Hunting Terminology

What is a Drag Hunt?
At the Meet and in the Field
Dress Code
Hunting Terminology 


All on
All hounds in, present and accounted for.

Informal hunt when young hounds are "entered" and it is therefore essential that riders are particularly careful to allow hounds plenty of room and time to learn the ropes. 

Cap Fee
A fee paid by non-members at a meet. You should always offer your cap, not wait to be asked for it.

When the hounds are searching for the scent.

Rest period between lines or when hounds lose the scent

Hounds are counted in couples (pairs). Therefore 6 couple are a total of 12 hounds.
A couple is also two collars linked by a chain for keeping two hounds attached for training.

The sound made by hounds when hunting (see music).

Pre-laid trail.

New Entry 
A hound who has only recently begun hunting with the pack.

The Field 
The mounted followers, excluding the Masters, Huntsman and Whippers-in.

The Field Master
The person designated by the Master to control the field.

Good Morning
The appropriate greeting at the meet and should always be said to the Master at the start of the day.

Good Night
The correct way to say goodbye at the end of the day's hunting, even it is 11 'o clock in the morning.

The Hack 
Mounted followers not wishing to jump.

Hold Hard 
Stop immediately. Signalled 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.

The correct name for the hunting canine.

Hunting Heel
Hounds following the scent the wrong way.

Hunt Servants
Also known as the Hunt Staff, this refers to the Huntsman and Whippers-in.

A member who trains the hounds, hunts the hounds and controls them in the field.

Starts when the "drag" is laid and ends at the check.

The assembling of the hunt

The sound of hounds in full cry. Also called 'speaking' and 'giving tongue' to the scent.

Stirrup Cup 
A short drink served to mounted followers before they move off from the meet.

Short for 'beware'. Used to warn followers of some danger, as in 'ware wire' or 'ware hole'.  When said, you should point to the hole, wire etc.  

Ware Hound
Literally "beware of the hound". Give way to a hound that may have been caught up in the field, bearing in mind that the hound may be behind you. 

Person whose duty it is to ensure that the hounds are kept with the Huntsman.