Plaiting up for the first time since the end of last season, putting on your old hunt coat to find it has shrunk over the summer and lost a button, or rifling through your chest of drawers to track down your best breeches can all be some of the signs that the new season is about to start.
However once all the preparation is out of the way, everyone can get on and enjoy the first day of the season.
Opening meets have been taking place across the country during the past couple of weeks with people of all ages experiencing their first day out behind hounds.
We take a look at some of your pictures capturing the excitement that has been taking place up and down the country.
1. The Banwen Miners opening meet at The King Arthur in Reynoldston. Pictured among members of the field are Nia Godsmark MFH and field master Peter Bowdler
2. Gina Woodhouse, amateur whipper-in to the South Downs Bloodhounds, jumps a fence with ease on her young horse Tikka