The Full Cry Film Fest: Hounds on the Web

The Iroquois Hunt field on Blessing Day last year. Dave Traxler photo.

EVERY now and then we like to spotlight some hound-related videos you can find on the internet, and a recent discovery prompted us to go on and get the 2011 version of the Full Cry Film Fest under way. After all, hunt season isn’t too far off  for those of us hunting in the northern hemisphere, and for some of our more northerly neighbors it’s already in progress.

A Facebook friend alerted the houndbloggers to the following funny series on foxhunting as “therapy” for Irish hunters (and visitors). The narration, by the German videographer, is entirely tongue-in-cheek. But the video of the ditches and banks (not to mention the mud) that Ireland’s Limerick Hunt faces are anything but fiction! The series comes in 19 parts that are eccentrically edited, in that one part might be six minutes long and the next might be 58 seconds long. If you can put up with that, there is a reward: the videography includes great shots of foxes and hounds running, Irish scenery, and humorous commentary. Here is a hint, from Part 18: The Run:

You can find the entire series–well worth watching–at Andreas Haberback’s YouTube channel here. And you might spot some familiar faces, such as that of Hugh Robards.

In hound videos, of course, the Holy Grail is the shot of hounds in full cry. It’s not easy to catch, but here are some nice examples we’ve collected from around YouTube:

And to see a nice move by a clever fox:

For a nice slideshow, check out this one from Yankee magazine showing the Myopia Hunt.

The Roscommon Hunt went out on foot during snowy, icy weather back in January 2010, and someone cleverly though to take a video camera. It’s short but scenic!

And, of course, winter or not, the fox has to hunt, too:

Speaking of Ireland … have you heard of the midnight foxhunt? Full cry AND full moon! This video explains all, starting at the 50-second mark:

Have you “winded” some good hound-, fox-, or coyote-related videos? The houndbloggers would be glad to use them in upcoming Full Cry Film Fests!