HUDDERSFIELD will be losing not only a tradition but also a way of life if the ban on hunting goes ahead according to a local hunt master.
Stewart Shaw, master of the Colne Valley Beagles for the last five years, said the probable ban would rob the area of more of its history.
Speaking before the `showpiece' hunt yesterday, Mr Shaw, who has been a member of the hunt for the last 25 years, said: "This hunt is a way of life and a big tradition in this area.
"If we weren't now politically incorrect we would get a lottery grant for how we bring people together.
"Unfortunately it seems now that we are unfashionable."
More than 250 people turned up at the hunt, which began at the Brown Cow Inn at Scammonden.
Mr Shaw added: "We normally don't have this many people here, but people like to see the tradition of the hunt.
"People who don't come week in week out like us to be here - we have an amazing following."
Mr Shaw added: "Those of us who are hunting anoraks love to see our hounds at work.
"The dogs don't hunt the hare - they hunt it's smell.
"The dogs can't see the hares they follow the smell. People have talked about using artificial odours to recreate it but it can't be done."
Mr Shaw said following the hunt, the tradition was to retire to the pub catch up with friends and sing traditional hunting songs.
He added: "It's a great experience."