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History of Hunting

To be published in the Dutch dog magazine “Onze Hond If you are interested in publishing one or more of these articles, illustrations and photographs included please contact me. E-mail: horter@tiscali.nl All articles are available in English and/or in Dutch.
Dog Writer and Contributing Editor of Dog Magazines

BEAR HUNTING - Dutch

History and description of a dog painting of a famous 20th century English dog painter.   Illustrated with the depiction of the painting and a “modern” photo.

DECOYING – Hunting with decoy dogs, like the Dutch

Kooikerhondje - Dutch

Illustrated with old prints, drawings, paintings and photographs

HUNTING IN THE MIDDLE AGES - Dutch

Illustrated with old prints, miniatures, engravings and

paintings.

FALCONRY –  from early times till today - Dutch

Illustrated

with

miniatures,

old

print,

paintings

and

old

photographs

LE LIVRE DE CHASSE OR THE BOOK OF THE HUNT - Dutch

History of a world famous book about hunting in the Middle Ages by Gaston Phoebus Illustrated with many splendid pictures from the manuscript

NETTING - Dutch

An almost vanished ways of hunting. Illustrated with old prints, drawings, paintings and photographs

THE LONG HUNT WITH SIGHTHOUNDS – part 2 - Dutch

The old Frisian Sighthound. Illustrated with old prints, paintings and photos

THE LONG HUNT WITH SIGHTHOUNDS part 1 - Dutch

The Long Hunt with Sighthounds through the Ages. Illustrated with mosaics, old prints, paintings and photos
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HUNTING IN ANCIENT TIMES – Assyria, Egypt, Greece

and Rome - Dutch

Illustrated with miniatures, old prints, etc.

WOMEN HUNTING - Dutch

Illustrated with miniatures, engravings, print, paintings and photographs

WILD BOAR HUNTING - Dutch

Hunting Wild Boars from Ancient Times till Today Illustrated with mosaics, old prints, paintings and photos

OTTER HUNT AND OTTERHOUNDS

History through the ages of te Otter Hunt in Great Britain. Illustrated with many unknown engraving, paintings and old photographs.

HUNTING MOLES - Dutch

History of mole hunting in the Low Countries. Dutch mole dogs and mole trapping through the years. Illustrated with old prints, paintings, old and new photographs.

Arranged in alphabetical order

1. Beagling 2. Bear Hunting 3. Decoying 4. Emperors and Kings Hunting 5. Falconry 6. Hunting in Ancient times 7. Hunting in the Middel Ages 8. Hunting Moles 9. Le Livre de Chasse or the Book of Hunt 10. Netting 11. Otter Hunt and Otterhounds 12. The long hunt with Sighthounds - part 1 13. The long hunt with Sighthounds - part 2 14. Wild Boar Hunting 15. Women Hunting 16. Wolf hunting with dogs
Falconry

WOLF HUNTING WITH DOGS

Hunting wolves through the ages in the Low Countries, England, Germany and France. I llustrated with old prints, paintings and engravings from various European countries.
Nederlands
Engels

BEAGLING

Beagling is an old sport. In its purest form, hunters and a pack of dogs follow the quarry mostly hare, sometimes rabbit on foot. This article is about the history of the sport in England, the country of origin of Beagles and Beagling. An attractive sport Over the years, Beagling and the rules of play have hardly changed. Compared to fox hunting on horseback, all aspects of Beagling are “a size smaller,” not only the dogs Beagles instead of Foxhounds but also the venue and equipment. And, not insignificantly, the costs are substantially lower because horses are not required. Originally, Beagling was an attractive sport for elderly former fox hunters as well as people with limited funds. In 1803, the Sportsman’s Cabinet called Beagling “A sport for gentlemen who are too old or too infirm for another pastime.” Beagling was also attractive for young people, sometimes still children, who had to learn how to handle dogs, and the rules of hunting with a pack of hounds. Beagling comprises a pack of 12 or 16 Beagles although there were also packs of about 20 to 40 hounds followed by hunters on foot. When they are about 12 months old, young Beagles leave the kennels for their first hunt; on average, they participate in eight seasons. During their whole lives, the dogs have a fixed routine in the kennel. Quite often they are not housebroken, and they aren’t used to life outside a pack, as a family dog. Placing them in a home after they are too old for hunting is problematic, and leaving old pack dogs unemployed in a kennel causes fights, so euthanasia is sometimes the merciful option. The rich and famous Hunting with a pack of hounds is in the blood of British country life. Not only landowners but also schools (Eton, Marlborough, Cambridge, Oxford) and even regiments own packs with Beagles. However, unlike fox hunting, Beagling is not a sport exclusively for the well-to-do. There are packs managed by only one huntsman or kennel boy. The hunters following such packs would meet at a country house or pub. They were dressed in traditional clothes and footwear a black cap, dark-green jacket, white trousers, green stockings, black shoes or boots and white gloves. In short, with a sense of grandeur. Today, small groups of men and women, mostly dressed in tweed, body warmers and wax coats, meet at pubs for a relaxed day of Beagling. While one of the characteristics of fox hunting is every man for himself, Beagling is the opposite. When crossing a ditch, for example, Beaglers assist each other when necessary. Beagling was and is a sport of solidarity. The land to be hunted is not always the property of the huntsman or one landowner. Permission to cross the land must be sought prior to the hunt. Nowadays, the landowners are often farmers.