I grew up in a small town in the Adirondack Mountains of New York State. The Roman Catholic Church in our town was St. Hubert’s. I knew he was the patron saint of hunters, and that seemed appropriate since we were in a popular deer-hunting area.
Hubert was an avid hunter and had a miraculous conversion upon seeing a crucifix in the antlers of a deer. A voice told him: “Hubert, unless thou turnest to the Lord, and leadest a holy life, thou shalt quickly go down into hell”.
During his vision, Hubert received instructions on ethical hunting: never shoot a female with a fawn, shoot only old stags, and target sick or injured animals.
So, Hubert is not only the patron saint of hunters but also of ethical hunting. He later became a cleric and eventually a bishop.
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