Document Type

Honors Thesis




Sarah Harlan-Haughey

Committee Members

Jordan LaBouff, Melissa Ladenheim

Graduation Year

May 2023

Publication Date

Spring 2023


Hunting remains a common practice for many people in the state of Maine. While the stories and traditions held by hunters differ from person to person and family to family. There are commonalities that aid in building the sense of community between hunters in the state of Maine. This hunting community is strengthened through the sharing of stories and the common traditions shared by many. These communities remain strong even as the Maine landscape and hunting legislation changes over time. Here a number of questions regarding hunting are explored through the lens of one family spanning multiple generations through oral interviews. This thesis analyzes the stories and interviews of this family to find commonalities in the hunting community and answer important questions like “why do we hunt?”