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Trail hunting in the nation’s forests

The Hunting Act 2004 ended hunting with dogs in England, including on land managed by Forestry England. Trail hunting was widely promoted as an alternative activity before the Hunting Act and is still legal.

Some traditional, long-standing hunting groups still use forests we manage to trail hunt where they did before. We strictly control trail hunting with permissions and licences according to an agreement with the Masters of Fox Hounds Association. Read our trail hunting agreement.

When and where does trail hunting take place?

There are currently no trail hunting licences or permissions for land we manage.