Hunting Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old hunting quotes, hunting sayings, and hunting proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

For us hunting wasn't a sport. It was a way to be intimate with nature     

Ted Kerasote

Hunting has opened the earth to me and let me sense the rhythms and hierarchies of nature.     

Charles Fergus

When I was twelve, I went hunting with my father and we shot a bird. He was laying there and something struck me. Why do we call this fun to kill this creature who was as happy as I was when I woke up this morning.     

Marv Levy

The No. 1 rule in duck hunting is to go where the ducks are.     

Jase Robertson

The perils of duck hunting are great - especially for the duck.     

Walter Cronkite

A bad day hunting still beats a good day working.     


If you need more than 10 rounds to hunt, and some argue they hunt with that many rounds, you shouldn't be hunting. If you can't get the deer in 3 shots, you shouldn't be hunting. You are an embarrassment.     

Joe Biden

Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they're in the game.      

Paul Rodriguez

When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.     

George Bernard Shaw

Hunting is not a proper employment for a thinking man.     

Joseph Addison

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

Charles Dickens

It's rarely talked about, but hunting for sport is just about as vile as we humans get.     

Jonathan Safran Foer

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

K.J. Parker

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.     


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

It sounds like more of -- instead of hunting -- a wildlife kill. That takes a lot of the sport out of it.     

Brett Hall

Deer hunting would be fine sport, if only the deer had guns.     

W S Gilbert

If the hunter comes back with mushrooms, don't ask him how his hunt was.     

Ghanaian Proverb

Hunting: the least honorable form of war on the weak.     

Paul Richard

Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.     

James A. Froude

We ought to ban hunting, I suggest, if there isn't a purpose other than sport and fun. That should be against the law. It's time now.     

Cass Sunstein

Hunting is now to most of us a game, whose relish seems based upon some mystic remembrance, in the blood, of ancient days when to hunter as well as hunted it was a matter of life and death.     

Will Durant

Whether hunting is right or wrong, a spiritual experience, or an outlet for the killer instinct, one thing it is not is a sport. Sport is when individuals or teams compete against each other under equal circumstances to determine who is better at a given      

R. Lerner

Without hunting there would be no conservation, without conservation there would be no wildlife.     

Rob Keck

There are those who say the kill doesn't matter. They are fools or liars. I can laugh at misses, pass up an easy shot when there is a reason, and come home skunked but happy. All of that doesn't matter. The kill matters. And the manner of the kill matters     

Robert Elman

Some people ask why men go hunting. They must be the kind of people who seldom get far from highways. What do they know of the tryst a hunting man keeps with the wind and the trees and the sky? Hunting? The means are greater than the end, and every ? hunt     

Gordon Macquarrie

When the last deer disappears into the morning mist, When the last elk vanishes from the hills, When the last buffalo falls on the plains, I will hunt mice for I am a hunter and I must have my freedom.     

Chief Joseph

The emotions that good hunters need to cultivate are love and service more than courage. The sentiments of the hunt then become translated into art.     

James Swan

One does not hunt in order to kill; on the contrary, one kills in order to have hunted?If one were to present the sportsman with the death of the animal as a gift he would refuse it. What he is after is having to win it, to conquer the surly brute through     

Jose Ortega Y Gasset

No matter what happens, whether you succeed or not, if you stand up and do it right and pay attention, hunting will always give you what you need. It may not be what you were looking for, but it will absolutely be important enough to justify whatever you      

Jacob Bowers