from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A light used as a lure in night hunting or fishing.
  • intransitive verb To hunt or fish with a jacklight.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Same as jack, 11 .
  • To hunt game or to fish with a jack-light: same as jack, 2.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb to fish for or hunt with a jacklight.
  • noun A portable source of light, as an oil lantern or electric light, used as a lure for hunting at night.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a light used as a lure in hunting or fishing at night
  • verb hunt with a jacklight


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  • I did, however, get a kick out of a court session in Autauga County, AL, in which a father was busted for teaching his sons how to jacklight deer.

    An 18-Year Bear Hunt 2007

  • In the evenings he read The Toledo Blade and the Grand Rapids paper by the lamp in the front room or went out spearing fish in the bay with a jacklight with D. J. Smith.

    The Short Stories Ernest Hemingway 1953

  • Now and then one would stand and stare, his eye-balls gleaming like coals of fire; and at last came the roar of the gun, and the jacklight tumbled to the ground.

    Love's Pilgrimage Upton Sinclair 1923

  • Now first-time offenders who jacklight deer at night, kill deer and turkey out of season or exceed the limit of animals they can bag will face 90 days in jail, a fine of at least $1,000 and a three-year loss of their hunting license. - News 2010

  • He was charged with possessing jacklight equipment after police saw him in a wooded area.

    News from 2009

  • He was charged with possessing jacklight equipment after police saw him in a wooded area.

    News from 2009

  • "Why, of course we can follow his trail slowly by the aid of that hunting jacklight of yours.

    Canoe Mates in Canada Three Boys Afloat on the Saskatchewan George Rathborne 1896


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    Some pols choose insult and backbite

    And others entice

    With cheese for the mice

    Or capture the voter with jacklight.

    March 3, 2016