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HSUS Steps in Where Hunters Refuse to Tread

nodh.klmIn the wake of a disgusting poaching incident in which a mountain lion was killed and brutally mutilated, the California Department of Fish and Game organized the Cal-TIP program which offers financial rewards to people who turn in poachers or polluters. Cal-TIP funded the program with $2,500.

Some California hunters are upset by the fact that Cal-TIP accepted a matching funding donation from the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS).  (See story.) I have a different take on this story. I would ask, why didn’t we hunters beat HSUS to the punch?

Just Be Honest

nodh.klmAccording to a recent national poll, seventy-one percent of Americans believe that the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is an umbrella organization of their local pet shelters. This, according to an article by Rick Berman of the Center for Consumer Freedom published in MyCentralJersey.com, a Gannett Company publication.

HSUS is not, in fact, associated with your local humane shelter. But certainly due in part to this misunderstanding, HSUS raised $131 million last year. I’m not about to debate here the merits or shortcomings of HSUS. That has been done, some would say, ad nauseum. But I do fault HSUS for not setting the record straight.

Hunt Report: Short Form

going_homeGoing home. Time to start composing a hunt report!  /  Karen L. Myers photoWho had a good day with hounds yesterday? Foxhunters like to know. What did your hounds do that made you proud? Tell us about it.

Fred Berry, MFH, Sedgefield Hunt (NC) came up with an idea to make it easier for hunts to submit hunt reports for publication. Berry suggests that we publish a simple form—Hunt Report: Short Form—that huntsmen or Masters can fill out directly on their screen. Foxhunting Life will publish these reports which will be accessible to all, subscribers and nonsubscribers alike.

What's Hard to "Like"?

norman_on_SlimOkay, I’ll admit that I’m a Neanderthal when it comes to social media. Why does Foxhunting Life need a Facebook page, I wondered. Those in the know assured me it would be useful. They were right.

Some of you have posted some terrific material on Foxhunting Life’s Facebook page. Hugh Brown from the Glenmore Hunt (VA) posted a cubhunting photo he took. It’s one of the most scenic hunting photos I’ve seen in a long time; it makes you hum. Photographer Karen Myers posted a video from her husband’s website of a foal’s first shower bath that will bring a smile to your face no matter what your day was like.

I’m beginning to understand that these are the kinds of short takes that are perfect to distribute via Facebook. FHL invites you to do the same for your fellow foxhunters. Post photos, videos—anything that you know another foxhunter will appreciate. We are an international fraternity, after all.

To receive our posts, or to be able to post your own photos and videos on our Facebook page, you must first click on the “Like” button just above. (Or click on the “Like” button on Foxhunting Life’s Facebook page.) Once that’s done, you will be able to post your material on the FHL Facebook page, and you will receive all posts to our Facebook page directly on your personal Facebook News Feed. What’s hard to Like?

Posted September 12, 2011

Hunt Club Pages: An Enhancement

nodh.klmKaren L. Myers photoLast month we announced a new feature on Foxhunting Life --- Hunt Club Pages. We have a page for every North American hunt with all the articles we have published about that hunt or referring to it. Now we want to make your hunt’s page even more informative.

We have added space for historical or descriptive text about each hunt plus a link to the hunt’s website. The description and link will always appear first on that hunt’s page—before the articles.

A Most Memorable Hunt

norm_on_smasherReturning to our Tell-Me-a-Story series, we’ve already covered “How I Came to Foxhunting” and “My First Foxhunt,” and we’ve received some good stories from our readers in return. For the next subject, let’s tackle “A Most Memorable Hunt.” There has to be at least one day, among all the days in all the seasons past, that remains as clear in your memory as the day it happened. There are probably several such days. I’m going to pick one that has remained for me a constant joy to recall. I’ll tell you my story. Please tell us yours.

My memorable hunt doesn’t equate to the best, the fastest, or the most exciting. Many of the most thrilling hunts I’ve experienced remain simply a blur. I recall such days with hounds roaring, hooves pounding, fences disappearing below the girth, and no thought but to keep up. However, there was never time for my mind’s shutter to capture and freeze those images with clarity for a lifetime.

Rather, I recall one slow, bluebird day, when scent was less than ideal, hounds had to work for every inch of the line, and the pace was never brisker than a trot. After twenty-five years at least, the images are still vivid. What made that day so memorable would be a fair question to ask.

Blue Bird's-Eye Stock Tie: Don't We All Have One?

robardsHugh Robards in a blue bird's-eye stockI have a confession to make. Hugh Robards, as I hope you know, is a distinguished member of Foxhunting Life’s Panel of Experts. He is a brilliant huntsman, author, and student of the noble art. For twenty-seven seasons he hunted the County Limerick Foxhounds in Ireland for Lord Daresbury and showed world-class sport.

Yet each time I publish his photo with one of his “Ask the Experts” contributions, I cringe a little. What will my readers think of an “expert” that ignores the precepts of “correct” turnout? What could he have been thinking of that morning as he dressed himself to hunt hounds?