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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. 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:
  2. 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...
  3. H

    WTS/WTT OR  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.
  4. 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...
  5. A

    WTS OR  30-06 Hunting Ammo 160 Rounds.

    Edit 7/12: Price reduced to $90. I am selling this 160 round batch of 30-06 ammo for $95, I'm not interested in breaking it up at this time. Cash only and pick up in Wilsonville , no shipping. The lot consist of one 20rnd box of Remington 165gr Core-Lokt PSP, one 20rnd box of Federal 150gr SP...
  6. 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...
  7. 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
  8. RicInOR

    National  Trump opens 1.4 million acres to fishing / hunting

    Git-R-Done: Trump opens 1.4 million federal acres to hunters, anglers “He’s basically said, ‘Git-R-Done,'” said Interior Secretary David Bernhardt, who is spearheading the opening of 1.4 million acres and elimination of 7,500 regulations limiting access.
  9. T

    WTS OR  Pre 64 Model 70- 30,06 Hunting rifle !

    Might take me awhile to get the pics up but I will ! This old Girls shoots ! its no collector thats why i bought it ! its been cerakoted and the stock refinished too. It shoots great and i will throw in a box of 150 grain Federals, it likes well. I put the 1st three i shot from it into...
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    WTS/WTT OR  Truck Vault

    In great condition Authentic Truck Vault. This will fit multiple different vehicles. I currently have it in the bed of a 2015 Tacoma but the man I purchased it from had it in a suburban. The dimensions are 52.5 inches wide at the widest part and 42.5 inches at the most narrow spot and it is 39.5...
  11. H

    WTS/WTT WA  Couple of hunting rifles

    Bergara B14. 300 win. mag. Lightly used, leupold 3-9. VX II Less than 40 rounds fired. $800/OBO Rem. 700 30-06 early mtn. rifle, 22” barrel, detachable mag, Bushnell elite 4200. 2.5-10 Bunch of ammo, unknown round count, Hornady dies $1000/OBO Transfer at local FFL Possible trades...
  12. L

    Wolf hunting in Transylvania anyone? I always wanted to..

    Everyone, I always wanted to hunt wolves in Transylvania. It used to be about $500.00 U.S. I figured I could load a double with Winchester Silvertips or put solid silver balls in my muzzle loader. I could schedule the hunt for for a full moon under an abandoned castle... and Hell Yes I'd do...
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    National  glock auto conversion kits

    looks like they have been shipping in from china. ATF made or it was given willingly the names from paypal. Illegal machine gun conversion devices smuggled into US - CNN I hope you didn't indulge.
  14. UnionMillsNW

    Old Hunting Pictures

    Looking through some old photos I came across this picture of my Grandfather circa 1948. He was a Pearl Harbor veteran and claimed he used a rifle he checked out from the Navy armory to take this buck (although he may have embellished a bit). No fancy gear, just a young man and the wild...
  15. 308

    Interesting Firearms/Hunting Regs Idaho

    Two more reasons to love the free state. Hunting: 1) No magazine restriction 2) Suppressors legal
  16. M

    44 mag henry carbine hunting

    I have Henry 44 mag carbine that hold 7 rounds mostly everywhere I read you can't have more than five rounds I was just wondering if it would be legal for me to hunt with it I don't see why not my only question is the fact of it holding 7 rounds going to be an issue?
  17. T

    Optics dynamics 40 mm night light legal for coyote hunting in Oregon...

    Can it be used to hunt coyote or cougar at night? Can the target be seen at 200 yards with 40-50 mm scope?