Akemaru wrote:How many animals run in a circle to evade a dog that is chasing it?
Foxes tend run in a straightish line away from a dog only deviating when the terrain dictates or they know where an old den is. Hares run a zigzag course away from the dog.
If they run, yes.
That's why you need a dog like a beagle for this type of hunt, that will hold a fresh trail but follow the animal rather slowly several hundred metres behind. That way the animal will not flee flat out, but more try to evade the dog by sneaking off. And in these situations the animal will try to stay in grounds it knows and often after a while sneak back to the safe zone it knows, which is surprisingly often close to where it was flushed in the first place. Or at least it will pass on a known pass/trail in the vicinity.
And as the dog should be constantly barking while following the trail, in an ideal case the hunter can predict where the party is heading and adjust an interception position accordingly.
Hares do that very pronounced, Roe deers as well, and with foxes it often works, too.
I've whitnessed this type of hunt only once myself (here you need a minimum of 1000 ha, i.e. 10 km^2 of hunting reserve to legally be allowed to do it) and it is tremendously exciting.
Not to mention that you need a well-bread, passionate and well trained dog for it.