This vintage book contains a collection of stories invented by a pack of fox hunters as to how a particular fox managed to outwit and outmanoeuvre the hunting party. The tales were told by each member in turn after a feast, and are presented here for the enjoyment of the reader. Entertaining and witty, these stories are highly recommended for those with an interest in the history of fox hunting. Contents include: "The Life of a Fox", "Wily's Story", "Cock-Tail's Story", "Craven's Story", "Pytchly's Story", "Dorset's Story", "Warwick's Story", "Chester's Story", "Devonian's Story", "Berkshire's Story", and "Sandy's Story". Many vintage books such as this are increasingly scarce and expensive. We are republishing this volume now in an affordable, high-quality edition complete with a specially commissioned new introduction on the history of fox hunting.
Excerpt from The Life of a Fox, Written by Himself, And, Extracts From the Diary of a Huntsman More than eight centuries have rolled by since the attention of that keen sportsman, William our Conqueror, was drawn to the excellent hunting to be enjoyed in the land watered by the Avon, the Stour, and the Test, which caused him to mark off the New Forest as a royal chase, and ensure its preservation by laws of merciless severity. Never, since that distant time, has Hampshire lost its sporting pre-eminence among the southern counties; in spite of changing fashions and altered tastes, it still remains a perfect microcosm of English field sports. Fresh developments, indeed, have only served to bring out new points of excellence in this favoured county, for it is here that the latest refinement of modern sport - angling for trout with the dry fly - had its origin and may be enjoyed in the greatest perfection. The Normans, perhaps, had no time or mind for mere games; war, and the mimicry of war, were their only pastimes, except the sport of kings. But with the establishment of civil peace and in the leisure afforded by growing wealth and security, Hampshire men applied themselves to excel in games of strength and skill. Hambledon disputes with Mitcham, in Surrey, the honour of having been the cradle of the premier British game, cricket; and the world admires the ease with which, in these latter days, the men Of Hampshire have applied themselves to golf. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
Excerpt from The Life of a Fox: Written by Himself No Master of Foxhounds, alive or dead, has a greater right to be heard than Mr. Thomas Smith. The proof of the pudding is in the eating, and though it is not altogether true that the proof of the ability to show sport is the number of Foxes noses on the kennel door, the fact that Mr. Smith killed ninety Foxes in ninety-one days hunting in a Country which has no great reputation as a scenting country, is a piece of evidence in favour of his knowledge of woodcraft, and of his skill in applying it, which cannot be gainsaid, the more particularly when we take into account the epoch during which this remarkable feat was achieved. It is true that Mr. Smith hunted Hounds when the modern system of getting away close behind the Fox, and trying to burst him, had superseded the system that prevailed before 1750 of dragging up to the Fox and trying to hunt him down at the end of a long chase with Hounds that would have been beaten for pace in the first mile by those of Mr. Osbaldiston and Mr. Smith. But much of the contemporary evidence goes to show that Foxes were wilder in Mr. Smiths time in the sense that they probably had to travel long distances for their food, as there were fewer small coverts than exist to-day. Consequently there were fewer Foxes. It is true that these conditions were favourable to the Hounds in that their chance of changing Foxes was diminished. On the other hand the multiplication of small Fox coverts with artificial earths that has proceeded in the last fifty years makes the killing of a lot of Foxes, especially during the Cub-hunting, an easier matter than in the days of Mr. Thomas Smith. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.
The Life of a Fox, Written by Himself - And, Extracts From the Diary of a Huntsman is an unchanged, high-quality reprint of the original edition of 1896. Hansebooks is editor of the literature on different topic areas such as research and science, travel and expeditions, cooking and nutrition, medicine, and other genres. As a publisher we focus on the preservation of historical literature. Many works of historical writers and scientists are available today as antiques only. Hansebooks newly publishes these books and contributes to the preservation of literature which has become rare and historical knowledge for the future.
This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1897 edition. Excerpt: ... it was a bad cover to get away from with hounds; the reply was that generally the best runs are from such covers, as the fox can get away without being headed as they are in small covers, when every tailor out wishes to get a view of him. During this conversation a fox broke away from the other side, and they got well settled to him and after a good run killed, which is not often the case when found in this way; for the fox has time to prepare himself, and will hang about the cover until he is fit to go, during which he is abused as a dunghill brute, etc., but when he does go, catch him who can. But the same fox which has beaten hounds into fits almost, if he had been whipped up out of his kennel in a bit of gorse, would not have stood a burst of twenty minutes. A little observation in the upper countries may prove the above, for if a fox hangs about in a bit of gorse for half an hour or so before he breaks, it takes a great deal to kill him, though the pack were close at him when he started. And there are foxes that can beat any hounds, if they have time to prepare themselves, and have a fair start. In most covers there is a favourite quarter which holds a fox, and the sooner that is drawn the better; for if it is a good scenting day and there is a drag, the fox is aware of it, and will be off the moment he hears the huntsman's voice; therefore, as no man can tell till he has tried whether it is a good scenting day or not, he should adopt the safe plan and find him quickly if he can, particularly if late in the year. A fox generally lies where the rays of the sun can reach him during the day, --in two-yearold coppice wood, etc. It is worthy of notice that one cover will generally hold a fox, when another adjoining it seldom or ever does....