Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Medieval Word Wednesday - Methods of Hunting

As part of writing my current hero's past and present, I have been doing research on Medieval hunting techniques. I found all kinds of interesting information that I would love to share with you. :)

See page for author [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
As I noted in a previous entry, much of the nobleman's diet was comprised of game meat like wild boar, venison, pheasant, and such. The process of procuring the meat for such a diet was not simply the duty of the nobleman's underlings. Many noblemen killed and brought in a sizable amount of the largess himself. Many noblemen (and noblewomen) were notorious for their love of the hunt.

There were two kinds of hunts. The first was the one that came to mind when I first began my research.

At Force Hunting involved a group of fight and active hunters on horseback or foot setting out into field and forest to seek out, corner, and kill their game in the game's natural habitat. The hunting party (with the help of their dogs) would chase the prey to near exhaustion before going in for the kill. The dangerous Wild Boar was the usual prey in these kinds of hunts.

Bow and Stable Hunting involved herding the prey into an enclosed area for the not-so-active hunter to kill. The usual prey for these kinds of hunts were deer.


1 comment:

Ysa Rivas said...

:o ) I love medieval stuff, it's so neat!