Hunting is the human practice of seeking, pursuing and capturing or killing wildlife or feral animals. The most common reasons for humans to hunt are to harvest food (i.e. meat) and useful animal products (fur/hide, bone/tusks, horn/antler, etc.), for recreation/taxidermy (see trophy hunting), to remove predators dangerous to humans or domestic animals (e.g. wolf hunting), to eliminate pests and nuisance animals that damage crops/livestock/poultry or spread diseases (see varminting), for trade/tourism (see safari), or for ecological conservation against overpopulation and invasive species.

Recreationally hunted species are generally referred to as the "game", and are usually mammals and birds. A person participating in a hunt is a hunter or (less commonly) huntsman; a natural area used for hunting is called a game reserve; and an experienced hunter who helps organize a hunt and/or managing the game reserve is known as a gamekeeper.

Many non-human animals also hunt (see predation) as part of their feeding and parental behaviors, sometimes in quantities exceeding immediate dietary needs. The one that does the hunting is the predator, and the one being hunted is the prey.

Hunting activities by humans arose in Homo erectus or earlier, in the order of millions of years ago. Hunting has become deeply embedded in various human cultures and was once an important part of the rural economies — classified by economists as part of primary production alongside forestry, agriculture and fishery. Modern regulations (see game law) distinguish lawful hunting activities from illegal poaching, which involves the unauthorized and unregulated killing, trapping or capture of animals.

Apart from food provision, hunting can be a means of population control. Hunting advocates state that regulated hunting can be a necessary component of modern wildlife management, for example to help maintain a healthy proportion of animal populations within an environment's ecological carrying capacity when natural checks such as natural predators are absent or insufficient, or to provide funding for breeding programs and maintenance of natural reserves and conservation parks. However, excessive hunting has also heavily contributed to the endangerment, extirpation and extinction of many animals. Some animal rights and anti-hunting activists regard hunting as a cruel, perverse and unnecessary blood sport. Certain hunting practices, such as canned hunts and ludicrously paid/bribed trophy tours (especially to poor countries), are considered unethical and exploitative even by some hunters.

Marine mammals such as whales and pinnipeds are also targets of hunting, both recreationally and commercially, often with heated controversies regarding the morality, ethics and legality of such practices. The pursuit, harvesting or catch and release of fish and aquatic cephalopods and crustaceans is called fishing, which however is widely accepted and not commonly categorised as a form of hunting, even though it essentially is. 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 or tagging of animals, although green hunting is still called so. The practices of netting or trapping insects and other arthropods for trophy collection, or the foraging or gathering of plants and mushrooms, are also not regarded as hunting.

Skillful tracking and acquisition of an elusive target has caused the word hunt to be used in the vernacular as a metaphor for searching and obtaining something, as in "treasure hunting", "bargain hunting", "hunting for votes" and even "hunting down" corruption and waste.


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Beyoncé Shares Four "Break My Soul" Remixes From, Honey Dijon, and More

Beyoncé has dropped off four remixes of her 'Renaissance' single "Break My Soul" from, Terry Hunter, Honey Dijon, and Nita Aviance.

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Girl In Red shares ‘hornylovesickmess’ video, directed by ‘Euphoria’ star Hunter Schafer

The collaboration marks Schafer's directorial debut The post Girl In Red shares ‘hornylovesickmess’ video, directed by ‘Euphoria’ star Hunter Schafer appeared first on NME.

May 2, 2022

My Friend Naomi Judd Dealt With Crippling Depression — The Same Kind That Took My Brother’s Life

Journalist and radio host Hunter Kelly reflects on Naomi’s legacy and one final conversation with the legend, who died just a day before her induction into the Country Music Hall of Fame

May 1, 2022

Bill Maher Says Twitter 'Failed' When They Censored The NY Post For Hunter Biden Article

Bill Maher was discussing free speech on his show when he said Twitter 'failed' when it removed The NY Post for writing about Hunter Biden's laptop.

March 15, 2022

Makin’ Tracks: Michael Ray Delivers a Classic Story Song With the Swampy ‘Holy Water’

"Holy Water" was written by Ashley Gorley, Ben Johnson, Hunter Phelps and HARDY.

March 12, 2022

Computer Repairman Who Alerted FBI to Hunter Biden's Laptop Faces Bankruptcy

The computer repairman in Delaware who turned over Hunter Biden's infamous laptop to the FBI has since lost his store and now faces bankruptcy.

March 9, 2022

Hunter on the Wing

A member of Trouble Books, Aqueduct Ensemble, and Lemon Quartet, Akron’s Keith Freund combines found sounds, acoustic instruments, and wonky electronics into evocative ambient miniatures.

January 31, 2022

‘RuPaul’s Drag Race’ Eliminee Alyssa Hunter on How a Malfunctioning Money Gun Cost Her the Competition

Hunter chats with Billboard about being labeled the season's "trade," her runway fashion, and how a broken prop helped her lose a lip-sync.

January 27, 2022

Watch Ghost debut their new song ‘Kaisarion’ at Volbeat co-headline show

The group also debuted ‘Hunter’s Moon’ during the 16-track Nevada gig The post Watch Ghost debut their new song ‘Kaisarion’ at Volbeat co-headline show appeared first on NME.

January 19, 2022

Listen to Lorde and Euphoria’s Hunter Schafer in Conversation for The A24 Podcast

A talk about their respective creative processes, their respect for each other, and much more

December 29, 2021

Ghost Scores Fourth Mainstream Rock Airplay No. 1 With ‘Hunter’s Moon’

The new ruler follows three straight No. 1s by the band in 2017-19.

December 17, 2021

Wanda Young, Singer in Motown Girl Group the Marvelettes, Dead at 78

Young sang backup on the classic "Please Mr. Postman" and lead on hits like "Don't Mess With Bill" and "The Hunter Gets Captured by the Game"

December 8, 2021

Lower Dens Call It Quits

“Spiritually and physically, we, like, can not participate in the music industry any longer. We’re also old, enjoy being with our families, and have other goals in mind.”—J Hunter

October 28, 2021

Behind The Hit: How Ghost’s ‘Hunter’s Moon’ Became a Killer End-Credits Soundtrack for ‘Halloween Kills’

It has been three years since Swedish act Ghost’s last full-length album, but fans are getting a tide-over with “Hunter’s Moon,” from the new 'Halloween Kills' film.

October 27, 2021

John Cho Is a Bounty Hunter on a Mission in ‘Cowboy Bebop’ Trailer

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