The Fort Leavenworth Hunt, which began hunting with a pack in 1929, added immediately and significantly to the social fabric of the post. On Sundays and twice during the week, members rode to hounds that were initially procured from local farmers and ranchers. Through careful training and breeding, the pack was built to the point that, by 1937, the hunt had become one of the preeminent hunts in the region. Large gatherings of spectators followed the chase in mule-drawn wagons, automobiles, and even by air—with flights scheduled from the Army airfield to coincide with the hunt’s published fixture list (schedule of hunts).
Organized hunting with hounds is one of the oldest sports in recorded history, and fox hunting holds special appeal for military personnel. It brings many military principles into play—surprise, mobility, initiative, and determination—and also develops within the participant an eye for terrain and the ability to negotiate difficult ground at a rapid pace. Countless military leaders, some famous (Generals Patton, Wainwright, McNair, and Truscott), honed their riding skills at Fort Leavenworth, many as hunt members or staff.