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A snipe hunt is a practical joke that involves experienced people making fun of newcomers by giving them an impossible or imaginary task.
The snipe is a real bird. It is not fictional nor extinct as many definitions claim. The common snipe is prevalent in Europe and Northern Asia. The Wilson snipe is prevalent in North America and is considered by some a separate species instead of an offshoot of the common snipe.

The snipe is responsible for the term "sniper" derived from marksman in England that had enough skill to stalk and kill the fast moving bird. The snipe is very fast and flies in an erratic pattern, making it an almost impossible target for novice hunters.
Since you have never been on a hunt, we should take you snipe hunting.
by Dad_a_Monk March 06, 2016
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A North-American prank and rite of passage wherein older adolescents take younger boys into the wilderness for the supposed purpose of “snipe hunting.” Snipes are an imaginary game bird purported to resemble quails or pheasants or what have you (the fictional snipe is not to be confused with the extant North American shorebird of that same name). Snipe hunts take place on moonless nights; the victims are provided burlap bags with which to catch the birds, while the conspirators spot them with flashlights. The conspirators make birdcalls, through rocks in the bushes, and urgently cry out “snipe” to make the victims believe that there are actually birds in the area. The victims don’t want to be the only one who can’t see the imaginary birds, so they claim to have seen them also. Pretty soon the victims have convinced each other they are surrounded by snipes and proceed to run about foolishly in search of the non-existent birds. “Dude right there didn’t you see it?” The conspirators will often agree that they have just seen a snipe in that cactus patch or lake or thorny bush and order then the victims to dive in and catch it with his respective sack. The victims are then often abandoned by their guides, thus completing the joke. The cycle repeats when this year’s dupes become privy to the joke and then take their younger brothers out the following year, in search of the ever-illusive snipe.
"You've never heard of snipe hunting? Dude we should go this weekend."
by sleepinggrass January 20, 2005
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Much like Cow Tipping, it is an errand into the woods to search for small fictional birds called snipes, but with more of the intent of ditching one's younger, more naive victim than finding snipes.
Hey kiddies, want to go snipe hunting?? You catch one by holding your flashlight very still on a single spot!
by Joe February 20, 2004
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