 Bobby Knight says:

    This article is just simply beautiful and puts what so many hunters wish they could say in to writing. It could not have been put any better and I salute you in the brilliant and beautiful peace of work.
    Amazing Job
    Bobby

  11. May 7th, 2013 Donald Smith says:

    As a hunter myself I love the piece. Just Biblically does not hold up. In God’s perfect design there was no overpopulation and disease. It was the fall of man that cursed the Earth that caused the current problems. So now it is necessary for us hunters to help out and I am happy to be one of them. God Bless you all.

  12. May 7th, 2013 Tim Dibble says:

    Just watched the video ….. stired emotions would be an understatement. Way to put into words what our heart has known forever.
    God’s Blessings,
    Tim

  13. May 7th, 2013 Tim Dibble says:

    Just watched the video …… stirred emotions would be an understatement. Way to put into words what our heart has known forever.
    God’s Blessings,
    Tim

  14. May 9th, 2013 Joshua Stafford says:

    Beautifully written. It reminds me so much of my late grandfather who loved God and the outdoors. It brings up allot of emotions and great memories. I thank you for writing what has been in my heart for so long that i could not put into words. God Bless you and your family.

  15. May 9th, 2013 Ron Bunkerhunter Richards says:

    Absolutely wonderful. Sent to my entire email list.

  16. May 9th, 2013 Jon says:

    This is a pretty and stirring piece, if not accurate. As Donald notes above, the invoking of God from a Biblical perspective is not accurate. Second, could identify what from the proposed background check law would prevent non-crazy, non-criminal hunters from pursuing what we love?

    With Respect

  17. May 10th, 2013 Amanda says:

    Thank you! From a farmer/hunter wife.

  18. May 11th, 2013 Joe McLaughlin says:

    With your permission I will play this at every Hunter Safety Class I teach. I do not hunt birds but I am more of a purist with hunting not for the kill but for the experience. THis video states it most professionally. Thank you. Now with your permission and a legal copy of the video each new hunter I meet will see the same and hopefully become the same ethical hunter.

  19. May 12th, 2013 Jennifer H. says:

    A great job of saying what so many people think. God bless you all. I have a 10 year old son who is just starting to get into hunting and he is excited to be a part of the solution to the world’s problems.

  20. May 26th, 2013 Alan Peterson says:

    Great work Tony! Keep it up.

  21. August 9th, 2013 Lucas Micallef says:

    Great Words, Great footage. well done. All in a hunters hearth are described in a few words. Keep it up

  22. March 25th, 2014 Ralph new york says:

    Wow!….. wow! I just stumbled across this . amazing. Job well done.cant put it into better words.truly amazing. Thank you.

  23. June 13th, 2014 Jared T. says:

    This is a piece of art! AND WELL DONE!

  24. June 28th, 2014 David Malta says:

    wow what a video! well done 🙂

  25. December 13th, 2014 Chris Lyter says:

    Thank You.

    As a young growing man from the Florida coast, I’ve had the greatest blessing to find myself and learn the word of God. I strayed away from what I was taught in early youth and rebeled as a teen to my young 20’s. I lied, used drugs, poached, and had not a care in this world. After changing my life and working offshore, I started slowing down. Ultimately changing my perspective of life. I’m now almost 26, I ve been married to a beautiful woman for nearly 2 years. She has helped me find my way to God. I have a son on the way and could feel more blessed to know I have a young hunter and spearfisherman in the making!. I’ve focused on conservation efforts for land and sea. I’m nothing close to perfect, just another human. And to read something so deep almost made me choke up. It has so much meaning. This is such an inspiration to so many in the Fowl community and beyond. I just wanted to share that these words can help change younger and older people alike. Keep up the good work! Maybe oneday I’ll have the chance to shake your hand and blast a few birds out of the sky!

    God bless.