Do Amish hunt?

Hunting is a popular sport for many Amish

amish huntingAmish believe in non-resistance, which prevents them from using force against others.  Though this belief means Amish do not serve in the military or on police forces, Amish do use firearms for purposes of hunting.

Not all Amish hunt, but many do.  Some Amish will visit local hunting lands when deer season comes around.  Others hunt birds and larger game.   Amish use both firearms and bows when hunting.

Some Amish own their own piece of hunting ground, located within or outside of the community.  Still other Amish may make hunting trips to more distant areas, hiring a driver to do so.  Amish may even go on trips to hunt big game in Western states.

Amish have even made the news hunting, as in 2006 when an Amish bow hunter killed an enormous whitetail buck.

Why do Amish accept hunting?

Hunting is favored by many Amish as it involves nature and the outdoors.  Additionally, animals killed can serve a practical purpose as food for the family.  Some Amish like to bring home trophies, and Amish taxidermists can be found in many of the larger Amish communities.

Not all Amish agree with the practice of hunting.  Some Amish may consider hunting for sport and fun as frivolous and wasteful.  Hunting in order to acquire a trophy may be considered prideful by some Amish.  Others find fault with Amish hunters who purchase expensive hunting equipment.

Nonetheless, hunting remains a popular sport among Amish.   Hunting allows Amish to enjoy God’s creations while at least ostensibly fulfilling a practical need for food.

For further information, see:

Amish Online Encyclopedia: Do Amish use guns?

Amish America blog: The Amish and hunting with guns

“The Amish Buck”, (

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    1. Sharyn Ecker

      My husband drives and works with an Amish crew , the only days they took off this year was the first week of gun season in Ohio ! He’s even taken hunting trips to Maine for bear !!

      1. antiamish me


        They are also a bunch of pouchers!

        1. Steve Ben

          I agree they shoot anything that moves, if your looking for an area with big bucks don’t go to Lancaster pa

        2. Scott Owensby

          amish/mennonite man

          I live by amish/mennoniteman. You must set limits for them, they have absolutely none. The cute littleboy you granted permisson to fish, may bring his school to swarm youre pond. If you give any access to youre property they may assume all other liberties have been granted fishing, hunting, woodcutting, gathering of mushrooms, berries, herbs, and everything you havent heard of yet. Many of them have a remembering dissability, whatever you agreed upon with a handshake and a warm smile is forgotten next week.

        3. Cate


          You’re going to bash people without even checking that you spelled the insult correctly? Lovely.

    2. paris

      amish communities

      hi sharyn,

      i noticed that you said your husband works with some amish people. i am writing my university on amish communities and wondered if it were at all possible if he could possibly answer some questions. or if he could put me in contact with an amish person who may be willing to talk to me. i would really appreciate any help.
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      1. paris

        **university dissertation**

    3. mike m

      Amish hunters

      I was talking to an Amish gentleman, about 60 years old, asking about how they celebrate Christmas. He told me they do a big meal and exchange gifts, but he would rather be out hunting.

    4. Eli Amishuga

      I have an Amish friend who spent $900 on a bow. I was shocked that he spent so much money on this.

    5. mike

      do Amish hunt?

      Some do hunt. I work with many Amish people in Maryland. One Amish man said he would rather be hunting on Christmas Day instead of celebrating that day. In one Amish house, they keep a rifle by the door near their garden. Another household has a shotgun by the front door. While an Amish man was eating a sandwich I asked him what he had between the slices of bread, and he was eating a deer bologna sandwich. They hunt and eat what they kill.

    6. Ethan Glass

      Do Amish Hunt?

      I have hunted with a lot of amish around logan county Ohio. Mostly coon hunting.

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    9. T.Ruth

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      We have a Amish neighbor that said he needs 8 deer yrly. to provide for his family. A few yrs. ago be was sited/fined for not wearing orange(it cost him $ 130.00 🙁

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