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Hunting Collection

History Archive - Hunting Collection

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
Finding the Oomurchee Tiger
Newfoundland Dog
Cougar or Panther
Goosander and Golden Eye
A Melee
The Lower Ridding
My Two Servants, Angelo and Nero
Hold Fast
Sport and Travel in Both Tibets [Map]
Front Cover
Book Display
Woodcock Shooting
The Chamois - The Chamola Hunter's Hunting Ground
Black Wolf
Back Cover
Death of the Fox
Title Page
The Hangsman's Bank
Lieutenant Rice and the Tiger
[Dog No. 9]
Esquimaux Dog
[Dog No. 7]
Penwortham, with the conclusion of a Battue
A Modern Lodge, Perthshire
The Lion - Assailed by Death in Three Shapes
Back Cover
Title Page
[Dog No. 2]
The Round Wood
Front Cover
Mani Wall and Chortens Prayer Wall with Tombs
Blashaw Dam
[Dog No. 5]
Hunting the Porcupine
Warriors of New South Wales
The Castle Hill
Howick, from Blashaw Wood
Prairie Wolves
Wild Turkey
A sunk Butt
Front Cover
Partridges on Wing
Our Camp
Burhel Ovis Nakura
Great Horned Owl
Title Page
The Last Drive of the Season
Devil's Dance
[Dog No. 1]
Hunting the Kangaroo
Stalking a Herd
Title Page
The Vale of Kibble
The Wolf - The Noble Sacrifice
Slaughtering a Gigantic Bear
Heather Burning
Glen Quoich Lodge, Inverness-shire
America Porcupine
Driving a Bear Out of Sugar Canes
Fishing in the Wular River
Spotted Grouse
The Dance
[Dog No. 19]
Ground Squirrel
The Wild Boar Catching a Tartar
Meadow-Lark and Snow Bird
[Dog No. 8]
Title Page
Ptarmigan on Schiehallion
'The Valley of Death'
The Old Shekarry and the Elephant
Beating Sugar Canes for a Hog
Interior of the Kraal
The Crow Wood
(1) The Right Shot; (2) The Wrong Shot
Front Cover
Summer Duck
Shooting Hyenas on the Purple Mountains near El Greshe
A sunk Butt at Moy Hall
Tulketh Hall and Town of Preston
Grizzly Bears
Retriever on Wounded Bird
[Dog No. 15]
'Their worst Enemy' - Hen-house and Poultry on Stubble Field
Scarlet Tanager and Blue-Eyed Yellow Warbler
Red-Tailed Hawk and American Sparrow Hawk
Order of Procession Following Up a Wounded Tiger
East End of the Four-Acre


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