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30th Nov 2018

Another Wretched Day With The Quantock Stag Hounds

Confused and frightened, Red deer hinds which were hunted by the Quantock Stag Hounds on Thursday 29 November 2018. Stills grab courtesy: Somerset Wildlife Crime

From November through February deer hunters turn their attention, dogs and guns onto the females of the species. Red deer ‘hinds’ become the target. Often the hunt is little more than a shooting frenzy with multiple animals hounded then blasted. This was the case yesterday (29.11.18). I don’t know how many deer were killed by the Quantock Stag Hounds because most of their dirty work was hidden deep in private woods, but before midday I’d heard four gunshots. In the afternoon, two more deer were definitely taken and another possible before everyone dispersed and the Huntsman led seven hounds along the lanes back to their kennels. There seems to be less ritual afterwards. Maybe hinds don’t hold the allure of a majestic, beaten, stag. There are certainly less trophies to be had. You can cut off and mount the feet (known as ‘slots’) and pull out the teeth for ornaments but most hunt followers have plenty of these things already.

For us it was a difficult day and horrid. That said, we got some useful film which will help us continue to shine a light on this disgusting pastime, so I’m holding on to that. Some of it can be seen here.

At this time of year hinds might be pregnant, running with a first year calf still in tow, or both. They’re herd animals and like to stay close to home. So no long chases over miles of countryside here. Everything is much more contained as the deer run around in big circles, trying to shake off the hounds and dodge the bullets which can be around any corner or behind any tree.

In the interests of crop protection The Hunting Act (2004) permits the flushing of deer with two hounds providing that –

(a) reasonable steps are taken for the purpose of ensuring that as soon as possible after being found or flushed out the wild mammal is shot dead by a competent person, and

(b) in particular, each dog used in the stalking or flushing out is kept under sufficiently close control to ensure that it does not prevent or obstruct achievement of the objective in paragraph (a).

Sadly, the wording is sufficiently vague to enable versions of stag, and now hind, hunting to continue which satisfies the bestial urges in a minority of country ladies and gentlemen and leaves the rest of us sickened and confused.

Special thanks to fellow volunteers from Hounds Off and Somerset Wildlife Crime. Thanks also to everyone who supports our work. We could not do this without your backing. If you’re able, please consider making a contribution towards our campaign running costs.

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Stag hunting in Somerset, October 2018 watch here

© Joe Hashman

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  • Lorna kowe says:
    Posted Nov 30, 2018 at 7:53 pm

    Cruel, outdated, unnecessary and barbaric.

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  • Karen Howarth says:
    Posted Dec 01, 2018 at 12:42 am

    If culling is necessary ( not that I wouldn’t question that) surely a better way. Blood thirsty mobs love the kill. All wrong to most folk.

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  • Ruby Falco says:
    Posted Dec 01, 2018 at 6:05 am

    I cannot understand the pleasure that these people get from surrounding these harmless beautiful animals and terrifying them, cornering them once they are exhausted and then shooting them.
    Their lives are snatched from them to give the Hunt and their depraved followers excitement in their lives. Seeing them so wound up, such blood lust is awful… NEVERTHELESS, WE WILL PUT AN END TO IT ALL.

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  • Hazel Pearson says:
    Posted Dec 02, 2018 at 10:22 pm

    Barbaric

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  • Michelle coffin says:
    Posted Dec 07, 2018 at 11:29 pm

    Sick bunch of monsters need a bullet in their heads makes me sick to know they enjoy this ! Sad sad very sad.

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