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Are Jews allowed to eat hunted animals? That means the animals are dead before getting their necks cut.

I do not think that a large proportions of ancient Jews were hunters, but I would be surprised to find that there was not a single hunter in all of Jewish history.

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Hunting for sport is strictly forbidden, and hunting for food will render the animal a tereifah if (as in the example you gave) you wound or kill the animal before slaughtering it. But that said, hunting is most certainly permissible. You could hunt for pelts, for example. –  Shimon bM Jul 14 '13 at 10:34
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Simple answer: no. –  Hacham Gabriel Jul 14 '13 at 14:53
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Interestingly, the hebrew (and biblical hebrew) word for hunting is Tzayad, which means trapping, not hunting. It seems to me that they would trap the wild animals and then slaughter them. –  Menachem Jul 14 '13 at 17:28
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So jewish culture is incompatible with hunting for food at all. –  Jim Thio Jan 26 at 4:21
    
@JimThio, yes, or more accurately, the Jewish religion is incompatible with it. Although you will be hard pressed to find someone who is lax in religious observance and identifies culturally as Jewish, but is an avid hunter. It's not likely that you won't find such a person if you look hard enough, but most of the movements with liberal attitudes toward Jewish law tend to attract those with liberal political attitudes as well, including favoring anti-gun policies. –  Seth J Sep 10 at 20:43

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No.

In theory (see Yore Dea chapters 3, 6, 7), it's possible to kill an animal with a really sharp arrow or thrown knife and render it kosher, but not practically.

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Shooting below the knee would not render it treif. But the question specifically wanted death before slaughter. –  user6591 Aug 25 at 1:21
    
Not really. My question is whether jews hunt at all or not. It seems that judaism may have lead the world to move on from hunter gatherer society to farming. Or something like that. –  Jim Thio Sep 11 at 1:35

And, of course, to keep from dying (פיקוח נפש), though all non-animal food sources would have to prove or seem obviously insufficient, just as if all emergency rations were treif (which would be preferable, I believe, to killing an animal when there were something else you could eat that were permissible under the circumstances---please correct mke if I'm wrong).

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Welcome to Mi Yodeya. As written, this doesn't seem to answer the question. If you're trying to say that hunting is ok for pikuach nefesh when no other food is available, could you edit to say that more directly? Adding sources will strengthen your answer. Without these changes this will probably be deleted; we reserve the answer space for answers, not discussion. See tour for more about how the site works. Thanks, and please do edit if you can make this fit better! –  Monica Cellio Aug 24 at 20:21
    
@MonicaCellio This answer may be better as a comment to the pre-existing answer....but this guy doesn't have the rep for that just yet. ....think it should be converted? –  Shokhet Aug 25 at 5:13

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