hello whats it is i have got a lurcher it is 3 months old i have had it for 3 weeks now, its sits ,stays and comes when i call it .. but what it is how old should i train it to hunt rabbits? and what would be the best way? any tips would be very gratefull
would anybody like to give me the opportunity to join you on your next hunt so i could pick up and learn new skills as im all new to this. the farm owner has givn me permission to use his land but i need a litlle bit more experience.. so anyone in the county durham area would let me join them i would really appreciate it... thanks
i have just recently moved up to county durham 4 months ago and i have bin given permission to set up snares on the farm land. i have scouted the area and there are hundreds of rabbit runs, for some reason i just cant to seem to snare any and i dont no what im doing wrong. i spent nearly 37 hours researching how to snare rabbit and squirrels, if anyone can help me with abit of infomation i would really appreciate it. thanks guys
Last night was only the third time on my new permission, a huge farm about three miles away from from my house. I must admit it just seems to get better and better. Im currently writing a hunting book basically just following my adventures and me trying to grow and catch as much as I can to put in the pot. So I'm documenting everything I do and trying to learn as much as I can about the wonderfully world of hunting. So anyway last night was great. Myself and my two fellow hunters set out at 10pm and had arrived in no time. Like I say I am documenting my hunts for my book and also for a DVD Im making so my main job is cameraman/rabbit carrier although we swap around a lot and we don't always have the three members of the team. We all carry a lamp each and use the two dogs and I have the rifle. My lamp is a striker 170 and seems to do the job perfectly. I also have a small lamp on the top of my rifle. The first two fields we went into were rabbit free but the third proved to be a cracker, one lone huge rabbit sitting in the middle of the field. Tia was slipped and quickly caught up with the rabbit but this rabbit was fast it was weaving in and out and after a good long run Tia was getting tired, we thought we had lost our first rabbit of the night until that is Tia turns the rabbit and both rabbit and dog are hurtling towards us and more importantly towards Tia's hunting partner Ben. Tia was coursing her into Ben and just as the rabbit passed us, Ben was slipped and nailed it in seconds. It truly was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. Tia really was purposely steering the rabbit into Bens awaiting jaws. A few fieds latter Ben and Tia are both slipped on a lively looking bunny who we found jumping around like a crazed loon. Tia has the speed advantage over Ben but knows Ben has the power, she once again steered the rabbit into Ben and it was all over. Another six wher taken and at 3 am we called it a night or morning as the case may be. We headed back to my Friends house and had our usual 3:30 hunting night coffee. I have found a passion for hunting and always look forward to my Friday nights and more importantly look forward to the summer.
I will add some pics to my blog shortly. I'm writing this from my new iPad and struggling to come to grips with how to do everything.
Anyway untill next time, happy hunting
Well it has been a long time since I have been on hunting life due to a few personal issues, no Internet ect ect but I'm glad that I'm finally back on. I've got a lot to catch up on and a lot has changed since my last/first post. I now have lots of permissions in my area and although I still love my rifle, I have now found a new love in hunting with lurchers. I still love going to the grave yard( my first permission) but I think I have well and truly got the rabbit population up there under control so have decided to stop hunting it as often and now only pop in once a fortnight. My other permissions are stretched out over 10 miles in my area and between myself and my hunting buddy we have over 40 fields to hunt on. We go out every Friday night with both the rifle and the two dogs, Tia and Ben. The dogs are superb hunting machines, well trained and good natured. Anyway I'm babbling on, I have lots of pics and vids so no doubt you will see them soon but until then it's Friday night so if you don't mind I think I'll go catch me some wabbits! I'll update tomorrow and let you all know how it went.
eny one got eny land we can go and get rid of some rabbits or rats for them we have lot of methords of getting rid of these pests manely ferreting for the rabbits and smokeing the rats out for the terriers let me know if you own a farm or some land what you want rid of these pests and some times we do foxes.
hi this is my first blog, i started up a new business in may for all gamekeeper supplies and am happy to supplies anything you need. i see people are looking for good but cheap fen traps which i`m happy to help..i`ve helped and watched my husband for over 20yrs in trapping,shooting,game keeping tasks,
Hi all , this is my first blog.
