A hunter is one who hunts. Hunting is the practice of pursuing any living thing, usually wildlife, for food, recreation, or trade. The species which are hunted are referred to as game or prey, and are usually mammals and migratory or non-migratory gamebirds.
Hunting can also involve the elimination of vermin, as a means of pest control to prevent diseases caused by overpopulation. Hunting advocates state that hunting can be a necessary component of modern wildlife management, for example to help maintain a population of healthy animals within an environment's ecological carrying capacity when natural checks such as predators are absent.
Due to their livelihood, hunters have developed several skills. Skilful tracking and acquisition of an elusive target are foremost. They possess or have developed keen senses of smell, sight, and hearing. Hunters have learned patience from hours of waiting for prey. From spending so much time in the wild, they have deloped an affinity with nature, and are experts at reading the land, blending in with their surroundings, and discerning strategic locations for ambush. Hunters are usually keen archers, but not always; some are fierce melee combatants, relying on speed and ferocity to catch their prey and slay it swiftly and efficiently.
On the battlefield, hunters can put their experience and skills to use in many ways. They are extremely useful as scouts, snipers, and skirmishers. They can also be used to flush out and destroy small hidden pockets of resistance. If an army is being harried by enemy while on the march, hunters can drive off the enemy, turning the tables on them and making the enemy the hunted ones.
Whatever their role, hunters on the battlefield are deadly foes. Their enemies become their prey.