from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A light used as a lure in night hunting or fishing.
- intransitive v. To hunt or fish with a jacklight.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A portable source of light, as an oil lantern or electric light, used as a lure for hunting at night.
- transitive v. to fish for or hunt with a jacklight.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Same as jack, 11 .
- To hunt game or to fish with a jack-light: same as jack, 2.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a light used as a lure in hunting or fishing at night
- v. hunt with a jacklight
Sorry, no etymologies found.
I did, however, get a kick out of a court session in Autauga County, AL, in which a father was busted for teaching his sons how to jacklight deer.
In the evenings he read The Toledo Blade and the Grand Rapids paper by the lamp in the front room or went out spearing fish in the bay with a jacklight with D. J. Smith.
Now and then one would stand and stare, his eye-balls gleaming like coals of fire; and at last came the roar of the gun, and the jacklight tumbled to the ground.
Now first-time offenders who jacklight deer at night, kill deer and turkey out of season or exceed the limit of animals they can bag will face 90 days in jail, a fine of at least $1,000 and a three-year loss of their hunting license.
He was charged with possessing jacklight equipment after police saw him in a wooded area.
"Why, of course we can follow his trail slowly by the aid of that hunting jacklight of yours.