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Drafting Hounds – from the MFHA Guidebook & Rules

No hound may be drafted to a hunt that is not a member of the MFHA without first checking with the MFHA Executive Director to ascertain said hunt’s status with the MFHA. Hounds may not be drafted to unsanctioned hunts.

As the practice of drafting hounds between hunts is common, the following guidelines are provided to minimize problems that may occur. Normally, once a hound is given to a hunt, the subsequent disposition of that hound is entirely the new hunt’s responsibility. If there are any stipulations attached to the hound, they should be clearly delineated in writing to the respective Master(s) at the time of transfer. However, if a hound is not suitable for the new owner, it is common courtesy to offer to return the hound to its original owner in a timely manner with transportation fees paid by the hunt that drafted the hound.

Hounds are normally given to a hunt. If a hound is given to a Master or huntsman, it should be stated in writing to whom the hound belongs. In the absence of any statement to the contrary, it is assumed that the hound was given to the hunt. If the hound was given to a Master or huntsman, get from the hound are the property of the hunt unless a prior signed agreement as to the disposition of get was made when the hound came into the kennel. Generally speaking, it is not a good idea for hounds to be the property of a professional huntsman.

Never draft hounds that are unhealthy. If a hound has a manageable physical or behavioral problem, make sure the new owner knows what it is. Hounds may not be drafted to night hunters or deer hunters in the territory of another member hunt. Finally, always provide a five-generation pedigree for each drafted hound and a health and inoculation record.

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