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Famous hunter to speak at local church

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By Nathan L. McBroom

More than 400 people are expected to attend an event at Shelby Christian Saturday, March 8 to hear a pioneering outdoorsmen talk about game calling, hunting, and his greatest passion in life - his Christian faith.

David Hale, who is known for his pioneer efforts in creating games calls and hunting videos, will speak to a near-capacity crowd at an event that includes a meal and door prizes.

Hale said along with sharing stories from his many years of hunting deer, turkey and elk, he will "hopefully get to share a little gospel" as well.

Hale said talking to outdoorsmen about faith in a creator God is easy because they regularly see his handiwork in creation.

Members of Shelby Christian's Christian Sportsmen Fellowship are setting up the event as a means of reaching out to men in the community who enjoy the outdoors but rarely attend church.

Mark Brooks, one of the event organizers, said hunters - both Christian and non - "have a common bound in a love for the outdoors."

Brooks said while he greatly respects Hale as a world-class hunter and outdoorsman, what impresses him most about him is his desire to be used as a Christian witness.

Hale, 62, has been hunting since he was 12 years old and for the last 24 years he has hunted professionally.

Hale's 50 years of hunting experience are almost equaled by his 48 years as a teacher of an adult Sunday school class in Cadiz, Kentucky.

He said teaching the class is one of his greatest joys in life.

Hale and his long-time friend, Harold Knight, started making handmade game calls in his basement in 1971. Their intentions never were to get famous - they just wanted to make good calls and if they sold any to be able to afford to hunt out of state.

Knight and Hale products are now considered among the industry's best.

Along with the meal and talk, several door prizes will be given away during the evening. Brooks said a Ruger Hawkeye Rifle, an Encore 7mm rifle, and two compound bows are among the prizes that will be given away.

The event, which starts at 6 p.m., costs $10. There is a possibility that tickets may sell out.