On the biggest day in the hunting calendar, an animal welfare charity has claimed eight out of 10 Britons are against legalising fox hunting.
However public opposition was not enough to deter the thousands of hunters embarking on fox hunts within the law.
Riders and horses from England's oldest hunt club, the Cheshire Hunt, took part in one of an estimated 250 traditional hunts taking place across the country today.
The survey, undertaken by Ipsos MORI on behalf of the RSPCA, the International Fund of Animal Welfare, and the League Against Cruel Sports, revealed the percentage of the public opposed to the sport remained the same in both rural and urban areas.
Members of David Cameron's local hunt in Oxfordshire have admitted hunting foxes illegally.
Richard Sumner and Julian Barnfield of the Heythrop Hunt, which the Prime Minister has previously ridden with, pleaded guilty to charges brought by the RSPCA.
They involved unlawfully hunting a wild fox with dogs on four separate occasions during the 2011/12 season.