DONALD SUMMERSGILL Retires from Hunt Service at the end of the Season

Donald came to work with the Devon & Somerset Staghounds 31 years ago having worked for two years with the East Kent Foxhounds. He took over from Dennis Boyles as huntsman in 1991. This makes Donald the longest serving huntsman the D&S has ever had. During this time, and with true professionalism, Donald has shown some fantastic hunting and has coped with all challenges, both on and off the hunting field.

Since 2005 the D&S has had to deal with a number of attempted prosecutions under the Hunting Act. All of these prosecutions have failed, largely due to Donald having managed to create a form of hunting that works, whilst still abiding by the law.

All those who have hunted with the D&S during the last 30 years will want to show their appreciation to Donald, and details of how to contribute to his testimonial fund are as follows:

A testimonial fund for Donald Summersgill who retires at the end of the season is being organised and donations are welcomed and can be sent by cheque or bank transfer. For further details please email:

Donald Summersgill photo by Bev Ashdown

The do’s and don’ts of car following

Due to the huge amount of traffic on Exmoor at this time of year and the most welcome number of supporters following us daily, the Chairman and Masters think it is timely for us all to have a reminder of due care to help keep our deer management and research and observation days as safe and helpful as possible.

Please read the attached: