Hunting is the pursuit, pursuit, capture and killing of wild animals for use or control, sometimes as a form of leisure activity. The latter is called "pleasure yacht".
Meat from hunted animals is often used as food, and other parts of the animal for such purposes as clothing, tools or musical instruments. Animals that are dangerous to humans are hunted for safety reasons, such as bears and lions. Some hunters believe that this shows their courage and agility.
Hunting also takes place in connection with, for example, road safety or damage to crops or infrastructure. Hunting also takes place in the context of nature management, to prevent excessive populations of certain animals that would otherwise cause damage to flora or fauna considered important. This type of hunting is sometimes referred to as fauna management, game management or management hunting.
As in other European countries, such as Germany, the United Kingdom and Norway, hunting in the Netherlands is in principle a property right of the landowner. He can rent out or exercise the hunting right himself. In principle, anyone can rent or hunt a hunting ground as an invitee of a hunting licensee. The Netherlands has approximately 27,000 hunting license holders and has one of the lowest hunter/population ratios in Europe with 1.6 hunters per 1000 inhabitants. The conditions and rules in Dutch hunting legislation are considered very bureaucratic and restrictive according to European standards.
Hunting with gathering is the oldest way to get food. While there may be debate as to whether ancient hominids such as Homo erectus and Homo habilis were hunters or scavengers, hunting in one form or another is a source of livelihood for all native peoples. Excavations from the Stone Age also show this. In addition to plant remains, remains of fish, waterfowl and mammals are also found in the Old Stone Age. The impact of human hunting on wildlife populations has been limited for most species due to the small population size at the time. For large mammals, there are scientists who link the extinction of the mammoth to the activity of humans in the ice ages. Others see climatic changes as the main cause of their disappearance. In the Neolithic, the importance of hunting declined in many cultures with the introduction of agriculture. For hunting, processed flint was used as arrowhead and spearhead. In the Bronze Age hunting weapons were made of bronze and in the Iron Age of iron. It is generally believed that hunting has traditionally been primarily a male activity.
Animal species from other regions (exotics) were often released for hunting. Today it is believed that the Romans introduced the rabbit and the pheasant to Western Europe. The red deer was introduced to New Zealand for hunting, which has turned out to be an ecological disaster.
Middle Ages and French Revolution
In the Middle Ages, many groups of society hunted. The nobility enjoyed privileges in this area. Thus they had the exclusive right to hunt on all lands owned by noblemen. When others went hunting in these areas, they were punished for poaching. The invention of the firearm in the Middle Ages, the handy variants of which are used in hunting, has greatly increased the effectiveness of hunting. During the French Revolution, all aristocratic privileges were abolished. Everyone now had the right to hunt. The result was over-hunting.
Today, hunting is regulated through national and regional or provincial regulations. With regard to hunting, there are some differences between the Belgian and Dutch regulations.
Yacht for the foot: A small yacht for usually one or a few people. The hunter walks, with or without a dog, dead