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How To Play Hare and Hound Darts

There are so many different dart games to play. There are games of skill, strategy, and games of just plain fun!

One of the lesser-known games in the realm of darts is Hare and Hound. This is a great way to build your dart-throwing skills while engaging in friendly competition.

Let’s cover the basics of Hare and Hound darts, from playing to the game’s rules and the scoring methods used.

What Is Hare and Hound Darts?

Hare and Hound darts, also called Fox Hunt darts, is a game where one player will “chase” another around a standard dartboard. This fast-paced race to the finish can be pretty competitive.

The main objective for both the Hare (runner) and the Hound (chaser) is to make it completely around the board before the other player.

Hare and Hound darts is generally played by two players. However, some variations can include more players in the mix. Nonetheless, the game is best suited for an even number of players.

Let’s now cover how to play Hare and Hound, the rules, and how scoring is covered.

How to Play Hare and Hound Darts

Players will begin the game by tossing a coin to determine who will play as the Hare and who will play as the Hound.

Once roles have been established, the Hare will begin the “run” at the 20 section, and the Hound will start the “chase” at the 5 section of the dartboard. Players move in a clockwise direction (20 to 1 to 18 and so on) until either the Hare returns to the 20 section or the Hound passes the Hare.

Players will alternate throwing a set number of darts per round (usually three).

To advance to the next section of the dartboard, a player must land their dart in the preceding area (meaning that for the Hare to move to the 18 section, the player must hit the 1 section of the board).

The gameplay continues until the Hare returns to its original starting position of the 20 section or the Hound passes the Hare on the board.

Hare and Hound Darts Rules and Gameplay

Hare and Hound rules are relatively simple:

  • There are two or more players (an even number is best).
  • All numbers on the dartboard are in play.
  • Players travel clockwise around the dartboard.
  • Players must hit the area preceding their destination before moving targets (to advance to 13, a player must hit 4).
  • If the Hare completes a full turn of the board and returns to the starting position of 20, the Hare is the winner.
  • If the Hound overtakes the Hare, the Hound is the winner.

Scoring in Hare and Hound Darts

There is no conventional scoring method for Hare and Hound darts. The Hound either catches and overtakes the Hare, or it doesn’t.

Since gameplay occurs in the clockwise direction, players only have to follow the sequence of the numbers on the dartboard.


Hare and Hound darts brings a much-needed change of pace that beginner dartists can enjoy, all while building their skill set.

Michael Fielding

Michael Fielding

Michael has been playing Darts for more than 20 years and is passionate about helping others improve their game through his own experiences.