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{{short description|Searching, pursuing, catching and killing wild animals}}{{other uses}}{{Redirect|Hunter}}{{Use British English|date=May 2011}}{{Use dmy dates|date=May 2011}}(File:Natdiglib 13170 full.jpg|thumb|Deer hunter on a tree stand|alt=|300x300px)Hunting is a practice in which a certain type of animal is killed in a certain way: the animal must be wild, it must be able to flee, the killing requires violence, and that violence must be premeditated (eg chasing, stalking, lying in wait). The violence must also be at the hunter’s initiative (not self-defence).BOOK, View to a Death in the Morning : Hunting and Nature Through History., Cartmill, Matt., 2009, Harvard University Press, 9780674029255, 923109462, Hunting wildlife or feral animals is most commonly done by humans for food, recreation, to remove predators that can be dangerous to humans or domestic animals, or for trade. Lawful hunting is distinguished from poaching, which is the illegal killing, trapping or capture of the hunted species. The species that are hunted are referred to as game or prey and are usually mammals and birds.Hunting arose in Homo erectus or earlier, on the order of millions of years ago. Hunting is deeply embedded in human culture. Hunting an animal for its meat can also be seen as a more natural way to obtain animal protein since regulated hunting does not cause the same environmental issues as raising domestic animals for meat, especially on factory farms.(File:Bushmen hunters.jpg|thumb|Bushmen hunter)Hunting can also be a means of pest control. Hunting advocates state that hunting can be a necessary componentWilliams, Ted. "Wanted: More Hunters," Audubon magazine, March 2002, weblink" title="">copy retrieved 26 October 2007. of modern wildlife management, for example, to help maintain a population of healthy animals within an environment's ecological carrying capacity when natural checks such as predators are absent or very rare.WEB,weblink Recreational Hunting Areas,, en-nz, 2019-08-13, WEB, Harper, Craig A, Quality Deer Management Guidelines for Implementation, Agricultural Extension Service, The University of Tennessee,weblink 20 December 2006, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 12 September 2006, However, the usefulness of hunting as a control measure has been questioned, and excessive hunting has also heavily contributed to the endangerment, extirpation and extinction of many animals.JOURNAL, Nugent, Graham, Choquenot, David, 2004, Comparing Cost-Effectiveness of Commercial Harvesting, State-Funded Culling, and Recreational Deer Hunting in New Zealand, Wildlife Society Bulletin (1973-2006), 32, 2, 481–492, 0091-7648, 3784988, 10.2193/0091-7648(2004)32[481:CCOCHS]2.0.CO;2, "Red List Overview". IUCN Red List. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 8 September 2010.The pursuit, capture and release, or capture for food of fish is called fishing, which is not commonly categorised as a form of hunting. It is also not considered hunting to pursue animals without intent to kill them, as in wildlife photography, birdwatching, or scientific research activities which involve tranquilizing or tagging of animals or birds. The practice of foraging or gathering materials from plants and mushrooms is also considered separate from hunting.Skillful tracking and acquisition of an elusive target has caused the word hunt to be used in the vernacular as a metaphor, as in treasure hunting, "bargain hunting", and even "hunting down" corruption and waste.Some animal rights activists argue that hunting is cruel, unnecessary, and unethicalweblink PETA. Why Sports Hunting Is Cruel And Unnecessary. Retrieved December 4, 2018.


The word hunt serves as both a noun ("to be on a hunt") and a verb. The noun has been dated to the early 12th century, "act of chasing game," from the verb hunt. Old English had huntung, huntoþ. The meaning of "a body of persons associated for the purpose of hunting with a pack of hounds" is first recorded in the 1570s. Meaning "the act of searching for someone or something" is from about 1600.The verb, Old English huntian "to chase game" (transitive and intransitive), perhaps developed from hunta "hunter," is related to hentan "to seize," from Proto-Germanic huntojan (the source also of Gothic hinþan "to seize, capture," Old High German hunda "booty"), which is of uncertain origin. The general sense of "search diligently" (for anything) is first recorded c. 1200.DICTIONARY,weblink Harper, Douglas, Hunt, Online Etymology Dictionary, December 24, 2016,



Lower to Middle Paleolithic

{{Further|Hunting hypothesis|Endurance running hypothesis}}Hunting has a long history. It pre-dates the emergence of Homo sapiens (anatomically modern humans) and may even predate genus Homo.The oldest undisputed evidence for hunting dates to the Early Pleistocene, consistent with the emergence and early dispersal of Homo erectus, about 1.7 million years ago (Acheulean).JOURNAL, Gaudzinski, S, 2004, Subsistence patterns of Early Pleistocene hominids in the Levant â€“ Taphonomic evidence from the 'Ubeidiya Formation (Israel), Journal of Archaeological Science, 31, 65–75, 10.1016/s0305-4403(03)00100-6, .JOURNAL, Rabinovich, R., Gaudzinski-Windheuser, S., Goren-Inbar, N., 2008, Systematic butchering of fallow deer (Dama) at the early Middle Pleistocene Acheulian site of Gesher Benot Ya'aqov (Israel), Journal of Human Evolution, 54, 1, 134–49, 10.1016/j.jhevol.2007.07.007, 17868780, While it is undisputed that Homo erectus were hunters, the importance of this for the emergence of Homo erectus from its australopithecine ancestors, including the production of stone tools and eventually the control of fire, is emphasised in the so-called "hunting hypothesis" and de-emphasised in scenarios that stress omnivory and social interaction.There is no direct evidence for hunting predating Homo erectus, in either Homo habilis or in Australopithecus.The early hominid ancestors of humans were probably frugivores or omnivores, with a partially carnivore diet from scavenging rather than hunting.Evidence for australopithecine meat consumption was presented in the 1990s.1992 trace element studies of the strontium/calcium ratios in robust australopithecine fossils suggested the possibility of animal consumption, as did a 1994 using stable carbon isotopic analysis. WEB, Billings, Tom, 6 January 2007, Comparative Anatomy and Physiology Brought Up to Date—continued, Part 3B,weblink It has nevertheless often been assumed that at least occasional hunting behavior may have been present well before the emergence of Homo.This can be argued on the basis of comparison with chimpanzees, the closest extant relatives of humans, who also engage in hunting, indicating that the behavioral trait may have been present in the Chimpanzee–human last common ancestor as early as 5 million years ago. The common chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) regularly engages in troop predation behaviour where bands of beta males are led by an alpha male. Bonobos (Pan paniscus) have also been observed to occasionally engage in group hunting,WEB,weblink Bonobos Hunt Other Primates,, 2008, 5 August 2012, although more rarely than Pan troglodytes, mainly subsisting on a frugivorous diet.WEB,weblink Bonobo social spacing, Courtney Laird, 10 March 2008, Davidson College, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 23 January 2008, Indirect evidence for Oldowan era hunting, by early Homo or late Australopithecus, has been presented in a 2009 study based onan Oldowan site in southwestern Kenya.Plummer, T.W., Bishop, L., Ditchfield, P., Kingston, J., Ferraro, J., Hertel, F. & D. Braun (2009). "The environmental context of Oldowan hominin activities at Kanjera South, Kenya". In: Hovers, E. & D. Braun (eds.), Interdisciplinary Approaches to Understanding the Oldowan, Springer, Dordrecht, pp. 149–60.Tom Plummer, "The Hard Stuff of Culture: Oldowan Archaeology at Kanjera South, Kenya", Popular Archaeology, June 2012.Louis Binford (1986) criticised the idea that early hominids and early humans were hunters. On the basis of the analysis of the skeletal remains of the consumed animals, he concluded that hominids and early humans were mostly scavengers, not hunters,JOURNAL, Binford, Louis, 1986, Human ancestors: Changing views of their behavior, Journal of Anthropological Archaeology, 4, 4, 292–327, 10.1016/0278-4165(85)90009-1, Blumenschine (1986) proposed the idea of confrontational scavenging, which involves challenging and scaring off other predators after they have made a kill, which he suggests could have been the leading method of obtaining protein-rich meat by early humans.Blumenschine, Robert J. (1986) Early hominid scavenging opportunities: Implications of carcass availability in the Serengeti and Ngorongoro ecosystems. Oxford, England: B.A.R.Stone spearheads dated as early as 500,000 years ago were found in South Africa.Monte Morin, "Stone-tipped spear may have much earlier origin", Los Angeles Times, 16 November 2012 Wood does not preserve well, however, and Craig Stanford, a primatologist and professor of anthropology at the University of Southern California, has suggested that the discovery of spear use by chimpanzees probably means that early humans used wooden spears as well, perhaps, five million years ago.Rick Weiss, "Chimps Observed Making Their Own Weapons", The Washington Post, 22 February 2007The earliest dated find of surviving wooden hunting spears dates to the very end of the Lower Paleolithic, just before 300,000 years ago.The Schöningen spears, found in 1976 in Germany, are associated with Homo heidelbergensis.Lower Palaeolithic hunting spears from Germany. Hartmut Thieme. Letters to Nature. Nature 385, 807–10 (27 February 1997); {{doi|10.1038/385807a0}} weblink.The hunting hypothesis sees the emergence of behavioral modernity in the Middle Paleolithic as directly related to hunting, including mating behaviour, the establishment of language, culture, and religion, mythology and animal sacrifice.

