Originally Posted by AdrianneIsabel
The act of seeking the kill can be simulated through tracking. The kill cannot but I am convinced you can emulate and satisfy your dogs without hunting.
again i'm going to disagree, because no human being will ever lay a track as difficult as an actual animal trying to avoid capture. no human being will crawl through ten miles of coastal swamp tearing their hide to pieces on blackthorn & wait a minute vines, risking hypothermia in ponds & sloughs that don't show up on the maps (or gators & cottonmouths in the summer), and the possibility of getting stuck in quicksand. nor are they likely to run 30 miles across 3 canyons, 2 snowmelt swollen rivers and climb 100 ft or more of cliff face just so people can sport their dogs w/o actual hunting. probably not going to run out into traffic or jump from one tree to another 30 feet in the air either. even w/o a kill, hunting a fleeing animal is mentally demanding physically exhausting.
a perfect example is the brit "foxhunting" where a cross country runner is laying the track. they NEVER run through the thick crappy cover (like brambles) that an actual fox would. which is great for the hunt because they get to watch the dogs out in the open, but it isn't the same & cannot be.