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Ferrets

Ferreting is one of those activities that can be as complicated or as simple as you make it. For a newcomer it can seem quite daunting when you consider all the bits and bobs that…

Breeding ferrets

Over the years I have ferreted more than a few times, so I would like to think that I know what makes a good working ferret. At this time of…

hob ferret

Q: I am getting my first ferret. My parents are a bit apprehensive but I have managed to convince them that it is a good idea. I am unsure whether to get…

Retiring lurcher from ferreting

It is at this time of year when I scrutinise the strengths and weaknesses of my ferrets and ask myself questions such as which hob do i breed from to improve…

ferreting questions

1. What do you do about ferreting in the summer months? How a keen ferreter makes best use of this ‘downtime’. 2. Will ferreting regularly make my ferrets tame? How are…

Liam Bell keeper

What did you do before becoming a keeper? I went to school! I never really wanted to do anything else. I remember my father, who was a chemical engineer, saying I’d make a good…

Plummer terriers

Red Meg is put through her paces by Mike Newitt By their very name, terriers are dogs of the earth. In the past, before certain legislation was implemented, this varied…

Jumping terrier

Terriers bring a smile to our faces, whether the smug condescension of the handler of well-trained gundogs or the rictus of embarrassment that comes from having thought your dog’s behaviour could not get any worse before…

Lurcher

When I was growing up I used to spend a lot of my school holidays with my grandparents in a small rural village in Kent. Next door lived an old man…

Ferreting teamwork

At the heart of ferreting is the relationship between the ferreter, his dogs and his ferrets, and the effort that each puts in. When I met Ryan, a young ferreter from Batley…

over and under shotgun

On a shoot day in October I had a fascinating conversation with a fellow gun about his switch from a side-by-side to an over-under. After more than 30 extremely successful years of game shooting with the…

This week’s issue: Shooters look to post-Brexit future Conservationists unite to save Scotland’s blackgrouse Hilltop hotshots In praise of Cervus elaphus scoticus Where to head for reds Forging a ferret…

ferreting

When the time was right I decided to take Tawny to Norfolk for her first time ferreting. We went to Norfolk, because I wanted to see her work in the kind of…

cage traps

A reader asked a question regarding rabbit traps: I have been given some cage traps by a farmer friend, but the only things I have caught have been birds and hedgehogs…

setting a mole trap

The mole has been trapped and managed for generations. There are still professional mole trappers practising across our land, turning fields of molehills back into rich pastures. In this article I will be talking you through…

Industrial Ferreting on an ancient hedgerow

The Jolly boys tackled a hedgerow planted in the 1800s, which was housing rabbits doing a lot of damage – this was industrial ferreting. Knowing your quarry’s behaviour always brings…