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A newcomer's guide to hunting

We understand that going hunting for the first time can be a daunting experience so we have produced A Newcomer's Guide to Hunting to help make your first day following hounds go as smoothly as possible. You do not need any special knowledge, kit or clothes and everyone is welcome whether on a horse, following on foot, on a bike or in a car.

Many hunts hold dedicated newcomers' meets and other activities such as hunt rides throughout the summer. These offer those who are new to hunting the perfect occasion to try it for the first time, while hunt rides can be a great opportunity to educate young horses that may not be used to riding with others. You will be warmly welcomed and guided throughout the day by an experienced hunt follower or Master who will be able to answer any questions that you may have.

Hunts in England and Wales conduct their activities within the confines of the Hunting Act 2004 which came into force in February 2005, while packs in Scotland abide by the Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act 2002.

The majority of foxhound packs may be mounted packs but they also welcome foot followers, many of whom usually subscribe to the Hunt Supporters' Club. However, did you know that you can also follow on foot with a beagle, basset, mink or Fell hound pack? Following them is good exercise and a great way to watch hounds work.

If you aren't quite sure how to get involved, what to wear or who to look out for, download our guide and take a look at our top tips.

You can read and download the Countryside Alliance's A Newcomer's Guide to Hunting here.

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