Emily Esterson photoA standing-room-only crowd of prospective and practicing whippers-in gathered at Morven Park on May 25, 2013, the Saturday before the Virginia Foxhound Show, to hear huntsmen from eight respected hunts discuss the art and practice of whipping-in. The seminar provided an interesting mix of wisdom from the older, experienced huntsmen and fresh insights from our bright, younger huntsmen.
Our sport is changing. Coyotes are increasingly becoming the predominant quarry, making new demands on staff in terms of speed and distance. Road traffic is increasing in many hunting countries, posing new safety issues. As a result, many hunt staffs are breaking away from established ways, to the dismay of traditionalists, by utilizing high tech equipment to meet these new challenges. The use of radios, cell phones, tracking collars, and GPS equipment would not have been a serious subject for discussion at a seminar held ten years ago, but were among the topics addressed that day.