The Palm Beach Hounds founded in 1979 is a private group of riders dedicated to enjoying the traditions of fox hunting in South Florida. We have hunts, hunter paces, and cub primarily in Palm Beach & Martin Counties, in addition to Okeechobee & St. Lucie Counties.Recognized in 1984 by the Masters of Foxhounds Association of America (MFHA), the Palm Beach Hounds is an active member. Membership in the Palm Beach Hounds is at the discretion of the Master. To learn more about us, simply make use of the links on this website.

Glossary

Glossary of Hunt Terms

Away
A fox has “gone away” when he has left covert.  Hounds are “away” when they have left covert on the “line” of a fox.

Babble
To give tongue on a scent other than a fox or no scent at all, or on a scent too faint to follow.

Brush
A fox’s tail.

Button
To receive, or be awarded the “button,” is to be given the right to wear the Hunt button or colors.

Cap
To “pass the hat” among the field.  Visitors may cap or asked to pay a “capping fee.”

Cast
A planned move in searching for a lost “line.”  To make a “cast.”  Hounds may “cast” themselves, or the Huntsman may “cast” them.

Check
An interruption of the run caused by hounds losing the “line.”  Hounds may “check” when they lose the “line” temporarily.

Colors
The distinctive colors that distinguish the uniform of one Hunt from another.  Usually, a distinctive color on a collar on a scarlet coat.  To be awarded or given the “colors” is to be given the right to wear them and the Hunt “button.”

Couple
Two hounds (any gender), for convenience in counting.  A device for keeping two hounds attached to each other for convenience in control or training.  To attach two hounds together by use of couples.

Covert
(pronounced cover) A patch of woods or brush where a fox might be found.

Cry
The sound given by hounds when hunting.

Cub
This is a young fox.

Cubbing
(a.k.a. Cubhunting) The early hunting before the formal season.  Hounds are encouraged to stay in “covert,” foxes that go away being permitted to do so in peace, if practical.  This gets cubs in the habit of running straight, rather than circling in “covert.”

Draw
To search for a fox in a certain area.  The act of “drawing.”  To select and separate a hound or a group of hounds in kennels for a particular purpose.

Enter
A hound is “entered” when he is regularly used for hunting.

Field
The group of people riding to the hounds, excluding the MFH and Staff.

Field Master
The person designated by the MFH to control the field.

Fixture
The time and place of the Meet, or assembly of the Hunt.  A “fixture card” is sent out to list the “fixtures” for a given period.

Hold Hard
This means “stop please.”

Huntsman
The person who controls the hounds.

Line
The trail of the fox.

Master
The MFH (Master of Foxhounds) is the person in command of the Hunt in field and kennels.

Open
A hound is said to “open” when he first gives tongue on a “line.”

Ratcatcher
Informal hunting attire, correct for “Cubbing.”

Riot
Anything that hounds might hunt that they shouldn’t.

Staff
The Huntsman and Whippers-In.

View
See or sight of the fox.

Ware
A contraction of beware.  Someone may say “ware staff!”  That would mean, “Get out of the way, a member of Staff is trying to get by or “ware hole” that would mean, “Watch out for the hole!”