Short Stories About Hunting

All the stories on this page will have hunting as a major part of the plot.

Race at Morning | William Faulkner

A hunting party, including a twelve-year-old boy who narrates, sets out one morning after a deer.

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Mrs. Packletide’s Tiger | Saki

Mrs. Packletide wants to shoot a tiger to outshine a rival. She plots to do it in an easy way, but something goes awry.

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A Sound of Thunder | Ray Bradbury

In the future, a company offers guided hunting safaris into the past to kill dinosaurs. Extreme care is taken to ensure nothing happens that could alter the present.

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The Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber | Ernest Hemingway

The Macomber’s are an American couple on an African safari. They have a guide, Wilson, a professional hunter, who will lead their outing. It is revealed that Francis had panicked in an earlier hunt when a wounded lion charged at him.

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The Bag | Saki

Major Pallaby is the master of a hunting club. Foxes are scarce, so enthusiasm in the club is waning. When a young Russian man returns from his hunt his hostess tries to hide the bag’s contents from the Major.

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Hunters in the Snow | Tobias Wolff

Three friends go hunting together in Spokane. Two of the men, Frank and Kenny, are closer to each other than to the other man, Tub. Their hunting is uneventful until Kenny gets aggressive and starts shooting at some things.

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The Last Day in the Field | Caroline Gordon

Aleck is aging and has a persistent pain in his leg. Despite these things, he still goes hunting with his friend, Joe, a young man. Although Aleck wants to be young, he doesn’t let his difficulties ruin his hunt.

The Interlopers | Saki

Two feuding family patriarchs encounter each other in the forest. An accident gives them some time to talk about their problems.

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The Grave | Katherine Anne Porter

Miranda, nine-years-old, goes out hunting with her twelve-year-old brother, Paul. Before they start, they stop at some empty graves on the family’s land. They dig for a while, each of them uncovering an item to take with them. Then they set out in search of a rabbit or bird.

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A Sunrise on the Veld | Doris Lessing

A fifteen-year-old boy wakes up at 4:30 AM to go hunting. He’s excited and energetic, loving life and feeling he is in control of everything.

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My First Kill | Art Coelho

A twelve-year-old boy has a new .22 automatic rifle. He is going on his first hunt. His father has impressed on him the value of using his bullets wisely, and killing something good enough for the dinner table.

Yermolai and the Miller’s Wife | Ivan Turgenev

The narrator and Yermolai go out hunting. They seek shelter at a miller’s home, and Yermolai seems to know the miller’s wife.

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Rust | Guy de Maupassant

Hector is in his fifties and has loved hunting all his life. He regularly visits his neighbors, the Courvilles, telling them stories of his quarry. When he gets sick, his routine is interrupted, prompting the Courvilles to come up with a way of improving his life.

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Doe Season | David Michael Kaplan

Andy, a nine-year-old girl, goes out early with her family one morning on a hunting trip. Andy has a way with animals – they’re drawn to her. Her father’s friend Charlie doesn’t understand why she’s with them.

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Pelt | Carol Emshwiller

A hunter and his dog are on the frozen planet Jaxa. The dog senses they are being watched, but she doesn’t know how to signal this to her master. The hunter is looking for trophies to add to his collection, and furs to sell.

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