30th September and 1st October 2019 – Duke of Beaufort’s Hunt

We were out with Cirencester Illegal Hunt Watch and Ridgeway Illegal Huntwatch. The stalkers were out after CIHW following them everywhere!

Late in the morning, at Addy’s Firs, 2 foxes were seen running to safety from the pack (see video). A bit or rating and spraying citronella may have helped but it is thought that sab presence each side of the covert stopped them from pursuing as they would have done if we were not present.

Much sett checking done afterwards nearby as this area is in the third year of culling. As the hounds hit the field after the second fox the scent had become difficult to stay on.

The Beaufort (again), Tuesday 1st October, Inglestone Common. We did not see much of the hunt in this huge landlocked area. Sadly we found what was once a large sett filled in with the remnants of a fire on top during the morning. After a coffee break it was on into an afternoon spent sett checking nearby, hearing guns shooting pheasants on the first day of the pheasant shooting season…

There were also reports of the Croome meeting at Marshall’s lorry park, Throckmorton.

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