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In that case the successful stalk of a fat buck will fill your heart with happiness, and however tough the venison may be, you prefer it to the tenderest beef-steak that London could produce. Of course you would try for the best head, even though you knew the yearling would be better eating, but your pleasure in shooting the monarch of the herd would be more than half spoilt had you to leave his carcass to the coyotes. It is not a question of stomach, for it is quite as satisfactory if what you shoot can be given to some one who will appreciate it. Dogs are in sympathy with us in our sporting aims, and they too have this curious desire to bag the animal or bird that has been shot.
The disgust of a pointer or setter is quite painful to behold when the game he has found is repeatedly missed. In further illustration of this trait in dogs, I must tell you a little story of a fox-terrier I had with me out in Western America.
For the first month he was out there he wore himself to a shadow, and very nearly broke his heart, in vain attempts to catch a prairie-dog. This little animal, as you probably know, is not a dog, but something between a rat and a rabbit. He has an aggravating way of sitting on his haunches at the edge of his burrow out on the open prairie, making a shrill squeaking noise that immediately arouses the sporting instincts of a well-bred terrier.
He will wait until the terrier is within a yard or two, and then disappear underground. These prairie-dog colonies or towns, as they are called, sometimes cover three or four acres, and over each burrow the owner sits and pipes a defiant squeak. The terrier races from one burrow to another, and the cunning little brutes remain squeaking to the last second before they disappear.
The impertinent little prairie-dog squeaked away merrily as usual, and fate crept silently on him from behind. I thought the episode finished, and, having no use for the carcass, rode on and left it behind. When I told him to leave it and come on he put it down, but picked it up again when I went forward.
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Then I knew that he wanted me to carry his spoil, and though it is an evil-smelling creature, I was obliged to fasten it to the saddle, but was well repaid for my trouble in seeing his delight. I had to carry that body for two days. The terrier did not want to eat the animal, and all he wanted was to see the game bagged that he had been at such trouble to catch. This, I am afraid, is rather a long story, but it helps to prove that dogs enjoy with us the feeling that bagging the game is quite as much a part of the sport as catching or killing.
In hunting a fox we have an animal that is useless to eat, but in all hunting with hounds we think as much of our partner the dog as we do ourselves, and if a pack of hounds refused to eat their fox, we should feel that our joint labours had been wasted. Of course it is not easy to compare hunting with shooting, because the methods of following the two sports are entirely different; but the huntsman is only satisfied when his hounds have the fox inside them, and the shooter is not happy until his pheasant has been picked up. Good sportsmen, whether of the hound, the rod, or the gun, are all near akin and are all inspired by the same feeling.
It is the half-hearted, shoddy sportsmen who disgrace whatever sport they take up.
Hunting - Notes on Hunting the Fox, Hare, Stag and Otter by J. Otho Paget
I am afraid I have been led away from my legitimate subject, and in discussing shooting I am trespassing on ground that will, I expect, have a volume to itself in this series. In America they classify all shooting under the head of hunting, and that must be my excuse for having referred to the gun.
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Between the man who shoots and the man who hunts there is, I regret to say, very often a great deal of jealousy and unpleasantness. I am not going to draw any comparison between the two forms of sport, because it would be manifestly unfair: being a staunch advocate of one side, I could hardly be expected to hold the scales of justice impartially. Those who both hunt and shoot we are not in any way concerned with; but those with large game-preserves, who never ride to hounds, we ought always to consider, lest the pursuit of our pleasure should cause them annoyance.
A tactless master or some officious member of the hunt stupidly tells a covert-owner that his keepers kill the foxes, and then there arises a quarrel that will upset the whole neighbourhood. It is very probably true that the keepers have killed foxes, but the man who brings the accusation has no evidence to show, and no one likes to have his servants found fault with by others on mere assumption.
The man who rears a large stock of pheasants and also hunts, ought always to make it his business to see that the foxes in his coverts are never interfered with. I can sympathise with the man who does not hunt and thinks his sport is being injured by the foxes; but the selfish fellow who hunts in one country and allows his keepers to slay foxes in another, is an individual who can only be described by words that are not to be found in a dictionary. Social ostracism is the least punishment that should be meted out to him, and his offence should be cried from the housetops.
I am thankful to say, however, that few instances of such disgusting selfishness occur; but whenever the charge can be fully proved, I think it is the duty of the master, whose hunt the man patronises, to request him not to follow his hounds. The brotherhood of sport should be a link to make men tolerant of each other and bind them together in a union for the common good.
The keen fox-hunter will tell you that there is no sport to compare with fox-hunting, and, personally, I agree with him; but we must not quarrel with others because they do not think with us on this point. Established seller since Seller Inventory IQ Seller Inventory APC Delivered from our UK warehouse in 4 to 14 business days. Seller Inventory I Otho Paget. Publisher: Home Farm Books , This specific ISBN edition is currently not available. View all copies of this ISBN edition:. Synopsis Originally published in London Buy New Learn more about this copy.
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Other Popular Editions of the Same Title. Search for all books with this author and title. However, the society was gaining a radical image and failed to gain support in the arenas where decisions about hunting were made. Hemingway did however introduce an alternate policy, in , of buying small but strategically placed pieces of land, initially on Exmoor, and denying hunting people access to it.
When a hunt crossed the land in , the League responded with demands for police protection, a High Court injunction against the Devon and Somerset Staghounds, and placed armed guards around the sanctuary.
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This policy lead to further purchases of land, and by , 24 properties amounting to over acres, with another 9 properties, and acres added by In some cases the League purchased sporting rights, but not the land itself, or purchased whole farms, which they then leased them to commercial non-hunting farmers. In conjunction with this, the League began to offer free legal advice to land owners who wished to sue or get injunctions against hunts that trespassed on their property, winning 6 cases in The League also developed policy of asking landlords such as the National Trust and the Crown to ban hunting on their land, as well as lobbying urban councils to do the same.
In , the Cooperative Wholesale Society, owner of acres of farmland was persuaded to ban hunting on all its land. The League was initially supported by membership subscriptions, later however War legacies made up a significant proportion of the League's income and since , more income has been received from legacies than subscriptions, thus giving the League financial independence from its own members.
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In s membership reached around However, the League had failed in successive attempts to abolish coursing failed in the late s and s. The Protection of Badgers Act was a positive step, but it still authorised landowners to kill badgers.
Internal disputes erupted again in May , as the Annual General Meeting was adjourned in chaos. At the Extraordinary General Meeting in November that year, the arguments continued and the current Chairman, R Rowley, was challenged and withdrew from the election.