bow·​hunt·​ing ˈbō-ˌhən-tiŋ How to pronounce bowhunting (audio)
chiefly US
: hunting especially of large game animals (such as deer) done with bow and arrow
When Prenzlow questioned the hunter, he admitted that he had just killed an elk—but legally, by bowhunting.Fred Quartarone, Colorado Outdoors, January 1992
bowhunt verb, transitive + intransitive
bowhunted; bowhunting; bowhunts
He's bowhunted whitetails, elk, and bears across the country. Bill Winke, Field & Stream, September 2007
… was just returning from a hunting trip in Arizona, where he had bowhunted for black bear. Carl Sampson, Statesman Journal (Salem, Oregon), 1 June 2011
bowhunter noun
plural bowhunters
The public image of a bowhunter involves great strength with which to draw his bow. Doug Kittredge, Bow & Arrow, September 1967

Word History

First Known Use

1920, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bowhunting was in 1920

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“Bowhunting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 May. 2024.

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