Though hunting has been suspended due to stringent wild life regulations; the hunting tales reveal an aboriginal tradition now partially embedded in their community psyche and among the elders. They would primarily hunt wild rabbits, partridges and wild boars. The sticks, the spear and tamed dogs were the primary hunting gears. The wild boars would be chased by dogs till tired and would hide behind the trees. Sometimes the dogs would overpower and wound the boar. The Korku hunters would surround and attack the boar with the sticks and spears and small axes.
This may be classified as surround and kill kind of hunting that demonstrated community togetherness as contrast to jump and kill hunting that was more for personal gain.
There are some interesting tales that dogs would be made to sniff certain herbs that would turn them more aggressive.
However Korku hunters never hunted alone ... they represented true egalitarianism....
Shades of aboriganility among Korkus: Hunting
In 1973 Government of India earmarked certain Tribe as Primitive Tribe Group (usually called PTG). In Madhya Pradesh 3 out of 46 scheduled Tribe communities made it but Korku were left. There are plenty of information that shows that they were eligible. The first census of Kokru was undertaken by the British in 1871 and at that time they numbered less than Sahariya and Baiga tribes who are in the PTG. Census 1931 also noted that "Korku is the most backward tribe ... it has only 3 literate male and no literate women. Again in 1961 the census recorded there are only 61 male literate and 5 literate women across Central India. Census 2001 noted that the literacy rate of Korku in Khandwa district ( their present highest concentration in Madhya Pradesh) is 38.8% with female literacy lower at 24.5%. In present time the malnutrition scenario among them is "alarming" refer to any national or international surveys. UNESCO has listed Korku language as one of the 196 endangered languages of India.