Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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cheshire foxhounds 21Hunting country is a hunt's most precious asset. The late Mrs. Nancy Hannum, MFH, Mr. Stewart's Cheshire Foxhounds, set the bar for how to protect hunting country, hers just thirty miles from Philadelphia.

The season has started and so far so good. Young hounds are entering well and have been given the space and time to work things out. But every season brings headaches the Masters can well do without.

Most field members are blissfully unaware of the amount of year-round planning that goes into every day’s hunting. During the spring and summer Masters need to go and visit their landowners and make sure they are welcome for the following season. Secondly, they need to look further afield to increase their hunting country. Why? Because there are too many ways good country can be lost. Here’s one that I experienced.

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# gail andersen 2019-10-21 16:44
Good manners and respect for owners or caretakers of Hunt country may be “old school” but is still an important part of keeping friends and neighbors in a civilized society. Some Masters seem reluctant to speak up and address field members that break or simply ignore or are ignorant of the rules or requirements of being a welcomed member of the field. Are there no conciquences for the individuals that caused such damage to good relations and the hunt’s most valuable assets, goodwill and permission to hunt on the land of our generous landowners. Some one needs to address these issues to the membership and or guests before they come out to hunt. Old school written notes used to take care of these issues by writing to a Master or hunt secretary for permission to visit and hunt. Some hunts would provide you with a guide. Common sense helps!

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