A long trip south for us this morning, joining up with Southampton Sabs, the newly-formed Somerset Hunt Sabs, Bath and a couple from Devon and Swindon.
We rocked up at the Cattistock, a well-supported hunt in Dorset that hasn’t been sabbed for a couple of seasons. Upon arrival it was clear that we had ruffled a few feathers; with supporters breaking a wing mirror and throwing urine over a sab. Disgusting behaviour from some disgusting people!
Despite this, and the terrible weather, we pushed on and with a winning horn/voice call combination we took some of the pack when the huntsman was drawing a covert next to us.
We then ended up taking a stroll through some of the Ilchester Estate, owned by Charlotte Townsend, the joint-master of the Cattistock and previously a patron of the Dorset Wildlife Trust (before she was forced to stand down after pressure from anti badger cull activists over her pro-hunt and pro-cull stance).
Soon after we received a call for assistance from another other near-by group, more info on which will be made available in the near future. We left the Cattistock with the poor weather conditions deteriorating even further, hopefully making their last few hours hunting equally as poor.
We’ll be back!