Fall hunting early September through early november. Formal Opening early November. Hunting through late March. Typically hunting Thursdays, Saturdays, and alternating Tuesdays. Time varies with season. Posted times are move off times. Please arrive with plenty of time to spare to be ready to move off at the appointed time. On most hunting days, The Mells tailgates after the hunt. Members and visitors who bring a dish to share are most appreciated. A small game hunting license is required in Tennessee. Click here to purchase one online.
The Mells welcomes visitors. Visitors can hunt with us or observe, with the permission of the Masters. Capping fee for visiting riders is $100 for adults and $25 for those under 18 years of age or full-time students. Proof of negative Coggins and Liability Releases are required. Liability Release can be downloaded here. Membership is by invitation of the Masters. We have several types of memberships, including social memberships if you prefer not to ride. If you are interested in visiting or membership, please leave us a message in the "Contact" section.
Ratcatcher during Fall Hunting and Thursdays. Formal otherwise. Dress code may be waived for inclement weather - check your email or the Mells Facebook page.
Most Mells fixtures are hilly, with a mix of pasture and woods. Country is well paneled, primarily with coops 3' to 3'6". Rider gates are throughout the country. A fit galloping horse is recommended for first flight. The Mells pack consists of Crossbred, English, and Penmarydel foxhounds. We hunt primarily coyote, with occasional red fox, grey fox, and bobcat.
The Mells runs up to four flights, depending on need. There will always be a first flight, which keeps up with huntsman, with significant galloping and jumping. Second flight endeavors to keep up but goes through gates. Second flight riders are expected to be able to comfortably gallop. Second flight riders are allowed to jump optionally, with permission of the field master. Third flight goes at a slower pace. Third flight is suitable for those comfortable with trotting and some cantering. Third flight endeavors to get to a good vantage point to observe game, hounds, and hunting. An optional fourth flight at a walk/trot pace may be run, depending upon need.
Observing proper hunting etiquette helps ensure fun, good hunting, and safety of riders, horses, and hounds.