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Hunting Quotes to Make You Want to Head Outdoors

The following hunting quotes do a good job of showing the passion and appreciation that hunters have for the sport and the animal.

Are you ready to head out in nature?

True hunters and outdoorsmen love getting out in nature.

They are passionate about nature and wildlife.

Those that aren’t hunters often think it’s just about killing the animal, but as these quotes explain, true hunters have respect for the animal and a focus on following the laws and helping to control the population.

They take what they are doing seriously while looking forward to being outdoors with a chance to connect with nature.

There are many reasons why hunters enjoy and invest time and money into what they do.

Hunting quotes about the outdoors

1. “You know, if you need 100 rounds to kill a deer, maybe hunting isn’t your sport.” – Elayne Boosler

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

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3. “Not all those who wander are lost.” – J.R.R. Tolkien

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4. “A gun is like a woman, son — it’s all how you hold her.” – Rhett Atkins

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5. “You must not only aim right but draw the bow with all your might.” – Henry David Thoreau

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6. “A hunt based only on trophies taken falls far short of what the ultimate goal should be.” – Fred Bear

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7. “If we act like prey, they’ll act like predators”― Alyxandra Harvey

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8. “Wildlife and its habitat cannot speak, so we must and we will.” – Theodore Roosevelt 

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9. “You not only are hunted by others, you unknowingly hunt yourself.”― Dejan Stojanovic

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

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11. “If you are not working to protect hunting, then you are working to destroy it.” – Fred Bear

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12. “You can see the true heart of a man when you’re out in the woods with a weapon.” – Jase Robertson

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13. “I am hunting you down with your research techniques.”― Steven Magee

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14. “I don’t always tell people where I hunt, but when I do, it’s a lie.” – Dos Equis

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15. “The only reason I ever played golf in the first place was so I could afford to hunt and fish.” — Sam Snead

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16. “The history of the bow and arrow is the history of mankind.” – Fred Bear

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17. “I enjoy being with my family and hunting with my children.”  – Jerry Jones

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18. “I am a country girl. Fishing, hunting, hog hunting.”  – Brittney Griner

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19. “Hunting is part of a cycle of life that repeats.”  – Roberto Baggio

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20. “Hunting is religion for me.”  – Tom Brokaw

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21. “I will always look for what my eyes cain’t see.”― Jessica Marie Baumgartner

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

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23. “Don’t get much better than fall. Bring on the camo, ammo, ducks, and bucks.” – Earl Dibbles, Jr. 

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24. “The perils of duck hunting are great – especially for the duck.” – Walter Cronkite

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25. “Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better.” – Albert Einstein

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26. “There is a passion for hunting something deeply implanted in the human breast.” – Charles Dickens

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27. “Nothing clears a troubled mind like shooting a bow.” – Fred Bear

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28. “The week leading into spring marks the start of the hunt.”― A.D. Aliwat

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29. “I’m an outdoors girl – I like to go fishing, riding four-wheelers and hunting.” – Miranda Lambert

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

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31. “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

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32. “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

33. “Immerse yourself in the outdoor experience. It will cleanse your soul and make you a better person.” – Fred Bear

34. “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

35. “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

36. “I never knew a man that hunted quail that didn’t come out of it a little politer by comparison.” — Robert Ruark

37. “Vegetarians are cool. All I eat are vegetarians — except for the occasional mountain lion steak.” — Ted Nugent
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38. “The hunting partnership between man and dog developed thousands of years ago and from it came a deep bond of affection. I suspect it was the dog’s idea.” – Aaron Fraser

39. “The truth is… I’m always saddened when I kill an animal. It’s not remorse I feel, I know why I’m a hunter. It’s out of respect.” – Donnie Vincent

40. “My biggest fear is that when I die, my wife will sell my hunting gear for what I said I paid for it.” – Unknown

