|Rules are set by the N.W.T.F. and M.F.H.A. in conjunction
with each other. In fox-hunting with an associated Pack of Hounds the
rules of the M.F.H.A. are to be applied in cases where the N.W.T.F'.s
need amplification or adaption to circumstances.
N.W.T.F. ( National Working Terrier Federation) Rules:
Hunt Terriermen are encouraged to join The National Working Terrier
Federation. Members are expelled if they are found to have broken
the NWTF's Code of Conduct, which is summarised below:-
- Work is solely to provide a pest control service which is at all
times to be humane,efficient and selective.
- Care is always be taken to minimise any risk of injury to either
the quarry or the terrier.
- Wherever practical only one terrier is to be entered to ground
at a time.
- The risk to the animals is to be minimised by either digging to
the quarry, removing the terrier and dispatching the quarry in the
hole by shooting with a humane killing round or by causing it to leave
the earth (bolting) into a net or to standing guns. Foxes caught
in nets are to be dispatched immediately by shooting with a humane
killing round or are to be transported elsewhere and released. In
all instances the landowner's expressed wishes are to be followed.
- Where the landowner requires that a fox be released elsewhere,
its safety welfare and comfort are to be paramount considerations.
It is to be noted that an animal becomes "captive" if restrained
in any way, in which case the Protection of Animals Act 1911 is to
be observed. Injured foxes are never to be released and are to be
dispatched as soon as possible. Foxes are only to be released where
the landowner or his agent has given specific permission.
- The terrier is to bark at the quarry continuously to bolt it or
to indicate its location so that it can be dug down to and dispatched.
There are to be no unnecessary delays in digging down or arranging
to dispatch a quarry which is to be bolted.
- All excavations are to be back-filled and the earth and surrounding
area reinstated to as close as possible to its original condition.
Particular attention is to be paid to the safety of stock and the
earth's future use.
- The use of locator collars to assist in quickly locating the quarry
is strongly recommended.
- All persons working with terriers are to be familiar with the Five
Rules for the Terriermen given in the Consolidated Badger Act
M.F.H.A. (Masters of Foxhounds Association) Terrier Work Rules
- When a fox is run to ground it is for the Master to decide what
is to be done and he shall have regard to the wishes of the landowner
concerned. If the decision is that the fox be killed it must be humanely
- When a hunted fox is run to ground in a natural earth, there should
be no digging other than for the purpose of humanely destroying the
- A Fox, which has been handled, must be humanely destroyed immediately,,
but under no circumstances left.
- The practise of bolting a fresh fox is permitted.
- The practise of bolting a hunted fox, which has taken refuge in
any man made structure such as drains, stick heaps, straw bales and
the like, and also in rocks and places in which digging is impossible,
- The practise of bolting should only be undertaken when hounds have
been taken away such a distance that they are out of sight of the
place of refuge and unable to hear any operations thereat. In any
event, a fox when bolted must be given a fair and sporting chance
of escape before hounds are laid on.
- You are reminded that digging is allowed only at the request of
the landowner, farmer, or shooting tenant. This may be verbal and
may be received before the Hunting season. The decision on whether
to dig remains with the Master.
- When digging or bolting, only one terrier may be used at a time,
except in clitters of rocks or large stacks of bales.
- It is forbidden for Terriermen to bring on a dead fox to be broken
up by hounds. All carcasses of dead foxes, whether caught by hounds
or dug out, must be picked up and disposed of.