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Hound Song

Posted on Friday, March 9, 2018
Written by: Fredrick Watson

Frederick Watson wrote entertainingly of “hound song.” in the 1930’s these are his thoughts taken from an early Baily’s.   Hounds, like all real artists, sing on the smallest possible provocation, but they prefer the night before a hunt because they have not dined, and feel – quite naturally – extremely aesthetic, Hound singing has...

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A Borrowed Whip

Posted on Thursday, March 8, 2018
Written by: Jack Ivester Lloyd

According to the author this is really a cautionary story for all who may be tempted to ignore advice because they like to imagine they know something about a subject. Now, I started piling-in to beagles shortly after I learnt to walk and, except for a years spent in seafaring, I con­ed to do so...

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Nineteenth Century Thoughts on Hunting Equipment

Posted on Sunday, February 25, 2018
Written by: Peter Brook

This article appeared in the very first annual Baily’s Hunting Directory in 1897 and was obviously intended to give some words of advice on what not to wear whilst on the hunting field. It is included here both as a historical note and to provide a small degree of comfort to those who even with...

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Green-Scenes from a Hunter’s Album

Posted on Saturday, February 17, 2018
Written by: James Apperley (http://goneawayhunting.blogspot.co.uk)

In this evocative article James Apperley recalls his first experience of harriers. It was one of those days when the weather is like a Cossack cavalry charge, all wild momentum in a livery of ragtag greys, scudding just above the cottage roofs, too low and fast for rain. The kind of day when to be...

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One day in March

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Written by: James Apperley (http://goneawayhunting.blogspot.co.uk/)

I can hear a skylark singing. A thin stream of song-code spilling out into the air above my head. I look up, struggling to find focus in the blue for a moment before I spot him: a brown blur, hanging in the buffeting breeze one hundred feet up. It’s the first time I’ve heard a...

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19th Century Notes on the Genesee Valley Hunt

Posted on Monday, January 29, 2018
Written by: Peter Brook

During the year 1877, it seems an attempt was made to have the huntsman hunt the hounds with less assistance from their owners, but as hounds  were ‘trencher fed’ and did not know him, being kept at home, both hounds and owners were gloriously independent, and hunted themselves to suit themselves. If the huntsman was...

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Hunting the Irish Stoat with Beagles

Posted on Friday, January 26, 2018
Written by: Peter Brook

In 1906 Captain Herrick, of Crookstown, County Cork, kept a pack of 15 couple of 12-inch beagles which he used to hunt the stoat during the spring, and summer, their Master’s time being taken up with the chase of the fox during the autumn and winter. The hounds were bred by Capt. Herrick for this...

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Pipewell Beagles – Crossing their Country with a Pole in 1936

Posted on Thursday, January 25, 2018
Written by: Jack Ivester-Lloyd 1936

A considerable list could be compiled of unusual mounts on which men have followed hounds. In the last century there were several incidents of young bulls being ridden, some of them even in the Shires, and many a youngster has had his first day’s hunting on a donkey. I, myself, have seen a mule put...

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Contemporary Notes on the Stoodleigh and Knowlton Basset Hounds

Posted on Wednesday, January 24, 2018
Written by: Peter Brook

Taken from our Hunt/Kennel and newspaper reports in 1900/1901 A visit to the kennels of Mr. E. H. Dunning’s bassets at Stoodleigh, Devon, is an object-lesson on how a pack should be housed, and a day in the field with those grand, busy little hounds convinces one that there is no hare-hunting like that with...

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Story of the Long Forgotten Doagh Hunt

Posted on Friday, January 19, 2018
Written by: Colin Johnston-Robb

This is a summary of a piece written by Colin Johnston- Robb in 1952   The advent of autumn, marked by the peeping yellow tints and the rather chill winds, reminds us that soon we shall hear hound and horn once more. It is, indeed, animating to behold the figures in glowing scarlet and sombre...

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