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Hunting is the practice of pursuing any living thing, usually wildlife or feral animals, by humans for food, recreation, or trade. Animals may also hunt other animal species but this is usually called predation. In present-day use, the term refers to lawful hunting, as distinguished from poaching, which is the killing, trapping or capture of the hunted species contrary to applicable law. The species which are hunted are referred to as game, and are usually mammals and migratory or non-migratory gamebirds.


  • The mischief [the wolf] causes by his hunting might be borne, though it is considerable, if he were not impelled by his wild hunting zeal and indomitable thirst for blood to slay more than he needs for his sustenance. This renders him a curse to the flock-owner and sportsman, and makes him everybody's cordially hated enemy.
  • For she maketh my hunting very certain and speedy. She hath never failed me, for almost every day this week but brought me in the right way to a deer. And this last week she brought me to a stag which myself had stricken with my bow, being forced to the soil where, with the help of a greater water spaniel that forced him out of the water, your good brach helped to pluck him down.
    • William Cecil, 1st Baron Burghley, letter to the Earl of Leicester on a hunting dog he had given Burghley, c. 1580-81; reported in Conyers Read, Lord Burghley and Queen Elizabeth (London: Jonathan Cape, 1960), p. 257.
  • The dusky night rides down the sky,
    And ushers in the morn;
    The hounds all join in glorious cry,
    The huntsman winds his horn,
    And a-hunting we will go.
  • Green wind from the green-gold branches, what is the song you bring?
    What are all songs for me, now, who no more care to sing?
    Deep in the heart of Summer, sweet is life to me still,
    But my heart is a lonely hunter that hunts on a lonely hill.
  • He believes the sexes have changed their professional status, that the hunted has become the huntress, that men have more ideas about women than about themselves and that a majority of men prefer to be 'unhappy masters' rather than 'happy slaves'.
  • Goliath: I think they planned to do so from the moment they first met you.
Lexington: But why? We're not their enemies! They're no more than animals!
Goliath: Worse than that. An animal hunts because it's hungry. These hunters do it for sport.
Lexington: I'm never trusting anyone again!!
  • Clarice: All his victims are women... His obsession is women, he lives to hunt women. But not one woman is hunting him - except me. I can walk in a woman's room and know three times as much about her as a man would. I have to go to Belvedere.
  • Michael Sutton: I became bored with hunting animals. That's why I prefer to hunt men. You have an intellect, that's what makes you a challenge. Oh, and David, if it helps, think of chess. Like in chess, think twice about everything you do because, unlike chess, when everything is over the board can't be set up again.
  • In a part of the world where there are no rules, deep in the jungle where nothing that lives is safe, an elite rescue squad is being led by the ultimate warrior. But now, they're up against the ultimate enemy. Nothing like it has ever been on earth before. We cannot see it, but it sees the heat of our bodies and the heat of our fear. It kills for pleasure, it hunts for sport. But this time, it picked the wrong man to hunt.
    • Predator (film) tagline, written by Written by Jim Thomas and John Thomas.
  • There were three jovial Welshmen,
    As I have heard them say,
    And they would go a-hunting
    Upon St. David's day.
    • Nursery rhyme, Three Jovial Welshmen.
  • The English country gentleman galloping after a fox — the unspeakable in full pursuit of the uneatable.
  • The game laws are already sufficiently oppressive, and therefore ought not to be extended by implication.
    • Willes, J., Jones v. Smart (1785), 1 T. R. 49; reported in James William Norton-Kyshe, Dictionary of Legal Quotations (1904), p. 99.

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