A tradition in Virginia since the 1700's, fox hunting has remained an exhilarating sport for the entire family. The first recorded event was in 1840, when the Sixth Lord Fairfax of Northern Virginia was the first to organize and maintain a hunt for the benefit of a group of fox hunters in Virginia. ...more history.
Foxhound pens or foxhound preserves became popular in Virginia in the 1980's as a way to train foxhounds. As part of training, some of the currently 30 plus preserves in Virginia hold foxhound competitions and training. The Preserves typically range in size from the 104-acre Needstan Creek pen in Hanover County to the 950-acre Poole's Foxhound Training Preserve in Greensville County.
The state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries began regulating the pens in 1997 and have established regulations. The foxhound preserve owners have established a best management practice manual to accompany the regulations.