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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. Glockman19

    Unfired Thompson Center Compass

    Looking to trade or sell an unfired T/C Compass in 300 win mag for a lever action .22/.357 mag. Can add other guns/ammo/accessories to even out the a trade for .357 mag lever. I bought this rifle with the intention of using it but I haven’t and I probably won’t for a few more years so looking...
  2. KRaven

    Savage 111 BTH

    I have a Savage 111 BTH .30-06 Maintained well, lightly used. (never taken a trip through the woods) Asking $600 OBO TRADES: lever action 45-70 GOVT Have plenty of .30-06 ammo I can through in. (Golden Bear) (will update with actual quantity later)
  3. tracop

    870 barrel, threaded for chokes. . . 12g

    Hey Folks, I'm hoping to swap out the barrel on my 870 for one that will accept screw in chokes. 24-28 inches. I'm located in Portland. Hit me up. Thank you kindly! -Eric
  4. glockguy

    Ruger 10/22 new with scope

    Ruger 1022 brand new with weaver 3-9x40 scope I'll toss in 2 boxes of ammo 330 out the door. Deal can be done at my ffl in Lebanon. Not looking for any trades.
  5. T

    Am I correct that "illuminated" rifle scopes are illegal for big game hunting in Oregon?

    Was thinking that I'd pick up a 4 x 12 rifle scope with an illuminated "cross hair red dot" but think I read a reference that "illuminated" scopes were illegal. Can anyone confirm this? Thanks.
  6. thorborg

    Washington  I-666 B.C. for hunting license

    New Washington state Bill I-666 introduced requiring Background check and 2 year waiting period for hunting license. Also considering PETA certified bullets currently only available in 22 short rimfire. :rolleyes::s0002::s0037:
  7. CantTouchThis

    WTB OR  Small Mens Hunting Clothes!

    Hi, I am a new hunter on a budget. But I'd like gear that will last me many years. So I'd like to buy second hand if possible. Does anybody have any top end gear like Sitka, First Lite, Kuiu for sale in size small adult mens or a large in youth? I'm only 5'3" and weigh 140lbs, 28"x28" pants. I...
  8. H

    Youth hunting bow

    Youth bow Bow tech diamond Draw length 24 Draw weight 60 CBL 32 STR 50-1/8 Any questions text 503 537 8806 150$ bucket come take it Willing to trade with cash if its somthing I like worse i can say is no.
  9. T

    Recommendations for deer hunting caliber/rifle for White River; elk caliber/rifle in Grissly Units?

    I am unfamiliar with these regions. Usually hunt Eastern Oregon with 338 bolt gun for elk with semi-auto 30.06 as backup for wooded areas. Usually use 30.06 bolt gun for deer. I have 270 Winchester bolt gun for long distance shooting for deer and it is very accurate. All guns are scoped. I...
  10. 762x39

    Old Copies of NW Hunting and Fishing Newspaper

    I am wondering if any of you readers have copies of NW Hunting and Fishing Newspaper? Specifically, it was a tabloid newspaper offered at most magazine racks and quick stop stores. I am trying to find an issue that came out in the80's that I was pictured on the lower front page with a king size...
  11. Superglide

    Oregon draw results in

    The results are shakily coming in tonight. I haven't got mine, but several buddies were able to check theirs. How did you do? I hope someone here pulled that once in a lifetime tag. Good luck to all and hunt safe