In the Spotlight

News & Features
Go to Hunting for Answers
DocumentHunting for Answers
DocumentDeer hunting - continuing the tradition
DocumentManaging the deer herd
DocumentHunting for the disease
DocumentHunting brings in big bucks
DocumentProcessing without rules
DocumentTaxidermists unsure of the future
DocumentMore than recreation
DocumentRead one hunter's journal
DocumentPublic forum on hunting issues - read about the discussion
DocumentDiscuss the hunt - is hunting wrong, or a necessity to manage wildlife?
Respond to this story

The psalm of the deer hunter
Larger view
Hunter Steve Prince bagged two deer on opening weekend in Aitkin County (MPR Photo/Tom Robertson)
This "psalm" is written on a plaque hanging at the Minnesota Deer Hunters Association offices in Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids, Minn. — Blessed is the Whitetail, Blacktail or Mule Deer.

He taketh me from civilization into the deep forests and unto the high ridges, causing me to strain mightily for a glimpse of his shining antlers.

He causes me to labor in heart-pounding ways to seek him.

On his own stomping grounds -- he makes mine hand to shake and mine eyes to blur so my eyes are not steady.

I suffer from mysterious fevers, and do many foolish things, for it is in his nature to confuse and confound me.

Yea, tho' I would'st tan his hide
and make of him chops and jerky
-- for verily I am thankful not to be a vegetarian --
yet do I call him most worthy and hope he remains
food for my body and soul -- forever.

News Headlines
Related Subjects