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happy hunting ground

A utopia. Used by Native Americans to describe the afterlife. The annual car swap meet is a happy hunting ground for automotive enthusiasts.
See also: ground, happy, hunting

hunt high and low (for someone or something)

To look absolutely everywhere for someone or something. We've been hunting high and low for an apartment we can afford, but the housing market in this town is atrocious. I hunted high and low, but I couldn't find my passport anywhere.
See also: and, high, hunt, low

run with the hare and hunt with the hounds

1. To support or attempt to placate both sides of a conflict or dispute. Many have criticized the US government of running with the hare and hunting with the hound regarding the territorial dispute between the two nations.
2. To act duplicitously or hypocritically; to speak or act out against something while engaging or taking part in it. How can you be taken seriously as an anti-drug reformer when extensive documents reveal that you are a frequent user of methamphetamine? You can't run with the hare and hunt with the hound, Senator.
See also: and, hare, hound, hunt, run

in quest of someone or something

 and in search of someone or something
seeking or hunting something; trying to find something. They went into town in quest of a reasonably priced restaurant. Monday morning I'll go out in search of a job.
See also: of, quest

run with the hare and hunt with the hounds

Fig. to support both sides of a dispute. In our office politics, Sally always tries to run with the hare and hunt with the hounds, telling both the clerical workers and the management that she thinks they should prevail.
See also: and, hare, hound, hunt, run

happy hunting ground

A place where one can find or do what one wishes without restriction. For example, The North Shore is a happy hunting ground for antique collectors. This term alludes to the Native American idea of an afterlife where hunters find unlimited game. [Early 1800s]
See also: ground, happy, hunting

run with the hare and hunt with the hounds

If someone runs with the hare and hunts with the hounds, they try to support both sides in an argument or fight. They want to keep the peace and have everybody happy. For this reason they learn very quickly to run with the hares and hunt with the hounds. Note: A hound is a dog that has been bred for hunting.
See also: and, hare, hound, hunt, run

happy hunting ground

a place where success or enjoyment is obtained.
This phrase originally referred to the optimistic hope of Native Americans that the afterlife will be spent in a country where there are good hunting grounds.
1991 Antique Collector With Old Master drawings still considered an undervalued genre, this should prove a happy hunting ground for those in search of a bargain.
See also: ground, happy, hunting

run with the hare and hunt with the hounds

try to remain on good terms with both sides in a conflict or dispute. British
This expression has been in use since the mid 15th century.
See also: and, hare, hound, hunt, run

a happy ˈhunting ground

(humorous) a very good place to find what you want: The Sunday antique market is a happy hunting ground for collectors.
See also: ground, happy, hunting

run with the ˌhare and hunt with the ˈhounds

try to remain friendly with both sides in a quarrel: I know you want to keep everyone happy, but I’m afraid you can’t run with the hare and hunt with the hounds on this issue.
See also: and, hare, hound, hunt, run
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Posewitz defines ethical hunting as "the fair chase pursuit of free-roaming wildlife in a non-competitive setting with full utilization of the animal as food.
Another public shooting area that will be open to dove hunting is the San Jacinto Wildlife Refuge near Lakeview.
We are prepared to lead the hunting industry into new areas of Tour events and state-of-the-art website interactivity that promise to deliver the excitement of hunting to a new audience while showcasing the passion and skills of the professional hunter in full-scale, non-fatal competition," noted Farbman.
Nesting conditions should be prime to bring back chukar hunting for the 2005 season just as it was in the days during the last El Nino.
Working with the county in order to expand its operation, Orion decided to relocate to a larger rural tract of land in central Virginia adding a licensed hunting preserve to its operations.
Goose hunters need both state and federal waterfowl stamps and those hunting in Cibola, a nonresident Arizona license and state waterfowl stamp can be purchased from the outfitter.
Recently, 4 Seasons Hunting hosted 50 new shooters as part of the Game Bird Heritage and Wildlife Outreach Program under the direction of Scott Sewell, a wildlife assistant for the California Department of Fish and Game.
Gamble, will hear the county's motion to dismiss a private hunting preserve's lawsuit on the basis that hunting is limited to chasing or killing of live animals.
Dove hunting should be fair at best in the Owens River Valley between Lone Pine and Bishop.
Hunters and outfitters alike now have a source to upload, view and share personal hunting videos and stories with other members of the worldwide hunting community.
This year is going to be a great year for upland game-bird hunting,'' said Scott Sewell, Wildlife Habitat supervisor.
Good duck hunting also is available for the general shooting public at the San Jacinto Wildlife Refuge located near Lakeview.
Hunting foxes with hounds was banned in February 2005 despite angry protests that it would destroy a countryside way of life.
Chapters distill data from an exhaustive amount of research, revealing who hunted where during what eras, and on what scale, and scrutinizing every detail of hunts from animals used to game management and conservation techniques employed to how hunting was used as a measure of men and much more.