Members of the Long Lake Hounds maintain the 16th Century British tradition of horseback riders taking to fields and forests with a pack of hounds in pursuit of a fox.
The Long Lake Hounds are the only fox-hunting group in the state, though they don’t use live foxes. A fox scent is dragged on horseback to simulate the path a pursued fox might take through the woods and over the fields.
Members of fox-hunting parties play specialized roles, including the master, huntsman, and assistant “whippers-in” responsible for keeping the dogs with the team. (Senate party whips take their name from this role.)