You might remind His/Her Grace that there are only three hunters
mentioned in the Hebrew Bible, all of them unfavorably. There is King
Solomon, and the reference is to his excesses as an abuse of royal power.
Second, of course is the nepahlin-heathen king Nimrod, again, not a positive
role model. Third, of course, is Esau - Jacob's rejected older brother, the
Then state that you assume that the reason
deer were brought up was that, in good Franciscan [or St. Patrickan]
tradition, that the congregation was being asked to pray for the safety and
well-being of the deer.