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Steven Ashworth, the huntsman of the Hol...Steven Ashworth, the huntsman of the Holcombe Hunt, exercises his hounds near Bury, northern England, on October 31, 2014, before tomorrow's hunt which takes place on the first day of the official hunting season. The Holcombe Hunt is one of the UK's oldest hunts, whose lineage is traceable back to 1086. Today with the prohibition on hunting foxes and other wildlife with dogs in England, the Holcombe Hunt practice 'trail hunting', where a scent is laid down in a trail for the hounds to follow, simulating the hounds catching the scent of the hunt's quarry.  AFP PHOTO / OLI SCARFFOLI SCARFF/AFP/Getty Images

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Steven Ashworth, the huntsman of the Holcombe Hunt, exercises his hounds near Bury, northern England, before tomorrow’s hunt which takes place on the first day of the official hunting season. The Holcombe Hunt is one of the UK’s oldest hunts, whose lineage is traceable back to 1086. Today with the prohibition on hunting foxes and other wildlife with dogs in England, the Holcombe Hunt practice ‘trail hunting’, where a scent is laid down in a trail for the hounds to follow, simulating the hounds catching the scent of the hunt’s quarry. 

Huntsman Andrew German of The Cheshire Forest Hunt exercises his hounds in the autumnal countryside in preparation for the start of the new hunting season on October 31, 2013 in Knutsford, United Kingdom. The hunting season traditionally starts near to November 1st. Although a ban on hunting has been in force since February 2005 many supporters of fox hunting are continuing to call for a repeal of the ban, saying the current law is hard to interpret and enforce.

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Huntsman Andrew German of The Cheshire Forest Hunt exercises his hounds in the autumnal countryside in preparation for the start of the new hunting season on Thursday in Knutsford, United Kingdom. The hunting season traditionally starts near to November 1st. Although a ban on hunting has been in force since February 2005 many supporters of fox hunting are continuing to call for a repeal of the ban, saying the current law is hard to interpret and enforce.