KZN Hunt Dates for 2012

 

Hi Beaglers

 

The much anticipated Hunt Season starts this month on the 25th March with an Orientation Hunt.  It’s a great opportunity for the hounds to learn what’s expected – though they seem to take to it naturally and we get to do all the learning.

 

We have set provisional dates for our Beagle Hunt Season for the year. The hunts all fall on a Sun and start at 7am and finish at about 11am.

The venues are still to be confirmed, but most hunts will be at Hillhouse Farm in Howick or Fairview Farm in Oribit Flats. Directions to the venues will be sent out once confirmed.

 

The hunt consists of 6 to 7 lines each of approximately 800m long where the Beagles run following a scent trail of pilchards.  The Beagles take to it naturally and its an ideal opportunity for them to socialise, get fit and do what they love doing best. Points will be scored and the hunt season will end with a final race among the top 10 dogs with the highest points.

 

The cost of the hunt season is R150 per family.  Every dog hunting needs a bib with his or her name on it which can be ordered in the BeagleShop

Please make sure you arrive at the race at least  15 mins before the start to register, pay your fees and get your race number.  We will also be setting up a pre-registration facility on the website.

 

All dogs need to be vaccinated fully and can only start running the lines from the age of 10 months – there is an explanation in the Vets Corner–  but the main reason is their bones growth plates only close at this time so there is risk of hip and elbow dysplasia. However Beagle puppies are welcome to come and see what goes on at the hunt. Also, no other dogs other than Beagles are allowed at hunts.

 

Please remember to bring water for your Beagles, copy of vaccination certificate, hunting bib, as well as a collar and lead.

Wear comfortable walking shoes as there is long grass and thorns.

Sunscreen and a hat might also be a good idea as it gets pretty hot towards the end of each hunt.

We usually have a get together after the hunt so bring snacks and drinks if you would like to stay.

 

Hunts start at 7am sharp.

Sun 25 Mar – Orientation Hunt

Sun 15 Apr – Hunt

Sun 6 May – Hunt

Sun 27 May – Hunt

Sun 24 June – Hunt

Sun 15 Jul – Hunt

Sun 5 Aug – Hunt

Sun 26 Aug – Hunt

Sun 23 Sep – Top 10 Hunt

Fri 13 Oct – Prizegiving Function.

 

Looking forward to it!

 

Regards

Kelley

 

 

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