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Hunting is the practice of seeking, pursuing and capturing or killing wildlife or feral animals. The most common reasons for humans to hunt are to harvest useful animal products (meat, fur/hide, bone/tusks, horn/antler, etc), for recreation/taxidermy (see trophy hunting), to remove predators dangerous to humans or domestic animals (e.g. wolf hunting), to eliminate pests and nuisance animals that damage crops/livestock/poultry or spread diseases (see varminting), for trade/tourism (see safari), or for ecological conservation against overpopulation and invasive species (see culling).
Recreationally hunted species are generally referred to as the "game", and are usually mammals and birds. A person participating in a hunt is a hunter or (less commonly) huntsman; a natural area used for hunting is called a game reserve; and an experienced hunter who helps organize a hunt and/or managing the game reserve is known as a gamekeeper.
Many non-human animals also hunt (see predation) as part of their feeding and parental behaviors, sometimes in quantities exceeding immediate dietary needs. The one that does the hunting is the predator, and the one being hunted is the prey.
Hunting activities by humans arose in Homo erectus or earlier, in the order of millions of years ago. Hunting has become deeply embedded in various human cultures and was once an important part of the rural economies — classified by economists as part of primary production alongside forestry, agriculture and fishery. Modern regulations (see game law) distinguish lawful hunting activities from illegal poaching, which involves the unauthorized and unregulated killing, trapping or capture of animals.
Apart from food provision, hunting can be a means of population control. Hunting advocates state that regulated hunting can be a necessary component of modern wildlife management, for example to help maintain a healthy proportion of animal populations within an environment's ecological carrying capacity when natural checks such as natural predators are absent or insufficient, or to provide funding for breeding programs and maintenance of natural reserves and conservation parks. However, excessive hunting has also heavily contributed to the endangerment, extirpation and extinction of many animals. Some animal rights and anti-hunting activists regard hunting as a cruel, perverse and unnecessary blood sport. Certain hunting practices, such as canned hunts and ludicrously paid/bribed trophy tours (especially to poor countries), are considered unethical and exploitative even by some hunters.
Marine mammals such as whales and pinnipeds are also targets of hunting, both recreationally and commercially, often with heated controversies regarding the morality, ethics and legality of such practices. The pursuit, harvesting or catch and release of fish and aquatic cephalopods and crustaceans is called fishing, which however is widely accepted and not commonly categorised as a form of hunting, even though it essentially is. 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, although green hunting is still called so. The practices of netting or trapping insects and other arthropods for trophy collection, or the foraging or gathering of plants and mushrooms, are also not regarded as hunting.
Skillful tracking and acquisition of an elusive target has caused the word hunt to be used in the vernacular as a metaphor for searching and obtaining something, as in "treasure hunting", "bargain hunting", "hunting for votes" and even "hunting down" corruption and waste.
Almost brand new Magpul Hunter X-22 in gray, bought it installed it on my TCR 22 Performance Center handled it for about 30 minutes and then stored it, original box not included. All lop spacers included but no cheek risers, barrel harmonics supports for tapered and bull barrels included along...
I have a very nice Savage model 11 lightweight 7mm-08. Beautiful walnut stock, very smooth rifle.
Hasn’t been hunted yet, so it’s in great shape. But it’s all ready to go. Comes with a Leupold Rifleman 3-9 scope. Overall, the rifle is in new shape.
This sale comes with an ammo can full of ammo...
For sale is my RDB-C aka "Hunter" version of the amazing Kel-Tec RDB. Short-stroke gas piston. The cases eject downwards behind the magwell with ambi controls so great for right and left shooters. This rifle also CA compliant, if that matters to you, as long as there is no flash hider on the...
EAA Tanfoglio Witness Hunter in 10mm
Pistol has only been test fired of 1 mag, basically new.
Comes with original Tanfoglio case and all that came with the gun.
Comes with 3 EAA factory magazines and a EAA Gold Team Safety.
It has been scuffed around the safety catch as I had put the Team Safety...
I’m only after one box (20rds) if anyone has a box of 178gr 30-06 precision hunter they let go of I’ll buy it depending on price. I’m just trying to see what my rifle likes to shoot and I’ve had great success with the 6.5cm precision hunters. I also have ammo to trade if you’d rather do that.
Magpul Hunter 700 "Stock" short action chassis
Magpul Hunter magazine well "bottom metal”
Magpul "AICS" short action magazine x2
I put this on my sons rifle but length of pull is too big even with the spacers removed. It was on his Bergara B14 in 6.5 Creedmoor. I've got the custom length...
Both of these holsters are in amazing condition. Practically brand new as they mostly just sat in storage.
$40 - Left: Triple K holster 114-16 6 1/2 LH
$40 - Right: Triple K holster 114-15 4 5/8 LH
Pickup in Ridgefield, WA
I’m only after one box (20rds) if anyone has a box of 30-06 precision hunter they let go of I’ll buy it depending on price. I’m just trying to see what my rifle likes to shoot and I’ve had great success with the 6.5cm precision hunters
Price Drop! From $550.00
This is a Ruger Mark III Hunter Model with the 6.88" Fluted Bull Barrel . It has a Durable Stainless Steel Frame, Hi Viz Fiber Optic Front Sight with Adjustable Rear Sights. This Hunter has Cocobolo Grips.
This pistol has less than 200 rounds fired and is in excellent...
For sale is a Bergara B-14 Hunter in 6.5 Creedmoor new in the factory box with an EGW 0 MOA rail installed. I bought this at the tail end of last year's hunting season, but didn't end up going out. Now it appears I won't be going out this season either and can't justify keeping it around as I...
Hi everyone! I have been a gun owner for the past 2 years and just this year have decided to start hunting! Whether it be small game or big game, I just want to get out there and learn all that I can. I want to pass down my guns to my family's future generations. I plan on hunting this upcoming...
Magpul Hunter 700 (short action) stock, Olive Drab Green. It has an extra cheek rest (higher than the one I have on it), and three length of pull extensions. It also comes with the Magpul detachable magazine well and comes with 5 and 10 round Magpul Magazines. If you look closely, I have...
Sig P220 Hunter SAO in 10mm.
Newly priced for a quick sale at $895 (firm). No trades on this one please.
Approximately 400 rounds fired. Shows some minor holster wear which is difficult to see with the camo pattern. Freshly cleaned, lubed, and ready to fly.
I prefer to meet at A Cut above in...
I thought I had this sold and buyer backed with non payment. Life got busy and I found time again to relist.
Pictures later tonight or tomorrow when I get home.
Christensen Arms Carbon Classic .300 RUM 26"( approximately 28" with muzzle brake) " Tan W/Black Webbing stocked Rifle...