66+ Best Hunting Quotes: Exclusive Selection

Profoundly inspirational hunting quotes will challenge the way you think, and help guide you through any life experience.

Famous Hunting Quotes

To sum up, one does not hunt in order to kill; on the contrary, one kills in order to have hunted. If one were to present the sportsman with the death of the animal as a gift he would refuse it. What he is after is having to win it, to conquer the surly brute through his own effort and skill with all the extras that this carries with it the immersion in the countryside, the healthfulness of the exercise, the distraction from his job. Jose Ortega y Gasset

I ask people why they have deer heads on their walls. They always say because it’s such a beautiful animal. There you go. I think my mother is attractive, but I have photographs of her. Ellen DeGeneres

Go afield with a good attitude, with respect for the wildlife you hunt and for the forest and fields in which you walk. Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person. Fred Bear

You won’t even take your bow? Are you planning to throttle a moose with your bare hands, then? I’ve a knife in my boot, she said, and then wondered, for a moment, if she could throttle a moose with her bare hands. Kristin Cashore

Hunting is the noblest sport yet devised by the hand of man. There were mighty hunters in the Bible, and all the caves where the cave men lived are full of carvings of assorted game the head of the house drug home. If you hunt to eat, or hunt for sport for something fine, something that will make you proud, and make you remember every single detail of the day you found him and shot him, that is good too. But if there’s one thing I despise it’s a killer, some blood crazy idiot that just goes around bam bamming at everything he sees. A man who takes pleasure in death just for death’s sake is rotten somewhere inside, and you’ll find him doing things later on in life that’ll prove it. Robert Ruark

The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun. P.G. Wodehous

Now then, get your equipment your quiver and bowand go out to the open country to hunt some wild game for me.

The search for a scapegoat is the easiest of all hunting expeditions. Dwight D. Eisenhower

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. Henry David Thoreau

Know something? I’d lay even odds that between the people following us and the people hunting us, we’ve become this city’s principle means of employment. Tal Verrar’s entire economy is now based on fucking with us. Scott Lynch

Maybe stalking the woods is as vital to the human condition as playing music or putting words to paper. Maybe hunting has as much of a claim on our civilized selves as anything else. After all, the earliest forms of representational art reflect hunters and prey. While the arts were making us spiritually viable, hunting did the heavy lifting of not only keeping us alive, but inspiring us. To abhor hunting is to hate the place from which you came, which is akin to hating yourself in some distant, abstract way. Steven Rinella

You not only are hunted by others, you unknowingly hunt yourself. Dejan Stojanovic

If some animals are good at hunting and others are suitable for hunting, then the Gods must clearly smile on hunting. Aristotle

Vegetarians are cool. All I eat are vegetarians except for the occasional mountain lion steak. Ted Nugent

Death by violence, death by cold, death by starvation, these are the normal endings of the stately and beautiful creatures of the wilderness. The sentimentalists who prattle about the peaceful life of nature do not realize its utter mercilessness;Life is hard and cruel for all the lower creatures, and for man also in what the sentimentalists call a state of nature. Theodore Roosevelt

People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election. Otto von Bismarck

If there is a sacred moment in the ethical pursuit of game, it is the moment you release the arrow or touch off the fatal shot. Jim Posewitz

The way humans hunt for parking and the way animals hunt for food are not as different as you might think. Tom Vanderbilt

A peculiar virtue in wildlife ethics is that the hunter ordinarily has no gallery to applaud or disapprove of his conduct. Whatever his acts, they are dictated by his own conscience, rather than that of onlookers. It is difficult to exaggerate the importance of this fact.Aldo Leopold

The more a woman appreciates the hunting prowess of her man, the more he will kill for her. Michael DiMarco

The true trophy hunter is a self disciplined perfectionist seeking a single animal, the ancient patriarch well past his prime that is often an outcast from his own kind If successful, he will enshrine the trophy in a place of honor. This is a more noble and fitting end than dying on some lost and lonely ledge where the scavengers will pick his bones, and his magnificent horns will weather away and be lost forever. Elgin Gates

I suppose if there were a part of the world in which mastodon still lived, somebody would design a new gun, and men, in their eternal impudence, would hunt mastodon as they now hunt elephant. Impudence seems to be the word. At least David and Goliath were of the same species, but, to an elephant, a man can only be a midge with a deathly sting. Beryl Markham

A hunt based only on trophies taken falls far short of what the ultimate goal should be time to commune with your inner soul as you share the outdoors with the birds, animals, and fish that live there. Fred Bear

You can’t be a great human being when you enjoy killing innocent and helpless animals with a gun just for fun. Debasish Mridha

I did not mind killing anything, any animal, if I killed it cleanly, they all had to die and my interference with the nightly and the seasonal killing that went on all the time was very minute and I had no guilty feeling at all. We ate the meat and kept the hides and horns. Ernest Hemingway

Was there any more repellent sight, Harriet wondered, than a silly, self centred, greedy woman clad in the skin of a beast so much more splendid than herself? Olivia Manning

A true conservationist is a man who knows that the world is not given by his fathers, but borrowed from his children. John James Audubon

It is absurd for a man to kill an elephant. It is not brutal, it is not heroic, and certainly it is not easy; it is just one of those preposterous things that men do like putting a dam across a great river, one tenth of whose volume could engulf the whole of mankind without disturbing the domestic life of a single catfish. Beryl Markham