Upper Paleolithic to Mesolithic

File:Algerien Desert.jpg|thumb|Saharan rock artSaharan rock artFile:21 Walrus Hunt 1999.jpg|thumb|Inuit walruswalrusEvidence exists that hunting may have been one of the multiple environmental factors leading to the Holocene extinction of megafauna and their replacement by smaller herbivores.JOURNAL, Surovell, Todd, Nicole Waguespack, P. Jeffrey Brantingham, Global archaeological evidence for proboscidean overkill, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 102, 17, 6231–36, 13 April 2005,weblink 10.1073/pnas.0501947102, PDF, 1 January 2007, 15829581, 1087946, 2005PNAS..102.6231S, North American megafauna extinction was coincidental with the Younger Dryas impact event, possibly making hunting a less critical factor in prehistoric species loss than had been previously thought.American Geophysical Union paper PP43A-01, abstract {{webarchive|url= |date=27 September 2007 }} retrieved 26 October 2007However, in other locations such as Australia, humans are thought to have played a very significant role in the extinction of the Australian megafauna that was widespread prior to human occupation.JOURNAL, Miller, G.H., 2005, Ecosystem Collapse in Pleistocene Australia and a Human Role in Megafaunal Extinction, Science (journal), Science, 309, 5732, 287–90, 10.1126/science.1111288, 16002615, 2005Sci...309..287M, JOURNAL, Prideaux, G.J., etal, 2007, An arid-adapted middle Pleistocene vertebrate fauna from south-central Australia, Nature, 445, 7126, 422–25, 10.1038/nature05471, 17251978, 2007Natur.445..422P, Hunting was a crucial component of hunter-gatherer societies before the domestication of livestock and the dawn of agriculture, beginning about 11,000 years ago in some parts of the world. In addition to the spear, hunting weapons developed during the Upper Paleolithic include the atlatl (a spear-thrower; before 30,000 years ago) and the bow (18,000 years ago). By the Mesolithic, hunting strategies had diversified with the development of these more far-reaching weapons and the domestication of the dog about 15,000 years ago. Evidence puts the earliest known mammoth hunting in Asia with spears to approximately 16,200 years ago.CONFERENCE, Vasiliy N., Zenin, Evgeny N. Mashenko, Sergey V. Leshchinskiy, Aleksandr F. Pavlov, Pieter M. Grootes, Marie-Josée Nadeau, The First Direct Evidence of Mammoth Hunting in Asia (Lugovskoye Site, Western Siberia) (L), 3rd International Mammoth Conference, John Storer, Government of Yukon, 24–29 May 2003, Dawson City, Yukon Territory, Canada,weblink 1 January 2007, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 17 November 2006, File:Kærvspids, Bjerlev Hede.jpg|thumb|upright|left|Sharp flint piece from Bjerlev HedeBjerlev HedeMany species of animals have been hunted throughout history. It has been suggested that in North America and Eurasia, caribou and wild reindeer "may well be the species of single greatest importance in the entire anthropological literature on hunting""In North America and Eurasia the species has long been an important resource—in many areas the most important resource—for peoples inhabiting the northern boreal forest and tundra regions. Known human dependence on caribou/wild reindeer has a long history, beginning in the Middle Pleistocene (Banfield 1961:170; Kurtén 1968:170) and continuing to the present. […] The caribou/wild reindeer is thus an animal that has been a major resource for humans throughout a tremendous geographic area and across a time span of tens of thousands of years." JOURNAL, Burch, Ernest S., Jr, 1972, The Caribou/Wild Reindeer as a Human Resource, American Antiquity, 37, 3, 339–68, 10.2307/278435, 278435, (see also Reindeer Age), although the varying importance of different species depended on the geographic location.File:Black Figured Olpe depicting the return of a hunter and his dog.jpg|thumb|Ancient Greek black-figure pottery depicting the return of a hunter and his dog; made in Athens c. 540 BC, found in RhodesRhodesMesolithic hunter-gathering lifestyles remained prevalent in some parts of the Americas, Sub-Saharan Africa, and Siberia, as well as all of Australia, until the European Age of Discovery. They still persist in some tribal societies, albeit in rapid decline. Peoples that preserved Paleolithic hunting-gathering until the recent past include some indigenous peoples of the Amazonas (Aché), some Central and Southern African (San people), some peoples of New Guinea (Fayu), the Mlabri of Thailand and Laos, the Vedda people of Sri Lanka, and a handful of uncontacted peoples. In Africa, one of the last remaining hunter-gatherer tribes are the Hadza of Tanzania.WEB,weblink The Nature Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, 2016-09-15,

Neolithic and Antiquity

File:Diane de Versailles Leochares.jpg|thumb|left|upright|Artemis with a Hind, a Roman copy of an Ancient Greek sculpture, c. 325 BC, by LeocharesLeocharesFile:Goguryeo tomb mural.jpg|thumb|An example of a Goguryeo tomb mural of hunting, middle of the first millennium]]Even as animal domestication became relatively widespread and after the development of agriculture, hunting was usually a significant contributor to the human food supply.The supplementary meat and materials from hunting included protein, bone for implements, sinew for cordage, fur, feathers, rawhide and leather used in clothing.Hunting is still vital in marginal climates, especially those unsuited for pastoral uses or agriculture.BOOK, Mystique Melodies, Porter, V.I., Dorrance Publishing, 2018, 978-1-4809-5591-2, Pittsburgh, PA, 48, For example, Inuit people in the Arctic trap and hunt animals for clothing and use the skins of sea mammals to make kayaks, clothing, and footwear.On ancient reliefs, especially from Mesopotamia, kings are often depicted as hunters of big game such as lions and are often portrayed hunting from a war chariot. The cultural and psychological importance of hunting in ancient societies is represented by deities such as the horned god Cernunnos and lunar goddesses of classical antiquity, the Greek Artemis or Roman Diana. Taboos are often related to hunting, and mythological association of prey species with a divinity could be reflected in hunting restrictions such as a reserve surrounding a temple. Euripides' tale of Artemis and Actaeon, for example, may be seen as a caution against disrespect of prey or impudent boasting.With the domestication of the dog, birds of prey, and the ferret, various forms of animal-aided hunting developed, including venery (scent hound hunting, such as fox hunting), coursing (sight hound hunting), falconry, and ferreting. While these are all associated with medieval hunting, over time, various dog breeds were selected for very precise tasks during the hunt, reflected in such names as pointer and setter.{{See also|Lion hunting}}

Pastoral and agricultural societies

File:Nobleman in Hunting Costume preceded by his Servant trying to find the Scent of a Stag.png|thumb|right|Nobleman in hunting costume with his servant following the scent of a stagstagEven as agriculture and animal husbandry became more prevalent, hunting often remained as a part of human culture where the environment and social conditions allowed. Hunter-gatherer societies persisted, even when increasingly confined to marginal areas. And within agricultural systems, hunting served to kill animals that prey upon domestic and wild animals or to attempt to extirpate animals seen by humans as competition for resources such as water or forage.When hunting moved from a subsistence activity to a social one, two trends emerged:
  1. the development of the role of the specialist hunter, with special training and equipment
  2. the co-option of hunting as a "sport" for those of an upper social class
The meaning of the word game in Middle English evolved to include an animal which is hunted. As game became more of a luxury than a necessity, the stylised pursuit of it also became a luxury. Dangerous hunting, such as for lions or wild boars, often done on horseback or from a chariot, had a function similar to tournaments and manly sports. Hunting ranked as an honourable, somewhat competitive pastime to help the aristocracy practice skills of war in times of peace.Machiavelli provides a rationale, if not the origin, of noble hunting:BOOK, Machiavelli, Niccolò, Niccolò Machiavelli, 1531, Discourses on the first decade of Titus Livius, Book 3, Gilbert, Allan, Machiavelli: The Chief Works and Others,weblink 1, Duke University Press, 1989, 516, 978-0-8223-8157-0, 27 December 2013, [...] hunting expeditions, as Xenophon makes plain, are images of war; therefore to men of rank such activity is honorable and necessary., In most parts of medieval Europe, the upper class obtained the sole rights to hunt in certain areas of a feudal territory. Game in these areas was used as a source of food and furs, often provided via professional huntsmen, but it was also expected to provide a form of recreation for the aristocracy. The importance of this proprietary view of game can be seen in the Robin Hood legends, in which one of the primary charges against the outlaws is that they "hunt the King's deer". In contrast, settlers in Anglophone colonies gloried democratically in hunting for all.BOOK, Dunlap, Thomas R., Remaking Worlds: European models in New Lands, Nature and the English Diaspora: Environment and History in the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand,weblink Studies in Environment and History, 17, Cambridge University Press, 1999, 61, 978-0-521-65700-6, 24 December 2013, The settlers adopted sport hunting, as they did other elements of British culture, but they had to adapt it. Social circumstances and biological realities reshaped it and gave it new meaning. There was no elite monopolizing access to land. Indeed, the great attraction and boast of these nations were of land for all., In Medieval Europe, hunting was considered by Johannes Scotus Eriugena to be part of the set of seven mechanical arts.In his commentary on Martianus Capella's early 5th-century work, The Marriage of Philology and Mercury, one of the main sources for medieval reflection on the liberal arts.

