In drawing big woods and coverts, draw up wind, or on a side wind, your second whipper-in should be handy to you, down wind, that he may hear what is going on and stop to you quick when necessary—your first whipper-in should be forward, but not too forward ; you can use your second horseman to watch particular points. When hounds are drawing whippers-in should be silent.
In drawing small places, whether gorses or spinnies, make as much noise as you can to prevent chopping a fox. Drawing down wind gives a fox a better chance of getting on his legs. If you are drawing a succession of small breaks, send on your second horsemen, or people you can trust to view away any fox that may be disturbed in those which are further off.
After a stormy wet night gorses are more likely to hold a fox than breaks, on account of the drip.
Use your horn as little as possible. In a big wood you can use it more freely and have a particular note to tell them when you are away with a fox. They will fly to it. Do not blow your horn behind hounds unless you want to stop them. It is well also to have a particular call for the second horseman.
It is said you should not leave a covert while a single hound remains in it. This may be carried too far and teach your hounds to hang. If hounds are inclined to hang, keep moving on blowing them out. They will come to you sooner than if you stand still. Do not allow a hound to be struck or rated on coming out of cover. If you do he will only hang the more next time.
It is better not to draw a big strong cover late in the afternoon, and indeed, it is better not to draw so late that you may be obliged to stop your hounds. When you do stop hounds from their fox make as much of them as you possibly can ; stopping them always discourages them.
When hounds have been running hard in cover for some time and throw up, then is the moment to look out for him to break away. Most likely they have been too close to him for him to do so. But if he breaks, unless he is very beat, let him go. They will kill him quicker in the open.
When a fox breaks away he should not be holloa'd till he is fairly gone. It is well to see him safe in the next field before holloaing him ; a holloa may turn him back if given too soon, and foxes sometimes go out for a field and run back under the fence again. Don't holloa a fox over a ride in covert till he is well over it, you are likely to turn him back by so doing.
If you want a fox "held up" in cover, the whippers-in should stand well out in the field and tap with their whips against their boot or saddle. If he is to hold a fox in a particular quarter of a cover he must tap with his whip, but not shout, especially if hounds throw up, or he will get their heads up.
When gone away, the second whipper-in must see no hounds are left behind. If any are left, he should bring them on as quickly as possible, but without noise. In stopping hounds he should get to their heads, stop and rattle them back. Riding after them, cracking his whip and bawling is of no use whatever. If he has to turn hounds, after he has done so he must not then ride after them rating them, or he will drive them over the line, and in no case must he get between the hounds and the huntsman.