A History of hunting

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We offer an insight into the ways of hunting throughout the years

Huntsmen and hunts people give an explanation of the mechanics and traditions hunting before the ban and what made them tick.

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What is the difference between drag and traditional hunting?

In Drag hunting a scent is laid and its the huntsman's job to find that laid scent and get the hounds to chase it. Traditional hunting was a game of factors. What is the weather doing? Wind direction, has it rained allot recently? Will it get warmer throughout the day or is the temperature dropping off in the afternoon? It takes years of practice as a huntsman to train your hounds, not only to listen to you, but you to be able to understand them and what they can sense.

Foxes are fast and cunning. They change their behaviours depending on the weather and the time of year. So a huntsman and his hounds must be doing the same thing.

From autumn hunting to open season.

Autumn hunting (traditionally called cubbing) was about training your young hounds, and getting them fit. It was also about training the young foxes to run and disperse.

 

The main reason for hunting was pest control. The farmers did not want the foxes on their land. They attacked live stock, chickens and could be carriers of disease. So in Autumn hunting a huntsman would put his young hounds into the covers where the foxes would typically lay and flush them out.

 

Typically when Autumn Hunting a huntsman would not allow his hounds to chase the foxes after they left coverts. Why? Because the farmer's land was still in use. The cows were out, the grass still to be cut and neither the hounds or horses were fit. In this way, young foxes were dispersed.

Why do so many people find hunting so special?

Hunting for a lot of people is a way get get away from their normal lives of organising, fact checking and burden. When you are on the horse and tuned into the huntsman, there is only that moment. Yesterday or tomorrow is not a concern. Its a totally unique way to get out into the fresh air and see a part of the world which you would never get to see other wise. The partnership between huntsman and hounds is a unique and remarkable to witness too.

 

It's a chance to catch up with friends and also a way to connect to nature where the 9-5 office job and a half hour run just wont do.

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Huntsman

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Whipper-in

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Fieldmaster

Fieldmasters job is to know the country like the back of their hand a look after the field (people on horses) to take them with the hunts staff and hounds. But not to get in the way of the hunt staff at any time.

Numbers of people who participate in hunting UK wide.

  • i1

    Hunting

    2,15,500

  • i2

    Shooting

    7,04,500

  • i3

    Fishing

    3.3 Million

  • i4

    Falconry

    12,500