In a civilized and cultivated country wild animals only continue to exist at all when preserved by sportsmen. The excellent people who protest against all hunting, and consider sportsmen as enemies of wild life, are ignorant of the fact that in reality the genuine sportsman is by all odds the most important factor in keeping the larger and more valuable wild creatures from total extermination. Theordore Roosevelt

Murphy’s face went through several mutations as he spoke, as if small animals were scurrying about just beneath his skin. Pete Hautman

The old man used to say that the best part of hunting and fishing was the thinking about going and the talking about it after you got back. Robert Ruark

Like hunting, fishing offers up a sacrifice and a bond to the land that increases power in those with honorable tactics. Jessica Marie Baumgartner

Do not tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish. Mark Twain

Like a golfer lining up his putt, he pretended to pull the trigger. Joel Burcat

A duck call in the hands of the unskilled is one of conservation’s greatest assets. Nash Buckingham

The week leading into spring marks the start of the hunt. A.D. Aliwat

I don’t know what there is about buffalo that frightens me so. Lions and leopard and rhinos excite me but don’t frighten me. But that buff is so big and mean and ugly and hard to stop, and vindictive and cruel and surly and ornery. He looks like he hates you personally. He looks like you owe him money. He looks like he is hunting you. Robert Ruark

The wolf is made he way the world is made. You cannot touch the world. You cannot hold it in your hand for it is made of breath only. Cormac McCarthy

The chase is among the best of all national pastimes; it cultivates that vigorous manliness for the lack of which in a nation, as in an individual, the possession of no other qualities can possibly atone. Theodore Roosevelt

Save a life, shoot a camera. Kirk Wolcott

When done under the rules of good sportsmanship, duck hunting is a culmination of art, skill and scientific endeavor. It is also an act of love, for who loves the birds more than the hunter? Bob Hinman

Tigers don’t hunt in groups. They attach solitary. Hence however realistic this dance is, it is still faulty as they failed to understand the apex predator they are imitating. Vamsidhar Chaturvedula

When he was young, I told Dale Jr. that hunting and racing are a lot alike. Holding that steering wheel and holding that rifle both mean you better be responsible. Dale Earnhardt

I move around hungry, sniffing the moonlight, drifting around the hills, hunting for you, your passionate kisses, like a cougar prowling in the streets at Midnight. Avijeet Das

The hunter’s horn sounds early for some, later for others. For some unfortunates, poisoned by city sidewalks and sentenced to a cement jungle more horrifying than anything to be found in Tanganyika, the horn of the hunter never winds at all. But deep in the guts of most men is buried the involuntary response to the hunter’s horn, a prickle of the nape hairs, an acceleration of the pulse, an atavistic memory of his fathers, who killed first with stone, and then with club, and then with spear, and then with bow, and then with gun, and finally with formulae. Robert Ruark

One thing about us, since I bring our food home on a daily basis, most of it is so fresh you have to make sure it isn’t going to make a run for it. Suzanne Collins

When he was young, I told Dale Jr. that hunting and racing are a lot alike. Holding that steering wheel and holding that rifle both mean you better be responsible. Dale Earnhardt

If everyone in nature were too talented not to be hunted by others, everyone would starve! Mehmet Murat ildan

I have always tempered my killing with respect for the game pursued. I see the animal not only as a target, but as a living creature with more freedom than I will ever have. I take that life if I can, with regret as well as joy, and with the sure knowledge that nature’s way of fang and claw and starvation are a far crueler fate than I bestow. Fred Bear

This was a common routine for the group, whenever they were blessed enough to actually hit a deer, rather than scaring it away. It looked like they would be eating well tonight. Jason Medina

Fortunately, as it pertains to guns, my dad and uncle introduced me to guns the way it needs to be done smart, slow and safe. Ted Nugent

I am hunting you down with scientific discovery. Steven Magee

I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived. Henry David Thoreau

The first turkey that ever came to me on the ground did it a long time ago. I sat there with my hands shaking and my breath short and my heart hammering so hard I could not understand why he could not hear it. The last turkey that came to me last spring had exactly the same effect, and the day that this does not happen to me is the day that I quit. Tom Kelly

But love of the wilderness is more than a hunger for what is always beyond reach; it is also an expression of loyalty to the earth which bore us and sustains us, the only home we shall ever know, the only paradise we ever need  if only we had eyes to see. Edward Abbey

A lioness will use all of her strength even when hunting a rabbit. Kazuki Nakashima

Put your trust in God, my boys, but mind to keep your powder dry. William Blacker

Lions are neither predators nor killers. They just go for hunting like kings; because they are the kings! Munia Khan

A gun is like a woman, son it’s all how you hold her. Rhett Atkins

There’s nothing wrong with you at all. Sometimes people say or do things that are mean because there’s something the matter with them. With Lydia, it seems there’s always something wrong with her. Nathan Reese Maher

You might as well learn that a man who catches fish or shoots game has got to make it fit to eat before he sleeps. Otherwise it’s all a waste and a sin to take it if you can’t use it. Robert Ruark

To track prey, you must first know it as you would a brother. Michelle Paver

Perhaps I should not have been a fisherman, he thought. But that was the thing that I was born for. Ernest Hemingway

Life is beyond hunting. And the Labour of gathering. It’s all about love in the light of Life. Lailah Gifty Akita

Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. Albert Einstein