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Hunting is the practice of killing or trapping any animal, or pursuing or tracking it with the intent of doing so. Hunting wildlife or feral animals is most commonly done by humans for food, recreation, to remove predators which are dangerous to humans or domestic animals, or for trade. In the 2010s, 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 can also be a means of pest control. Hunting advocates state that hunting can be a necessary component 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. However, hunting has also heavily contributed to the endangerment, extirpation and extinction of many animals.
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 and/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".

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  1. Phantom

    Yote Hunting ; Want to switch from eastern Oregon to west of Cascades, - any suggestions for where is legal and good ?

    Especially concerned about areas that would be "legal" to hunt on. Secondarily the terrain is not as open as the eastern side of the state and generally more populated with folks but also more populated with yotes. So I would assume, (yeah I know what "they" say about assuming), that clear-cut...
  2. RGRBaggins275

    Advice for new hunter on tracking/finding game

    Hello all. I'm a "new" hunter in the W.WA area and I am looking for anything (tips, videos, classes, books, etc.) on finding and tracking game animals; specifically blacktail deer, elk, and black bear. I say "new" because I've gone hunting for the past 6 years (modern firearm) for deer and elk...
  3. UnionMillsNW

    Downhill shooting within 90 min of PDX?

    Hey Folks, My lady friend recently got into hunting as is looking to try her hand practicing unknown distance and downhill shooting. She lives in PDX so I'm looking for places within 90 minutes of her. Does such a spot exist or am I stuck taking her to far away quarries or bench shooting at...
  4. Miclou

    Tactical/Hunting day pack

    Hey guys, I have been looking for something to take out for scouting, hunting, or shooting days in the woods. Looking for something that has modularity with molle or attachment points, decent capacity, but simple. I know there is a lot of tacticool BS out there, but I have looked at some...
  5. tdawg

    New Hunter, options for guided hunts in WA/OR?

    Hi all, Lifetime firearm enthusiast, but unfortunately none of my family or friends have ever hunted, or show any interest in hunting, which means, I didn't grow around it. I would like to learn how to hunt with an experienced guide who can walk me through the process and guide the hunt. I have...
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