Hunting the clean boot
The 'clean boot' refers to the absence of either an artificial scent such, such as aniseed as used in drag hunting or the scent of a live quarry as used in fox hunting. Whilst today the term has become synonymous with the use of bloodhound packs, most breeds of dog can be taught the skill individually with varying degrees of success.
Typically, clean boot hunts are run along similar lines to fox or drag hunts, with a field of mounted riders following a pack of bloodhounds which trails the scent of runner. Like other forms of mounted hunting with hounds, hunting the clean boot usually occurs in the autumn, winter and early spring.
- Brian Lowe, Hunting the clean boot: The working bloodhound, Blandford Press, Poole, 1981, ISBN 0-7137-0950-2.
- L.C.R Cameron, Minor field sports: Including hunting, dogs, ferreting, hawking, trapping, shooting, fishing and other miscellaneous activities, G. Routledge & Sons, London, 1920.
- Nicholas Goddard and John Martin, "Drag hunting", Encyclopedia of traditional British rural sports, Tony Collins, John Martin and Wray Vamplew (eds), Routledge, Abingdon, 2005, ISBN 0-415-35224-X.
- Masters of Draghounds and Bloodhounds Association, bloodhoundhunting.co.uk, retrieved 17 August 2017.
- Masters of Bloodhounds Association, whaleyonline.co.uk, retrieved 17 August 2017.
- Belgian Clean Boot Hunting, cleanboothunting.be (only available in Dutch and French), retrieved 17 August 2017.
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