Use of dogs

File:'Jachtgezellen' Rijksmuseum SK-A-1023.jpeg|thumb|Hunting Companions, Dutch 19th-century painting featuring two dogs, a shotgunshotgunAlthough various other animals have been used to aid the hunter, such as ferrets, the dog has assumed many very important uses to the hunter.The domestication of the dog has led to a symbiotic relationship in which the dog's independence from humans is deferred. Though dogs can survive independently of humans, and in many cases do, as with feral dogs, where hunger is not a primary factor, the species tends to defer to human control in exchange for habitation, food and support.WEB,weblink The Hunting Guide >> Read Before Hunt, Hunting Guide, en-US, 2017-12-15, Dogs today are used to find, chase, retrieve, and sometimes to kill the game. Hunting dogs allow humans to pursue and kill prey that would otherwise be very difficult or dangerous to hunt. Different breeds of dogs are used for different types of hunting. Waterfowl are commonly hunted using retrieving dogs such as the Labrador Retriever, the Golden Retriever, the Chesapeake Bay Retriever, the Brittany Spaniel, and other similar breeds. Game birds are flushed out using flushing spaniels such as the English Springer Spaniel, the various Cocker Spaniels and similar breeds.The hunting of wild mammals in England and Wales with dogs was banned under the Hunting Act 2004. The wild mammals include fox, hare, deer and mink. Hunting with dogs is permissible, however, where it has been carried out in accordance with one of the exceptions in the Act.WEB,weblink Hunting with dogs « Defra,, 18 February 2005, 20 April 2012, {{See also|Deer hunting|Fox hunting|Mink hunting}}


{{Further|Homo Necans}}Many prehistoric deities are depicted as predators or prey of humans, often in a zoomorphic form, perhaps alluding to the importance of hunting for most Palaeolithic cultures.In many pagan religions, specific rituals are conducted before or after a hunt; the rituals done may vary according to the species hunted or the season the hunt is taking place.{{Citation needed|date=September 2008}} Often a hunting ground, or the hunt for one or more species, was reserved or prohibited in the context of a temple cult.{{Citation needed|date=September 2008}}File:CheetahHunt.jpg|thumb|Mughal aristocrats hunting a blackbuck alongside an Asiatic cheetahAsiatic cheetah

Indian and Eastern religions

{{Unreferenced section|date=November 2017}}File:Sikh Hunting.jpg|thumb|A group of Sikhs hunting (Unknown Pahari artist, 18th century)]](File:A tiger hunt at Jhajjar, Rohtak District, Panjab.jpg|thumb|A tiger hunt at Jhajjar, Rohtak District, Punjab, c. 1820)Hindu scriptures describe hunting as an acceptable occupation, as well as a sport of the kingly. Even figures considered divine are described to have engaged in hunting. One of the names of the god Shiva is Mrigavyadha, which translates as "the deer hunter" (mriga means deer; vyadha means hunter). The word Mriga, in many Indian languages including Malayalam, not only stands for deer, but for all animals and animal instincts (Mriga Thrishna). Shiva, as Mrigavyadha, is the one who destroys the animal instincts in human beings. In the epic Ramayana, Dasharatha, the father of Rama, is said to have the ability to hunt in the dark. During one of his hunting expeditions, he accidentally killed Shravana, mistaking him for game. During Rama's exile in the forest, Ravana kidnapped his wife, Sita, from their hut, while Rama was asked by Sita to capture a golden deer, and his brother Lakshman went after him. According to the Mahabharat, Pandu, the father of the Pandavas, accidentally killed the sage Kindama and his wife with an arrow, mistaking them for a deer. Krishna is said to have died after being accidentally wounded by an arrow of a hunter.Jainism teaches followers to have tremendous respect for all of life. Prohibitions for hunting and meat eating are the fundamental conditions for being a Jain.Buddhism's first precept is the respect for all sentient life. The general approach by all Buddhists is to avoid killing any living animals. Buddha explained the issue by saying "all fear death; comparing others with oneself, one should neither kill nor cause to kill."In Sikhism, only meat obtained from hunting, or slaughtered with the Jhatka is permitted. The Sikh gurus, especially Guru Hargobind and Guru Gobind Singh were ardent hunters. Many old Sikh Rehatnamas like Prem Sumarag, recommend hunting wild boar and deer. However, among modern Sikhs, the practise of hunting has died down; some even saying that all meat is forbidden.

Christianity, Judaism, and Islam

(File:Ladies Hunting.png|thumb|Ladies hunting in the 15th century)File:Flanders Tapestry with the hunting scene.jpg|thumb|right|TapestryTapestryFrom early Christian times, hunting has been forbidden to Roman Catholic Church clerics. Thus the Corpus Juris Canonici (C. ii, X, De cleric. venat.) says, "We forbid to all servants of God hunting and expeditions through the woods with hounds; and we also forbid them to keep hawks or falcons." The Fourth Council of the Lateran, held under Pope Innocent III, decreed (canon xv): "We interdict hunting or hawking to all clerics." The decree of the Council of Trent is worded more mildly: "Let clerics abstain from illicit hunting and hawking" (Sess. XXIV, De reform., c. xii), which seems to imply that not all hunting is illicit, and canonists generally make a distinction declaring noisy (clamorosa) hunting unlawful, but not quiet (quieta) hunting.Ferraris (s.v. "Clericus", art. 6) gives it as the general sense of canonists that hunting is allowed to clerics if it be indulged in rarely and for sufficient cause, as necessity, utility or "honest" recreation, and with that moderation which is becoming to the ecclesiastical state. Ziegler, however (De episc., l. IV, c. xix), thinks that the interpretation of the canonists is not in accordance with the letter or spirit of the laws of the church.Nevertheless, although a distinction between lawful and unlawful hunting is undoubtedly permissible, it is certain that a bishop can absolutely prohibit all hunting to the clerics of his diocese, as was done by synods at Milan, Avignon, Liège, Cologne, and elsewhere. Benedict XIV (De synodo diœces., l. II, c. x) declared that such synodal decrees are not too severe, as an absolute prohibition of hunting is more conformable to the ecclesiastical law. In practice, therefore, the synodal statutes of various localities must be consulted to discover whether they allow quiet hunting or prohibit it altogether.It is important to note that most Christian, do not observe kosher dietary laws hence most Christian have no religious restrictions on eating the animals hunted. This is in accord with what is found in the Acts of the Apostles 15:28–29, and 1 Timothy 4:4.In Jewish law hunting is not forbidden although there is an aversion to it. The great 18th-century authority Rabbi Yechezkel Landau after a study concluded although "hunting would not be considered cruelty to animals insofar as the animal is generally killed quickly and not tortured... There is an unseemly element in it, namely cruelty." The other issue is that hunting can be dangerous and Judaism places an extreme emphasis on the value of human life.WEB,weblink The Jewish Ethicist: Judaism and Hunting,, WEB,weblink The Jewish View on Hunting for Sport,, Islamic Sharia Law permits hunting of lawful animals and birds if they cannot be easily caught and slaughtered.WEB,weblink Hunting according to Islamic Law, New Muslim Guide,,

National traditions

New Zealand

New Zealand has a strong hunting culture.BOOK,weblink Hunting : a New Zealand history, Hunter, Kathryn M, 2009, Auckland : Random House New Zealand, 9781869791544, English, When humans arrived, the only mammals present on the islands making up New Zealand were bats, although seals and other marine mammals were present along the coasts. However, when humans arrived they brought other species with them. Polynesian voyagers introduced kuri (dogs), kiore (Polynesian rats), as well as a range of plant species. European explorers further added to New Zealand's biota, particularly pigs which were introduced by either Captain Cook or the French explorer De Surville in the 1700s.WEB,weblink 5. – Introduced animal pests – Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand, Taonga, New Zealand Ministry for Culture and Heritage Te Manatu,, en, 2019-08-13, JOURNAL, Clarke, C. M. H., Dzieciolowski, R. M., 1991-9, Feral pigs in the northern South Island, New Zealand: I. Origin, distribution, and density, Journal of the Royal Society of New Zealand, en, 21, 3, 237–247, 10.1080/03036758.1991.10418181, 0303-6758, During the nineteenth century, as European colonisation took place, acclimatisation societies were established. The societies introduced a large number of species with no use other than as prey for hunting.BOOK,weblink Gamekeepers for the nation : the story of New Zealand's acclimatisation societies, 1861-1990, McDowall, R. M., 1994, Christchurch, N.Z. : Canterbury University Press, 9780908812417, English, Species that adapted well to the New Zealand terrain include deer, pigs, goats, hare, tahr and chamois. With wilderness areas, suitable forage, and no natural predators, their populations exploded. Government agencies view the animals as pests due to their effects on the natural environment and on agricultural production, but hunters view them as a resource.File:Weeks Edwin Departure For The Hunt.jpg|thumb|Weeks Edwin's painting Departure for the Hunt, c. 1885]]

Shikar (Indian subcontinent)

File:Hunting party mandalay1885.jpg|left|thumb|upright=1|A Shikar party in Mandalay, Burma, soon after the conclusion of the Third Anglo-Burmese War in 1886, when Burma was annexed to British IndiaBritish IndiaDuring the feudal and colonial times in British India, hunting was regarded as a regal sport in the numerous princely states, as many maharajas and nawabs, as well as British officers, maintained a whole corps of shikaris (big-game hunters), who were native professional hunters. They would be headed by a master of the hunt, who might be styled mir-shikar. Often, they recruited the normally low-ranking local tribes because of their traditional knowledge of the environment and hunting techniques. Big game, such as Bengal tigers, might be hunted from the back of an elephant.Regional social norms are generally antagonistic to hunting, while a few sects, such as the Bishnoi, lay special emphasis on the conservation of particular species, such as the antelope. India's Wildlife Protection Act of 1972 bans the killing of all wild animals. However, the Chief Wildlife Warden may, if satisfied that any wild animal from a specified list has become dangerous to human life, or is so disabled or diseased as to be beyond recovery, permit any person to hunt such an animal. In this case, the body of any wild animal killed or wounded becomes government property.WEB, Helplinelaw,weblink Indian Wildlife Protection Act, 1972,, 20 April 2012,


File:ST-bakerelephant.jpg|thumb|Explorer and big game hunter Samuel BakerSamuel BakerA safari, from a Swahili word meaning "a long journey", especially in Africa, is defined as an overland journey. Safari as a distinctive way of hunting was popularised by the US author Ernest Hemingway and President Theodore Roosevelt.JOURNAL, Brennan, Claire, 2015-07-03, "An Africa on your own front door step": the development of an Australian safari, Journal of Australian Studies, 39, 3, 396–410, 10.1080/14443058.2015.1052833, 1444-3058, A safari may consist of a several-days – or even weeks-long journey, with camping in the bush or jungle, while pursuing big game. Nowadays, it is often used to describe tours through African national parks to watch or hunt wildlife.Hunters are usually tourists, accompanied by licensed and highly regulated professional hunters, local guides, skinners, and porters in more difficult terrains. A special safari type is the solo-safari, where all the license acquiring, stalking, preparation, and outfitting is done by the hunter himself.

