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. Kruel J

    Texas wild hog hunting help

    I'm looking for information from members here if they have done it. Specifically what charter service they used, how it went and even how much it cost to have the meat processed and shipped. I'm REALLY considering going later this summer and am in fact finishing a .300 BLK build for it this...
  2. R

    WTB OR  Berger 6.5 140 vld hunting

    looking to buy or trade for Berger 6.5 140 vld hunting bullets
  3. S

    Fixing my hunting truck 79 Chevy 454 big block

    My truck has a problem with the power steering pump . I bought a new one but need help with install. Any amature/ pro mechanic welcome. I can even pay you a bit and give u beers / bbq. I have some tools and replaced alternator and belt myself but this requires a lil more know how. The Chevy...
  4. tallfoo

    Hunting hogs in Oregon

    Does anyone know of somewhere I can hunt wild hogs in Oregon?
  5. U

    Humane killing of livestock

    Found a neat article and thought I would share... if the link goes dead I downloaded a PDF.
  6. U

    Free float hand guard for a hunting AR?

    I hate starting these threads for really basic stuff, but when you can not find what your looking for... I have a 18" 6.8 barrel with a mid-length gas system. I am interested in something light that I can put a chuck of rail at the bottom for a bipod. This is not a fighting rifle, but nothing...
  7. M

    WTS OR  NIB Primos Polecat hunting monopod

    $20. Downtown Milwaukie.
  8. 2DaMtns

    What is the standard for good shooting in hunting conditions?

    So everyone knows 1MOA is the benchmark of pretty good shooting at 100 yards off a bench or bags or what have you. Is there a generally accepted proficiency for shooting offhand, leaning against a tree, etc., from which a hunter may have to take a shot? Obviously, a lot goes into this, such as...
  9. viehmann7680

    WTS WA  Hunt hard pro hunter pack.

    I have the pro hunter pack in grey. Comes with a lot of stuff... Bow bucket, hip pouches, load cells, rain cover, bino harness and the telescoping rod for spotting scope or camera. $300
  10. ItsLunchBOX

    Coyote Hunting Magazine Restrictions

    ok so I have been all over the interwebz and am getting conflicting information with no actual regulation sources. Is there a magazine restriction for hunting coyote in Oregon to 5 rounds or less? Please provide a source if you have it. I don't want to get myself in trouble with a 30 round...
  11. Rskyba

    Newbie interested in hunting? Open spot available for hunt

    Second hunt for me. We're going out in a month (weekend June 9th) on a private ranch in Central OR for a guided hunt. One of the crew backed out so we have an opening. Rams at about 100 - 150 yards. Other critters are out there too if Rams don't float your boat. If you are interested in...
  12. ItsLunchBOX

    What Camo Pattern for Coyote Hunting?

    So I am planning on going coyote hunting for the first time in a couple months and am trying to figure out what camo pattern will work the best. More than likely we will be heading to eastern Oregon but could possibly go to central Oregon. Just looking for suggestions. Thanks in advance!
  13. P

    Turkey Hunting Near Salem Area?

    Hey Everyone! I just found this forum on Google while looking for new hunting grounds. My name is Cody and I'm a recent graduate of Oregon State. I have always hunted on lumber company, but as you probably know they are all starting to require permits to hunt now. Do any of you know about good...
  14. 67buck

    WTS/WTT OR  Irish setter hunting boots

    Nice light boots warn half a day (didn’t fit me right). They are in great shape. Size 13d. $75 or trade for Ammo Knife Hunting Gear Gun stuff
  15. BigGame

    Faster twist rate in production hunting rifle?

    Are you aware of production, bolt-action hunting rifles that come with a faster-than-standard twist rate in the barrel? For example, 1:8" in a 7mm barrel, rather than the standard 1:9.5"? I'm aware of two: the Barrett Fieldcraft and the Browning X-Bolt Pro Long Range. If you know of others...
  16. Angler

    A nutria hunting adventure!!

    About 8 weeks ago I received a very nice email from a young man named Sam from Salem asking if I would take him "varmint hunting". He had a friend who took my class and then went hunting sage rats with me. I replied I am full for this year's class but he could contact Kids S.A.F.E. Foundation...
  17. gesasky

    Gear investments, what do you regret?

    Saw this on another forum and thought it was an interesting subject. Any gear (hunting, fishing, backpacking, shooting footwear/clothing ect) that you have bought and regretted? Any you were pleasantly surprised with? The old adage "Buy nice or buy it twice" comes to mind...
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