That there have been changes in hunting practices since the first stone was thrown at a raptor isn’t the subject at hand. But my thoughts on personal game hunting will reflect current and any future prospects toward the end of this piece.
From the outset all hunters should be aware that from recorded history to the present, no time has equalled the present in terms of global threats for survival and political turmoil.
Lest there be those who would argue that point, consider this: Pandemics — never has one equalled Covid-19 for no other reason than the world’s population has never in recorded history attained over seven billion! And most of that is in very crowded spaces which by it’s very nature imposes global threats for the very survival of humanity — now and into the future!
Global politics: That the world is broken in political thinking and action is an every-day reality! Even democracies in the so-called “Free World” can’t solve serious differences! But a grave threat emerges from not only hostile dictatorships, but from the resurgence of extreme “leftists”, and Nazism and Fascism included! Then there’s China… what can we expect from a nation of over one billion that is both openly and covertly taking over Africa, parts of South America and Central America, as well as making inroads into Israel’s techno-industries while partnering with Iran, the arch-enemy of Israel and the West. And that’s only a small snapshot of its global aspirations — while the “West” is dreaming sweet dreams in their slumber!
Of course, there are those who want, and are working for, a global government with a global economic system — that’s coming according to biblical prophecy — it’s simply a matter of how soon. By all appearances it may be sooner than expected or planned for!
Global warfare: It’s not a question of “If”, but when it does WW2 will seem like a Sunday School picnic by comparison! There’s now such technology in nuclear warfare — rockets that can pinpoint not only major cities, but government buildings in those cities from thousands of miles away — and even from “outer space”! And more nations are attempting to join that nuclear club! Happy thoughts about the inherent goodness of mankind has NEVER changed wicked hearts bent on selfish ambitions while destroying others!
If you’ve never had time or thoughts for God, maybe you should, AND START PRAYING RIGHT NOW!
Global economics: The day for the dollar is about over! What’s next? Think!
In the midst of the Earth’s increasing troubles and challenges — is man the saviour? What does history teach? But we’ve never faced, nor has history, what’s on the horizon! Only God knows, and He is Sovereign whether we like it or not… He has already told us, and is in final control — not humans!
In the meantime, what’s my hunting philosophy? Dare I go there with so many ominous events on the horizon that should demand my time, resources and ambitions?
“One day is with the LORD as a thousand years and a thousand years as one day”. He knows what’s coming, and when. In the meanwhile (the next few months or years), I’ll not quit living, sell everything and go sit on top of a mountain until He appears again!
He tells me to “Occupy until I come”. That covers all that I could possibly do that might be healthy, good and worthy. I don’t, and won’t spend extra time and unnecessary energy — mental or physical — on the Covid-19 thing even though the media is TOTALLY preoccupied with it! OR — for that matter — global politics! My hope has never been in any man other than Jesus Christ, Son of God and Saviour of those who put their hope and trust in HIM alone!
“Every knee will bow and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is LORD to the glory of God the Father” – the Apostle Paul in writing of the end times in regard to those who have denied Him, or lied about Him, when they’ll hear these words “Depart from me you workers of iniquity, I never knew you!”
So, I pray for family, other loved ones and friends — including hurting people who don’t know where to turn or the answer to their pain while suffering in silence. I read my bible and mediate on its message, and share with those ready to listen — which is a growing minority in 2020 in the Western World. That’s in huge contrast with the rest of the world, including China!
On a more “earthy” level, I make reloads for my .458 Win and 9.3 x 62 Mauser, shooting both and a .22LR at the range with the faint hope they’ll still be used in collecting some game worthy of their aptitudes. Plus, I still immensely enjoy roaming backcountry with a “fire-stick” over my shoulder! Ya never know… something might show up that I want to point it at… and maybe squeeze the trigger!
Let’s see… Right now I’ve a bear tag, wolf tag, small game licence… and God willing I’ll add a buck whitetail tag!
What about you?