United Kingdom

{{See also|Deer stalking|Fox hunting legislation}}File:Snowden Slights, front view YORYM-S13.jpg|thumb|Snowden Slights with retriever and shotgun around 1910, 'the last of Yorkshire's WildfowlerWildfowlerUnarmed fox hunting on horseback with hounds is the type of hunting most closely associated with the United Kingdom; in fact, "hunting" without qualification implies fox hunting. What in other countries is called "hunting" is called "shooting" (birds) or "stalking" (deer) in Britain. Originally a form of vermin control to protect livestock, fox hunting became a popular social activity for newly wealthy upper classes in Victorian times and a traditional rural activity for riders and foot followers alike. Similar to fox hunting in many ways is the chasing of hares with hounds. Pairs of Sight hounds (or long-dogs), such as greyhounds, may be used to pursue a hare in coursing, where the greyhounds are marked as to their skill in coursing the hare (but are not intended to actually catch it), or the hare may be pursued with scent hounds such as beagles or harriers. Other sorts of foxhounds may also be used for hunting stags (deer) or mink. Deer stalking with rifles is carried out on foot without hounds, using stealth.{{clear left}}These forms of hunting have been controversial in the UK. Animal welfare supporters believe that hunting causes unnecessary suffering to foxes, horses, and hounds. Proponents argue that it is culturally and perhaps economically important. Using dogs to chase wild mammals was made illegal in February 2005 by the Hunting Act 2004; there were a number of exemptions (under which the activity may not be illegal) in the act for hunting with hounds, but no exemptions at all for hare-coursing.

Shooting traditions

Game birds, especially pheasants, are shot with shotguns for sport in the UK; the British Association for Shooting and Conservation says that over a million people per year participate in shooting, including game shooting, clay pigeon shooting, and target shooting.BASC siteShooting as practised in Britain, as opposed to traditional hunting, requires little questing for game—around thirty-five million birds are released onto shooting estates every year, some having been factory farmed. Shoots can be elaborate affairs with guns placed in assigned positions and assistants to help load shotguns. When in position, "beaters" move through the areas of cover, swinging sticks or flags to drive the game out. Such events are often called "drives". The open season for grouse in the UK begins on 12 August, the so-called Glorious Twelfth. The definition of game in the United Kingdom is governed by the Game Act 1831.A similar tradition exists in (:es:Ojeo|Spain)

United States

File:Camp on Schoodic Lake, ME.jpg|thumb|right|Hunting camp with dressed deer at Schoodic Lake, MaineMaine{{multiple image| align = right| direction = horizontal| width = | footer = | width1 = 143| image1 = Bogenjäger jagt vom Treestand aus.png| alt1 = | caption1 = An archer with a compound hunting bow| width2 = 170| image2 = Bear hunting Kodiak FWS.jpg| alt2 = | caption2 = Carrying a bear trophy head at the Kodiak Archipelago| width3 = 185}}North American hunting pre-dates the United States by thousands of years and was an important part of many pre-Columbian Native American cultures. Native Americans retain some hunting rights and are exempt from some laws as part of Indian treaties and otherwise under federal law—examples include eagle feather laws and exemptions in the Marine Mammal Protection Act. This is considered particularly important in Alaskan native communities.Hunting is primarily regulated by state law; additional regulations are imposed through United States environmental law in the case of migratory birds and endangered species. Regulations vary widely from state to state and govern the areas, time periods, techniques and methods by which specific game animals may be hunted. Some states make a distinction between protected species and unprotected species (often vermin or varmints for which there are no hunting regulations). Hunters of protected species require a hunting license in all states, for which completion of a hunting safety course is sometimes a prerequisite.Typically, game animals are divided into several categories for regulatory purposes. Typical categories, along with example species, are as follows: Hunting big game typically requires a "tag" for each animal harvested. Tags must be purchased in addition to the hunting license, and the number of tags issued to an individual is typically limited. In cases where there are more prospective hunters than the quota for that species, tags are usually assigned by lottery. Tags may be further restricted to a specific area, or wildlife management unit. Hunting migratory waterfowl requires a duck stamp from the Fish and Wildlife Service in addition to the appropriate state hunting license.Harvest of animals other than big game is typically restricted by a bag limit and a possession limit. A bag limit is the maximum number of a specific animal species that an individual can harvest in a single day. A possession limit is the maximum number of a specific animal species that can be in an individual's possession at any time.


(File:Hectors photos 109.JPG|thumb|A man target practicing for the hunting seasons)Gun usage in hunting is typically regulated by game category, area within the state, and time period. Regulations for big-game hunting often specify a minimum caliber or muzzle energy for firearms. The use of rifles is often banned for safety reasons in areas with high population densities or limited topographic relief. Regulations may also limit or ban the use of lead in ammunition because of environmental concerns. Specific seasons for bow hunting or muzzle-loading black-powder guns are often established to limit competition with hunters using more effective weapons.Hunting in the United States is not associated with any particular class or culture; a 2006 poll showed seventy-eight percent of Americans supported legal hunting,Results from a 2006 poll (813 people were polled) done by Responsive Management although relatively few Americans actually hunt. At the beginning of the 21st century, just six percent of Americans hunted. Southerners in states along the eastern seaboard hunted at a rate of five percent, slightly below the national average, and while hunting was more common in other parts of the South at nine percent, these rates did not surpass those of the Plains states, where twelve percent of Midwesterners hunted. Hunting in other areas of the country fell below the national average.National statistics from US Department of the Interior, Fish and Wildlife Service and US Department of Commerce, US Census Bureau, 2001 National Survey of Fishing, Hunting and Wildlife Associated Recreation, 27. Overall, in the 1996–2006 period, the number of hunters over the age of sixteen declined by ten percent, a drop attributable to a number of factors including habitat loss and changes in recreation habits.Jackson, Patrick. Number of hunters is dwindling—Urbanization and cultural changes discourage newcomers to the sport.


Regulation of hunting within the United States dates from the 19th century. Some modern hunters see themselves as conservationists and sportsmen in the mode of Theodore Roosevelt and the Boone and Crockett Club. Local hunting clubs and national organizations provide hunter education and help protect the future of the sport by buying land for future hunting use. Some groups represent a specific hunting interest, such as Ducks Unlimited, Pheasants Forever, or the Delta Waterfowl Foundation. Many hunting groups also participate in lobbying the federal government and state government.Each year, nearly $200 million in hunters' federal excise taxes are distributed to state agencies to support wildlife management programs, the purchase of lands open to hunters, and hunter education and safety classes. Since 1934, the sale of Federal Duck Stamps, a required purchase for migratory waterfowl hunters over sixteen years old, has raised over $700 million to help purchase more than {{convert|5200000|acres|sqmi km2}} of habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge System lands that support waterfowl and many other wildlife species and are often open to hunting. States also collect money from hunting licenses to assist with management of game animals, as designated by law. A key task of federal and state park rangers and game wardens is to enforce laws and regulations related to hunting, including species protection, hunting seasons, and hunting bans.

Varmint hunting

File:Nutria (Myocastor coypus).jpg|thumb|upright=0.8|The coypucoypuVarmint hunting is an American phrase for the selective killing of non-game animals seen as pests. While not always an efficient form of pest control, varmint hunting achieves selective control of pests while providing recreation and is much less regulated. Varmint species are often responsible for detrimental effects on crops, livestock, landscaping, infrastructure, and pets. Some animals, such as wild rabbits or squirrels, may be utilised for fur or meat, but often no use is made of the carcass. Which species are varmints depends on the circumstance and area. Common varmints may include various rodents, coyotes, crows, foxes, feral cats, and feral hogs. Some animals once considered varmints are now protected, such as wolves. In the US state of Louisiana, a non-native rodent, the coypu, has become so destructive to the local ecosystem that the state has initiated a bounty program to help control the population.

Fair chase

The principles of the fair chaseInterpretations of the Fair Chase can be found on the web sites of various hunter's organizations, such as the Boone and Crockett Club and Hunt Fair Chase. have been a part of the American hunting tradition for over one hundred years. The role of the hunter-conservationist, popularised by Theodore Roosevelt, and perpetuated by Roosevelt's formation of the Boone and Crockett Club, has been central to the development of the modern fair chase tradition. Beyond Fair Chase: The Ethic and Tradition of Hunting, a book by Jim Posewitz, describes fair chase:"Fundamental to ethical hunting is the idea of fair chase. This concept addresses the balance between the hunter and the hunted. It is a balance that allows hunters to occasionally succeed while animals generally avoid being taken."BOOK, Posewitz, Jim, Beyond Fair Chase: The Ethic and Tradition of Hunting,weblink 1 August 1994, Globe Pequot Press, 978-1-56044-283-7, 57, When Internet hunting was introduced in 2005, allowing people to hunt over the Internet using remotely controlled guns, the practice was widely criticised by hunters as violating the principles of fair chase. As a representative of the National Rifle Association (NRA) explained, "The NRA has always maintained that fair chase, being in the field with your firearm or bow, is an important element of hunting tradition. Sitting at your desk in front of your computer, clicking at a mouse, has nothing to do with hunting."Humane Society Wildlife Abuse Campaign, Fact Sheet on Internet HuntingFile:Bear-hunters-kephart-nc1.jpg|thumb|upright=1.2|Hunters with an American black bear in the Great Smoky MountainsGreat Smoky MountainsOne hunting club declares that a fair chase shall not involve the taking of animals under the following conditions:
  • Helpless in a trap, deep snow or water, or on ice.
  • From any power vehicle or power boat.
  • By "jacklighting" or shining at night.
  • By the use of any tranquilizers or poisons.
  • While inside escape-proof fenced enclosures.
  • By the use of any power vehicle or power boat for herding or driving animals, including use of aircraft to land alongside or to communicate with or direct a hunter on the ground.
  • By the use of electronic devices for attracting, locating or pursuing game or guiding the hunter to such game, or by the use of a bow or arrow to which any electronic device is attached.WEB,weblink The Rules of Fair Chase, Pope and Young Club, Chatfield, Minnesota,weblink" title="">weblink 15 March 2012, no, 24 May 2012, While inside escape-proof fenced enclosures, dmy-all,


Indian blackbuck, nilgai, axis deer, fallow deer, and barasingha can now be found on hunting ranches in Texas, where they were introduced for sport hunting. Hunters can pay upwards of $4000 as fees for hunting a barasingha.


