Lessons We Can Take From Hunting in Colonial America

Life during colonial times was different in some key ways. Men, women, and children had specific roles to play without which neither of the genders could survive. If the man was responsible for hunting, the women and girls of the house handled domestic chores, while the young boys ran around completing various other essential duties. 

While many things have changed, the ways that we hunt really have changed very much. Here’s what we mean.

Prepare With Weapons 

When the men charged out for hunting, they were always prepared for whatever was waiting for them in the wild. These brave and daring men were brought up in a manner to always be ready to take on all the difficulties that life throws. Hunting was always done in a group. These weapons were often handmade in town or by the hunter using wood and steel for hunting or defense.

Prepare with Hunting Animals

A lot of men preferred keeping hunting dogs and training them to catch prey and bring it back to their master. This was a very effective way of hunting since dogs are natural hunters and are quick to learn while easy to control. 

Chase and Hunt 

Another group of hunters followed a different technique of hunting, which was quite popular in the colonial era in Virginia. This hunting strategy was chasing the prey down various paths until the prey, such as a deer, became exhausted. Once it stops, the hunters could easily kill it with a bow and arrow, which were much easier to make and more economical. But this type of hunting required a large number of hunters. Around 40 to 50 people. Who were also athletic and could follow and surround the prey without injury. 

Stay Still and Hunt

“Still Hunting,” was a hunting approach that was followed by hunters who were not very athletic, but were quick with weapons. These hunters planned their hunt in the earliest hours of dawn and took a hiding spot where they were sure to spot their prey. Once the prey reached the ideal spot, the hunter uses their bow or gun to strike the animal with a mortal wound so that it could not flee very far. This meant less work for the hunter and an easier catch of a recent kill that could be brought home.

We still hunt to this day. While hunting is not as essential for food as it once was, it is a sport that many continue to practice.