The Iroquois Hunt Club, based about half an hour from downtown Lexington in southern Fayette County, is the nation’s third oldest fox hunting club. The club now meets to hunt— but only scare, not kill— coyotes on central Kentucky farmland. The coyote population has prevented the fox population from growing since the 80’s, said Lilla Mason, the huntsman and joint master of the club. The club and the farmers have a mutual agreement: the club gets to use their land to hunt during hunt season, and the hounds keep the coyotes from harming the farmers’ livestock and pets. The sport connects equestrians to their horses, the hounds and the land in a way not often found in today’s digitizing society. “They get to use their God-given skills to do what God made them to do,” Mason said of the hounds. “It’s wonderful to get to experience that and watch them work.”

Aliina Keers leads members of the Iroquois Hunt Club on a hunt on Nov. 24, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff
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Aliina Keers leads members of the Iroquois Hunt Club on a hunt on Nov. 24, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. 

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Aliina Keers leads members of the Iroquois Hunt Club on a hunt on Nov. 24, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. 

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Lilla Mason, the Iroquois Hunt Club's huntsman and joint master, leads the hounds on a hound walk on Sept. 21, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff
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Lilla Mason, the Iroquois Hunt Club's huntsman and joint master, leads the hounds on a hound walk on Sept. 21, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. 

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Lilla Mason, the Iroquois Hunt Club's huntsman and joint master, leads the hounds on a hound walk on Sept. 21, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. 

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A member of the Iroquois Hunt Club rides through a field on a hunt on Nov. 24, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff
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A member of the Iroquois Hunt Club rides through a field on a hunt on Nov. 24, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. 

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A member of the Iroquois Hunt Club rides through a field on a hunt on Nov. 24, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. 

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Dispatch, left, and Sayitt, both English fox hounds, sniff for treats after leaving the trailer before participating in a hound walk with the Iroquois Hunt Club on Sept. 21, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff
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Dispatch, left, and Sayitt, both English fox hounds, sniff for treats after leaving the trailer before participating in a hound walk with the Iroquois Hunt Club on Sept. 21, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. 

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Dispatch, left, and Sayitt, both English fox hounds, sniff for treats after leaving the trailer before participating in a hound walk with the Iroquois Hunt Club on Sept. 21, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. 

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Aliina Keers, kennel huntsman for the Iroquois Hunt Club, leads a hunt through central Kentucky farmland on Nov. 24, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff
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Aliina Keers, kennel huntsman for the Iroquois Hunt Club, leads a hunt through central Kentucky farmland on Nov. 24, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. 

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Aliina Keers, kennel huntsman for the Iroquois Hunt Club, leads a hunt through central Kentucky farmland on Nov. 24, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. 

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Lilla Mason blows on her hunting horn to get the hounds to return from a hunt on Oct. 27, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff
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 Lilla Mason blows on her hunting horn to get the hounds to return from a hunt on Oct. 27, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. 

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 Lilla Mason blows on her hunting horn to get the hounds to return from a hunt on Oct. 27, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. 

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Banff, an English fox hound, runs at the beginning of a hunt with the Iroquois Hunt Club on Nov. 24, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff
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Banff, an English fox hound, runs at the beginning of a hunt with the Iroquois Hunt Club on Nov. 24, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Banff, an English fox hound, runs at the beginning of a hunt with the Iroquois Hunt Club on Nov. 24, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky.

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Aliina Keers' shadow is cast on the side of her horse after a hunt with the Iroquois Hunt Club on Nov. 24, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff
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Aliina Keers' shadow is cast on the side of her horse after a hunt with the Iroquois Hunt Club on Nov. 24, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. 

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Aliina Keers' shadow is cast on the side of her horse after a hunt with the Iroquois Hunt Club on Nov. 24, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. 

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Aliina Keers wears a red coat on a hunt with the Iroquois Hunt Club on Nov. 24, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff
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Aliina Keers wears a red coat on a hunt with the Iroquois Hunt Club on Nov. 24, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. 

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Aliina Keers wears a red coat on a hunt with the Iroquois Hunt Club on Nov. 24, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. 

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Members of the Iroquois Hunt Club laugh and talk after a hunt with on Nov. 24, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. Photo by Arden Barnes | Staff
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Members of the Iroquois Hunt Club laugh and talk after a hunt with on Nov. 24, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. 

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Members of the Iroquois Hunt Club laugh and talk after a hunt with on Nov. 24, 2019, in Lexington, Kentucky. 

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