While in discussion with a fellow stalker he told me that in English Common Law that there is a "Right To Hunt." Hunting in this instance not being anything to do with dogs, hounds or red coats, but a pusuit of food.
I have tried researching this, even having read through all of Blackstones books on the history of English Common Law, and I can find nothing that relates to it, the nearest I have found is a "qualified priviliege" to "Hunt, Take or Kill";
3. A man may, lastly, have a qualified property in animals ferę naturę, propter privilegium: that is, he may have the privilege of hunting, taking, and killing them, in **395]exclusion of other persons. Here he has a transient property in these animals, usually called game, so long as they continue within his liberty;(z) and may restrain any stranger from taking them therein: but the instant they depart into another liberty, this qualified property ceases.
If anyone can advise me if there really is a "Common Law" right to hunt (for food) in England, and if so where to find the relevant law in print, I would be most grateful.
I will be equally as grateful if it can be proved that this claim is hogwash.
Yours hopefully, Simon