1The action of hunting game for food or monetary gain rather than for sport; (also) shooting for sport but in an indiscriminate way or with no regard for the rules.
2The action of taking part in a (sporting) contest or competition purely in order to win a prize or reward.
3The act of digging for or obtaining from others objects of archaeological interest or value, especially by unscientific or illicit methods, and for the purpose of private collection or profit.
Mid 19th century; earliest use found in The Times. From pot + hunting, after pot-hunter.
That engages in pot-hunting.
Early 19th century; earliest use found in William Cobbett (1763–1835), political writer and farmer. From pot + hunting, after pot-hunter.