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Fox & Hunting FAQs

  • Q:

    A lot of my chickens were killed last night by foxes, what can I do?

    A:

    Under the legislation (http://www.legislation.gov.uk/ukpga/2004/37/contents) there is exempt hunting which would allow you to kill the fox as long as the conditions within the Act are complied with. The conditions are that; the stalking or flushing out is undertaken to prevent the wild mammal causing serious damage to livestock, crops, games birds, wild birds, food for livestock, growing timber, fisheries, to other property or to the biological diversity of an area; the stalking or flushing out takes places on land which belongs to the person doing the flushing or stalking or he has been given permission by the owner to use it for that purpose; the stalking or flushing does not involve the use of more than two dogs underground; as soon as is possible reasonable steps are taken to ensure that the wild mammal being stalked or flushed is shot dead by a competent person and that each of the dogs used is kept under close control so as not to prevent the shooting of the wild mammal.

  • Q:

    Is it only hunting for foxes that is banned?

    A:

    The hunting of any wild mammal with dogs is banned, along with hare coursing.

  • Q:

    What should I do if someone is trespassing on my land to hunt?

    A:

    Contact your local police station with any details of those involved. If possible inform those involved that you have not granted them permission to use your land as it is an offence to knowingly allow your land to be used for hunting.