Pre-Meet Tactics

PRE-MEET TACTICS A lot can be done to sabotage a fox hunt before it starts to hunt, by ensuring that there are unlikely to be foxes in the area, by covering the scent of those foxes that remain, and even by leaving false trails. Pre-meet tactics require that you know where the hunt are going […]

Grouse Shooting

GROUSE SHOOTING Season: August 12th-10th December Grouse are smaller than pheasant and larger than partridge which they resemble. They are found in coveys, large and small, sometimes singly, sometimes of 20 birds or more. Later in the season they often pack in large numbers. They feed mostly on heather shoots, occupying bleak moorland. They are […]

Hare Coursing

HARE COURSING No of clubs in England and Wales : 27 Ireland : Coursing is governed by the Irish Coursing Club and the rules differ slightly, as the hares are gathered before the meet and released from a man-made tunnel into the coursing field when needed. This is known as “park coursing”. Season: September 15th-March […]

Mink Hunting

MINK HUNTING The joint effects of the decline in the otter population in the sixties and the rising costs in maintaining otter packs meant that many hunts had to sell hounds and stop hunting. These hunts then became clubs, still with subscribers, but inviting others to hunt their rivers. [Right: Otter & Mink Tracks (Fore […]

Stag and Deer Hunting

STAG AND DEER HUNTING Number of packs in England: 4 Seasons : Red Stag, Sika Stag, Fallow Buck : August 1st – April 30th Red Hind, Sika Hind, Fallow Doe, Red Doe : November 1st – February 28th Usual Start : 11.00 am. [Right: Deer’s “Slots”] Three packs hunt the Red Deer – the Devon […]

Fox Hunting

FOX HUNTING No. of packs in England, Scotland and Wales : 190 and 100 + unregistered packs Ireland : 34  Official season : Cub hunting : 4 August to 31 October Fox hunting : 1 November to 1May Usual start : Cub hunting : 4.00 a.m. in late July to 10.30 a.m. in October Fox […]

Hare Hunting

HARE HUNTING There are three types of pack that hunt the hare by scent. In England and Wales the brown hare is hunted. The blue, or mountain hare occurs in hill country and a variety of this hare is hunted in Ireland. HARRIERS No.of packs in England, Scotland and Wales: 25 Ireland: 27 Season: End […]

Hunting Terms

HUNTING TERMS Hunting Terms & Glossary BFSS British Field Sports Society – the pro-bloodsports lobby group. Think of it as the hunters’ equivalent of The League Against Cruel Sports. Break up (of hounds) To eat the fox. Cap A donation on the day of the meet towards the upkeep of the hounds, or maybe a […]

Basic Tools – Whips

BASIC TOOLS – MAKING AND USING A WHIP The use of whips is very much neglected. We use the horn and holloas in the same way as the huntsman, so why not the whip? The whip is used to control the hounds if they are rioting after an animal they shouldn’t be, or to stop […]

Hints and Tips

HINTS AND TIPS WHERE TO FIND DETAILS OF YOUR LOCAL HUNTS Look in a copy of Baileys Hunting Directory – this can usually be found in your local reference library. This will give you the hunting area of every hunt, hunt staff details and their phone numbers. WHERE DO THEY ADVERTISE THEIR MEETS? Under hunting […]