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Foxhunting in Ohio?

August 25, 2016 - Larry Claypool
I’m nearly certain that the word “foxhunting” has not been used in this publication (Ohio Valley Outdoor Times), since its inception eight years ago. Although the sport of foxhunting has been around since the 15th century (it was founded in England), I really didn’t know it existed in this country. In fact, fox hunting, or fox chasing thrives in North America, including active clubs in 37 states in the United States. Many call it “fox chasing” because, in this country, the purpose of the sport is not to kill the animal, but to enjoy the thrill of the chase. The hounds may go for the kill but a purposeful hunt is all about the pursuit. Actually with the influx of coyotes in this country they are also very fair ‘game’ for hounds to chase. Before I go too far into this topic I have to admit how the subject came to me. Yes, I’d heard of fox hunts (I thought it was only an English thing) and have always loved the old photographs of dogs and horses gathered along a scenic pathway. The dogs always seemed so excited with mouths wide open, tongues out and the horsemen dressed in similar bright-colored (red) jackets. Anyway, I took a phone call from someone recently who suggested we contact the Lisbon (OH) Historical Society about vintage hunting and fishing photos they had access to. The Society curator, Gene Krotky, explained to me their old photograph collection included some “fox hunting” photos from the early 1800s. It seems a local sports club (Lisbon Rod and Gun) previously hosted fox hunts in the Lisbon area. That peaked my interest and I quickly began researching foxhunting. Foxhunting in Ohio? You bet! There are two very active hunt clubs in Ohio (according to the Masters of Foxhounds Association, MFHA): Chagrin Valley Hunt Club (Cuyahoga County) and Miami Valley Hunt Club (Champaign County). Chagrin Valley was founded in 1909. Its kennels are located in Gates Mills, OH, just west of Cleveland. They hunt red fox and coyotes. The Chagrin Valley hounds went out 36 times last season. Find more information about the club online at: Miami Valley was founded in 1959. Its kennels are located in Urbana, OH. They hunt red fox, grey fox and coyotes. The Miami Valley hounds went out 30 times last season. Find out more about the club online at: By comparison Pennsylvania has many more Masters of Foxhounds Association member clubs with 11. PA’s oldest MFHA club, Rose Tree-Blue Mountain Hunt Club, was founded in 1859. Working from kennels located in New Bloomfield, PA (Perry County), the Rose Tree-Blue Mountain group is very active, with 106 hunts last year. The club actively meets at least three days each week during its season, August to March. Traditional foxhunting in England and Wales was banned in 2004 and has caused considerable controversy over the years. See more history about the sport at For more information about foxhunting visit the Masters of Foxhounds Association website at: So, look for more information and photographs about foxhunting in future issues of the OV Times, Ohio Valley Outdoors Magazine and on our website,


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