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Pics of the Workers

Discussion in 'Ferreting' started by ferplexed, May 19, 2012.

  1. ferplexed

    ferplexed Posting Addict

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    Thought id add some pics up of the workers readying themselves for Septembers ferreting season to start.

    Big one is my vasectomized hob and the other 2 are my jills. Sadly the new girl (as some of you know i had) passed away. Luckily not passing on any illness to my others. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1337419177.438035.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1337419194.164057.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1337419217.288517.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1337419232.606546.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1337419276.639046.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1337419290.903301.jpg ImageUploadedByTapatalk1337419314.837699.jpg
     
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    Nice one Matt I hope you have a good season once it starts !!!
    I don't think you can beat a good day out with the ferrets
     
  3. ferplexed

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    I love it mate. Prefer it to air gunning.
     
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    I was watching a programme on telly and I had no idea that you needed radio trackers and shovels to dig the little furry creatures out with, can't they be trained ?
     
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    A lot of ferrets won't need digging out mate, it's only when they kill down the hole and feed that they need digging or when they have a few bunnies trapped in a stop end
    But the collars and finders are a must as u can't leave a ferret and must find it and take it home especially as we ferret on some land that has chickens
     
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    Hi Paul. As with most pets, ferrets all have their own personality and traits so do what they like.

    Most workers will go to ground but all perform differently. For example, my cousin has a ferret that somehow herds rabbits into a dead end tube so we have to locate and dig. A pain but you can guarantee theres more than one shes got held up. My albino in the pics on the other hand will run them about until shes bored. Some rabbits bolt, some dont. This could be due to noise above ground or the size of the warren.

    I think the main reason locators are used is to ensure that you get your little teammate out alive.

    We went onto some new ground once. The ferret was located at just over a foot but was stationary. More through impatience than anything else we dug down straight away thinking we were on to a good tube. Luckily we had dug. A few inches in and it was sandy underfoot. The tube had collapsed and the ferret was stuck with no exit either end.

    Im sure back in the day that old time ferreters used other methods (to which im unaware) but i know nowadays we'd be foolish without them.

    If you ever get the chance, go along ferreting. Cracking day out and can actually be a fun family event. Ive had more rabbits ferreting in one morning than 2 or 3 shooting sessions.
     
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    my father in law is poacher turned gamekeeper 'old school' ferreting he told me just bang the rabbit hole with a stick and the ferret will come out 99.9 percent of the time he didn't have any locators in his day and he never lost a worker
     
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    nice group of fuzzies you have there mate, we been going through a bad run and lost 2 so far this year due to old age, 1 more to go as shes got cancer..... have 3 young ens which are lively enough and cant wait till my shoulders strong enough to go out ferreting.... nice pic mate, now to get some in action once all the weeds etc are down...all the best steve
     

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