Long Lake Hounds is made possible because of the countless hours from our dedicated Joint Masters, Huntsman, Whipper-Ins, and members who make each hunt and event possible. Without these volunteers the hunt is not possible.
What is a Master?
A hunt has one or more masters who are responsible for the overall management and conduct of the hunt, in particular they are responsible for coordinating with landowners.
The huntsman is responsible for controlling and directing the pack during the day’s hunt. The huntsman is the only one to use the horn, which is used to encourage the hounds or otherwise control and direct them. The horn is also used to communicate to the whipper-ins and hunt followers. The pack is also controlled by a variety of voice calls as well as the horn. The huntsman is also responsible for the welfare of the hounds walking them on a daily basis.
The huntsman is assisted by one or two whippers-in. Their job is to assist the huntsman during the day’s hunt, particularly in keeping the pack together and resolving any problems that occur during the day. His/her primary role is to keep the pack together and round up missing hounds. Even when hounds are hunting the whipper-in could be some distance away collecting up stray hounds. When the pack needs to be stopped or called off, the whipper-in will be with the huntsman helping him/her to stop the hounds.
The video below is a hunt from the point of view of Jim Van de Ven, Whipper-In with LLH who keeps up with the lead hounds.