Re: [MichiganFoxHunter] Proposed Hunt Rule Change
- Jeez....do you read minds or what???I didn't know the particulars as you mentioned but was wondering how walking vs. driving would impact the outcome of mileage based fox hunts. As you have pointed out, the current method has some flaws that time based hunting is exempt from. Technically, if a person could run fast enough, they could win a hunt with zero miles.I'm with you for the changes for mileage based hunts. I would also wouldn't mind seeing a resurgence of time based hunts.73Mark K8MHZ----- Original Message -----From: RichardsSent: Thursday, January 13, 2011 1:09 PMSubject: [MichiganFoxHunter] Proposed Hunt Rule Change
Proposed Fox Hunt Rule Modification
The current foxhunting rules fail to specify how total mileage is
computed, and it lacks a standard definition of common start and finish
points. Without this, we are all potentially running the race on a
Current rules state:
The winner is the the team which has... traveled the shortest
distance as determined by their automobile odometer and
Why this matters:
"Total mileage" implies a common start and finish for all contestants.
Any measurement used to determine the winner, should be the same,
standard measure for all contestants. The current rule fails to
specify the a single start and single finish point for all contestants.
Using different finish points can lead to unfairness. Without a
clearly and precisely defined finish point, we have no way to measure
mileage in the first place. Otherwise, we create an uneven playing field.
The current rule encourages hunters to hike the last x miles of the
course after they determine the precise location of the fox. But, not
all hunters are equally capable of hiking. Some hunters may not be able
to hike as far as others because they have medical or physical
limitations. No hunter should be penalized because another more agile,
adept hunter can out-hike him over the last part of the course.
Under the current rule, two teams can traverse exactly the same road
course, but if one hikes the last tenth of a mile, and the other team
drives right up to the Fox, the hikers will win - even though both
teams have, essentially, traveled exactly the same distance, over the
same course, to find the fox. Thus, the "winning" team will have fewer
miles on its odometer, even though they traveled essentially the same
We are not conducting orienteering type hunts, where hiking on foot is
part of the game. Without defining a specific, standard, and common
finish point; winning is really defined as:
This is not a trivial matter. I understand the purported "winners" of
the Sept 15 hunt abandoned their vehicle more than 1/4 mile from the
fox, and traveled the balance of the way to the fox in another team's
car ! Otherwise, they would not have arrived at the fox's location
before time expired, and would have been disqualified.
During the last Muskegon Hunt in November, walking across the sandy
beach would save a team .8 mile. Team B elected to drive around to the
fox, while Team M elected to walk it. Clearly, the chance a team will
elect to hike the last part of the hunt to minimize odometer mileage is
real and substantial, and not merely an imaginary notion. This could
decide the winner in a close case.
Moreover, we need to standardize how odometer mileage is taken.
GPS-determined mileage must be total trip mileage, not just the best
route possible. A hunter must demonstrate it shows how many actual
miles were driven.
All members of a team must finish the run together. Otherwise, it
could become a footrace between single team members who make the best
sprint to the finish.
Proposed Rule Change:
Refine the rule to define a common "finish line" or "finish point" in
advance of the hunt to assure all hunters travel from the same start, to
the same finish, place before the official score keeper measures total
If a contestant uses anything other than a odometer, as specified in the
current rules, it must be proven that his method of measuring mileage is
accurate and reliable, such as proving that his GPS system did, in fact,
measure his entire trip from start to stop, and not just the best route
All team members must arrive at the finish line together.
I am not objecting to any particular hunt. I merely suggest we modify
Rules now to avoid any issues or problems in the future.
Just my take. Happy Trails.
James / K8JHR