Notes and Reflections on Books and Media
by Hannah Leitheiser
The Confessions of a Poacher
Finished two books. From what I gather, in England, estate holders would employ gamekeepers to manage game animals and host gentlemen in hunts. Poachers, on the other hand, would try to collect game, sometimes by trespassing on estates, sometimes by luring the game away from the estate, either way working in secrecy. Both required skill in woodcraft -- knowing and surviving in the wilderness.
Just as in America, I assume, live game could not itself be individual property, but rights to its harvest and management could be granted, the gamekeeper and gentleman hunter or fisher being the person appropriately exercising their rights, the poacher not.