Master/Joint Masters

The Masters are the ultimate authority on any hunting day. His or her word is the law. The Masters are responsible for the kennels and keep in close touch with the Huntsman on all matters relating to the hounds. The traditional greeting for a Master is “good morning,” whatever the time of day.
Greet the Masters politely upon arriving at the meet. Thank him/her at the end of the day.


The huntsman is responsible for the hounds. The huntsman walks, trains and hunts the hounds.


The Whippers-in are the Huntsman’s assistants on hunting and hound-walking days. They help control the hounds by moving hounds back to the Huntsman should the hounds stray and the whippers-in monitor game movement for the Huntsman. Whippers-in are known as honorary when they are volunteers.

Field Masters

The Field Master(s) are appointed by the Master(s) to lead the Field. Each Field Master is responsible for showing sport to his/her Flight and is the liaison between the Huntsman and the Field. He/she also has to make sure that the Field does not interfere with the hounds. Stay behind your Field Master at all times and follow his or her line. Follow but don't press your Field Master. He or she is constantly revising their planned route based on how hounds are running, what the huntsman is doing, and how the terrain is unfolding.
Never pass the Master or ride an alternate route without his or her permission. If he or she crosses a field by hugging the edge, do likewise. Keep up with the Field Master, since leaving gaps can interfere with the day's sport. If you are on a narrow ride, keep in single file on the same side as the Field Master.
Never leave the Field without informing the Field Master.

Be sure to thank the Masters and Staff at the end of every hunt.