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To hunt successfully, you must know your ground, your pack, and your quarry.

There is a passion for hunting something deeply implanted in the human breast.


The hunter never hates his quarry; it's a thing which he wants to get, to reduce into possession, so how could he hate it?

K. J. PARKER, Devices and Desires

If God didn't want men to hunt, he wouldn't have given him plaid shirts.

JOHNNY CARSON, The Tonight Show

A man can live and be healthy without killing animals for food; therefore, if he eats meat, he participates in taking animal life merely for the sake of his appetite. And to act so is immoral.

LEO TOLSTOY, On Civil Disobedience

Certainly there is no hunting like the hunting of man and those who have hunted armed men long enough and liked it, never really care for anything else thereafter.

ERNEST HEMINGWAY, "On the Blue Water," Esquire, Apr. 1936

In hunting on cultivated grounds, the huntsman must abstain from injuring the fruits of the season, and must leave springs and streams undisturbed; for to interfere with these is contrary to propriety and morality.

XENOPHON, Cynegeticus

The flesh is sweeter, where the creature has some chance for its life; for that reason, I always use a single ball, even if it be at a bird or a squirrel; besides, it saves lead, for, when a body knows how to shoot, one piece of lead is enough for all, except hard-lived animals.


To hunt successfully, you must know your ground, your pack and your quarry.

K. J. PARKER, Devices and Desires

Hunting is a relic of the barbarism that once thirsted for human blood, but is now content with the blood of animals.

CHRISTIAN NESTELL BOVEE, Intuitions and Summaries of Thought

Hunting quote

The Pennsylvania Game Commission has charged a man with going deer hunting with a handgun in a Wal-Mart parking lot. He is being charged with reckless endangerment, but may plead guilty to the lesser charge of being a redneck.... Hunting in a Wal-Mart parking lot. That’s got to be some good eating — a deer that lives on leftover Twizzlers and Mountain Dew.

JAY LENO, The Tonight Show, Mar. 28, 2013

God created man and He created the world for him to live in and I reckon He created the kind of world He would have wanted to live in if He had been a man--the ground to walk on, the big woods, the trees and the water, and the game to live in it. And maybe He didn't put the desire to hunt and kill game in man but I reckon He knew it was going to be there, that man was going to teach it to himself, since he wasn't quite God himself yet.


A sportsman is a man who, every now and then, simply has to get out and kill something. Not that he is cruel. He wouldn't hurt a fly. It's not big enough.

STEPHEN LEACOCK, My Remarkable Uncle

The invention of the art [of hunting] is from the gods; for hunting and dogs were the care of Apollo and Diana, who rewarded and honoured Chiron with a knowledge of them on account of his regard for justice.

XENOPHON, Cynegeticus


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