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ferrets any got any ??

Discussion in 'Ferreting' started by lewis850, Oct 10, 2011.

  1. lewis850

    lewis850 Keyboard Hero

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    hello, just wondering if any one has ferrets ? and just some quick q's :)

    1. what time of year and day do you go ?

    2. what do you take with you ? for you and ferret :)

    thanks lewis
     
  2. toytown

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    i have ferrets, and go out spring, summer and early autumn.

    as for equipment it dpends on what your using them for, if its netting or bolting. for netting i take a short handle digging spade and a post spade, purse nets, ferret finder and game bag. idea is to travel light as you will move around allot and dont want to be carrying loads of kit around all day.

    if bolting for dog,raptor or gun then i use the same equipment but dont have nets, i dig the wholes in that dont open into the area im in and use albino ferrets, if your bolting for dogs and raptors u train them not to take anything white so they dont take your ferret if it comes out and you dont see it.

    if you are planning on keeping your rabbits to sell to the butcher check how he wants them. mine dosnt like them field dressed so i take a cool box and get them too him asap. if im keeping them for myself to eat of for the ferrets i field dress them as the meat goes bad fast if you dont and then they are no good.

    im not an experienced ferreter but always get results when im out so hope this helps :up:
     
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  3. lewis850

    lewis850 Keyboard Hero

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    thanks mate ;) how many you got ?
     
  4. gasman

    gasman Up a bit,,,,,,,

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    stange,never heard of anyone going ferreting in the summer:confused::confused::confused::confused:
    normaily a winter thing,so your ferret doesn't get layed up in a rabbit hole eating baby rabbits.
    we have 7 now,great little pets,we love them, max,ruby,han,lotoie,leia,hanah and bobby.
    i will also add females (giles) are the best for ferreting as the are smaller the the males and will now as easly kill rabbits in the holes,digging out ferrets is not much fun:(.
    as for kit,tench tool ferret box and some nets is about all you need and your in for some serious fun:D(
     
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  5. toytown

    toytown Honorary Member

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    i go through the summer to keep rabbits down, they are a big prob here and lost 2 foals last year with fractured legs coz they put them down the wholes when running around :mad:.

    i have 5, 2 giles and 2 hobs from same litter (for sale :D) and the father, lost the mother last month coz mrs let her out and the dog got her.
     
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  6. lewis850

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    i was thinking that about summer :) well i have 4 (2 hobs,2jills) ted,tom,jess and tess :) i was going to take the hobs but i can see why jills are prefferd ;) thanks
     
  7. gasman

    gasman Up a bit,,,,,,,

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    trust me,its best in the winter,your spend all your time digging them out
     
  8. Tubba

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    I have ferrets myself and i only ferret after the cover has died down a bit. The way the seasons are at the minute your lucky to get a good hard frost till the end of november. I work my 2 running dogs Digger and Rebel along with various ferrets. Its a good crack when you get some good lads around you. Helps with the netting up and bunny carrying. Heres a few pics of my ferreting trips. Atb Tub.

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  9. bunnyblatter

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    Cracking looking dogs mate :up:
    I love getting out with my ferrets, you can't beat the thumping under ground Anne holding your breath to see which net bulges with a nice fat bunny in it !!!
     
  10. Tubba

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    I love it mate love to see the dogs work. Depending on the location i don't always net up i just let the dogs have some sport.
     
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  11. airhard

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    Ferreting's generally a wintertime sport, the time of day doesn't really mater.
    You don't have to have everything on the list but your sport will be more enjoyable and less difficult if you do.
    1 ferrets, obviously.
    2 dog, it will save you from spending hours netting empty warrens.
    3 Purse nets, you need to give them a lot of thought, cheep nylon nets are terrible to use buy the best nets you can afford, hemp are good but need drying after use, most people go for spun nylon or similar.
    4 comfortable carry box, there's many on ebay.
    5 spade, a grafter is the best tool for the job.
    6 ferret locator, i don't go out without one, besides finding a laid up ferret very quickly you also get the rabbit it was laying with or often rabbit's.
    Hope this is of some help.
    PS coffee and sandwiches, water for the ferrets though they rarely drink it.
     
  12. kev1065

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    I was always told its winter fun starting round about now in fact I'm just getting my kit ready and serviceable to go soon
     

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