Time of Grace
The lawful season for venery, which began at Midsummer and
lasted to Holyrood Day. The fox and wolf might be hunted from the
Nativity to the Annunciation; the roebuck from Easter to Michaelmas:
the roe from Michaelmas to Candlemas; the hare from Michaelmas to
Midsummer; and the boar from the Nativity to the Purification. (See Sporting Seasons.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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