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Deer season in my zone starts this Saturday. We will be up at 3:45 a.m and my son and I will be in our tree stand at 5:00 a.m.

Here are some prayers that Catholic hunters have prayed over the years, and that I pray every year: The first one requires a priest to pray aloud while afterwords blessing the hunters

* Blessing from a priest:

By the intercession of St. Hubert, patron saint of hunters, may you always honor God the Creator, who set man in dominion over all the animals.

May the Lord God make you an honorable hunter who respects fellow hunters, the animals, and all creation;

May He keep safe you and all who share the field or the forest;

May He make all hunters proud of their kill, generous with their meat, and thankful in all circumstances.

May God bless you: Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.

* A Novena in honor of St. Hubert, patron saint of hunters, for Oct. 26 to Nov. 3:
Prayer to be an honorable hunter

By the grace of God may I always honor, thank and adore the Lord God who created the animals and saw that each species was good. Let me love the God who made humans in His own image and likeness and set them over the whole world, to have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth (Gen 1:26). By my honorable conduct as a hunter let me give a good example and teach new hunters principles of honor, so that each new generation can show respect for God, other hunters and the animals, and enjoy the dignity of the hunt.

* Prayer for honest hunt

Lord, may I make an honest count of game, respecting the legal limits of game in order to preserve the balance of life and death among the animals. May I so love the truth that I always give an honest recounting of the hunting stories while keeping them interesting to my friends. May I also listen to my friends’ stories with enjoyment and without envy.

* Prayer against selfishness
Lord, I do not need to take every animal in the forest, nor must I take the best or nothing. Guide me to seek the best and to accept what I get. May I never take more than my limit and let me always help maintain the balance of nature in relationship to the environment and the numbers of animals there. Keep me aware of the needs and desires of other hunters while I always try to hunt at my own best skill.
Prayer for conservation of natural resources

Lord God, You have put all things under man’s dominion. Guide us to take the animals that need to be culled for the preservation of their species and the rest of the ecosystem. Let me always respect the animals I have hunted. Never let me torment them, mock them, or made them objects of ridicule. When I take an animal’s life let me always maintain respect for the wonder of its existence and the importance of its meat to those who need it for sustenance.

*  Prayer for safety

Pray for the good sense to care for my weapon and to carry it and fire it responsibly. Pray for the animals, that the shots are clean and do not cause unnecessary suffering to the animal.
Prayer for successful hunt

Lord, I pray that I may take down the game in as painless a way as possible. May I recognize my limits and take the shots I know I can make, not taking a shot that risks maiming or wounding an animal unnecessarily.

* Prayer of thanksgiving for the hunt

Lord, I thank You for the opportunity to go out on the hunt. I thank You for the time alone to think and reflect on life. I thank You for the time with hunting friends, enjoying good fellowship, good stories, meals and drinks. Thank You for the beauty seen during the hunt and for the game taken and shared. I thank You especially for a safe hunt for myself and for all the hunters who share the field.
Prayer to share the fruit of the hunt

Lord, I am so blessed to be able to hunt and I appreciate the blessings You have bestowed upon me. Yet I know that so many others are in great need. Give me the grace to share the food of the hunt not only with my family and friends but also with those who have greater need: the hungry and the poor. May my sharing with them be one small part of my continuing care for your poor. As they ask You, Father, for their daily bread, use me as one small instrument to help provide it to them.

* Prayer to hunt for souls, like St. Hubert

Lord, you spoke to St. Hubert and converted him to You during a stag hunt. You changed him into a hunter of souls, yet you continued to use his skills as a hunter to open minds to your Gospel. I ask that you make me into a hunter of souls above all other hunting activities. May I look for the opportunities to speak of You and Your salvation. Let the hunting camp itself be a place that uplifts the soul. May my time alone be an opportunity to pray and listen to You. May all the actions of the rest of my life be a constant hunt for You, for the opportunities you give me to evangelize, and to target the souls most in need of Your love.

Imprimi Potest,
Very Rev. Father Edward Schmidt, SJ
Do you have a Mass of St Hubert? The sound of the horns is just exquisite.





I'm praying for the chance to go hunting this year. 

Good luck to you and your boy, Matthew.  Prayers for a safe, successful hunt.
(11-19-2009, 10:13 AM)Texican Wrote: [ -> ]I'm praying for the chance to go hunting this year. 

Good luck to you and your boy, Matthew.

Thanks Tex..
Hunt them deers!
:pray:
Cool! St Hubert is the specific patron of bowhunters, especially, and I've been looking for some good prayers to him!
What sort of deer ya after? We have all-year hunting in NZ, and where I live we've got fallow, reds and some elusive samba as well.
Tree stand? How do you do it over there? A mate of mine here in Oz is keen on deer hunting, and excuse my ignorance if I'm completely off the mark but for him, using a tree stand (if it's a stationary, camouflaged place) would be kind of defeating half the purpose - for him it's all about tracking them etc until you have a safe opportunity for a shot. Or like I tease him, he could just sit on the porch of the house I used to live in and wait for them to come grazing the front lawn.  :)
May God bless you and your son, Matthew. May our Lord grant you a bountiful hunt.

Saint Hubert, ora pro nobis!
Saint Gabriel Possenti, ora pro nobis!


In Corde Regis,

Joshua
(11-20-2009, 01:28 AM)Benno Wrote: [ -> ]Tree stand? How do you do it over there? A mate of mine here in Oz is keen on deer hunting, and excuse my ignorance if I'm completely off the mark but for him, using a tree stand (if it's a stationary, camouflaged place) would be kind of defeating half the purpose - for him it's all about tracking them etc until you have a safe opportunity for a shot. Or like I tease him, he could just sit on the porch of the house I used to live in and wait for them to come grazing the front lawn.  :)

To each his own.
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