The Russian imperial hunts evolved from hunting traditions of early Russian rulers—Grand Princes and Tsars—under the influence of hunting customs of European royal courts. The imperial hunts were organised mainly in Peterhof, Tsarskoye Selo, and Gatchina.File:StateLibQld 1 140043 Riders gather for a dingo drive at Durella Station in Morven, ca. 1936.jpg|thumb|Riders gather for a dingo drive in Morven, QueenslandMorven, Queensland


Hunting in Australia has evolved around the hunting and eradication of various animals considered to be pests. All native animals are protected by law, and can only be killed under a special permit. Hunted introduced species include deer, pigs, goats, foxes, and rabbits.


The numbers of licensed hunters in Japan, including those using snares and guns, is generally decreasing, while their average age is increasing. {{as of|2010}}, there were approximately 190,000 registered hunters, approximately 65% of whom were sixty years old or olderweblink

Trinidad and Tobago

There is a very active tradition of hunting of small to medium-sized wild game in Trinidad and Tobago. Hunting is carried out with firearms, and aided by the use of hounds, with the illegal use of trap guns and snare nets. With approximately 12,000 sport hunters applying for hunting permits in recent years (in a very small country of about the size of the state of Delaware at about 5128 square kilometers and 1.3 million inhabitants), there is some concern that the practice might not be sustainable. In addition there are at present no bag limits and the open season is comparatively very long (5 months – October to February inclusive). As such hunting pressure from legal hunters is very high. Added to that, there is a thriving and very lucrative black market for poached wild game (sold and enthusiastically purchased as expensive luxury delicacies) and the numbers of commercial poachers in operation is unknown but presumed to be fairly high. As a result, the populations of the five major mammalian game species (red-rumped agouti, lowland paca, nine-banded armadillo, collared peccary, and red brocket deer) are thought to be quite low (although scientifically conducted population studies are only just recently being conducted {{as of|2013|lc=y}}). It appears that the red brocket deer population has been extirpated on Tobago as a result of over-hunting. Various herons, ducks, doves, the green iguana, the gold tegu, the spectacled caiman and the common opossum are also commonly hunted and poached. There is also some poaching of 'fully protected species', including red howler monkeys and capuchin monkeys, southern tamanduas, Brazilian porcupines, yellow-footed tortoises, Trinidad piping guans and even one of the national birds, the scarlet ibis. Legal hunters pay very small fees to obtain hunting licences and undergo no official basic conservation biology or hunting-ethics training. There is presumed to be relatively very little subsistence hunting in the country (with most hunting for either sport or commercial profit). The local wildlife management authority is under-staffed and under-funded, and as such very little in the way of enforcement is done to uphold existing wildlife management laws, with hunting occurring both in and out of season, and even in wildlife sanctuaries. There is some indication that the government is beginning to take the issue of wildlife management more seriously, with well drafted legislation being brought before Parliament in 2015. It remains to be seen if the drafted legislation will be fully adopted and financially supported by the current and future governments, and if the general populace will move towards a greater awareness of the importance of wildlife conservation and change the culture of wanton consumption to one of sustainable management.

Wildlife management

File:Weisergatter.png|thumb|Control fence to assess the impact of browsing by ungulates – note the lack of natural forest regeneration outside the fencing]]Hunting is claimed to give resource managers an important toolJOURNAL, Chardonnet, P, Clers, B, Fischer, J, Gerhold, R, Jori, F, Lamarque, F, 2002, The Value of Wildlife,weblink Rev. Sci. Tech. Off. Int. Epiz., 21, 1, 15–51, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 19 December 2006, dmy-all, 10.20506/rst.21.1.1323, , posted by the Southeastern Cooperative Wildlife Disease Study, Accessed 12 December 2006Herring, Hal. Today's sportsmen and sportswomen are a powerful force for conservation in managing populations that might exceed the carrying capacity of their habitat and threaten the well-being of other species, or, in some instances, damage human health or safety.{{Citation needed|date=June 2012}}The hunting section of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service site includes articles and statistics relating to wildlife management.In some cases, hunting actually can increase the population of predators such as coyotes by removing territorial bounds that would otherwise be established, resulting in excess neighbouring migrations into an area, thus artificially increasing the population.NEWS,weblink Hunting for Wildlife Population Control and Ethical Eating?, 2015-01-14, Free From Harm, 2017-11-02, en-US, Hunting advocates{{Who|date=June 2012}} assert that hunting reduces intraspecific competition for food and shelter, reducing mortality among the remaining animals. Some environmentalists assert{{Who|date=December 2009}} that (re)introducing predators would achieve the same end with greater efficiency and less negative effect, such as introducing significant amounts of free lead into the environment and food chain.In the United States, wildlife managers are frequently part of hunting regulatory and licensing bodies, where they help to set rules on the number, manner and conditions in which game may be hunted.Management agencies sometimes rely on hunting to control specific animal populations, as has been the case with deer in North America. These hunts may sometimes be carried out by professional shooters, although others may include amateur hunters. Many US city and local governments hire professional and amateur hunters each year to reduce populations of animals such as deer that are becoming hazardous in a restricted area, such as neighbourhood parks and metropolitan open spaces.A large part of managing populations involves managing the number and, sometimes, the size or age of animals harvested so as to ensure the sustainability of the population. Tools that are frequently used to control harvest are bag limits and season closures, although gear restrictions such as archery-only seasons are becoming increasingly popular in an effort to reduce hunter success rates in countries that rely on bag limits per hunter instead of per area.{{Citation needed|date=April 2008}}


Illegal hunting and harvesting of wild species contrary to local and international conservation and wildlife management laws is called poaching. Game preservation is one of the tactics used to prevent poaching. Violations of hunting laws and regulations involving poaching are normally punishable by law.WEB,weblink Hunting Laws and Regulations, 2012,, 24 August 2012, Punishment can include confiscation of equipment, fines or a prison sentence.

{{anchor|right to hunt}}Right to hunt

The right to hunt − sometimes in combination with the right to fish − is protected implicitly, as a consequence of the right of ownership,BOOK, Jagdliches Eigentum, Brenner, Michael, 2018, Springer Berlin Heidelberg, 9783662547700, Dietlein, Johannes, Bibliothek des Eigentums, 17, Berlin, Heidelberg, 289–308, Quo vadis, Jagdrecht?, 10.1007/978-3-662-54771-7, Froese, Judith, or explicitly, as a right on its own,JOURNAL, Gordon, Stacey, 2014, A Solution in Search of a Problem: The Difficulty with State Constitutional "Right to Hunt" Amendments,weblink Public Land and Resources Law Review, University of Montana School of Law, 35, 3, 2–50, 1093-6858, JOURNAL, Eisemann, John D., O'Hare, Jeanette R., Fagerstone, Kathleen A., 2013, State-level approaches to managing the use of contraceptives in wildlife in the United States, Journal of Zoo and Wildlife Medicine, en, 44, 4s, 47–51, 10.1638/1042-7260-44.4S.S47, 24437085, 1042-7260, in a number of jurisdictions. For instance, as of 2019, a total of 22 U.S. states explicitly recognize a subjective right to hunt in their constitutions.WEB,weblink Right to hunt and fish constitutional amendments, Ballotpedia, en, 2019-07-19,

Bag limits

File:Bird shooting game rack.jpg|alt=|thumb|Red-legged partridges on a game rack]]Bag limits are provisions under the law that control how many animals of a given species or group of species can be killed, although there are often species for which bag limits do not apply. There are also jurisdictions where bag limits are not applied at all or are not applied under certain circumstances. The phrase bag limits comes from the custom among hunters of small game to carry successful kills in a small basket, similar to a fishing creel.Where bag limits are used, there can be daily or seasonal bag limits; for example, ducks can often be harvested at a rate of six per hunter per day.WEB, Debbie Young,weblink US Fish and Wildlife Service 2003 proposed bag limits for waterfowl,, 20 April 2012, Big game, like moose, most often have a seasonal bag limit of one animal per hunter.{{citation needed|date=February 2015}} Bag limits may also regulate the size, sex, or age of animal that a hunter can kill. In many cases, bag limits are designed to allocate harvest among the hunting population more equitably rather than to protect animal populations, as protecting the population would necessitate regional density-dependent maximum bags.

Closed and open season

A closed season is a time during which hunting an animal of a given species is contrary to law. Typically, closed seasons are designed to protect a species when they are most vulnerable or to protect them during their breeding season.When can I hunt, Game Hunting, Recreation and Tourism; The Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE), Government of Victoria, Australia., Accessed 4 December 2008. {{webarchive |url= |date=1 April 2011 }} By extension, the period that is not the closed season is known as the open season.


