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hunting with houndsThe autumn hunting season is well underway now across the country. Rain during August and early September meant the harvest was delayed in some parts of the country resulting in a number of packs starting later than was originally forecast when the combines initially got rolling.

One of the main concerns for masters and hunt staff is ensuring that when they do start autumn hunting, there is enough country cleared to enable them to hunt regularly each week. The young hounds need their early education but starting and then stopping again is not ideal for them.

The summer hound show season seems a distant memory although all eyes are now firmly focussed on watching the successful young hounds to see if their success on the flags can be replicated on the hunting field. Puppy walkers and those with a keen interest in hounds look forward to reports from their huntsman regarding how well the hounds they helped to educate have taken to their task.

Hunt staff and masters of the packs whose hounds contracted kennel cough and other respiratory diseases during the latter part of the summer will continue to monitor their hounds to ensure they are fully fit. The question of whether or not hounds should have a regular vaccination continues to be discussed too.

With hunting more popular than ever and packs continuing to encourage newcomers, why not give it a try? The Countryside Alliance’s Newcomers Week takes place between 17-24 October and this is the ideal time to take your horse out for the first time. Get further details here.

With this season still in its infancy, members of hunt staff and masters will soon be making their decisions on their future for the 2016/17 season. A number of positions have already been advertised and filled but for now, the focus for all involved is making the 2015/16 one to remember.

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