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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. gesasky

    Best backpack for the money?

    As a new Elk/mountain hunter, I am looking to purchase a good multi day pack that I can haul meet out with. What is the best pack I can buy for the money and what features should I look for? External or internal frame? Since my budget is pretty tight I guess I really need to know what to look...
  2. T

    WTS OR  6.5 Creedmoor HS Precision hunting rifle

    HS Precision 6.5 CM as new in box with all papers. factory test fired and barrel break in only. 60 rds. Pro Series 2000 action 26in 10x fluted #2 contour .65in 1:9 twist bbl. Std 13.5 lop. factory options: Green tan camo paint Grey cerakote Threaded muzzle brake & cap Decelerator pad Extra...
  3. U

    Snake River spring bear

    anyone spend time in the snake river unit? I drew a spring bear tag, and plan on putting in for an either sex elk archery tag for the fall. I am well prepared and have some really kick bubblegum friends I have made since moving to Oregon a few years ago and plan on dragging them along with.
  4. clearconscience

    Anyone hunt with mountain bikes?

    I’ve been wanting to try this to get further in the woods with less effort, I found a way to make a nice bike trailer. I’ve been researching it online since before last years season. I want to get started on the trailer soon. Just wanted to hear others experiences and ideas. Post pics if you...
  5. DaveLikesGuns

    Turkey hunting near the Umpqua River in Oregon.

    Spring Turkey Hunting season is April 15-May31. My wife told me she wants us to get tags and take a shot. From some quick googling I'm getting the impression that there are a lot of wild Turkeys SW of Eugene in the region around the Umpqua River. Is this true? I figured Id see if there are any...
  6. JLSbattleborn

    Coyote hunting

    Looking into coyote hunting for the first time hear in oregon and I'm wondering where some good spots are around the bend/La Pine area
  7. ditchtiger

    Iguana Hunt

    A long way to go but looks like a good time.
  8. LuckySG

    Lightweight Hunting Package - Ruger 77/357 & SP101

    When you are stomping around following game through brush and dense forest in Western Oregon there is no need to punish yourself lugging a heavy rifle to shoot game at a 100 yards or less. I put a package together so you have something to knock that deer or black bear down as well as a trusty...
  9. Savvy_Jack

    Hunting with the 44 Winchester Center Fire Cartridges and the Leveraction!

    I have been pondering real hard how to write this in a "neutral gender" kind of way as well as remain inside the law on rule #4. For the life of me I cannot seam to write in a way that puts folks at ease. The more I write, the more I learn, but a slow learner I am :) Finding that right hunting...
  10. gesasky

    Time to start shed hunting?

    I know its a little early but I'm itchin to get out and look for sheds and scout for turkeys! Anybody found any sheds recently?
  11. U

    30-06 in need of some glass

    I have a Winchester pre 64 model 70 in 30-06 that needs some glass. I am looking for something with a little lower power to hunt westside (bear and deer). Upwards of 90% of my shots will be under 150 yards so I am looking for something that is fast to pick up. It will also be my back up rifle...
  12. P

    Who is ALREADY scouting for hunting spots and locations?

    I am having a lot down time recently at work. I find myself filling the time by scouring the Google Maps Satellite and Google Earth programs on my computer. Going back and forth between Google and the WDFW site maps. I am looking for more upland bird spots, myself. Anyways, anybody else...
  13. DRZ400S

    Looking for a hunting partner

    I really want someone that is open to any type of hunting archery, muzzle loading, rifle, and also a pistol hunter. I know a few areas to hunt elk,bear,deer open to new areas as well. Wife is concerned with me hunting by myself and to be honest when I do get an animal down it's a lot of work...