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hunting with houndsWith opening meets almost a distant memory for most packs, the main season is now well underway.

Support for hunting is as strong as ever, with the recent Countryside Alliance Newcomers Week being heralded a success and more people than ever taking up hunting.

Reports from around the country indicate that scenting conditions have improved after a difficult autumn hunting season, while the young hounds and new members of hunt staff have also had plenty of opportunity to learn their craft.

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 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 has already begun with the knock-on effects of those movements being felt throughout hunts up and down the country.

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