Is it just our hunt?

We contract shepherd and the bloody hunt keep turning off our wire and leaving gates open. Some land owners we graze on take it more seriously but I'm fed up chasing escapees about. They only seem to liaise with gamekeepers as there obviously in the same clicky club. What's the best way forward as I feel I will loose it when I get the contact details of the master.

Dry Rot

Livestock Farmer
The landowner is bound to give you peaceful enjoyment of what you lease so it is him you should really be going after as you have no contract with the hunt (I assume). But it must be a very frustrating situation and you have my complete sympathy.


Ours seem to have improved of late, at one time us lowly farmers didn't even get acknowledged by the rar rar rar brigade rode though the yard. At one point I made sure a point of taking the gun out vermin shooting on hunt day with the intention of dropping a fox from under their noses, would have really wound up the master of the day... very nearly managed it one day but it wasn't safe to shoot, might have peppered a rider across the brook. Of course they are not allowed to hunt foxes these days.... We usually get a visit or at least a text a day or 2 before they are likely to be riding in our area. They have also learnt if they plough up a pasture galloping across it or venture onto a crop its the last time they come of our ground for the rest of the season! Start with a polite conversations highlighting the issues you have had, it might be enough...


Mixed Farmer
Mid Norfolk
Pretty normal for the hunts these days. It seems to me that ever since F+M the connection between Hunt and Farm was removed with the collection of fallen stock which mutual benefit to both.

As farmers you then had a regular contact with a hunt representative to discuss access, dates and any issues.

Now you know nothing of what is happening until you see hoof marks everywhere, trampled crops and damaged entrances. They're just coursers without caravans.
Trouble is I think they got a new master as I've been told the lady before gave up. I can honestly say every time they been through they have left gates open. Neen lucky a few times that I was after them checking sheep and another time already done rounds but went hedging after lunch to find gates open bit sheep not out. Just waiting for them to get on the roads....


After last year's effort on boxing Day our local hunt are banned from us, we have always said that as soon as the shooting season is over they can hunt over us, last boxing day hounds went though 2 woods and then a game cover closely followed by the charge of the pee'd brigade, then scattered a field of heavily pregnant ewes, phonecall to the master of the hunt that evening explaining the situation and all he could say was he didn't know where the boundaries were, no apology. A few of the followers that day got in touch to apologize which was nice but the hunt is now banned completely
luckily this week they didnt drown in the lagoon. About 50 on the bank though


Livestock Farmer
South Molton
Hunt staff only on horse anyone on foot, NOT quad.

Banned them here, ungrateful lot. They left some gates open allowing sheep to get out, had anti hunt groups all over the farm. Not worth the hassle

Antis have won if you ban hunt because of them. I had same issue but now call police if I get masked intruders potentially carrying acid in sprayers!


Hunt staff only on horse anyone on foot, NOT quad.

Antis have won if you ban hunt because of them. I had same issue but now call police if I get masked intruders potentially carrying acid in sprayers!

The traditional antis used to be tree hugging hippy types, who were just inconvenient.

The modern day antis are well organised, young well built inner city lads, wearing balaclavas and gloves, equipped with body cams.They have little fear, prefer not having them in my yard, around machinery and my family, just so that the hunt can carry out their privileged activities.
East Mids
We used to allow them. Then after a few incidents we went to hunt servants only. Then last year they were told no one when it was too wet. We saw hunt servants galloping over the middle of one of our leys - no need for that as hounds were not running. My husband was nearby and had a rant, which was ignored. We complained and they said they only went in one field on the way to a covert. Later investigation revealed hoofprints in 4 fields. Comes to something when a hunt follower turns up 2 days later to apologise on their behalf rather than anyone from the hunt itself. We do not have horses and there are no bridleways. They are now completely banned. It is so wet round here they should not be hunting on horses - but they still are. We used to be hunt supporters, I've been on marches and demos supporting hunting but the worse enemies of hunting are hunters themselves. Especially in the posh hunts - we get Belvoir and Cottesmore.

som farmer

Livestock Farmer
my old man was watching them, as they went across our farm, 4 rode up to him, gave him some wire cutters, and asked him, to cut the bwire fence the bloody farmer had put there ! The conversation with the master, the next day, went something like this, 'the next time any hound is seen on my farm, will be shot, even if some body is with it' ! I relented, to show solidarity, agains't the anti blood sports, some 20 yrs later. But, to give them some praise, they always ring up, before they meet near here, or if they think they might come this way, and ask if they can, and if so, where must they not go.

Six Dogs

Unfortunately ours are no better,spent 4 hours last Sunday mending elctric fences and putting lambs back after they turned the battery off then went through the mob on Turnips.
Not welcome here any more


Had them yesterday appeared from no where cows in yard just started milking cows went nuts skitting everywhere .Filled the Parlour with sh!t !Not impressed
Went to see where they were stood up on a heap of bales and watched two foxes slip away escaping below me .If it wasn't for the dead stock they take I would not tolerate them anymore !

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Written by William Kellett from Agriland

A man has pleaded guilty at Newtownards Magistrates’ Court to waste offences relating to a bonfire next to the electrical sub-station on the Circular Road in Newtownards, Co. Down.

Gareth Gill (51) of Abbot’s Walk, Newtownards pleaded guilty to two charges under the Waste and Contaminated Land (Northern Ireland) Order 1997, for which he was fined £150 each and ordered to pay a £15 offender’s levy

On June 25, 2018, PSNI officers went to Gill’s yard, where they found a large amount of waste consisting of scrap wood, pallets, carpet and underlay.

Discussion with Northern Ireland Environment Agency (NIEA) officers confirmed the site...