Entry from US English dictionary
Catch birds at night by dazing them with a light and knocking them down or netting them.
- A rare nocturnal sport, batfowling consisted of going into a forest or shrub-laden area and beating birds senseless with a bat.
- But people unfamiliar with batfowling sometimes assumed you were supposed to beat the bush itself - which completely missed the point!
- So far as I know, batfowling was never an American sport.
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