Fox Trail


A large circle is drawn upon the ground. This should measure from 30 to

40 feet in radius. Another circle is drawn within this first circle and

should have a radius 10 feet less than the first. Eight or 10 spokes

are drawn from the center to the circumference. Where these spokes

intercept the outer circle a small circle is drawn. These small circles

are known as "dens". A player is placed in each one of these dens.

Another player is known as the hunter and stands at the hub of the

wheel. The players in the dens are known as foxes. There is to be one

more fox than den. This odd fox can stand anywhere else on the rim,

where he tries to get a den whenever he can. The object of the game is

that the foxes run from den to den without being caught by the hunter.

The method of running, however, is restricted. Both foxes and hunter

are obliged to keep to the trails running only on the lines of the

diagram. It is considered poor play to run from den to den on the outer

rim, as there is practically no risk in this. Foxes may run in any

direction on the trail, on the spokes or on either of the rims. They

may not turn back, however, when they have started on a given trail,

until they have run across to the intersection of another line. If the

hunter succeeds in tagging a fox, the two exchange places, the fox

becoming the hunter. This is a good game to play in the snow marking

the trails in the snow.

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