sounds complicated, so do you actually hunt foxs??? I'm confused
Yes, it depends on the hunts and that State's, Province's rules on Live Hunts or not.
Here, the hounds are bred with a tad bit shorter of a leg so that even if they do catch a scent, they cannot catch whatever it is that they are chasing because they cannot keep up.
If they do catch something, it is usually sick, dying or uncapeable of running. 99.99% of the time, the hounds catch nothing.
With the Hunt in my area, it isn't about a catch at all. They don't want that. Too dirty, to inhumane, unncessary and unwanted. It is all about the Hunt itself, the hounds catching the scent and the chase. Most importantly, it is about keeping the tradition alive and educating younger generations on the history of the sport and its roots and keeping that going for many generations to come.
When I was a working student at the Fox Hunt/Eventing Barn, I used to tend to the Hounds daily. They are very lovey. I miss them terribly :( My favorite hound is named Valentino. His Brother Valentine just recently passed away :(
There are many places that do drags. Again, it all depends on the area and the location.