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Hunt Report - Hunters Creek Farm - 11/14/2021

Hunt Report Hunters Creek Farm Novelty, OH With cold breezes and heavy cloud cover threatening snow (and eventually producing it), the rabbits were hunkered down well out of sight and scent of the Chagrin Valley Beagles. The residents of our kennel’s ladies’ lodge worked hard and enthusiastically as they sleuthed for their quarry. We started in the thick briar patches to the east of the barn, swung right handed behind the pastures, looked in the thick edge coverts along a neighboring drive, followed the winding creek for a ways, but ultimately came up blank. I am not enough of a naturalist to predict how wildlife responds to weather patterns, but I am enough of a practicalist to know that retiring to the friendliest barn in town for some hot soup and little sandwiches made a welcome respite from the chill. So, if we were happy to take a break from the breezy, cold temps and damp footing, perhaps the rabbits were of the same mind. There is still much joy in a blank day: with many of the fall leaves down, we could see the beautiful undulations in the Northeast Ohio terrain. The horses turned out in the pastures playfully cantered alongside the running, searching beagles… they were eager to have a Sunday Funday, too. And we had a chance to connect with our wonderful field members over a leisurely lunch. Our sincere thanks to C. Donaldson and her family, friends, and staff who made us feel so welcome!

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