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hunting with houndsWith the end of the shooting season comes the opportunity for many hunts to access other farms and estates that might not be available to them earlier on. Some packs are able to hunt more days per week from February onwards and this can give those hunting an opportunity to cross land they might not have been on this season.

The 2014/15 season will not be remembered by many for having the best of scenting conditions, for most it has been unsettled and hounds have had to work hard to follow their trails.

The 10th anniversary of the passing of the Hunting Act 2004 was on 18 November with the ban enforced three months later on 18 February 2005 — a date which remains firmly imbedded in the minds of those who actively campaigned against a ban.

The debate over the future of the ban continues and it remains high on the political agenda. With the forthcoming general election looming, the hunting community will be out in force helping to elect Members of Parliament who will vote for repeal of the Act.

The appointment of masters and new members of staff and masters for the 2015/16 season continues with the knock-on effects of those movements being felt throughout hunts up and down the country.

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