Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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Gammell2.callarKeswick huntsman Tony Gammell  /  Liz Callar photoHuntsman Tony Gammell at the Keswick Hunt (VA) has developed a pack of American foxhounds that hunts the red fox and only the red fox. No gray fox, coyote, deer, or any other woodland creature.

Why wouldn’t he want to hunt gray fox? I wondered. Yes, they run short and tight with more jinks and double-backs, but they make hounds work for every inch of sport. It can be fun to watch. And even assuming he has good reason for not hunting gray fox, how does he teach hounds to ignore the line? I collared him at the recent MFHA Staff Seminar and asked, and I got more hound wisdom than I bargained for.

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+1 # K R 2012-04-25 20:11
great story!
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+1 # C. Thompson Pardoe 2012-04-26 11:11
This should be must reading for all staff. I notice, with pleasure, that nowhere is the use of the whip to discipline a hound mentioned. Especially for American hounds, the "growl" of staff is more than sufficient.

Well done Mr. Gammell.

TomP
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