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marty woodC. Martin Wood, MFH / Karen L. Myers photoWhy do most huntsmen make up their packs for a day’s hunting with an odd number of couples, e.g., twelve-and-a-half couples rather than just twelve couples. Is there any practical reason? asked Kathy Rubin.

Three members of FHL's distinguished Panel of Experts offer not only their opinions, but expand their answers with sound hunting advice.

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+2 # Wiliam Wiseman 2020-08-13 09:36
Thanks for this. I have always hunted an odd number of hounds following the superstition theory. Jimmy Young's explanation is the first coherent reason that I have seen, but I don't find it compelling. The extra hound catches the fox (or the hare) is more likely the basis of the superstition, but with a basis like that, superstition is clearly what it is. Nonetheless, I will continue to pull on my left boot first, carry St. Hubert and hunt an odd number of hounds. Buck Wiseman
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Panel of Experts

Hugh Robards, ex-MFH

Huntsman, Author

Dr. Roger Scullin, MFH

Veterinarian, Foxhound Breeder

Jerry Miller, MFH

Huntsman, Foxhound Breeder

Paul Striberry

Foxhunter, Horseman, Trainer
www.consciousriding.com

Nigel Peel, MFH (UK)

Hunstman, Breeder, Judge

C. Martin Wood III, MFH

MFHA President 1990-1993
Huntsman, Breeder, Judge

Steve Price

Author/Editor of 25 books, including The Whole Horse Catalog and 1001 Best Things Ever Said About Horses

C. Martin Scott, ex-MFH (UK)

Foxhound Breeder, Judge, Writer

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Bill Gamble Photo

Marion Thorne, MFH

Huntsman, Foxhound Breeder

 

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