basically i bought a 1 year old lurcher x pointer about 6 months ago - she is great on the lamp and i must of had around -90 rabbits since i bought her she is also great on the day especially in woods because of the pointer in her - i would love to make her a day dog but with school i dont have enough light for her to go on the day. The question that i would like to ask is she will not come back straight away until about the 3rd race on a rabbit , she will mooch about alot wich me and my mates blame the pointer in her for it isnt a huge problem but it gets abit annoying as she tires herself out from running up and down whilst mooching. also does anyone have any other advice about lamping but primarily i would like to ask how can i get her to come back straight away or is there no way - thanks for any help u will provide -Graham,
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When i got my dog what i wanted from my dog was simple, i expected to only lamp him and then i basically wanted a dog that i could point and slip and return when called.I didnt really expect him to be any good in the daytime as most comments id heard about bullx where that they lacked speed and nose for daytime work.So i never set out in the day with the intention of doing anything but walk the dog over the same land we would lamp at night,i started noticing that as well as using his eyes tyke was starting to use his nose and that i also was learning to recognize signs from him that he was on to something on a couple of occasions after the obvious nose down tail in air sign he would then put his head up and snif the air stopping and looking in a certain direction the first time this happened we where on a lane and a hedge seperated us from a field of maze after tyke pulling me on the lead and making our way into the field i a roebuck between the maize and the hedge 50yds down the field granted this didnt mean my dog had an amazing nose but the next incident showed that the bullx has no nose opinion of some people was wrong and i had unwittingly formed my opinion of what my dog could or would do from other peoples opinions stupid i know but i was new to this game and didnt even have any friends who hunted whose opinion i could ask.The next run where tyke really impressed me was one day as we were walking round the headland of a recently ploughed field i suppose this field was maybe 200yds wide and probably the same lenght ways as we made our way up the right hand side of the fielld i could tell tyke had picked up a hot scent and he was very busy investigating it ahead of me, the next thing i know tyke was off running toward the far left hand hedge but i couldnt tell what he had seen until i noticed something far off and low to the ground pheasant or cat i thought only once tyke had closed and caught it did i realise it was a fox i was shocked to say the least as i would never of ecpected tyke to catch a fox under those conditions especially considering it was only the 5th fox he had seen and the first in daytime.This really opened my eyes to what my dog was capable of doing and i really liked the fact that he had done all the work without encouragement from me i liked the fact he was thinking for himself and working without any aid from me it was a real buzz to watch from then on i started mooching a lot more with him and encouaraging him to use his nose.I read some where that you shouldnt encouarage a lamping dog to use his nose as it may cause him to hunt up at night , i think a dog that is in tune with all his senses hearing smell and sight helps in a lamping dog as quite often quarry can run out of the beam and tyke on a few occasions has caught out of the beam and sometimes a fieldaway.I love lamping and you do catch higher numbers of game but to me seeing my dog find flush and catch quarrry in the daytime to be something that really gets youre adrenaline going,i cant believe how blinkered i was coming into this game but thanks to tyke my eyes have been opened to appreciating daywork and hunting in its purest form as our ancestors would have done ,ramble over.
As i explained in previous blog this is my first bullx so apart from a couple of other bullxs i dont have much to compare him to.I quite often find myself thinking on the way my dog works and the style in wich he works.One question that keeps popping up is the way in wich my dog works shot and retrievd foxs,he has no problems in tackling them but its the way in wich he deals with them once caught,after his initial hold of usually the back end .i find that rather hang on anywhere and shake and expose himself to being bitten that he seems to work the fox in a way so that he avoids getting bitten,is this a sign of him being cowardly or clever,he seems to rather than hold on and shake he waits until they try and bite him and then change his grip either for the throat or the back of the neck from there he goes to work om the rib cage and its all over,from what i can gather from other people alot of there dogs will just grab the fox and take whatever punishment rather than avoid it,ive come to the conclusion that his style is less of the terrier grab and shake style and more of the bull terrier style of looking for holds wherby he can infllict damage with out taking it himself although on occassions he has been bitten quite badly but still seen the job through. It seems to me that most bullx owners consider a dog that avoids being bitten as less than commited but to be honest ive come to the opinion that as long as tyke is taking them and avoiding damage im quite happy as he has been laid up a couple of times after getting bitten on the legs and there is nothing worse than a dog in the sick bay especially as the weather conditions seem to turn perfect when youre dogs out of action.To cap it off i think he is using his head as he seems to alter his style and technique to match the quarry that he is facing .I suppose that until youre dog retires,dies or jacks and you can look back and be honest on how he has worked during his career will i get my answer...
