Best Management Practices


VIRGINIA FOXHOUND TRAINING 
PRESERVE OWNER GUIDELINES 

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  • A minimum requirement for a preserve enclosure is 100 acres and is more typically over 200 acres. Topographical maps designs must be submitted and approved.
  • Secure fencing is required and an owner is encouraged to double strand the top and electric wire the bottom of the fencing and all gates as a disease prevention mechanism.
  • Disease prevention requirements exist to protect both the penned fox and wildlife outside of the pen. Inspection and/or treatment of foxes by a licensed veterinarian may be required.
  • All preserves and transporters are required to provide that necessary to meet food, water and cover requirements of wild foxes and require that they be trapped and kept in a safe, sanitary and humane manner suitable to their natural habitat.
  • Should a fox be injured it shall be removed from the pen, appropriately treated and either returned to the pen or humanely euthanized. Injured foxes may not be allowed inside the pen.
  • Readily available dog-proof escape areas, both natural and man-made, are required 1 per 20 acres.



Foxhound training,  field trials and  preserves are important to the local economy – permit fees, tags, fencing and supplies, feed, veterinarian bills, disease control management, registered hounds, local country store purchases, trapper reimbursements and supplies add up to a considerable impact on a local economy.