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Final Descent Outdoors is going into it’s fourth year of being a national hunting show and our fifth year overall. With staff scattered from Iowa, Kansas, Michigan, Georgia, Oklahoma, and Texas we are yearly able to harvest some great deer and capture some amazing footage for our viewers to enjoy. We take pride in the fact that we are “average joe’s” just like our viewers. We are school teacher, firefighters, ministers, salesmen, truck drivers, and everyday folks. The goal of Final Descent Outdoors is to produce the absolute best outdoor television possible for our fans and feature our sponsors and their products that help make us successful in the woods. 

We are passionate about hunting but we are also passionate about our faith in Jesus Christ. In life as well as the show our goal is to make God look good. Furthermore, we are family men and God has called each of us to lead our families. Our spouses and children come before any hunting season. We want to allow our viewers to walk with us through the unforgettable moments, the laughs, and the heart breaks. Aren’t those the emotions that bring us back to the woods over and over again?

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4 Bible Passages All Hunters Should Know

Brad Clay

With our show Final Descent Outdoors being a faith based hunting tv show we get the occasional email saying "How can you be a Christian and kill God's creation."  I kindly email back using God's word as a reference and rarely get a second response.  Here is the deal, hunting is God ordained.  That's not my opinion, that's not just my view, it's clearly stated in God's word and every Christian Outdoorsman needs to not only understand that but also know where to find passages in the Bible on hunting.

1) "God made the wild animals according to their kinds, the livestock according to their kinds, and all the creatures that move along the ground according to their kinds. And God saw that it was good.  Then God said, “Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness, so that they may rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky, over the livestock and all the wild animals, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” -Genesis 1:25-26

God created everything, spoke it into existence.  In doing so He also new that order had to be put into place and in this passage God gives man dominion over all of His creation from fish, to birds, to wild game, and domesticated animals.  What an incredible God given honor, it truly is.  God placed man in charge of the animals.  This was man's first God given responsibility and one that today, hunters as conservationists must never take for granted.  But in Genesis 1 animals were not viewed as food....but it's coming.  

2) "Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you. And as I gave you the green plants, I give you everything." -Genesis 9:3

In Genesis 9 we find Noah getting off of the ark.  God tells Noah and he sons to be fruitful and multiply (have babies and repopulate the world) and that you now can view the animals as food.  Fire up the grill baby!  It's time for some baby back ribs, a perfectly seasoned ribeye, how about some backstrap fajitas, I could keep going but I haven't had lunch yet!  The point is, God told Noah, animals are now food, enjoy!  However, he is still held to the responsibility and honor from Genesis 1:25-26.  

Photo credit Kirk Turner

Photo credit Kirk Turner

3) "In the evening quail came up and covered the camp, and in the morning dew lay around the camp" Exodus 16:13  

When God led the Israelite's out of Egypt and into the desert he provided for them in the harsh conditions.  He provided manna (a honey type bread) and...wait for it...quail.  If my grandpa was on death row he would have quail, biscuits with honey, and mashed potatoes for his last meal.  Matter of fact, I might too!  If you have never had quail then you haven't experienced life to the fullest folks!  It's incredible!  But here is the deal, we are talking about God...He could have fed His people with anything.  Some nice vegan burgers, maybe some tofu or some delicious lentils.  He didn't do that, he chose wild game out of all the possibilities in the world to feed His people.  If it's good enough for God...it's good enough for me!

4) "And there came a voice to him; "Rise, Peter; kill and eat," -Acts 10:13

In this passage Peter has a vision.  Though God had given dominion over the animals and said they are food the Jews still had many regulations and laws on what could be eaten, how it was to be prepared and so forth.  In this passage Peter realizes that the ancient laws of Moses were now abolished.  He is given the green light to kill and eat of all the creatures without distinction, which were represented to him in the sheet (Acts 10:11) and the reason for this was to show Peter, that both the distinction between clean and unclean creatures in the law was now removed and men could eat what they pleased.  You see once again, God confirms that killing and eating meat is not wrong, it's actually just the opposite of that.

So here is what we have learned.  We have a huge responsibility to oversee God's creation.  Hunters are true conservationists and we must never lose sight or abuse this power given to us by God.  We should never be ashamed for being hunters, God gave us the green light!  As long as we are not abusing the God given resources we are good to go!  Hunt, kill, eat!  Don't let someone ridicule you for being a hunter, remember Galatians 1: 10 says "Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ." 

