Gauteng – ORIENTATION 17 March 2013


It is almost time to kick off the 2013 Scent Hunting Season in Gauteng!

We are starting the season with an orientation morning – specifically to explain to the new beagles how the hunts work, and to get the “oldies” back into the swing of things.

Orientation will be an explanation to the new people on how the hunts work, what to expect, what the rules are etc. We will take a walk around the area where the beagles hunt, and then we will lay a few demo lines for all the beagles to run… so bring along your beagles’ bibs if they have bibs from last season (new people will be issued temporary bibs from the club to borrow for the run).

After the orientation, there will be a full English Breakfast at R40 per person – BUT you need to rsvp as soon as possible (deadline is Monday 11 March) for catering purposes… please email me back asap to let me know how many people are staying for breakfast.




Sunday 17 March at 6:30am.

6.30 – 7.30 am                           Admin (* see below for what you need to bring)

7.30 – 8.00am                            General Walk out to one of the valleys

8.00 –  8.30am                            Demo hunt with only dogs from previous seasons

8.30 – 9.00am                            a line for new & old (no puppies)

9.00 – 9.30am                            A line for puppies with older dogs back to the car

9.30                                                Breakfast for those staying

*ADMIN – please bring with you the following:

  • a PHOTOCOPY of your beagles’ up to date vaccination certificates. We need to keep a copy for each beagle on record.
  • Please download, print out and fill in the following PDF registration form (click here)
  • R20 cover charge per family for orientation, OR R200 annual fee


FOR ANY QUESTIONS ON THE DAY look out for our team of “Hunt Marshalls” who are eagerly recognizable by their clearly marked YELLOW CAPS… any one of these people will be able to give you more info, or point you in the direction of someone who can help!


NOTE: The grass is really very very long at the moment, we will let the bigger, higher cars go in first to try and flatten the grass and make a pathway for the others… if your family does have a choice of cars, it is suggested that you bring the one with the highest clearance… hunting is not the best time to test drive your low slung sports car!



Things to bring (new and old people):

  • Beagle/s (non-beagles are NOT permitted at our hunts unfortunately, so please leave them at home while we hunt)
  • Collar and Lead
  • Bibs with your allocated number clearly marked (if you do not have a bib, you may borrow from the club, or once you have a number assigned to you, you may order a bib from me [   ], or make your own) numbers will not be assigned to new dogs before the end of April.
  • Backpack with waterbowl and water
  • Drinks for humans
  • Wear comfortable walking/hiking shoes and old clothes (we do get quite dirty)
  • A photocopy of your beagle/s UP TO DATE vaccination certificate/s and the filled in registration form
  • Chairs, money and drinks if you are staying to eat


** PLEASE make sure your beagle is treated against ticks and fleas! **



FEES for 2013: The cost of the season, is R200 per family.



Please familiarise yourself with the rules, online at (very important for the new people, and even if you have come to the hunts before, take 2 minutes to refresh your memories ) and take a look at our FAQ page



CLOSING OF THE SEASON – The hunts run from March until September, but the club closes entry for new dogs after 21 April Further dates for the rest of the season will be communicated to members only. Closing the season is very beneficial for the dogs, as it allows them the chance to form a strong hunting pack, without the constant influx of new beagles every week.


BIBS: Bibs are available to borrow from the club, for your first 3 hunts… thereafter, your beagle will be allocated a number and you will be required to arrange your own bibs… you can either order via the BeagleShop, or you can make your own.

RULES FOR BIBS: your beagle’s number needs to be CLEARLY VISIBLE on BOTH SIDES (not top) of the bib. The number is used for scoring purposes, and if the scoring team cannot see your beagles number easily, your beagle will not be scored! Bibs must not hamper the dogs movement in anyway.

Good examples of a clearly numbered bib is shown below:






Directions/GPS Co-Ordinates:

* Directions removed as season is closed*


Looking forward to seeing you there, for another season of hunting!



6 Responses to “ Gauteng – ORIENTATION 17 March 2013 ”

  1. Nic says:

    Looking forward!!

  2. Shaw says:

    Hey Fish Boy!!! I hope you have your walking shoes ready.

  3. Manny says:

    Good day

    Could please advise when is the next meeting after the 17th of March,as I work some sundays so will need to schedule mine next one to attend it.


  4. Carolyn says:

    7 April and 21 April

  5. Bennet van der Gryp says:

    I’m gathering the venue is the same for tomorrow’s hunt?

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