HUNT supporters turned out in force for Colne Valley Beagles' New Year's Day hunt.
Hunt members and supporters gathered at the Will's o' Nats pub on Blackmoorfoot Road, between Crosland Moor and Meltham, yesterday.
As the Master of the Hunt Stewart Shaw blew his horn 30 beagles were loosed on to hills behind the pub.
Hunt members followed on foot to watch the hounds work and keep them under control.
The dogs were following a scent trail which had been laid earlier.
Since the Hunting Act was passed in February, 2005, it has been illegal to use hounds to hunt hares, deer or foxes.
Now, the dogs must follow a scent trail or hunt rabbits and rats.
Mr Shaw said the new laws had made life difficult, but had actually boosted the hunt's popularity.
He said: "The level of support we have had has been overwhelming. The fact that we have had pressure on us to close down has had the opposite effect.
"We have become something of an icon for people who are fed up with this Government."
Mr Shaw said the hunt was working in line with the laws, but said they hoped to change the legislation eventually.
He added: "The law is unworkable. We have been in business over 100 years and hunting in this area goes back 1,000 years.
"You don't wipe out that with legislation. This is our culture, tradition and way of life."
The hunt lasted after several hours and the supporters returned to the Will's o' Nats to sing traditional songs.