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11 minutes ago, Behemoth said:

I don’t think peasants had much access to game. 

Depending on your definition, hunting has always belonged to the poor.    My grandfather used to trap in the Maine woods as a young boy.    And poaching has always been more than a cooking method.

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1 hour ago, voyager said:

Depending on your definition, hunting has always belonged to the poor.    My grandfather used to trap in the Maine woods as a young boy.    And poaching has always been more than a cooking method.

I think I’m just reading you too literally.

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5 hours ago, voyager said:

Depending on your definition, hunting has always belonged to the poor.    My grandfather used to trap in the Maine woods as a young boy.    And poaching has always been more than a cooking method.

Depends where.  In Europe, the best hunting grounds were often off-limits to anyone but kings and nobility.

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18 minutes ago, StephanieL said:

Depends where.  In Europe, the best hunting grounds were often off-limits to anyone but kings and nobility.

As voyager said, poaching is not just a method of cooking.

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I remember how just after we moved to Minneapolis, our dear governor said:
 

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"And I'll just tell you this: Until you've hunted man, you haven't hunted yet,"

 

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A visitor having business with the lord arrives at a great manor house in Western Europe.  He is greeted by the lady of the house.

"And where is your husband?", the visitor asks, after pleasantries have been exchanged.

"He's out shooting peasants," says the lady.

"You mean pheasants," the visitor says.  "You don't know your game."

"I mean peasants," the lady answers.  "You don't know my husband."

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