Hunting has a long history full of interesting facts and stories that you may never have heard. Learning more about the sport is always exciting for someone who loves to hunt. Read on to discover three surprising things you never knew about hunting.
Hunting Originated Approximately 3 Million Years Ago
It’s safe to say that hunting has been around for a very long time. Hunting has evolved significantly over the years into what we know it to be today.
Hunting began about 3 million years ago when early humans first introduced meat into their diets. The first Homo sapiens to hunt lived a nomadic lifestyle and began hunting for meat to sustain themselves. Archaeologists discovered that human skeletons gradually increased in size after introducing meat to the human diet, which suggests that hunting had a positive role in evolution.
Hunting With Firearms Started in the 16th Century
Most forms of hunting today utilize firearms as the weapon of choice. However, before guns existed, people used spears, clubs, knives, and bows and arrows for hunting.
Historical records indicate that the first use of firearms for hunting occurred in the 16th century. The invention of the gun made hunting far more efficient. As firearms evolved over the years, hunting techniques followed suit.
Certain countries have put restrictions on the type of firearms hunters can use to preserve the overall health of the wildlife.
In Many Cultures and Eras, Society Reserved Hunting for the Upper Class
Today we know hunting as a sport and leisure activity available to anyone. But in previous eras, hunting was a regal activity strictly reserved for royalty and noblemen. For example, in the Middle Ages, hunting was directly linked to nobility and the right to own land. As a result, society prohibited peasants, common people, and enslaved people from engaging in hunting-related activities.
As time went on and society evolved, we democratized the act of hunting, which led to the common practice of hunting that we see in modern times.
Now that you’ve brushed up on some surprising hunting facts you never knew about, you can share your knowledge with your fellow hunters who love learning more about history. So on your next hunt, make sure to pack all the hunting trip essentials and include these fun facts among them!
Wes White represents the collective — yet individual — voice of the Western Whitetail editorial staff.