BAT-FOWLING, A mode of catching birds in the nighttime and while they are at roost, upon trees, hedges, perches, &c. One part of the hunters carry torches while another beats the bushes; the birds either fly into the flames and are easily taken, or are caught with nets. The depth of winter, the coldest, and the darkest nights, are best suited to this sport.
Harewood, Harry. A Dictionary of Sports. London: T. Tegg and son, 1835.
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