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First ferreting trip

Discussion in 'Ferreting' started by Readie, Oct 27, 2016.

  1. Readie

    Readie Proud Member

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    My mate has two ferrets that are over two years old now but he has never worked them
    Handled them continually but never worked them.
    when I was a kid I did a lot of ferreting with my dad and his mate but that was 40 years ago now.

    so, we have got some purse nets, a ferret finder, a spade and a priest, any other essential stuff we need ?

    I guess the ferrets will work as that's what they do naturally although they may be a bit lazy at first ,any suggestions ?

    I remember we always stood downwind as my dad said they wouldn't bolt if they smelled us, I would have thought they will with a ferret on their arse
    Any other General advice, maybe not a lot has changed in 40 years other than a ferret finder, but interested to hear
    not feeding the night before maybe ?
     
  2. themadspread

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    hope you have a good time.i did it yonks back and had to run like hell when the gamekeeper (with shotguns)use to come along leave the ferrets ther and come back later.funny I walked that same place a couple of years back and hardly a sign of a rabbit but 45 yrs ago it was crawling with em.funny how places change but theres not anywhere like the bunnies around now as there once was.the banning of ddt and the massive increase in birds of prey and the ban on fox hunting is the reason I think
     
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    I was never a lover of anything around the ferrets neck as they could get hung up on a tree root.

    Jim
     
  4. r10hunter

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    Dump the priest, break their necks while they are still in the net, put a new net down on the hole. Get the dead rabbits out of the nets when you have time.
    The ferrets will be more likely to lay up if hungry a normal amount of food the day before but not something they will gorge on.

    If you have not done it get some drain pipe in the garden and put a net on each end let the ferrets learn about the nets and not to get tangled in them by playing going through the pipe.

    Start on the smallest warrens you can where the digging looks good just incase.
    Buy a trap and take it with you incase you get a lay up where you can't dig.
    Ferret in the morning and stop shortly after lunch then clear around your next set of warrens for next week. If you get a lay up in fading light it's not good.
    Don't hammer the pegs in carry a knife to clear undergrowth and make peg holes put the peg in the hole and just step on it banging on the ground will be heard in the warren.
    If shooting rather than netting if you miss a rabbit and it goes in another warren you are guaranteed a dig if you go on to ferret that warren.
    Best of luck Andy
     
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  5. Readie

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    Thanks Andy
    i didn't remember the action being as fast and furious as you make it sound, I do remember old Ted karate chopping them on back of neck but he was about 6'3" and about 20 stone. I'm happy to pull their necks and dump them down for a while
    we will only be netting and without dogs, so you are saying that rabbits will sit if scared, that's something we will have to avoid.
    really looking forward to it but I do remember Ted's ferret hanging by its teeth from my finger, I wouldn't pick them up after that so we will see if I still need therapy some 45 years on
     
  6. Tripleteer

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    I used to love a bit of ferreting, I still have a good few nets kicking about somewhere in the garage..
     
  7. rizla1

    rizla1 hi

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    if you got ferrets,nets and a locator and spade thats about all you need just go and enjoy youself :)
     

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