In England, during the Regency (1811-1820), when Prince George the son of George III reigned as regent and the London Season ended in mid-August, the season of house parties in the country began. They could last from a weekend up to several weeks. Included in the activities for the invited nobility and gentry would be shooting of game birds and fox hunting. (Fox hunting, or “riding to hounds” began after the first frost and ended after the last frost.) Shooting parties extended over the fall and winter and shooting was regarded not only as a sport but exercise, an antidote to gout.
|A Gentleman Shooting Partridge|
A wily pheasant will not move, even when a dog is close. Its color camouflages it well in the brush so that a hunter can walk right past it without ever noticing the bird. The oldest pheasant hunting dog breeds include English Springer Spaniels, Cocker Spaniels, English Setters and Pointers.