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41. “…hunting and fishing makes you fall in love with the natural world. This is why hunters so often give back by contributing to conservation.”  – Donald Trump, Jr

42. “For people who grew up hunting, especially war veterans, shooting often settled the mind. It was something that required full concentration, and therefore took you away from your troubles, at least for a short time.”  – Tara Kyle

43. “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 Hinnan

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

45. “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

46. “I’m just a southern boy who likes to go mudding in my Jeep, quail hunting, and skeet shooting.”  – Will Grier

47. “I actually hated hunting the first time I went when I was a kid. My dad took us deer hunting. We sat there for 30 minutes, and I felt like I was losing my mind. But in college, I fell in love with it. Football became a full-time job, and I needed an escape. I needed something that would mellow me out.”  – Carson Wentz

48. “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

49. “While my dad loved hunting and fishing, he didn’t romanticize them. He was filling the freezer, not intellectualizing some caveman impulse or proving his worth as a real man.”  – Steve Albini

50. “I ran around with the other youngsters, hunting, fishing and raising tadpoles and all the rest.” – DeForest Kelley

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51. “Hunting forces a person to endure, to master themselves, even to truly get to know the wild environment.” -Donald Trump, Jr. 

52. “Do you know what I love about hunting? That I am no one in the woods, no one at all.” -Zlatan Ibrahimovic

53. “Hunting is alive and well, and so it should be.” -Andrea Leadsom

54. “The two biggest things that translate from the pitching mound to hunting and fishing are patience and perseverance.” -Jon Lester

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55. “But I loved being outdoors. I built tree stands and ground blinds in the woods and pretended that I was hunting.” -Jim Kelly

56. “There’s an absolute surety to the hands-on conservation lifestyle of hunting, fishing and trapping where you know you’re going to consume today.” -Ted Nugent

57. “I do hunt, and I do fish, and I don’t apologize to anybody for hunting and fishing.” -Normon Schwarzkopf

58. “It’s fascinating to go somewhere where you’re away from everything. There are no houses, no buildings, no roads, no people. And for a little less extreme hunting, any place in the West – Colorado, Utah, Montana – that’s just beautiful country.” -Shawn Michaels

59. “I know he wanted me to love fishing and hunting, and I believe that he deliberately set about to make me want to do it on my own initiative.” -Jack Hemingway

60. “I am happy now, to recall that I was not only his son but his companion, and whenever there was a hunting expedition or any other pleasure, I was always with him.” -John Philip Sousa

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61. “Wild animals never kill for sport. Man is the only one to whom the torture and death of his fellow creatures is amusing in itself.” – James A. Froude

62. “’The best thing about hunting and fishing,’ the Old Man said, ‘is that you don’t have to actually do it to enjoy it. You can go to bed every night thinking about how much fun you had twenty years ago, and it all comes back clear as moonlight.’” — Robert Ruark

63. “If some animals are good at hunting and others are suitable for hunting, then the gods must clearly smile on hunting.” – Aristotle

64. “When a hunter is in a treestand with moral values and with the proper hunting ethics and richer for the experience, that hunter is 20 feet closer to God.” – Fred Bear

65. “When a man wants to murder a tiger he calls it sport; when a tiger wants to murder him he calls it ferocity.” – George Bernard Shaw

66. “Hunting is not a sport. In a sport, both sides should know they’re in the game.” – Paul Rodriguez

67. “Now, therefore take, I pray thee, thy weapons, thy quiver and thy bow, and go out to the field, and take me some venison.” – King James

68. “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

69. “Don’t tell fish stories where the people know you; but particularly, don’t tell them where they know the fish.” – Mark Twain

70. “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

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71. “You let me hunt is like saying you let me breathe.” — Jase (Duck Dynasty)

72. “The No. 1 rule of duck hunting is to go where the ducks are.” — Jose Robertson

73. “Going to war without France is like going hunting without an accordion.” — Norman Schwarzkopf

