bow·​hunt·​ing | \ ˈbō-ˌhən-tiŋ How to pronounce bowhunting (audio) \

Definition of bowhunting

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

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Other Words from bowhunting

bowhunt \ ˈbō-​ˌhənt How to pronounce bowhunting (audio) \ 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

First Known Use of bowhunting

1920, in the meaning defined above

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“Bowhunting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Aug. 2021.

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