Hunts can go drag hunting
where dogs follow a scent, during which foxes have sometimes been accidentally killed.
Conservative Anne-Marie Trevelyan, MP for Berwick, said: "As a rural MP I continue to support drag hunting
as a country sport, and I continue to support that foxes are shot as part of farmers' vermin management controls.
It has made the controlled path of drag hunting
all the more important.
Hunts continue to operate by using the drag hunting
method, using the scent of a fox to lay a trail for the hounds to overcome the outlawing of the traditional chase and kill.
The Croome hunt, which uses drag hunting
on Boxing Day, saw about 30 riders setting out from the rural town of Pershore in Worcestershire.
Hunts are no longer allowed to use dogs to chase down foxes, but are instead supposed to use techniques such as drag hunting
, where dogs set off on the trail of a scent laid about 20 minutes in advance by a runner or rider dragging a lure.
In an ideal world hunts would be preparing for a season of trail and drag hunting
- but we know the reality is very different.
What made me suspicious was how stationary they were because if they were drag hunting
, where an artificial scent is laid, then they would be constantly on the move as there's no need to stop.
THE hunting season has just begun and while in an ideal world this would mean hunts are preparing for a season of trail and drag hunting
we know that in many cases the reality is very different.
A SPELL of drag hunting
has been included in the preparation of Halcon Genelardais as he attempts to win his second Coral Welsh National at Chepstow a week tomorrow.
Hunts can also use techniques such as drag hunting
, where dogs follow a trail laid in advance by a runner or rider dragging a lure.
I believe there is now an opportunity for these law-abiding hunts, which now practice drag hunting
, to increase their memberships by appealing to the thousands of people who love horse riding but were always opposed to chasing to death a wild animal for fun.