Definition of fire hunting in US English:

fire hunting


  • 1Chiefly US (originally colonial). A type of hunting in which vegetation is set alight in order to drive out the game. Now historical.

  • 2US. Hunting by night in which the light from burning wood, often held in a frying pan, is used to illuminate the eyes of the game; (also occasionally) a hunt conducted in this way. In later use: hunting by night using any source of light to illuminate the eyes of the game. Now historical except in US regional (chiefly southern and Midland) usage.


Early 18th century; earliest use found in Robert Beverley (c1673–c1722). From fire + hunting.


fire hunting

/ˈfʌɪə ˌhʌntɪŋ/