Monday 22nd November 2021
Duke of Beaufort’s Hunt
Leighterton, Gloucestershire
This frosty morning we joined CIHW at the Beaufort Hunt, the prestigious hunt most famous for shooting their hounds in the head and leaving them to suffer for minutes. They met in... (1/12)
Leighterton, Gloucestershire, from where they took heir hounds to an outrageously dangerous first draw – a strip of trees bordering the busy A46. Traffic was held up as point riders trotted along the road but luckily no foxes or hounds ventured onto it.
The huntsman... (2/12)
seemed keen to cover a lot of distance, was he trying to avoid the extra foot sabs behind him in the field? After a few quick draws of some smaller coverts he ventured several kilometers north to Ledgemore Bottom. Foot sabs ran inland as hounds spoke briefly, but once... (3/12)
again the huntsman gathered them and moved on, this time to Carter’s bottom where he was met by more sabs.
After second horsing at Chavenage Green, the hunt went south towards Charlton Brake, on the outskirts of Tetbury and near to the A4135. As we were driving to... (4/12)
reach a vantage point, we spotted a fox running through the neighbouring field towards the lane. We jumped out as the fox slowly made their way towards a great big stinking dung heap, then ran into the field to cover their tracks with citronella. Soon the huntsman and... (5/12)
hounds worked their way towards us, putting up several more deer as they went. We heard only the slightest whimper from one or two hounds, but the pack did not find our fox’s well-covered line and were taken away. Fox safe, job done.
Hounds went into cry almost... (6/12)
immediately after they were taken across the A4135. Foot sabs leapt into the field to see them streaming along a line towards Oldown. Then followed a slightly bizarre situation as sabs in the vehicle drove towards the covert to get ahead of the pack. An armed officer... (7/12)
from Prince Charles’ royal protection squad flagged down the sabs and asked where the hounds were, as she had just seen the hunted fox running across a nearby field on her patrol. She then went and had a few chats with some members of the hunt and told us she would be... (8/12)
staying in the area. The huntsman gathered the pack at Oldown and went away.
Given Gloucestershire Police’s claims to be cracking down on illegal hunting with its ongoing Operation Hunt, we think this little interaction might have spooked the Beaufort’s huntsman. In... (9/12)
the final hour of the day, he did some extremely lacklustre attempts of hunting, with a half-arsed draw of Charltondown Covert followed by a swift ride through Bowldown Wood. They then packed up nice and early at 1540 in Bowldown Farm, where we witnessed one straggling... (10/12)
hound get dragged across the yard by the scruff of their neck then thrown into the hound van.
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