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CUBBING: Hunting young fox cubs before the formal season. This is the training period for young hounds about to enter the pack.
STERNS FEATHERING: Tails moving from side to side with liveliness, indicating that the hound has picked up a scent but not a strong enough one to speak to.
WHIPPERS-IN: Hunt servants who control pack and assist huntsman.
COVERT: A wood or anyplace else where a fox may be concealed.
HIT THE LINE: Find the scent of a fox—said of hounds.
HITTING IT OFF: Recovering the line after once losing it.
BLOODED: When hounds kill their first quarry, they are said to have been blooded: novice hunter is blooded by smearing him with fox blood at his first kill.
GONE TO GROUND: Gone into an earth or den or any refuge—said of the fox.
GONE AWAY: Hounds have started chase after fox has broken from covert.
RAT-CATCHER: Name given to informal riding clothes.