Middleton Place Hounds is located at the historic Middleton Place Plantation stables. The primary hunt country consists of land in Charleston and Dorchester Counties, containing over 7,000 acres on Middleton Place and Millbrook Plantation. Hunting days are Sunday and Tuesday and Thursday as announced. Middleton Place Hounds is primarily a drag hunt and maintains a kennel of approximately 50 foxhounds. Fox hunts are held from November to March.
Hunter Trials, Hunter Pace events, shows and other competitions are held throughout the season. MPH travels to other plantations throughout South Carolina and has joint meets with other regional hunts. Foxhunting is a traditional activity and a colorful pageant enjoyed by participants and spectators alike. Middleton Place Hounds strives to maintain the traditions of foxhunting by providing good sport and companionship. Visitors and new members are welcome.
The Lowcountry Hunt brings the tradition of foxhunting to this area. Members hunt on some of the oldest and most beautiful plantations in the state. From the salt marshes to the groves of ancient live oaks, the landscapes are breathtaking. To commemorate the traditions of the region, the hunt colors are indigo and gold in honor of two vital historical crops; indigo and Carolina Gold rice.
Lowcountry Hunt begins the season on November 19 with its opening meet at Airy Hall Plantation. Members and their guests gather on the front lawn for the blessing of the hounds. The hunt goes out on Tuesdays and Saturdays until closing meet which is held in March.
The Camden Hunt is the second oldest hunt in South Carolina. It maintains a professional huntsman, kennel and between 20 to 25 couple of hounds (hounds are counted in couples of two). The formal hunt season begins with the blessing of the hounds on Thanksgiving Day. Hounds meet on Wednesdays and Saturdays through mid-March. Hunt country is well paneled with coops, aikens and camdens, but horse and rider can go around each obstacle. There are two fields, the first which jumps, and the second flight which goes at a slower pace. The terrain is a mix of lush swamps, hardwood forests and mature pine woods. The footing is mostly sandy and very horse friendly.
Capping Fees: Adult $75; Junior/Students $35 5 Cappings Allowed
The Whiskey Road Foxhounds
Whisky Road Foxhounds regularly hunts large tracts of land in Aiken, Allendale, Bamberg, Lexington, Saluda and Hampton Counties.
Whiskey Road Foxhounds has three flights, suitable for most levels of foxhunters, jumping, non-jumping and hill toppers. Attire is formal on Sundays and ratcatcher on Thursdays. Hunt Week, held the first week of February, brings foxhunting enthusiasts from all over the country to Aiken to enjoy a week of hunting, parties and camaraderie.
Season: October through Mid-March
Hunt Days: Thur/Sun
Established in 1914 by Mr. & Mrs. Thomas Hitchcock, the Aiken Hounds is one of only a handful of drag hunts in the South. Aiken Hounds hunts the 2,200 acres of historic Hitchcock Woods.
Season: Mid-October through Mid-March
Hunt Days: Tuesday/Saturday
Contact: (803) 643-DRAG (3724)
The Why Worry Hounds were founded in 1996 as a small “farmer’s pack” and formally recognized as a hunt in 2003. Why Worry hunt country consists of the beautiful sand hills in Aiken, Edgefield and Allendale counties in South Carolina; as well as some lovely property in Burke County, Ga. Visitors are welcome. Cap fee $50. Please call.
Mid-October through March
Hunt Days: Fri & Sun
Edisto River Hounds
The hunt enjoys fixtures in Aiken and Orangeburg counties, as well as the Fort Gordon Military Reservation in Augusta, Ga. The country is predominantly open fields with pine and hardwood forests, pastures, and cropland. It is gently rolling with excellent footing. Jumps are coops, ditches, banks, and post and rails.
Type: Live Hunt
Season: October through Mid-March
Hunt Days: Wed/Sat/Sun
Joint Masters: D.K. Newell, Walter Cheatham
Contact: (803) 641-9533
Formal season begins Nov. 8 and lasts through February. Proper formal attire is encouraged on weekends, and ratcatcher on weekdays. The pack is hard hunting, and fields are kept close to the huntsman so that all can view hound work. Green Creek’s Charter extends over thousands of acres through Polk and Cleveland Counties in North Carolina and Greenville and Union Counties in South Carolina. The terrain is hilly and consists of woodlands, farmland, and numerous creeks and streams. Jumps consist of coops and logs; all are optional. A well-behaved, fit horse is recommended for the territory.
Tryon, NC 28782