June 30, 2016

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Church’s Beast Feast celebrates hunting for food, family tradition

MEDINA TWP. — First Baptist Church celebrated God’s bounty Sunday at the third annual Beast Feast.

Montana outdoorsman Chad Schearer demonstrates a turkey call Sunday during First Baptist Church’s third annual Beast Feast. (GAZETTE PHOTO BY KIERA MANION-FISCHER)

About 300 people dined on wild game, chicken and beef during Saturday’s feast, an outreach program for the church.

Featured speaker was Chad Schearer, a Montana outdoorsman who hosts the hunting show “Shoot Straight with Chad Schearer” on the Sportsman Channel.

Schearer encouraged hunters to teach their children and grandchildren about the sport, saying it is a tradition that should be passed on.

“It’s not your hunt. It’s all about them,” Schearer said.

Schearer demonstrated elk, turkey and coyote calls and an emergency siren during a presentation at First Baptist Church’s third annual “Beast Feast.” He also offered hunting tips.

Schearer shared a story of getting lost in the Australian outback while hunting water buffalo, animals that have no fear of humans, he said.

In that case, the hunter can become the hunted, he said.

“They will shish-kabob you,” Schearer said.

Vendors at the event included the Deer Scent Co., an archery supply company, a knife vendor, the National Rifle Association and Buckeye Firearms Association.

Contact reporter Kiera Manion-Fischer at (330) 721-4049 or kfischer@medina-gazette.com.