The Environment Secretary, Owen Paterson, appears to have ruled out bringing a vote on the hunting ban before the Commons next year.
Speaking to The Telegraph, Mr Patterson signalled there was no imminent prospect of a vote on repealing the law. Mr Paterson, a keen supporter of country sports including hunting said:
An estimated 300 Boxing Day hunts gathered up and down the country despite the ban on hunting with dogs that was passed under Labour in 2005.
Campaigners have said that enforcing the restriction wastes police time, and suggest some officers turn a blind eye to breaches of the law.
Joe Duckworth of the League Against Cruel Sports said they would be stepping up their campaign against hunts which broke the law. Speaking to the BBC Radio 4's Today programme:
But David Cameron has been accused of dragging his heels over acting on the coalition agreement promise of a free vote on overturning the ban.
The executive chairman of the Countryside Alliance, Sir Barney White-Spunner, said he believed the ban on hunting would eventually be lifted, although he accepted it was not an immediate priority for the government.
Mr White-Spunner told the BBC Radio 4 Today programme:
Many Conservatives would support the repeal, but most Labour and Liberal Democrats are still in favour of the ban.