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OWLING, Eng. law. The offence of transporting wool or sheep out of the kingdom.
     2. The name is said to owe its origin to the fact that this offence was carried on in the night, when the owl was abroad.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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Lastly, I extend huge thanks to my wife, for tolerating my owling forays and putting up with my passion.
Believed to be originated from Australia, 'Owling' is the act of sitting in a perched position while looking off into the distance imitating the pose of an owl.
Just who started "owling" is a matter of who you ask.