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Foxhunting After Deer Season


2013/03/02


Sue Skipper, MFH and Huntsman of Chula Homa Hunt, collects hounds at the end of the hunt. Photo: Sue Skipper, MFH and Huntsman of Chula Homa Hunt, and staff “road” hounds to cast them at the next covert. Photo8: Sue Skipper, MFH and Huntsman of Chula Homa Hunt (front), Tom Brannon, MFH Oak Grove Hunt (center), and members of the Chula Homa Hunt at a hound “check.”

Robin Parker (left) and Allison Crews are avid foxhunters, riding with the Hard Away Whitworth Hunt. Allison has written three novels with foxhunting themes.

David Fortenberry and Hannah Miller are moving up to keep up with the Hard Away Whitworth hounds after the cast.

Sue Skipper, MFH and Huntsman of Chula Homa Hunt (front), Tom Brannon, MFH Oak Grove Hunt (center), and members of the Chula Homa Hunt at a hound “check.”

Evelyn McGee (center), age 5, on her pony Black Jack rides at the front of the Oak Grove Field, flanked by her dad Shannon McGee, DVM (left) and Field Master Marilyn Hiner (red coat).

Evelyn McGee blows “come on home” on her mother’s (Amanda McGee) hunt horn, as she also sits on her mother’s horse.
By Tommy Brannon, MFH

The last couple of months in the foxhunting season, February and March, usually produce some of best hunts. This winter in the mid-south has been pretty wet, which, of course, makes for better scenting but creates a lot of mud. Foxhunters don’t mind; it is part of the sport. There is a saying amongst foxhunters:  “How do you identify a happy fox hunter? He is the one with mud on his teeth.”

When the deer season is over, in these last two months of the foxhunting season the chances of foxhunting interfering with deer hunting and vice versa are over. The deer move around a lot less in the forest and fields, which is less tempting for hounds. They stay true to the proper quarry – coyotes and foxes. 

The Mid-South Horse Review checked in with the Chula Homa Hunt in Canton, Mississippi on February 16; the Hard Away Whitworth Hunt in Greensboro, Alabama on February 17; and the Oak Grove Hunt on February 23.Here are a few photos of some happy foxhunters in the mid-south, finishing the hunt season.   

Hard Away Whitworth Hunt has multiple hunt territories in Mississippi and Alabama. Their Huntsman Stephen Portch, MFH regularly hunts their 27 and a half couple of Hardaway-type crossbred hounds mid-August through mid-March.
 

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