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The Hursley Hambledon Hunt met at The Boot Inn

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Monday 11th February 2013, A wonderful morning – the hunters on horseback with their hounds met on a snowy morning in The Boot car park before they set off on a trail hunt around the local area – the bar was open earlier than usual at 10.30am, there were canapés, pork pies and Chef Lee’s homemade Beef Stock served to a packed bar and car park.

While the Hunting Act is in place, one of the several legal alternatives to provide activity for Hunts is trail hunting. This is for hounds to follow an artificial scent, which has been laid in such a way as to mimic a real fox hunt. It would ideally not be the flat out gallop typical of drag hunting, would take in different types of country and be a challenge for the hounds. It is one of the ways to keep the infrastructure of Hunts intact until such time as repeal of the Hunting Act can be achieved.