The Midland hunting community has branded the Government's ban on hunting with hounds a waste of time after all of the region's packs said they were continuing to thrive.
When the hunting season begins next month, the public will continue to see hounds and huntsmen on horses roaming the countryside, as groups exploit the loopholes enabling them to cull foxes and hares.
Eight months after the Government declared a ban on hunting with hounds, the hunting community has said it will carry on - using birds of prey to kill the fox, or using two hounds to flush out the animal before it is shot.
Confidence that the law will prove difficult to enforce is growing within the hunting community.
None of Britain's 300 hunts have disbanded and the Crown Prosecution Service said it had not received any formal case files since the ban came into force in February.
Clare Rowson, regional director of the Countryside Alliance, said: "Hunting looks the same, it smells the same, and anyone who sees the hunts out won't notice any difference.
"In many ways the ban has been a complete waste of time - it hasn't worked for the Government and it is not a perfect situation for us so we are in a lose-lose situation."
Ms Rowson said hunting would always continue in some form, although many hunts would be forced to downsize in the future.
Some hunts have already reduced staff, but the long-term impact would be more severe, she said.
"There will always be hunting but it will evolve to work within the current laws - it will never disappear forever, but it will change.
"While we are continuing and everybody is positive, in terms of the long-term situation it won't be exactly the same and that is when we will perhaps see the impact on the rural economy.
"It was a bad piece of legislation which is not going to stand the test of time and at the end of the day we have always known that because they rushed through the bill in about 24 hours it was going to end up with loopholes - it is unworkable and totally unnecessary in the first place," she added.
The Countryside Alliance lost its latest attempt to overturn the ban in the courts last week.
It said it would launch another round of court challenges next year, this time using human rights and European employment law.
Many hunts will be experimenting with ways to get round the law when the hunting season gets under way.
Anthony Spencer, joint master of the Warwickshire Hunt, said his group was continuing to thrive, although he was unsure what its long-term future would be.
"We are going out three days a week doing a fox control service within the law. We are also doing some trail rides and keeping the hounds going.
"We are using two hounds to flush out the fox before shooting it but we are also experimenting with birds of prey.
"It is difficult to really see it carrying on long-term in the current situation and that is why we have got to fight to get the ban overturned," he said.
Atherstone Hunt in Warwickshire has recruited an eagle owl to carry out fox control measures.
Angela James, chairman of Atherstone Hunt Supporters' Club, said: "Our hunt has gone from strength to strength since the ban.
"We have maintained our staffing levels and have not had to have any hounds destroyed apart from through natural wastage and our subscriptions have increased substantially."
A League Against Cruel Sports spokeswoman disputed the Countryside Alliance's view that the legislation was rushed through too fast.
"Nine out of 12 law lords said the Hunting Act was here to stay and hunters are not above the law," she said.
RSPCA spokesman John Rolls said: "There is an exemption in the Hunting Act for falconry, but this does not permit the token use of birds of prey to hunt mammals with dogs."