Corporal punishment in hunting

Drawing of Pfunde geben (1633).
Another drawing of Pfunde geben (1633).

In 17th century Germany, there was a custom of corporal punishment in hunting parties. Participants who had broken hunting rules would be punished at the end of the hunt with a number of swats on their buttocks. This was called Pfunde geben.


The punishment would take place outdoors, at the place of the hunt. The delinquent hunters were made to kneel on the killed animal, hold their hands (and hat) in front of them, and received the punishment on their clothed behind. The implement used, according to official descriptions, was a Waidblatt (hunting knife), although what the enclosed illustrations show resembles more a spanking paddle.