- squirrel hunting
- In a number of 18th- and 19th-century accounts, squirrel hunting is mentioned as popular on a certain fixed day, in terms which make it sound more like a * calendar custom than an ordinary sport. In only one or two places does it seem that the actual killing or capturing of squirrels was the primary object of the exercise, and most accounts stress the noise and merriment of the party. In many instances the participants are only armed with noise-making implements, and claimed that the noise would frighten the squirrels so much they would fall from the trees. Each area seems to have had its own special day for the sport, including: Derbyshire (first Sunday after 1 November), Kent and East Sussex (*St Andrew's Day, 30 November), Essex (*Good Friday and *Boxing Day), and Suffolk (*Christmas Day). It is possible that these are remnants of excursions to preserve common wood-gathering, hunting, or other forest access rights, and there seems also to have been a general notion that the game laws were not in force over Christmas/Boxing Day. Gerald Lascelles, Thirty-Five Years in the New Forest (1915), 242-5, gives details of proper squirrel-hunting techniques using weighted sticks called 'squails' or 'snoggs'. Wright and Lones, 1940: iii. 136-7, 188, 261, 277.
A Dictionary of English folklore. Jacqueline Simpson & Steve Roud. 2014.
Look at other dictionaries:
Hunting weapon — Hunting weapons are weapons designed or used primarily for hunting game animals for food or sport, as distinct from defensive weapons or weapons used primarily in warfare. CharacteristicsSince human beings are lacking in the natural weapons… … Wikipedia
Squirrel — Taxobox name = Squirrel image width = 250px image caption = Eastern Gray Squirrel, Sciurus carolinensis regnum = Animalia phylum = Chordata classis = Mammalia ordo = Rodentia familia = Sciuridae subdivision ranks = Genera subdivision = Many, see… … Wikipedia
Hunting — Hunter redirects here. For other uses, see Hunter (disambiguation). For other uses, see Hunting (disambiguation). Boar hunting, tacuinum sanitatis casanatensis (14th century) Hunting is the practice of pursuing any l … Wikipedia
hunting — /hun ting/, n. 1. the act of a person, animal, or thing that hunts. 2. Elect. the periodic oscillating of a rotating electromechanical system about a mean space position, as in a synchronous motor. adj. 3. of, for, engaged in, or used while… … Universalium
Fox squirrel — Conservation status Least Concern ( … Wikipedia
Waterfowl hunting — Fowlers redirects here. For the English language style guide, see Fowler s. Waterfowl hunting (also called wildfowling or waterfowl shooting in the UK) is the practice of hunting ducks, geese, or other waterfowl for food and sport. In many… … Wikipedia
Deer hunting — Theodore Roosevelt in 1885 with his highly decorated deer skin hunting suit, and Tiffany carved hunting knife and rifle. See also: Deer stalking Main article: Hunting Deer hunting is survival hunting or sport hunting, harvesting … Wikipedia
Red Squirrel — Taxobox name = Red Squirrel status = NT status system = iucn3.1 trend = unknown status ref = IUCN2006|assessors=Gippoliti|year=2002|id=20025|title=Sciurus vulgaris|downloaded=11 May 2006 Database entry includes a brief justification of why this… … Wikipedia
California ground squirrel — Conservation status Least Concern … Wikipedia
Complex-toothed flying squirrel — Temporal range: Early Pleistocene to Recent Conservation status Near Threatened (IUCN 3.1) … Wikipedia