74. “If I feel free when I hunt, then when I write about hunting I genuinely reproduce that pleasant feeling. I am almost free.” — Miguel Delibes

75. “Hunting is a relic of barbarism that once thirsted for human blood, but is now content with the blood of animals.”  — Christian Nestell Bovee

76. “I am my father’s daughter. It was not up to me growing up. I was his hunting and fishing buddy, so I’ve been shooting my whole life.”  — Amber Heard

77. “There is no hunting like the hunting of man, and those who have hunted armed men long enough and like it, never care for anything else thereafter.” — Ernest Hemingway

78. “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

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79. “A Hunter’s Prayer: We pray our sight be straight and our aim be true. We pray for no pain to the game we pursue. We thank thee Lord for this land. We thank thee for the sights in our stands. We pray for safety one and all. We pray we may return next fall.” — S. Elliot

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

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81. “I’m going hunting, I’m the hunter. I’ll bring back the goods, but I don’t know when.” — Björk

82. “Without hunting there would be no conservation, without conservation, there would be no wildlife.” — Rob Keck

83. “Whether hunting is right or wrong, a spiritual experience, or an outlet for the killer instinct, one thing it is not is a sport.” — R. Lerner

84. “A hunter is a peculiar type of character much given to solitude if he is a true predator.” — David Brian Plummer

85. “Hunting is a manly exercise, and therefore a proper recreation. But it is the business of a knight-errant to rid the world of other sorts of animals than foxes.” — Henry Fielding

86. “Hunting was a crucial part of humans’ survival 100,000 years ago, but today hunting is now nothing more than a violent form of recreation.” ― Fuad Alakbarov

87. “Hunting, works for conservation like slavery works for economic growth. A guaranteed but morally awful way to achieve a goal.” ― Peter Allison

88. “Hunting animals is not a wildlife or environmental management solution. Why should anyone spend money to protect an animal that a wealthy trophy hunter can then pay to go kill?” ― Fuad Alakbarov

89. “Life is beyond hunting. And the Labor gathering. It’s all about love in the light of Life.” ― Lailah Gifty Akita

90. “If everyone was cognizant of their purpose on earth, we would only need weapons for hunting and nothing else.” ― Gift Gugu Mona

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91. “There was something delightfully intimate about the relationship between predator and prey.” ― Nenia Campbell

92. “People never lie so much as after a hunt, during a war, or before an election.” ― Otto von Bismark

93. “I had this dream about you. We went hunting up in the mountains and I caught a unicorn. You told me now I know how it feels to be you.” ― Crystal Hudson

94. “If I were a movie maker I’d set about hunting sunsets.” ― Julio Cortázar

95. “One doesn’t need to be taught fear when one is hunted.” ― Nenia Campbell

96. “The mind can be hunted, but hunting needs the mind.” ― Waheed Ibne Musa

97. “A lion does not become king of the jungle hunting mice.” ― Matshona Dhliwayo

98. “The forest talks but a good hunter only hears it by learning its language.” ― Barry Babcock

99. “I believe that every man has in his soul a passion for treasure-hunting, which will often drive a coward into prodigies of valor.” — John Buchan

100. “It’s rarely talked about, but hunting for sport is just about as vile as we humans get.” — Jonathan Safran Foer

Which of these hunting quotes inspired you to head out in nature

Reading through the quotes about hunting and nature can be just what you need to want to head outdoors and reconnect with nature.

The woods are peaceful and tranquil and allow hunters the chance to step away from the busyness of modern living. 

Hunting allows people to help control the animal population to keep animals from suffering through harsh winters and scarce food. 

Hunting is an age-old hobby that people have continued to enjoy and participate in year after year.

If you are feeling disconnected from nature, one way to change that is to get back into the woods and see it for yourself.

Which of these hunting quotes and sayings resonated with you best?

Do you have any other favorite quotes to add?

Let us know in the comment section below. 

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