In Western North Carolina there is a community called Granny Squirrel. There I came across a fine fox chaser in top hunting condition, lean and ready. He jumped up on his fifty-five-gallon house to observe me as I observed him.
Mountain hunters disdain the English style of fox hunting that landed gentry brought to the colonies. In that sport, the master of foxhounds presides over the hunt, and hunters ride horses in pursuit of the fox.
In contrast, the Appalachian style is more properly described as fox chasing, sometimes called “poor man’s fox hunting.” Appalachian fox hunters have no fancy dress or formal rules and would not be caught dead in pinks and jodhpurs. Instead, they prefer sitting around a campfire in the woods at night listening to the baying of the dogs, drinking whiskey, and wagering on how their individual hounds are doing: which dog has the lead; which are following; whether the dogs are just bluffing or on a hot scent. Usually the gaunt, exhausted dogs find their way home in two or three days.
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