E. Cobham Brewer 18101897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
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.)