Hunting: The Spirituality of Harvesting Your Own Meat

09/12/19 8:17 AM | by

Watching the sunset from the deer stand. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

For the last 18 years, Mark Muller, president of Max Motors, has invited the men of his family to his ranch near Amoret, Missouri for the 10-day whitetail deer hunting season. It is a male-only event that has become a tradition amongst the Muller men. Deer Camp, as it’s called, occurs every November.

“Deer Camp is about men getting together, celebrating our manhood, eating, drinking and doing what we want to do. It’s all about God, country, family and celebrating the rights we have and taking the harvest off the land,” said Muller. “There’s something spiritual about harvesting your own meat.”

Last year, Muller’s youngest son Marko, shot a good-sized doe on opening day with his Remington 700 chambered in .270 Winchester.

“A lot of people don’t get it,” said Marko. “You go to the supermarket and you can buy a steak. You can buy chicken, but they don’t understand what it’s like to actually go out into nature and hunt and harvest your own meat.”

Less than 24-hours after shooting his deer, he had it butchered and a hindquarter cooked on the smoker — ready for dinner. The family gathered around, bowed their heads and gave thanks.

“It makes you feel a lot more proud and accomplished… that we’re eating something that I literally just killed a day ago,” said Marko.

Why do you hunt? Let us know in the comment section below.


The stand from which Marko shot his deer. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

A beautiful sunset as seen from the deer stand. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

The sun through the trees as seen from the deer stand. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

Deer hunting gets you out into nature to enjoy its beauty. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

The end of another beautiful day hunting deer in Missouri. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

Marko Muller prepares his deer. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

Marko Muller prepares his deer. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

Muller’s dining room showcasing some of the trophy bucks harvested on his property over the years. (Photo: Ben Philippi /

Latest Reviews

  • Smith & Wesson 627 Unboxing Studio Presents: Smith & Wesson 627 Model of 1989

    Taking a peek into the Vault, a spiffy revolver caught my eye — none other than the Smith &...

    Read Now
  • Colt Delta

    The Iconic Colt Delta Elite Offers 10mm to 1911 Fans

    Chambered in the almighty 10mm the Colt Delta Elite is an iconic hand cannon on the wish list of every...

    Read Now
  • Trophy Xtreme

    Optics Review: Taking a Peek with Trophy Xtreme Binoculars

    Bushnell sent over some Trophy Xtreme binoculars for to take for a test drive to see if they measure...

    Read Now
  • Pocket-Sized Powerhouse: The Diamondback DB9 Gen 4

    Pocket-Sized Powerhouse: The Diamondback DB9 Gen 4

    We looked at Diamondback Firearms' newest version of their micro-compact DB9 9mm pistol, the Gen 4, and compared it side-by-side...

    Read Now