Typical meets in our country


 






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We have a full compliment of four Masters and four Hunt Staff which may appear to be adequate but hunting twice a week with volunteers can still stretch manpower resources.

Our hunt staff wear the scarlet livery of Derbyshire and are all volunteers. They are extremely professional in their attitude and effectiveness and are proud of their amateur status.

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Blessing of Hounds on Boxing Day






Our Hunting Country

The map, although not strictly accurate, gives a general indication of the country within which the hunt operates.



The Hunting Country is made up of the original Derbyshire Country together with parts of the Linby (Nottinghamshire) and Staffordshire through amalgamation. Our boundaries are from the Vale of Belvoir in the east, to Chesterfield, Uttoxeter and Stafford, and south via Newport and Crackley Bank to Lichfield and Burton-on-Trent. The terrain is a wide mixture of arable, grassland, some hilly and a little stonewall country. The Hunt carries out regular visits to Mid Wales. The country is managed by the Masters.



Expectation

Hounds waiting for the draft for opening meet.

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HOUND SHOWING

Year on year our Masters and Staff breed an extremely nice and improving crop of young hounds which makes for a good showing season. A full list of shows where our Hounds will be paraded and / or Shown will be published here (see the bottom of the page) at the start of the showing season, please come and support us we're sure you find it most enjoyable.


Puppies being shown in the Couples Class at the Judging of the Young Entry

 

The Young Hounds

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Taking a well earned rest!!!

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Beagles

About the D.N.S Beagles


The Derbyshire Beagles were formed in 1971. The defunct Linby Beagles were acquired in 1975 and so Nottinghamshire was added to the title. In 1985 we amalgamated with the Staffordshire Beagles and the present pack was formed. We hunt two days a week on Wednesday and Saturday with occasional bye days in Wales.

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 Below is informatiom for new Beaglers

who may be attending their first meet

WELCOME TO A MEET OF THE D.N.S.BEAGLES.

The Scarlet Livery being worn by the Masters and Hunt Staff is unique to the D.N.S.. Some packs wear different colours but beagles and harriers are usually associated with dark green. Although the traditional quarry of beagles was the hare, we hunt within the law by laying a trail to simulate the running pattern of a hare. This is a skilled job requiring considerable knowledge of the creature and its life style. It is inevitable that live hares will be disturbed during hunting because natural and laid trails are often in the same area.

It is very important for the hare's sake not to interfere or call out if you see this happen, the hunt staff will deal with the situation and if they require help they will ask. The etiquette of hare hunting remains, Whatever the time of day we start in the 'morning' and finish with 'goodnight'. The hunted hare (trail) is referred to as 'she' as opposed to a fox who is 'he'. The Hunt Staff and Hounds take precedence in the field and must always be given way to and if required helped with access through gates etc.

If hounds are finding scent difficult you may see hunt staff or officials standing with their caps held high in the air to signify to the Huntsman the approximate whereabouts of the trail. Please don't try to copy this as it can be very confusing

and, in any case, the Huntsman will not respond.

The D.N.S. hunt twice a week between October and March by kind
invitation of the farmers and landowners in each of the three counties which form our country. If you would like to know more about the D.N.S., or beagling in general contact the Secretary.

Laying the trail. This is done carefully and quietly so as not to disturb existing wildlife, it is also completed before hounds are asked to find it.



Hounds seeking the trail in a Derbyshire Snowfield




They find it, and Hounds away



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Contact us

E:mail dns.beagles@ntlworld.com

Telephone 01332 673836



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Children

Children are always welcome at the D.N.S., They are, after all, our future and that of hunting everywhere.

 

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SHOWING AT RYDAL HOUND SHOW

The Couples Class

Wagtail




Wagtail is our star bitch of 2016

picking up championship rosettes in shows

around the country

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The illustration shows the traditional hunt livery of the Staffordshire Beagles before the amalgamation.

Hounds

The hounds are privately owned and kennelled in Derbyshire. They are managed by the hunt staff and administered by the Hunt Committee. The lemon and white hounds of Derbyshire together with the remainder of the Staffordshire pack have been continuously strengthened through careful breeding which has produced the keen nosed and hard running D.N.S. Hounds of today. During the closed season our hounds are shown and paraded by our Masters and the hunt staff on a regular basis. For more information contact the Secretary

 

The Hunt Magazine

The hunt publishes a quarterly news letter 'Hare'n There' for our friends, supporters and followers which contains articles and information on beagling and the countryside.

If you have any items that you may think of interest please contact us and we will be happy to consider your item for inclusion.

BADGES

 

Would you like to support the hunt and buy an attractive enamel lapel badge? They look like this and are only £5 each. Contact us.

 

 

 

 Some Past Social Events

Supper With Kate Hoey

Thursday November 17th 2011 saw the visit of Kate Hoey to join us for supper. Kate has been a Labour M.P. for London Vauxhall since 1989. She has always been particularly interested in sport and young people and was Northern Ireland High Jump Champion. Kate was Minister for Sport from 1999 to 2001 in Tony Blair's Government.



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THE 2014 SUPPER GUEST WAS

SIMON TOPMAN

Simon is the C.E.O of Acme whistles who have been in business for more than one hundred years and are still essentially in the same place that they started by producing whistles for the government

This talk was, not only interesting and informative but extremely amusing. The general con census was that this was the best presentation to date.

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We are looking forward to our Autumn Supper With Commander Charles Bagot Jewitt RN

Charles (Charlie ) has been a long standing supporter and, for several years hunted hounds on Wednesdays. He has entitled his talk “people and Beagles I have known”we are sure this will be a most interesting and, we suspect an amusing addition to our supper




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Charles (Charlie )orts. As well as being a regular contributor to The Field magazine he was a former editor of Baily*s Huntind President ofCroquet on the Lawns at Blithfield Hall

 rriers and Beagles. He has had a distinguished military career and was knighted in 2011.in Dorset with his wife and thre... ntributor to The Field magazine t or of Baily*s Hunting Directory and............. President of the

Supporters look on whilst enjoying tea 

Association of Masters of HarrieA

 

Thanks Charlie and Cosy for a great day



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