Fox Hunting Life with Horse and Hound

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We enjoy publishing hunt reports. The emphasis may be on humor, a unique hunting country, the horse, or the substance of venery, but rarely all that in one package. Epp’s report covers every base, especially substance. In the course of one exciting hunt, the reader is there as the huntsman conjures the best place for the first draw; reads his hounds as individuals; reaps the fruits of hot summer work in the country; assists the Field Master; uses his road whips to advantage when chasing the wide-ranging coyote; makes quick but necessary decisions—right or wrong—to maintain the pace of his hunt and the safety of his hounds; all the while, tuned to the problems of his mount.

coyate3.smallDay's end. / Ed Maxwell photo

The drought in the U.S. Southeast made September, October and November hunting in Georgia some of the most challenging we and the hounds have had in many years. Dust everywhere. Most of the streams long dried up. In others, just pockets of water.

It has been so dry and dusty that the puppies and even some of last year’s entry were tempted to run deer and pigs. Long, boring days where hounds cannot find a coyote to run tempt all but the most deer-broke dogs. We had two days that scent was so bad they could not run a freshly viewed coyote—even when we got them to the view in less than a minute.

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# Steven Price 2016-12-15 11:24
Wonderfully vivid writing. I felt as though I was in Master Wilson's pocket from start to finish.
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# Cheryl Microutsicos 2016-12-29 07:24
What a great hunt report! Thanks for sharing the excitement!
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# Nancy Mitchell 2016-12-29 12:01
What a terrific report, done so I felt I was right there with you. What I empathized with was your frustration with the dry start to your season. It seems like that is our world. Would love a draft out of your bitch Canvas, if you breed her!
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# Joan Poskey 2016-12-31 19:14
I am exhausted riding every step of the run with them!
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