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Boxing Day Hunt in Northamptonshire 2012.

The Oakley hounds and riders leave Castle Ashby on Boxing Day 2012. Established in 1789 by the 4th Duke of Bedford, the hunt is a regular sight in the counties of Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire.
Seen here - The hunt sets out along the grand avenue with the house of Castle Ashby which belongs to the Earl Compton in the background.
Pic-Richard Watt

Boxing Day Hunt in Northamptonshire 2012. The Oakley hounds and riders leave Castle Ashby on Boxing Day 2012. Established in 1789 by the 4th Duke of Bedford, the hunt is a regular sight in the counties of Northamptonshire, Bedfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Cambridgeshire. Seen here - The hunt sets out along the grand avenue with the house of Castle Ashby which belongs to the Earl Compton in the background. Pic-Richard Watt

Hundreds of people turned out to watch the Oakley hunt set out on Boxing Day.

The traditional hunt set off from Castle Ashby House to take part in the traditional sport.

Although fox hunting has been banned, hunts still take place using other non-lethal methods.

On Boxing Day hunts took place across the country, as environment secretary Owen Patterson said there was no immediate prospect of winning a Commons vote on making hunting legal again.

Fox hunting originated in the UK in the 16th century, but is practised all over the world. The sport includes tracking, chasing, and sometimes killing of a fox by trained foxhounds or other scent hounds, and a group led by a master of foxhounds.

Hunting a fox was banned in 2004 following an outcry from animal rights organisations.

What do you think of fox hunting? Should the ban be repealed?

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