Recent Trail Laying Seminar


Since the Hunting Ban came into effect in 2005, many hunts across the UK have been hunting within the law by Trail Hunting.  practises as they were before the ban, the general conduct of the day remains as it was prior to the hunting ban and keeps the traditions and practises alive.  Trails are laid by various methods, but often by dragging a scent infected cloth along the ground, aiming to take the line that the traditional quarry would have taken, to simulate the natural movement of the prey as much as possible. 

Having received multiple requests from various hunts asking for more direction and guidance on Laying Trails and Keeping Records, The Hunting Office ran a very successful Trail Laying Seminar on Wednesday 22nd August 2018. 

The Seminar was aimed at all those Masters, hunt staff and other hunt members who are involved with the organisation, record keeping and laying the trails for the days trail hunting. The seminar focussed on organising the trail laying, the practicalities of laying the trails as well as best practises for evidence gathering and record keeping. 

With a focus on evidence gathering and record keeping, various examples were demonstrated on methods of data storage.  With the increase of anti-hunt propaganda, misrepresentation on social media from anti-hunt groups and spurious allegations from anti-hunt monitors that hunts are operating illegally, the need for the retention of evidence to demonstrate that hunts are operating completely within the law is becoming more important. 

The day was extremely well attended, with over 170 people present, representing packs from all over the UK.  The presentations were extremely informative and covered a wide range of topics and experiences. 

The Hunting Office would like to thank all those who took the time to come to the day, especially those who presented, added to the discussions and shared their knowledge with those present. 

Haddon Animal Care portraitThe Hunting Office Bursary Scheme, run in conjunction with Haddon Training, and supported by the Hunt Servants Fund, aims to recruit and train young people wishing to pursue a career in hunting.  The National Diploma in Animal Care is a Level 2 Apprenticeship and a recognised national qualification.  Participating hunts can offer a practical, structured and supportive framework for apprentices to gain the appropriate transferrable skills and knowledge within the hunting industry. 

The apprenticeships are a work-based diploma focussing on vocational skills working to nationally recognised standards of training and to a structured syllabus of learning.  Candidates also have the opportunity to improve literacy and numerical skills (dependant on previous GCSE grades) within the apprenticeship through ‘Functional Skills’ Qualifications.  The apprentices are supported throughout the placement by an experienced assessor, who can work closely with both the hunt and the candidate, making placement visits throughout the year, to ensure the quality of training. 

Alex Warden Portman 2The Bursary Scheme structure works around 12 modules, all of which are based on the Codes of Practise for Welfare of Hounds in Hunt Kennels.  The training is practical and ongoing throughout the year as the candidates gain valuable knowledge and skills from within the hunting and kennels environment.   The key areas include Hound care and welfare; Kennel routine and management; the Hunting day and Countryside Management.  

Participating hunts should have the necessary support and appropriately capable and knowledgeable staff in place to train the individuals on the bursary scheme.  Should any hunts wish to consider taking on an apprenticeconsider taking on an apprentice and feel they have the required set up and ability to provide the necessary standard of training and support, please contact The Hunting Office or Haddon Training directly. 

George Grigg VWH 5Applications to join the apprenticeship scheme are open to anyone between the ages of 17 and 23, who wishes to begin a career in hunting.  Please contact The Hunting Office should you wish to be considered for a Bursary placement

The Hunt Servants Fund is charity set up to help provide education and training to hunt staff as well as to provide some financial support to hunt staff and their families in times of hardship.  To donate to the Hunt Servants Fund please contact Miss Lucy Stevens This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.