The Smithtown Hunt was organized in 1900 and recognized by the Masters of Foxhounds Association in 1906. Smithtown Hunt is now the only hunt surviving on Long Island. For many years, we hunted both live and drag, but in recent years have become exclusively a drag hunt. This means that a scent is laid on the ground, and it is that scent of the fox that the hounds follow.
The hunt maintains and breeds a pack of foxhounds that are registered with the masters of Foxhounds Association. The hunt staff assists in the care, feeding and exercising of the pack which is supervised by the huntsman who is under the master’s direction.
Smithtown Hunt is now a 501(c) (3) non-profit charitable organization, whose mission is Conservation, Preservation and Education.
The following pages are your guidelines when fox hunting with the Smithtown Hunt. They will prepare you for a safe and knowledgeable day of fox hunting. You will learn the traditions, the thrill of watching the hounds work and make new friends. TALLY – HO