File:Bechuana hunting the lion-1841.jpg|thumb|Africans hunting the lionlionFile:Alfred Jacob Miller - Hunting Buffalo - Walters 371940190.jpg|thumb|American bison being chased off a cliff as seen and painted by Alfred Jacob MillerAlfred Jacob Miller(File:BedaleHunt2005.jpg|thumb|Master or whipper-in and fox hounds drawing a wood. Hunting in Yorkshire, northern England, in 2005, on the last day of fully legal, proper, fox hunting.)Historical, subsistence, and sport hunting techniques can differ radically, with modern hunting regulations often addressing issues of where, when, and how hunts are conducted. Techniques may vary depending on government regulations, a hunter's personal ethics, local custom, hunting equipment, and the animal being hunted. Often a hunter will use a combination of more than one technique. Laws may forbid sport hunters from using some methods used primarily in poaching and wildlife management.
  • Baiting is the use of decoys, lures, scent, or food.
  • (wikt:battue|Battue) involves scaring animals (by beating sticks) into a killing zone or ambush.
  • Beagling is the use of beagles in hunting rabbits, and sometimes in hunting foxes.
  • Beating uses human beaters to flush out game from an area or drive it into position.
  • Blind hunting or stand hunting is waiting for animals from a concealed or elevated position.
  • Calling is the use of animal noises to attract or drive animals.
  • Camouflage is the use of visual or odour concealment to blend with the environment.
  • Dogs may be used to course or to help flush, herd, drive, track, point at, pursue, or retrieve prey.
  • Driving is the herding of animals in a particular direction, usually toward another hunter in the group.
  • Flushing is the practice of scaring animals from concealed areas.
  • Ghillie suit is a type of gear a person can wear to blend with environment.WEB,weblink ghillie suit,
  • Glassing is the use of optics, such as binoculars, to locate animals more easily.
  • Glue is an indiscriminate passive form to kill birds.WEB,weblink Catalonian fiat, with picture,, 20 April 2012, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 14 May 2008, dmy-all,
  • Internet hunting is a method of hunting over the Internet using webcams and remotely controlled guns.
  • {{Visible anchor|Netting}} involves using nets, including active netting with the use of cannon nets and rocket nets.
  • Persistence hunting is the use of running and tracking to pursue the prey to exhaustion.Nancy L. Struna, People of Prowess: Sport, Leisure, and Labor in Early Anglo-America(1996), {{ISBN|0-252-06552-2}}
  • Scouting for game is typically done prior to a hunt and will ensure the desired species are in a chosen area. Looking for animal sign such as tracks, scat, etc.... and utilizing "trail cameras" are commonly used tactics while scouting.
  • Shooting is the use of a ranged weapon such as a gun, bow, crossbow, or slingshot.
  • Solunar theory says that animals move according to the location of the moon in comparison to their bodies and is said to have been used long before this by hunters to know the best times to hunt their desired game.Knight, John. "Solunar Tables for Fishermen Produced by Register-Guard." The Register-Guard, 11 May 1949: 10. Print.
  • Spotlighting or shining is the use of artificial light to find or blind animals before killing.
  • Stalking or still hunting is the practice of walking quietly in search of animals or in pursuit of an individual animal.
  • Tracking is the practice of reading physical evidence in pursuing animals.
  • Trapping is the use of devices such as snares, pits, and deadfalls to capture or kill an animal.

Trophy hunting

File:Usov.jpg|right|thumb|upright|Royal Liechtenstein trophy collection at Úsov Château, the Czech RepublicCzech RepublicTrophy hunting is the selective seeking of wild game. It may also include the controversial hunting of captive or semi-captive animals expressly bred and raised under controlled or semi-controlled conditions so as to attain trophy characteristics; this is sometimes known as canned hunts.Motivations of International Trophy Hunters Choosing to Hunt in South Africa {{webarchive|url= |date=3 May 2015 }}


In the 19th century, southern and central European sport hunters often pursued game only for a trophy, usually the head or pelt of an animal, which was then displayed as a sign of prowess. The rest of the animal was typically discarded. Some cultures, however, disapprove of such waste. In Nordic countries, hunting for trophies was—and still is—frowned upon. Hunting in North America in the 19th century was done primarily as a way to supplement food supplies, although it is now undertaken mainly for sport.{{Citation needed|date=December 2009}} The safari method of hunting was a development of sport hunting that saw elaborate travel in Africa, India and other places in pursuit of trophies. In modern times, trophy hunting persists and is a significant industry in some areas.{{Citation needed|date=August 2011}}

Conservation tool

According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, hunting "provides an economic incentive" for ranchers to continue to breed those species, and that hunting "reduces the threat of the species' extinction.",weblink Can hunting endangered animals save the species?,, A scientific study in the journal, Biological Conservation, states that trophy hunting is of "major importance to conservation in Africa by creating economic incentives for conservation over vast areas, including areas which may be unsuitable for alternative wildlife-based land uses such as photographic ecotourism."WEB,weblink Archived copy, 16 November 2015,weblink" title="">weblink 17 November 2015, yes, dmy-all, However, another study states that less than 3% of a trophy hunters' expenditures reach the local level, meaning that the economic incentive and benefit is "minimal, particularly when we consider the vast areas of land that hunting concessions occupy." incentives from trophy hunting effectively more than double the land area that is used for wildlife conservation, relative to what would be conserved relying on national parks alone according to Biological Conservation, although local communities usually derive no more than 18 cents per hectare from trophy hunting.Trophy hunting has been considered essential for providing economic incentives to conserve large carnivores according to research studies in Conservation Biology,WEB,weblink Archived copy, 2014-07-12, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 14 July 2014, dmy-all, Journal of Sustainable Tourism,JOURNAL, 10.1080/09669589708667294, 5, 4, Trophy Hunting as a Sustainable Use of Wildlife Resources in Southern and Eastern Africa, Journal of Sustainable Tourism, 306–321, 1997, Baker, Joni E., Wildlife Conservation by Sustainable Use,BOOK, 10.1007/978-94-011-4012-6_15, Hunting and Its Benefits: an Overview of Hunting in Africa with Special Reference to Tanzania, Wildlife Conservation by Sustainable Use, 295–313, 2000, Hurt, Robin, Ravn, Pauline, 978-94-010-5773-8, and Animal Conservation.WEB,weblink Archived copy, 2014-07-12, yes,weblink" title="">weblink 14 July 2014, dmy-all, Studies by the Centre for Responsible TourismWEB,weblink Bear watching more profitable than bear hunting, says study,, and the IUCN state that ecotourism, which includes more than hunting, is a superior economic incentive, generating twice the revenue per acre and 39 times more permanent employment.WEB,weblink Should Trophy Hunting of Lions Be Banned?, Alastair, Bland,, At the crosssection of trophy hunting, ecotourism and conservation is green hunting, a trophy hunting alternative where hunters pay to dart animals that need to be tranquilized for conservation projects.JOURNAL, Cousins, Jenny A., Sadler, Jon P., Evans, James, 2010, The Challenge of Regulating Private Wildlife Ranches for Conservation in South Africa, Ecology and Society, 15, 2, 10.5751/es-03349-150228, 1708-3087, The U.S. House Committee on Natural Resources in 2016 concluded that trophy hunting may be contributing to the extinction of certain animals.NEWS, Smith, Jada F., June 13, 2016, Trophy Hunting Fees Do Little to Help Threatened Species, Report Says,weblink The New York Times, May 26, 2017, Conservationist groups such as IFAW assert that trophy hunting is a key factor in the "silent extinction" of giraffes.NEWS, Milman, Oliver, April 19, 2017, Giraffes must be listed as endangered, conservationists formally tell US,weblink The Guardian, May 1, 2018, According to a national survey that the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service conducts every five years, fewer people are hunting, even as population rises. National Public Radio reported, a graph shows 2016 statistics, that only about 5 percent of Americans, 16 years old and older, actually hunt, which is half of what it was 50 years ago. The decline in popularity of hunting is expected to accelerate over the next decade, which threatens how US will pay for conservation.WEB,weblink Decline In Hunters Threatens How U.S. Pays For Conservation,,


Trophy hunting is most often criticised when it involves rare or endangered animals.Early Day Motion on trophy hunting {{webarchive |url= |date=22 February 2006 }} Opponents may also see trophy hunting as an issue of moralitysee, for example, this internet page {{webarchive |url= |date=10 July 2015 }} or animal cruelty, criticising the killing of living creatures for recreation. Victorian era dramatist W. S. Gilbert remarked, "Deer-stalking would be a very fine sport if only the deer had guns."Grossmith, George in The Daily Telegraph, 7 June 1911There is also debate about the extent to which trophy hunting benefits the local economy. Hunters argue that fees paid contribute to the local economy and provide value to animals that would otherwise be seen as competition for grazing, livestock, and crops.Martin, Glen. The lion, once king of vast African savanna, suffers alarming decline in population, San Francisco Chronicle, 6 October 2005. Retrieved 30 October 2007. This analysis is disputed by many conservationist organizations and other opponents of trophy hunting.League Against Cruel Sports. Trophy Hunting July 2017NEWS, Morell, Virginia, November 18, 2017, What Trophy Hunting Does to the Elephants It Leaves Behind,weblink The Atlantic, November 20, 2017, It is argued that the animals are worth more to the community for ecotourism than hunting.WEB,weblink"Persecution, and Hunting,, WEB,weblink Dead or Alive? Valuing an Elephant, 2013,, David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust, November 20, 2017,


File:AM Hunting Lodge.jpg|thumb|right|Chatelherault, built by William Adam in 1743 as the Duke of Hamilton's hunting lodge]]A variety of industries benefit from hunting and support hunting on economic grounds. In Tanzania, it is estimated that a safari hunter spends fifty to one hundred times that of the average ecotourist. While the average photo tourist may seek luxury accommodation, the average safari hunter generally stays in tented camps. Safari hunters are also more likely to use remote areas, uninviting to the typical ecotourist. Advocates argue that these hunters allow for anti-poaching activities and revenue for local communities.{{Citation needed|date=April 2008}}In the United Kingdom, the game hunting of birds as an industry is said to be extremely important to the rural economy. The Cobham Report of 1997 suggested it to be worth around £700 million, and hunting and shooting lobby groups claimed it to be worth over a billion pounds less than ten years later.{{Citation needed|date=April 2008}}Hunting also has a significant financial impact in the United States, with many companies specialising in hunting equipment or speciality tourism. Many different technologies have been created to assist hunters, even including iPhone applications. Today's hunters come from a broad range of economic, social, and cultural backgrounds. In 2001, over thirteen million hunters averaged eighteen days hunting, and spent over $20.5 billion on their sport.Why You're Wrong About the Right: Behind the Myths: The Surprising Truth About Conservatives. p. 137. By S.E. Cupp & Brett Joshpe Published by: Simon and Schuster, 2009 In the US, proceeds from hunting licenses contribute to state game management programs, including preservation of wildlife habitat.