 

Author Brad Clay is the host of Final Descent Outdoors and a licensed and ordained minister in Oklahoma.  Brad served for 12yrs in vocational ministry before stepping out to do full time outdoor ministry in 2013. Brad resides in Edmond, OK and is married with four children.

 

 

Why Should A Church Host A Wildgame Dinner?

Brad Clay

We don’t have to tell you that men’s ministry is tough.  On any given Sunday in America there are 13 million more adult women than men in attendance in our churches.  Men don’t like to admit they are wrong or ask for help.  To come into a relationship with Jesus we have to admit we are sinners (we are wrong) and that we need Jesus (help).  So, creating events like a Wildgame Dinner is a great way to get men into the doors of the church, in a non-threatening environment and present them with the gospel.  There are nearly 14 million hunters in the USA and using the common ground of the outdoors to reach those men is quickly becoming a very effective way to draw men into the church.  However, this isn’t just about the man.  When a man comes to faith in Christ the rest of the family follows 93% of the time.

Our Church Doesn’t Have A Mens Ministry Budget, How Can We Pull It Off?

I do realize that many churches don’t have much money set aside for men’s ministry.  I do believe that this can be a huge outreach and you should figure out a way to make it happen.  

You should want to try and keep the event free if possible but many churches do charge to come to the event.  There are benefits to charging outside of the actual money coming to help cover costs.  You sell tickets and you have an idea on how many to expect, you can cap the event based on space and food if needed.  This is all based on where your church is along the lines of funds to put on this event.

 

We Have Never Done One, Where Do We Start?

We realize that many churches have never hosted such an event and have no idea where to start.  I have spoken at over 200 such events and have seen them done well and I have seen them done very poorly.  Here is what you need to pull it off:

Food: Don’t be scared by the name “Wildgame”.  You can do several things here.  One, ask men in the church to bring homemade wild game dishes, another great way to involve men in the church.  You should also have other food available.  Many churches will do chili, fried fish, or smoked meats.  (Actually had several churches bring a whole smoked hog, people loved it.  Apple in the mouth in all!).  You want to make sure that you have plenty of food and fish and chili seem to go along way.  Tea, water, and simple desserts keep all men happy, happy, happy!

Date: We recommend doing the event between January-March or September-October.  This is right before and right after the hunting season.  Many churches choose Saturday or Friday evenings. However, you need to look at your church, your area, and decide what works best for you.

Speaker: You can dream as big or as small as you want here.  You want Phil Robertson?  If you can afford him, do it!  There are several outdoor TV personalities that speak at such events like myself.  Jeff Danker of Major League Bowhunter, Jimmy Houston, Daniel McVay and Buddy Groom of Buckventures, Alex Rutledge of Bloodline TV, Jimmy Sites and many more (sorry if I left you off!)  You don't have to have a TV guy by any means.  Maybe it is someone in your church but you want someone who can clearly...clearly present the Gospel.

Promotion: Many of these events succeed and fail by the amount of effort put into it through promotion.  Don't make it all for not!  Start with the men in your church and work out.  Get them on board and bringing buddies.  Then hang up flyers at local gun shops, bow shops, ranges, sport stores, etc.  Run ads in the paper, USE SOCIAL MEDIA!!! Get the word out and get those guys in the door!

Door Prizes: One of the best way to get guys in the door is by promoting the event and mentioning some amazing door prizes. Contact your local sporting good store, taxidermist, gun shop, bow shop, feed store, etc and ask for a tax deductible donation. Set aside some budget to also provide great prizes.  Just an FYI...giving away guns means background checks and FFL transfers.  To avoid embarrassment and the hassle we recommend giving away a muzzleloader as it doesn't require a background check or an FFL transfer.

Plan Well: Men have a tendency to miss details.  You can't. Plan out the schedule and hold to it, respect the folks that comes time the best you can.  Plan to have food prepared and served.  For door prizes, have runners take prizes to folks, this process can drag on forever if you don't speed it up.  Plan for men to make decisions and follow up to be done.  If men come accept Christ make sure proper follow up is done! Don't just say, they stood up, filled out a card, or raised there hand, good enough!  Make sure you have there information.  (I recommend having a card you do the drawing from with contact info and at the bottom have a response area for follow up afterwards).

Pray: Last but for sure not least!  There are so many lost men in your community that need Jesus, many of them love the outdoors.  Pray that this event would appeal to them and that they would come and hear about Jesus.  That is the end result.  Bring men together to be challenged by the truth of the Gospel.

If you have any questions about Wildgame Dinners please don't hesitate to reach out to us!

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