Coursing is the pursuit of game or other animals by dogs—chiefly greyhounds and other sighthounds—catching their prey by speed, running by sight and not by scent. Coursing was a common hunting technique, practised by the nobility, the landed and wealthy, and commoners with sighthounds and lurchers. In its oldest recorded form in the Western world, as described by Arrian, the sport was practised by all levels of society, as remained the case until Carolingian hunting law (Forest Law) appropriated hunting grounds, or commons, for the king, the nobility, and other land owners.
Animals coursed include hares, rabbits, foxes, deer of all sorts, antelope, gazelle, jackals, wolves. Jackrabbits and coyotes are the most common animals coursed in America. Competitive coursing in Ireland, the UK and Spain has two dogs running together. In America, generally speaking three dogs are run together.
The Protection of Wild Mammals (Scotland) Act and the Hunting Act 2004 (in England and Wales) made it illegal to course any type of mammal except rabbits and rats. Dogs are still permitted to chase (flush) game into the path of a waiting gun, as long as no more than two dogs are used.
In Australia, dogs may be used to hunt feral animals such as foxes, deer, goat, rabbit and pigs.
Other articles related to "coursing":
... Lurchers can be used for hare coursing, although most hare coursing dogs are greyhounds ...
... He also enjoyed hare coursing and founded Swaffham Coursing Club in 1776, initially with twenty-six members, each naming their greyhounds after a different alphabet letter ... For some years it was the leading coursing club in England, holding several meetings a year ... He also organised coursing for neighbouring farmers and provided prizes ...
... Faster dogs were needed for coursing, or running down the hares (the hare can run at speeds up to 72 km/h / 45 mph.) The Longdogs were developed, mixing various types to get a dog ... Coursing with purebred Greyhounds is still considered an "elite" sport ...
... Hare coursing is the pursuit of hares with greyhounds and other sighthounds, which chase the hare by sight and not by scent ... Informal coursing can be a true form of hunting ... Coursing is a long established hunting technique, practiced historically with greyhounds, other sighthound breeds, or with lurchers which are crossbred sighthounds, and working breeds ...
... Various coursing clubs offer championships ... US, these include the North American Open Field Association, which offers the Coursing Champion (CC) title the North American Coursing Association ... title in coursing ...
Famous quotes containing the word coursing:
“The horn, the hounds, the lank mares coursing by
Under quaint archetypes of chivalry;
And the fox, lovely ritualist, in flight
Offering his unearthly ghost to quarry;”
—John Crowe Ransom (18881974)
“a man sleeps where fire leapt down and she learns through his arm
That other sun, the jealous coursing of the unrivalled blood.”
—Dylan Thomas (19141953)