Environmental problems

File:40SW.jpg|thumb|right: .40 S&W round with (Hollow-point bullet|hollow-point bullet]], left: expanded bullet of the same calibre with exposed lead core)Lead bullets that miss their target or remain in an unretrieved carcass could become a toxicant in the environment but lead in ammunition because of its metallic form has a lower solubility and higher resistance to corrosion than other forms of lead making it hardly available to biological systems.WEB, Dr. Göttlein Axel, Eco-toxicological assessment of hunting rifle ammunition,weblink Bavarian Ministry of Nutrition, Agriculture and Forestry upon an initiative of the Bavarian Hunting Association, 2016-04-07, Waterfowl or other birds may ingest the lead and poison themselves with the neurotoxicant, but studies have demonstrated that effects of lead in ammunition are negligible on animal population size and growth.WEB, Frederik Verdonck, Population Trend modelling of European Upland Birds due to Lead Shot Ingestion,weblink 2016-04-07, WEB, Prof. Angelo Moretto, Università degli Studi di Milano, Prof. Piermannuccio Mannucci, Scientific Director, IRCCS Ca’ Granda Maggiore Policlinico Hospital Foundation, Milano, Lead in game meat and implications for human health,weblink 18 February 2013, Since 1991, US federal law forbids lead shot in waterfowl hunts, and 30 states have some type of restriction.NEWS, Michael Todd, Gunning for Lead Bullets,weblink 30 December 2014, Pacific Standard, 14 October 2013, yes,weblink 28 December 2014, dmy-all, In December 2014, a federal appeals court denied a lawsuit by environmental groups that the EPA must use the Toxic Substances Control Act to regulate lead in shells and cartridges. The groups sought EPA to regulate "spent lead", yet the court found EPA could not regulate spent lead without also regulating cartridges and shells.NEWS, Zack Colman, EPA can't regulate lead bullets, says federal court,weblink 30 December 2014, Washington Examiner, 23 December 2014,


{{refimprove section|date=April 2012}}{{Unbalanced|date=May 2012}}File:Paulus Potter - Punishment of a Hunter.jpg|thumb|right|Punishment of a Hunter (c. 1647) by Paulus PotterPaulus PotterHunters have been driving forces throughout history in the movement to ensure the preservation of wildlife habitats and wildlife for further hunting.Brockington, Dan. Nature unbound: conservation, capitalism and the future of protected areas, Earthscan, 2008. "The birth of the international conservation movement as we recognize it today was due to the influence of powerful aristocratic hunters who wished to preserve suitable specimens for their sport from the alleged depredations of Africans (Mackenzie, 1988). The international hunting fraternity remains a powerful force behind conservation today." However, excessive hunting and poachers have also contributed heavily to the endangerment, extirpation and extinction of many animals, such as the quagga, the great auk, Steller's sea cow, the thylacine, the bluebuck, the Arabian oryx, the Caspian and Javan tigers, the markhor, the Sumatran rhinoceros, the bison, the North American cougar, the Altai argali sheep, the Asian elephant and many more, primarily for commercial sale or sport. All these animals have been hunted to endangerment or extinction.{{refn|Hack, M.A., East, R. & Rubenstein, D.I. (2008). Equus quagga quagga. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 5 January 2008Montevecchi, William A.; David A. Kirk (1996). "Demography–Great Auk (Pinguinus impennis)". The Birds of North America Online. Cornell Lab of Ornithology. Retrieved 2010-04-29.Ellis, Richard (2004). No Turning Back: The Life and Death of Animal Species. New York City: Harper Perennial. p. 134. {{ISBN|0-06-055804-0}}."Additional Thylacine Topics: Persecution". The Thylacine Museum. 2006. Retrieved 27 November 2006.Skead, C.J. 1987. Historical mammal incidence in the Cape Province. Volume 1 â€“ The Western and Northern Cape. The Department of Nature and Environmental Conservation of the Provincial Administration of the Cape of Good Hope, Cape TownTalbot, Lee Merriam (1960). A Look at Threatened Species. The Fauna Preservation Society. pp. 84–91.Geptner, V.G., Sludskii, A.A. (1972). MlekopitaiuÅ¡cie Sovetskogo Soiuza. VysÅ¡aia Å kola, Moskva. (In Russian; English translation: Heptner, V.G., Sludskii, A.A., Bannikov, A.G.) (1992). Mammals of the Soviet Union. Volume II, Part 2: Carnivora (Hyaenas and Cats).Valdez, R. (2008). Capra falconeri. In: IUCN 2008. IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 5 April 2009. Database entry includes a brief justification of why this species is regarded as endangeredStaff (December/January2012). "Restoring a Prairie Icon". National Wildlife (National Wildlife Federation) 50 (1): 20–25.JOURNAL, Cardoza, J.E., Langlois, S.A., 2002, The eastern cougar: A management failure?, Wildlife Society Bulletin, 30, 1, 265–73, Endangered Animals â€“ A Reference Guide to Conflicting Issues}} Poaching currently threatens bird and mammalian populations around the world.WEB,weblink People are hunting primates, bats, and other mammals to extinction, Elizabeth, Pennisi, October 18, 2016, Science (magazine), Science, May 26, 2017, JOURNAL, William J., Ripple, Katharine, Abernethy, Matthew G., Betts, Guillaume, Chapron, Rodolfo, Dirzo, Mauro, Galetti, Taal, Levi, Peter A., Lindsey, David W., Macdonald, Brian, Machovina, Thomas M., Newsome, Carlos A., Peres, Arian D., Wallach, Christopher, Wolf, Hillary, Young, 2016, Bushmeat hunting and extinction risk to the world's mammals, Royal Society Open Science, 3, 10, 1–16, 10.1098/rsos.160498, 27853564, 5098989, 2016RSOS....360498R, JOURNAL, Benítez-López, A., Alkemade, R., Schipper, A.M., Ingram, D. J., Verweij, P.A., Eikelboom, J.A.J., Huijbregts, M.A.J., April 14, 2017, The impact of hunting on tropical mammal and bird populations,weblink Science (journal), Science, 356, 6334, 180–83, 10.1126/science.aaj1891, 28408600, 2017Sci...356..180B, 1874/349694,


Pittman–Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act of 1937

In 1937, American hunters successfully lobbied the US Congress to pass the Pittman-Robertson Wildlife Restoration Act, which placed an eleven percent tax on all hunting equipment. This self-imposed tax now generates over $700 million each year and is used exclusively to establish, restore and protect wildlife habitats.WEB,weblink The Pittman–Robertson Federal Aid in Wildlife Restoration Act, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, The act is named for Nevada Senator Key Pittman and Virginia Congressman Absalom Willis Robertson.

Federal Duck Stamp program

On 16 March 1934, President Franklin D. Roosevelt signed the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp Act, which requires an annual stamp purchase by all hunters over the age of sixteen. The stamps are created on behalf of the program by the US Postal Service and depict wildlife artwork chosen through an annual contest. They play an important role in habitat conservation because ninety-eight percent of all funds generated by their sale go directly toward the purchase or lease of wetland habitat for protection in the National Wildlife Refuge System.WEB,weblink Migratory Bird Hunting & Conservation Stamp Act, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 15 August 2019, In addition to waterfowl, it is estimated that one third of the nation's endangered species seek food and shelter in areas protected using Duck Stamp funds.{{citation needed|date=August 2013}}Since 1934, the sale of Federal Duck Stamps has generated $670 million, and helped to purchase or lease {{convert|5200000|acres|sqmi km2}} of habitat. The stamps serve as a license to hunt migratory birds, an entrance pass for all National Wildlife Refuge areas, and are also considered collectors items often purchased for aesthetic reasons outside of the hunting and birding communities. Although non-hunters buy a significant number of Duck Stamps, eighty-seven percent of their sales are contributed by hunters, which is logical, as hunters are required to purchase them. Distribution of funds is managed by the Migratory Bird Conservation Commission (MBCC).WEB,weblink Migratory Bird Conservation Commission, United States Fish and Wildlife Service, 31 May 2007,


Arabian oryx

The Arabian oryx, a species of large antelope, once inhabited much of the desert areas of the Middle East. However, the species' striking appearance made it (along with the closely related scimitar-horned oryx and addax) a popular quarry for sport hunters, especially foreign executives of oil companies working in the region.{{citation needed|date=July 2014}} The use of automobiles and high-powered rifles destroyed their only advantage: speed, and they became extinct in the wild exclusively due to sport hunting in 1972. The scimitar-horned oryx followed suit, while the addax became critically endangered.The Fundamentals of Conservation Biology, Malcolm L Hunter, Jr., James P. Gibbs However, the Arabian oryx has now made a comeback and been upgraded from "extinct in the wild" to "vulnerable" due to conservation efforts like captive breedingWEB,weblink Arabian Oryx Makes History as First Species to Be Upgraded from "Extinct in the Wild" to "Vulnerable", John, Platt,,


The markhor is an endangered species of wild goat which inhabits the mountains of Central Asia and Pakistan. The colonization of these regions by Britain gave British sport hunters access to the species, and they were hunted heavily, almost to the point of extinction. Only their willingness to breed in captivity and the inhospitability of their mountainous habitat prevented this. Despite these factors, the markhor is still endangered.Endangered Wildlife and Plants of the World, 2001

American bison

The American bison is a large bovid which inhabited much of western North America prior to the 1800s, living on the prairies in large herds. However, the vast herds of bison attracted market hunters, who killed dozens of bison for their hides only, leaving the rest to rot. Thousands of these hunters quickly eliminated the bison herds, bringing the population from several million in the early 1800s to a few hundred by the 1880s. Conservation efforts have allowed the population to increase, but the bison remains near-threatened due to lack of habitat.American Bison: A Natural History, By Dale F. Lott, Harry W. Greene, ebrary, Inc, Contributor Harry W. Greene, Edition: illustrated, Published by University of California Press, 2003 {{ISBN|978-0-520-24062-9}}

