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All onAll hounds in, present and accounted for.
AwayA fox has “gone away” when he has left the covert (cover). Hounds are “away” when the have left covert on the line of a fox.
BabbleTo give tongue on scent other than fox, on no scent at all, or on a scent too faint to follow.
BlankTo draw blank is to fail to find a fox.
BrushA fox’s tail is always called a brush.
ByeA bye day is a hunting day not scheduled on the fixture card.
CalienteA large round, plain safety helmet used primarily by jockeys and event riders that can be covered with a velvet cover and worn in the hunt field.
CapA fee that is paid by non-subscribers for a day of hunting, “capping”.
Capping feeA fee paid by nonmembers
CastingInstructing hounds to spread out in search of the fox.
CharlieThe fox (also Todd).
CheckAn interruption of the run caused by hounds losing the line temporarily.
Colors1. Colors that distinguish the uniform of the hunt.
2. To be awarded colors is to be given the right, or honor to wear a Hunt Club’s individual colors.
CoopA wooden plank jump shaped like a triangle from the side, often built into a fenceline to allow the Hunt to cross fenced pastures at a slightly lower height.
Couple1. Two hounds for convenience of counting.
2. A device for keeping two hounds attached for training.
Covert(pronounced cover) A patch of woods or brush where fox might be found.
CropThe stiff portion of the hunting whip, to which the thong and lash are attached.
CryThe sound given by hounds hunting.
CubA young fox.
CubbingEarly hunting before the formal season begins to benefit the young entry.
DoubleTo blow a series of short sharp notes “double the horn”. Signifies a fox is afoot.
Double BackA fox that returns to covert after having left is said to double back.
DragScent left by a fox
Drag huntA fox hunt in which hounds trace a man or track an artificially laid scent line.
DrawTo search for a fox in the covert.
DriveThe urge to get forward well with the line. “That hound has drive.”
DwellTo hunt without getting forward. A hound that lacks drive is apt to dwell.
EarthA place where a fox goes to ground for protection, but usually a place where foxes live regularly – a fox den.
EnterA hound has “entered” when he is first regularly used for hunting.
FeatherA hound “feathers” when he indicates, by actions rather than voice, that he is on a line or near it.
FieldThe group of people riding to the hounds, excluding the MFH and Staff.
Field MasterThe person designated by the MFHs to control the field in their absence.
Fixture CardThe card sent out to list the times and meeting places for the given hunt period.
FoilingSpoiling of fox scent by water, fertilizer or distracting scents.
Giving bestAwarding the fox the victory, if he has evaded the hounds and hunters.
Ground“To go to ground” is to take shelter in a hole.
Hark1. “Please be quite and listen.”
2. Hounds rushing to a hound that has opened, or found a line.
HeadTo head a fox is to cause it to turn from its planned direction of travel; every effort is made not to do this.
HeelBackward; hounds following the line the wrong way are running “heel.”
Hill ToppersThose who follow the hounds on horseback, or car, at a distance behind the regular field without jumping.
Hold HardSignaled by a vertically raised forearm, requires that you stop quickly where you are and quietly stand still. Riders should raise their own arm while stopping to alert riders behind them of the sudden stop.
Holding upRestraining the hounds close to the huntsmen.
HolloaThe high
HonorA hound “honors” when he gives tongue on a line that another hound has been hunting.
HoundA fox hunting dog
Hunting WhipThe crop, thong, and lash are known as the hunting whip.
HuntsmanA Staff member who trains the hounds, hunts the hounds and controls them in the field.
LarkTo jump a fence unnecessarily when hounds are not running.
LashThe short piece of cord attached to the end of the whip thong. See also thong.
LiftTo carry hounds forward.
LineThe trail of the fox.
LitterYoung born of the same mother at the same time. In fox hunting it applies to whelps (puppies) or fox cubs.
MarkA hound “marks” when he indicates that a fox has gone to ground. He stops at the earth, tries to dig his way in, and gives tongue in a different way than his hunting voice.
MaskThe head of a fox.
MasterThe MFH. The person in command of the hunt in the field and the kennels.
Meet1. The assembling of the hunt for a day’s sport.
2. The actual place is called the meet.
NoseThe ability of a hound to detect and interpret the scent.
OpenA hound is said to “open” when he first gives tongue on a line. See also tongue.
PadThe foot of a fox, or, the center cushion of a hound’s foot.
PanelA jumpable fence between two posts.
Point1. The straight line distance made good in a run.
2. The location to which a Whipper-In is sent to watch for a fox who may leave the covert.
QuarryThe fox or other animal being hunted.
RatcatcherInformal hunt attire, and is follows.
RateA warning cry given to correct the hounds.
RideA lane cut through the woods.
RiotAnything the hounds might hunt they shouldn’t.
RunDescribes action after hounds find the line of a fox. This usually implies a gallop for the field.
ScentThe smell of the fox, and the physical and chemical phenomena by which the smell gets from the fox’s footprints to the hounds nose. Scent can be good or bad, meaning easy or difficult to follow. It depends in general on the weather – dry, hot weather leaving less scent.
SpeakFor a hound to give tongue.
StaffThe Joint Masters, Huntsman and Whippers-In.
SternTail of a hound.
Stirrup cupA liquid toast offered at fox hunting meets.
Tally HoYelled by the staff member who views the fox. Can also be given by a member of the field if no staff views. Members of the field should be very careful to only tally-ho when they are certain they are viewing the hunted fox that the staff hasn’t seen.
ThongThe long, flexible, braided leather portion of a hunting whip joining the lash to the crop.
ThrusterA member of the field who rides too close to the Staff or hounds.
TongueCry, a hound gives “tongue” when he proclaims with his voice that he is on the line of a fox.
ViewTo actually see the fox. Should a member of the field view, they should quietly inform the Master right away.
View HolloaThe high pitched cry given only by a staff member on viewing a fox breaking covert.
WalkPuppies are walked during the summer for training.
WareShort for “beware.” Used to warn following riders of some danger, as in, “Ware wire!” or “Ware hole!” When said, you should do so in a voice loud enough to be heard by whomever is behind you, but not at the top of your lungs. Point to the hole, wire, etc. as you speak.
WhelpA young puppy, or to bear puppies.
Whipper-InA Staff member who assists the Huntsmen in the control of the hounds.