Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A hunt in which a light is used to reveal or attract the game.
- To hunt at night, using a torch or other light to reveal or attract the game; practise fire-hunting.
“It had rained heavily in the past few days, and the undermat of dead grass was soaked, making a fire-hunt impossible.”
“It was the custom to fire-hunt about these new grounds a great deal, and the hunters were usually quite successful, frequently killing several at one shot.”
“The sportsman who pitches his tent for a few days on the splendid camping ground of this same shore, will see the pelican, the cormorant, the sea-gull, and gigantic turtles, many of them weighing five hundred pounds; may see the bears exploring the nests for turtles 'eggs; may "fire-hunt" the deer in the forests; chase the alligator to his lair; shoot at the "raft-duck," and fish from the salt-ponds all finny monsters that be.”
The Great South; A Record of Journeys in Louisiana, Texas, the Indian Territory, Missouri, Arkansas, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, Florida, South Carolina, North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland
“This is a monstrous nice night to shine old bucks 'eyes, Uncle Billy; s'pose we take a fire-hunt," said a quiz to the old man, to draw out of him the reasons that caused him to leave the "Huckleberry Ponds" of Cumberland.”
“That wur the wust fire-hunt a poor mortal ever got inter.”
“That sport was to be a fire-hunt; but not as usually practised among backwoodsmen, by carrying a torch through the woods.”
“One evening, with another young friend, he started out upon what is called a "_fire-hunt_.”
“This mode of hunting is still practised in many parts of our country, and is everywhere known as a _fire-hunt_.”
“If the fire-hunt legend calls to mind medieval allegories in which the hunting of the hart plays out a lover's pursuit of his dear, it does so with a difference.”
“Nor did Mark merely go and listen to these lectures: he took an active part in illustrating them himself; for Uncle Christopher had explained so clearly to him that in order to be a truly successful mill president he must thoroughly understand the uses of every bit of mill machinery, that the boy was now as eager to do this as he had been in Wakulla to learn how to fish for alligators, or fire-hunt for deer.”
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