Simon Whitehead

Simon Whitehead

Author, professional ferreter and rabbit controller

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shooting behind combine harvester

A: I love shooting behind the combine. Unfortunately, I haven’t had the opportunity this year, but after practising this discipline for a number of years, I have picked up a tip or two along the…

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…

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…

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…

Lamping with a lurcher

With a fit dog and obliging weather, there is nothing better than pitting all-round canine athleticism against the survival instincts of a rabbit. However, these days I am more dependent…

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…

mole trap

How to make a mole trap Moles are certainly a pest and can cause a lot of damage. If you’ve been considering trapping some, remember that the most important thing…

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…

Harvest shooting

At the start of the harvest I didn’t have to worry about ground compaction, crop damage or sinking into bog holes, so I drove around the stubble in my Steed.…

American signal crayfish

The American signal crayfish has laid waste to the UK’s waterways since its introduction in the 1970s when it was farmed for restaurants. Like the mink, they escaped and found…

bolting bunnies

Why do bolting rabbits appear to possess a mysterious ability to unnerve the safest and most experienced of Guns? Is it because you get no warning of whether it will…

Mole trapping

There are an estimated 33 to 40 million European moles (talpa europaea) in the UK and they create a lot of damage that requires a great deal of time and…

Fenn trap

Traditional skills of trapping and snaring go unnoticed by most people, but they are in great demand in the modern-day pest control. The trap has become the bread and butter,…

Ferreting in the dales

Each year, around the time of the clock change, I find myself, like a moth to the flame, making a pilgrimage, subliminally drawn to the ferreting on those Yorkshire hills…

Simon working with Millie

On this particular morning ferreting, the mist obscured the stunning countryside. The sodden ground highlighted the freshness of the morning as I started to lay my nets. Soon every long-net…