Medieval Deer

Deer, boar, hares and rabbits lived in woodland surrounding most villages.

These animals were the property of the lord and villagers were not allowed to hunt them. If you did and you got caught killing these animals, you faced being punished by having your hands cut off.

However, many villages did get permission from their lord to hunt animals such as hedgehogs and squirrels. Lords might also grant permission for people in his village to catch dace, grayling and gudgeon from the local river.

Trout and salmon were for the lord only. Many lords kept a large pond on their estates filled with large fish. If a peasants was caught stealing from this, he would face a very severe punishment.



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