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HUNTING SUSPENDED DURING ENGLAND’S FORTHCOMING LOCKDOWN

STATEMENT – THE HUNTING OFFICE – 1/11/20

“Further to the Government announcement yesterday, The Hunting Office can confirm that hunting activities in England should cease from the evening of Wednesday 4th November.

Hounds should be exercised from the kennels, but this should be done by Hunt Staff only (or a small number of regular volunteers to ensure the safety of hounds on roads) and only for the purposes of the routine daily care of hounds. Horses can continue to be exercised from the stables, but only as part of their routine daily care and fitness.

The Prime Minister has said that this lockdown will be lifted from 2 December providing infection rates drop. As soon as we know more about the restrictions which could be in place after this date, we will inform all hunts…..”(The Hunting Office)

Trail Hunting on National Trust Land 2020/2021

This is a reminder to all Hunts trail hunting on National Trust land, that the licence application deadline was  Friday 2nd October.  Any Hunts that haven’t yet applied and are planning to Hunt on National Trust land please complete the applications as soon as possible. 
It is essential that Hunts have the necessary licence in place in order to Hunt on National Trust land.   

Hunting Office update: 

The following links have been provided by the Hunting office, Editable versions have been requested from them and will be posted as soon as available

Covid 19 Hunt Follower Instructions Template

Organising Hunting Days for a group of over 30 people

The Government have stated it is against the law for gatherings of more than 30 people to take place in private homes (including gardens and other outdoor spaces) or in a public outdoors space, unless planned by an organisation in compliance with COVID-19 Secure guidance. Businesses can host larger groups provided they take reasonable steps to mitigate the risk of transmission, in line with COVID-19 Secure guidance and including completion of a risk assessment. Gatherings of more than 30 people which are unable to demonstrate compliance with Covid-19 Secure Guidance may result in large fines from the police.
Any pack wishing to organise hunting activities for more than 30 mounted followers, must do so in
accordance with the Covid-19 Secure Guidelines. click here

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Information and contact details for the leading packs of bloodhounds and draghounds around the British Isles  Many now have their own web sites, and the “Member ” page has links through to each hunt’s web sites where available.

All the hunts welcome visitors.

Drag hunting dates back to the early 1800s. It involves the pursuit of hounds following an artificial scent laid down by a runner or mounted rider.

Bloodhounds follow the ‘clean boot’, the scent of a human quarry.

Novice rider or professional, young or old – the traditional sports of draghunting and riding to bloodhounds are a great way to spend time with your horse!

  • optional jumps for all abilities
  • hunt built fences plus natural obstacles such as stone walls, hedges, ditches & farm fences
  • a unique opportunity to ride over beautiful and often privately owned country
  • foot followers always welcome
  • friendly and fun social scene

Our  packs will offer you great hunting and a warm welcome.