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Hunting with dogs

Last Updated: Thursday February 24 2005 13:45 GMT

Is it just about fox hunting?

Red deer being hunted

The hunting with dogs ban is not just about fox hunting.

The law also applies to:

- Hare hunting
- Hare coursing
- Mink hunting
- Stag hunting

In fact it's illegal to hunt any wild mammal with a dog; the only exceptions being rabbits and rats.

Hunters can stalk or flush out an animal, using no more than two dogs, if it is their intention to shoot the mammal as soon as it comes out of its hiding place.

The shooting can only be carried out to protect property or livestock.

A larger pack of dogs could be used to flush out an animal if it was then going to be hunted with a bird of prey.