20 Mar 2013

Fox Hunting as Extreme Sport

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Colleen from Chicago put up a post last year arguing that fox hunting is the best extreme sport, which has started making the rounds today in hunting circles.

Fox Hunting is the hottest extreme sport you’ve never seen, let alone tried.

Who doesn’t like the thrill of the chase? How about a sport that is hundreds of years old, involves a private club, speed, thrills, horses, hounds and the rugged outdoors? What if it involved lots of ladies in tight pants straddling horses, spurs, whips, alcohol and getting to say “bitch” as much as you like? Mounting regularly? Breeding? How about offering the lady of your choice the chance to wrap her lips around your flask in public? Thinking you will surely die, yet living to tell about it? Who wouldn’t like this sport?

Guess what? Our ancestors were on to something. They may not have had Xbox but they did have the hunt box. They practiced the extreme sport of foxhunting – formal, expensive, dangerous and an incredible amount of fun. Traditionally a very private and exclusive sport, fox hunting has been made rarer over time by urbanization. While it may be difficult to pursue country sport in the city, fox hunting continues today -even just outside most of our major cities. Today, fox hunting is also much more egalitarian and truly more about chasing rather than harming fox these days. If you enjoy risk, danger, adventure and nature, and have a desire to party like your ancestors, fox hunting might be the sport for you.

She’s perfectly right. As Mr. Jorrocks observed:

“‘Unting is the sport of kings, the image of war without its guilt, and only five-and-twenty per cent. of its danger!”

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Maggie's Farm

Friday morning links…

More details on how well the Polar Bears are doing these days You can learn some interesting natural history from the article and the comments Intelligence and genetics Fox hunting is an extreme sport Tried it a few times with my Mom as a lad…



twolaneflash

A noble of German heritage owns some thousands of acres of land here in NW GA USA on which he hosts steeplechases and hunts. He ran out of foxes years ago and now uses the invasive coyote as his target prey, much to his neighbors’ chagrin since he forbids killing them on his property.



Jose

Never hunted but have done some cross country training. Galloping a horse across rough country, jumping over obstacles is an absolute rush. Even the horses love it.



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