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Hunting is the practice of killing or trapping animals, or pursuing or tracking them with the intent of doing so. Hunting wildlife or feral animals is most commonly done by humans for food, recreation, to remove predators that can be dangerous to humans or domestic animals, or for trade. 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.

In the 19th century, southern and central European sport hunters often pursued game only for a trophy, usually the head or pelt of an animal, which was then displayed as a sign of prowess. The safari method of hunting was a development of sport hunting that saw elaborate travel in Africa, India and other places in pursuit of trophies. In modern times, trophy hunting persists and is a significant industry in some areas.

Many of our works comprise scenes of hunting in England. Unarmed fox hunting on horseback with hounds is the type of hunting most closely associated with the United Kingdom; in fact, "hunting" without qualification implies fox hunting. What in other countries is called "hunting" is called "shooting" (birds) or "stalking" (deer) in Britain.

Originally a form of vermin control to protect livestock, fox hunting became a popular social activity for newly wealthy upper classes in Victorian times and a traditional rural activity for riders and foot followers alike. Similar to fox hunting in many ways is the chasing of hares with hounds. Pairs of Sight hounds (or long-dogs), such as greyhounds, may be used to pursue a hare in coursing, where the greyhounds are marked as to their skill in coursing the hare (but are not intended to actually catch it), or the hare may be pursued with scent hounds such as beagles or harriers. Other sorts of foxhounds may also be used for hunting stags (deer) or mink. Deer stalking with rifles is carried out on foot without hounds, using stealth.

Available Books


Image Name
Elliot Being Seized
Sabana the Cook
Hunting the Eland
A Melee
A sunk Butt at Moy Hall
[Dog No. 6]
Ruffed Grouse or Pheasant
East End of the Four-Acre
Our Camp
The Hangsman's Bank
Ruby-Crowned Wren and Blue Jay
A Modern Lodge, Perthshire
Throwing the Spear
Hog Shooting on the Banks of the Quad El Ahwena, in Tunisia
Title Page
Maryland Yellow Throat and American Redstart
American Buffaloe
Title Page
Summer Duck
The Round Wood
Breaking Cover
Ladaki Woman And Baby
Partridges on Wing
Esquimaux Dog
Stalking a Herd
Hold Fast
Baggage Yaks
Red Flamingo
Common Deer
Crossing the Marsemik La
Finding the Oomurchee Tiger
Back Cover
'The Valley of Death'
Ptarmigan in Midwinter
[Dog No. 19]
Black Wolf
Front Cover
Humming Birds
Howick, from Blashaw Wood
Partridge and Young
Front Cover
Retriever on Wounded Bird
Caught at Last
Jaat Panther Charging
Tiger Killed by Chance Shot near Maidah
Heather Burning in long Strips
'Their worst Enemy' - Hen-house and Poultry on Stubble Field
Camp in Pagong Nullah
Back Cover
The Lower Ridding
Grizzly Bears
Antelope Plain
Order of Procession Following Up a Wounded Tiger
Local Shikari
The Hog Deer at Bay
Scarlet Tanager and Blue-Eyed Yellow Warbler
Penwortham, with the conclusion of a Battue
The Eagle Nest
Front Cover
Great Horned Owl
Title Page
The Chase After a Hog
The Dance
Hunters Going Out in the Morning
Front Cover
Shooting a Leopard
The Boar - Conquered at Last
Goosander and Golden Eye
Fishing No. 2
Title Page
Trout of Silver Lake and Male Brook Trout
A sunk Butt
Red Fox
[Dog No. 20]
Spotted Grouse
[Dog No. 14]
Penwortham Church
Grey Squirrel
Prong Horned Antilope
Pine Finch and Purple Finch
Bringing Home the Jaat Man-Eater in Triumph
Bell Heather, White Heather, and Ling Heather
Title Page
A Time-honoured Custom - Partridge and Pheasant using same Nest
Newfoundland Dog
Title Page


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