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STAG HUNTING IN THE SOUTH COUNTRY: WITH THE DEVON AND SOMERSET AND THE BERKS AND BUCKS

STAG HUNTING IN THE SOUTH COUNTRY: WITH THE DEVON AND SOMERSET AND THE BERKS AND BUCKS

Our upper photograph shows a meet of the Devon and Somerset Staghounds at Cloutsham, Devonshire. Later in the day with the same pack the stag is fording a stream (bottom right) A pack of staghounds hunting on Exmoor is recorded as early as 1598, when Queen Elizabeth's ranger kept one at Simonsbath. With the Devon and Somerset a "warrantable" stag is located by a "harbourer", who reports his whereabouts to the master. Two couple of hounds, called a "tufters," are then thrown into cover, and the pack is laid on so soon as the stag gets into the open. In the lower photograph a carted ' stag has just been let loose to be hunted in a country where wild deer have long since ceased to be.

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