Buckle up — we’re about to get theological here. This article will try to answer the questions, “What does God think about duck hunting?”
To answer that question, we obviously have to look at the Bible. Those are God’s words after all.
The closest reference to hunting for fun is in Proverbs 12:27: “The lazy man does not roast what he took in hunting, but diligence is man’s precious possession” (NKJV).
Back in the day (i.e. Bible times), they didn’t hunt for sport — they did it to stay alive. They relied on their hunting skills to have food. Before Phil Robertson’s duck call business exploded with success, he hunted and fished to provide food for himself, his new wife, and young children.
It just wasn’t a sport because it was a necessity.
In the beginning, God gave Adam animals to help him and serve him. And one way they served humans — only after the great flood in Genesis 9 — was as food.
Nowadays, people hunt for fun. They eat the meat, but most don’t actually need it to survive.
The Bible doesn’t address hunting as a sin or not a sin — it doesn’t talk about hunting for sport or for need as wrong or right.
“And God said, ‘Behold, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the earth, and every tree with seed in its fruit. You shall have them for food. And unto every beast of the earth and to every bird of the heavens and to everything that creeps on the earth, everything that has the breath of life, I have given every green plant for food.’ And it was so.” (Genesis 1:29-30, ESV)
So, Biblically speaking, hunting for fun is not wrong — animals exist to serve humans, whether as needed food or extra food. And of course, it comes down to your own feelings about it. If you’re not comfortable with it, follow your conscience and don’t do it.