My Uncle Otis (Ode) Teaster and his older sons were avid fox
hunters. I believe Fox hunting, as they did it, was not very common in
the SC Upcountry. The purpose was not really to catch and kill the fox.
It was much more about listening to the dogs or the chase. This kind of
fox hunting was done in the mountains of Tennessee, North Carolina and Virginia.
It had a long history back to colonial times. It was not the sort of foxhunting
done with horses jumping over fences that you might have seen in the movies.
Uncle Ode kept a pack of foxhounds in the backyard to use in the sport.
The foxhunt took place at night. The dogs would be carried out to the country
and turned loose. Sometimes, there would be two or three cars or trucks
with the hunters in them going along.
Once the dogs were released, the hunters would free them to strike a
trail. They could identify each dog by his bark. Once the direction
of where the fox was headed, they would go either on foot or by cars to
get in front of the chase. That way they could hear the dogs better. They
could tell by the sounds if the fox had gone to ground or been treed or
if the dogs lost the trail altogether. They could also tell the individual
dogs and what it was doing by their sound. I don’t remember the hunters
being particularly interested in catching or killing the fox if he went
to ground. The real interest was the chase. Sometimes, they would stay out
late into the night as one fox after another would be jumped and chased
by the dogs.
Uncle Ode had a big horn made out of a cow horn. He blew it to
bring the dogs back in when the chase was over.
The American Foxhound
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