Hunting, the exercise, or diversion of pursuing wild quadrupeds, whether those of game or prey.

Hunting has at all times been a favourite amusement, as well among the rudest, as the most polished nations. Much, however, has been said both for and against the con-tinuance of this practice. T'he late Frederic the Great, of Prussia, never joined in the chace. - Where wild, or noxious animals abound, or where the object of hunting is to procure the necessary supply of food, the chace is doubtless justifiable. But, when it is attended with such mischief as is often the case in highly cuitivated districts, we conceive, it ought to be gradually abolished. - Nor should it be urged by professional sportsmen, that, without being chased, wild animals would multiply in such numbers as to become dangerous to man and cattle. This plea, however specious, is not conclusive ; because we are in possession of various methods by which animals of prey might be entrapped, taken, or otherwise exterminated, without any danger or inconvenience to the huntsmen. But, while this amusement is restrained within due bounds, and not carried to such extremes as are, or at least were, till lately, practised in France and Germany, we hesitate to pronounce unqualified censure; especially as it frequently contributes to the health and vivacity of its votaries.