Between April and October, another form of hunting with hounds is carried out illegally. That's mink hunting, carried out on foot along river banks. Mink hunts are the remnants of otter hunts, which was forced to stop hunting otters when they became a protected species.

 There are 17 hunts and over 20 unregistered packs. They have packs of between 12 and 16 hounds that are a mix of otterhounds, foxhounds and others. Besides hunting mink they will kill anything they come across, there's legitimate concern they'll kill Otters if they come across them. Besides the wildlife killed by mink hunts, untold damage is done to the fragile flora and fauna along the riverbank. Because mink tend to run to ground, there's lots of digging out, so river banks and trees are regularly disturbed.

 Hunt members and supporters follow with the hounds carrying otter poles. These are 6 foot long staves with a blade on the end. They mark their 'Kills' with a notch on the pole.

Mink hunts are often difficult to find as the 'meets' are kept secret and numbers of those involved is much smaller than on a typical fox hunt.