White rhino

The Journal of International Wildlife Law and Policy cites that the legalization of white rhinoceros hunting in South Africa motivated private landowners to reintroduce the species onto their lands. As a result, the country saw an increase in white rhinos from fewer than one hundred individuals to more than 11,000, even while a limited number were killed as trophies.WEB,weblink Can trophy hunting actually help conservation?, Conservation, 15 January 2014,, However, the illegal hunting of rhinoceros for their horns is highly damaging to the population and is currently growing globally,'Global surge' in rhino poaching BBC. 1 December 2009 with 1004 being killed in South Africa alone according to the most recent estimate.NEWS, 946 rhino killed in 2013,weblink 25 December 2013, Eyewitness News, 19 December 2013,

Other species

According to Richard Conniff, Namibia is home to 1,750 of the roughly 5,000 black rhinos surviving in the wild because it allows trophy hunting of various species. Namibia's mountain zebra population has increased to 27,000 from 1,000 in 1982. Elephants, which "are gunned down elsewhere for their ivory", have gone to 20,000 from 15,000 in 1995. Lions, which were on the brink of extinction "from Senegal to Kenya", are increasing in Namibia.NEWS,weblink Opinion – A Trophy Hunt That's Good for Rhinos, 2014-01-20, The New York Times, Conniff, Richard, In contrast, Botswana has recently been forced to ban trophy hunting following a precipitous wildlife decline.NEWS,weblink Botswana to ban wildlife hunting, 29 November 2012,, BBC News, The numbers of antelope plummeted across Botswana, with a resultant decline in predator numbers, while elephant numbers remained stable and hippopotamus numbers rose. According to the government of Botswana, trophy hunting is at least partly to blame for this, but many other factors, such as poaching, drought and habitat loss are also to blame.WEB,weblink Drought and poachers take Botswana's natural wonder to brink of catastrophe, David, Smith, 17 June 2011, the Guardian, Uganda recently did the same, arguing that "the share of benefits of sport hunting were lopsided and unlikely to deter poaching or improve [Uganda's] capacity to manage the wildlife reserves."WEB,weblink National Geographic Society Newsroom, 16 July 2014,weblink" title="">weblink 13 March 2014, yes, dmy-all,


File:Cage trap on a farm, Namibia.jpg|thumb|Cage trap (live trap) for cheetahs on a farm in NamibiaNamibiaA study issued by the Wildlife Society concluded that hunting and trapping are cost effective tools that reduce wildlife damage by reducing a population below the capacity of the environment to carry it and changing the behaviors of animals to stop them from causing damage. The study furthermore states that the cessation of hunting could cause wildlife to be severely harmed, rural property values to fall, and the incentive of landowners to maintain natural habitats to diminish.Conover, Michael R. "Effect of Hunting and Trapping on Wildlife Damage." Wildlife Society Bulletin, Vol. 29. No. 2 (Summer. 2001). pp. 521–32. Published by: Allen Press. accessdate=19 August 2015

Opposition to hunting

{{expand section|date=December 2018}}Animal rights activists argue that killing animals for "sport" is unethical, cruel, and unnecessary. They note the suffering and cruelty inflicted on animals hunted for "sport": "Many animals endure prolonged, painful deaths when they are injured but not killed by hunters [...] Hunting disrupts migration and hibernation patterns and destroys families." Animal rights activists also argue that hunting is not needed in order to maintain an ecological balance, and that "nature takes care of its own". They say that hunting can be combated on public lands by "spread deer repellent or human hair (from barber shops) near hunting areas". Animal rights activists also argue that hunting is speciesist:"Whether hunters try to justify their killing by citing human deaths caused by wild animals, by making conservationist claims, by claiming that it’s acceptable to hunt as long as the animals’ bodies are eaten, or simply because of the pleasure it brings them, the fact remains that hunting is morally unacceptable if we consider the interests of nonhuman animals. Hunted animals endure fear and pain, and then are deprived of their lives. Understanding the injustices of speciesism and the interests of nonhuman animals makes it clear that human pleasure cannot justify nonhuman animals’ pain." Animal Ethics. Retrieved December 4, 2018.

Hunting in the arts

File:Les Très Riches Heures du duc de Berry décembre.jpg|thumb|Barthélemy d'Eyck (?), Boar hunt with hounds, illumination from the 1445}}File:Gustave Courbet - The Quarry (La Curée) - WGA5466.jpg|thumb|Gustave Courbet, (:fr:La Curée, chasse au chevreuil dans les forêts du Grand Jura|La Curée, chasse au chevreuil dans les forêts du Grand Jura (The Quarry, deer hunt in the woods of the Grand Jura)), 1857]]File:Albert Gleizes, La Chasse, 1911, oil on canvas, 123.2 x 99 cm.jpg|thumb|Albert Gleizes, La Chasse (The Hunt), 1911, oil on canvas depicting a scene in the Cubist style of hunting by horseback in France]]File:Larnax, hunting of deer and ibex, Prepalatial, AM, Rethymno, 076107.jpg|Hunting of deer and ibex, Minoan larnax, prepalatial periodFile:TombofNebamun-2.jpg|Hunting in the papyrus thicket, mural from a tomb in Thebes, Egypt, before 1350 BCFile:Stag hunt mosaic, Pella.jpg|The Stag hunt mosaic, {{circa|300 BC}}, Pella, GreeceFile:Mosaico de Las Tiendas (MNAR Mérida) 01.jpg|Man hunting a boar, Roman mosaic, 4th century ADFile:Falconry Book of Frederick II 1240s.jpg|Illustration from the falconry book De arte venandi cum avibus written by Emperor Frederick II, {{circa|1245}}File:Musée des Augustins Toulouse 14.JPG|Giovanni di Francesco (?),La caccia, {{circa|1455}}, tempera on wood, detailFile:Hunt in the forest by paolo uccello.jpg|Paolo Uccello, Caccia notturna (The Hunt in the Forest), {{circa|1475}}File:Carpaccio, caccia nella laguna, 1490-95 ca. 01.JPG|Vittore Carpaccio, Caccia in laguna (Hunt in the Lagoon), {{circa|1490}}File:Piero di Cosimo - Scena di caccia.jpg|Piero di Cosimo, A Hunting Scene, 1508File:Lucas Cranach d.Ä. - Hirschjagd des Kurfürsten Friedrich des Weisen (KHM Wien).jpg|Lucas Cranach the Elder, A Stag Hunt with the Elector Friedrich the Wise, 1529File:Peter Paul Rubens 083.jpg|Peter Paul Rubens, Hippopotamus and Crocodile Hunt, {{circa|1615}}File:Peter Paul Rubens 110.jpg|Peter Paul Rubens, Tiger and Lion Hunt, 1618File:A Forest at Dawn with a Deer Hunt MET DT4532.jpg|Peter Paul Rubens, A Forest at Dawn with a Deer Hunt, {{circa|1635}}File:Charles André van Loo, fermata durante la caccia, 1737, 01.jpg|Charles André van Loo, Halte de chasse (Halt During the Hunt), 1737File:Partida de caza.jpg|Francisco Goya, The Quail Shoot, 1775File:Biche morte by Courbet.png|Gustave Courbet, Biche morte (Dead hind), 1857File:Gustave Courbet - The Hunt Breakfast - WGA5468.jpg|Gustave Courbet, The Hunt Breakfast, 1858File:Eugène Delacroix - Chasse au lion (1858).jpg|Eugène Delacroix, Chasse au lion (Lion Hunt), 1858File:After the Hunt MET DT1963.jpg|Gustave Courbet, Après la chasse (After the Hunt), 1859File:Édouard Manet - Pertuiset, le chasseur de lions.jpg|Edouard Manet, (:fr:Portrait de M. Pertuiset, le chasseur de lions|Portrait de M. Pertuiset, le chasseur de lions (Mister Pertuiset, The Lion Hunter)), 1881

See also

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Further reading

  • International Journal of Environmental Studies (2013) Special Edition: Conservation and Hunting in North America. IJES v 70.weblink
  • International Journal of Environmental Studies (2015) Special Edition: Conservation and Hunting in North America II. IJES v72.weblink
  • IUCN (2016) Briefing Paper: Informing Decisions on Trophy Hunting. Online atweblink
  • IUCN Species Survival Commission (2012) Guiding Principles on Trophy Hunting as a Tool for Creating Conservation Incentives. Online atweblink
  • Dickson D. Bruce Jr., Mississippi Quarterly (Spring 1977).
  • Kenneth S. Greenberg, Honor and Slavery: Lies, Duels, Noses, Masks, Dressing as a Woman, Gifts, Strangers, Humanitarianism, Death, Slave Rebellions, the Pro-Slavery Argument, Baseball, Hunting, and Gambling in the Old South (1996).
  • Steven Hahn, Radical History Review (1982).
  • Charles H. Hudson Jr., in Indians, Animals, and the Fur Trade, ed., Shephard Krech III (1981).
  • Stuart A. Marks, Southern Hunting in Black and White: Nature, History, and Ritual in a Carolina Community (1991).
  • Ted Ownby, Subduing Satan: Religion, Recreation, and Manhood in the Rural South, 1865–1920 (1990).
  • Wiley C. Prewitt, "The Best of All Breathing: Hunting and Environmental Change in Mississippi, 1900–1980" M.A. thesis, (1991).
  • Nicolas W. Proctor, Bathed in Blood: Hunting and Mastery in the Old South (2002).
  • Jacob F. Rivers III, Cultural Values in the Southern Sporting Narrative (2002).
  • Salem, D.J., and A.N. Rowan, eds. 2003. The State of the Animals II: 2003. Washington, D.C.: Humane Society Press. ({{ISBN|0-9658942-7-4}})
  • Timothy Silver, A New Face on the Countryside: Indians, Colonists, and Slaves in South Atlantic Forests, 1500–1800 (1990).
  • Richard C. Stedman and Thomas A. Heberlein, Rural Sociology (2001).
  • Nancy L. Struna, People of Prowess: Sport, Leisure, and Labor in Early Anglo-America (1996).
  • Marek Zukow-Karczewski, Polowania w dawnej Polsce (Hunting in the old Poland), "AURA" (A Monthly for the protection and shaping of human environment) 12 (1990).

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