My main quarry when i set out to get a bullx was foxes ,but having discoverd the pleasures of running other larger quarry after tyke self entred one night not long after his first bunny,i didnt really ever go out with the intention of running foxes,i didnt bother buying a squeaker even ,if our paths crossed with a fox id either try my pitiful squeaking or if it was close enough slip tyke,though i found foxes seldom venture out from the hedges unless enticed or you mange to lamp one thats stalking rabbits.Due to this tyke really hasnt had a lot of practice on them and thats one thing i think a dog definitley needs with old foxy as there ability to turn without losing momentum and style of running is something a dog needs to learn to deal with.Tyke was running them flat out causing him to overshoot and miss,it he had to learn to use his gears and hang back abit sometimes.In his second season i went out with a chap of thl and his bullx bitch who was excellent on foxes singlehanded this gave me the chance to see tyke run doubled up ,without boasting we caught most of the foxes we saw and the foxes always gave a good account of themselves and if youre looking to catch numbers doubled up is the way to go.But i do think that one on one a good fox with a fair slip is a good challenge for a dog and an exciting course to watch .Tyke is certainly not a fox dog yet only having 30 foxes singlehanded in 2 seasons and maybe a dozen more doubled up but like i said thats due to me and him being sidetracked by other quarry.My most memorable fox with tyke was one night i lamped a pair of eyes maybe 50yds down in the field it took of immediatley but due to a slope they ran over i lost sight of them quickly i started walking down the field expecting to meet tyke returning after missing the fox a minute or so had gone by and i gave a couple of whistles and scanned the field nothing ,next thing i knew a pair of eyes were running up the left hand side of the field towards the hedge followed by tyke who took his chance and strruck just as the fox got near the hedge i couldnt believe it i dont know if he had been running the same fox all that time without the aid of the lamp or wether it was another fox that he had run into either way i was over the moon as tyke had stuck to the job in hand and got a result when i expected none,i know it can be quite difficult to gauge time when youre stood out in the field but id say that at the least he had run that fox for a minute and a half in near darkness .Runs like that where the dog has everything against but still comes up with result are the ones i always remember and i left the field that night full of respect and pride for my dog for not giving up.
After being intrested in fieldsports since being young and reading plummer books id always wanted to own a working dog ,my accomodation and situation wasnt really suitable until a couple of years ago. When i was younger there was no internet so i was coming into the world of lurchers with knowledge gleaned from various books in the library or books by plummer,once i got on line i was amazed at the amount of crosses available,after reading about bullx in books yet never seeing one i started doing abit of research and saw my first picture of a bullx taffybulls troy well as soon as i saw that pic i knew that my heart was set on a bullx,but which cross exactly? a half cross? 3/4bred? 3/8 5/8? everyone seemd to have an opinion that differed my original intention was a dog that would be worked purely on the lamp for foxes and rabbits you could say i was a bit blinkered in what i wanted to do.I decide to look at maybe the 3/8 5/8 or maybe a 3/4bred dog as i didnt want an overly heavy dog.Well i struck lucky ther was an ad on here for bullx pups 3/8 5/8 to a 3/4bred so i decided to go and take a look as luck would have it the chap selling them was the terrier man for a local hunt and turned out to be a genuine guy the parents wre impressive and had obvously seen some action so for the princely sum of 150 notes i was know the proud owner of a bullx who i decide to call tyke a black and white dog that you can see in my gallery.Tyke was 2months old when i got him in may and i have to say i really enjoyed taking him out on the land i would be hunting him on and getting him used to the sights and smells some people cant wait to get there dog working but i really enjoyed watching him grow and seeing his charachter develop.Towards the back end of the season he was 11mnths so i decided to give him a little run ,I had never lamped before so this was going to be a case of us finding our feet together,i knew the basic theory and fieldcraft so slipped him on his first few rabbits wich although he was close to he missed over a couple of weeks he maybe had a dozen runs ,i was a bit dissappointed that he hadnt caught but decide to leave it another couple of weeks and try again.The next time i took him out i took him to a field with longish grass and a thick brably hedge , l slipped him on a rabbit 15 yds out and as last time he was right on its scut until it dissappeared into the hedge only this time tyke went in after at and suddenly the night air was filled with the squeak of a caught rabbit that tyke plucked out of the hedge,to say my adrenaline was up would be and understaemnet i was over the moon all those hours of walking and feeding the dog had finally paid off ,tyke was on his way.
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hi everyone , im thinking of getting a career707mk2 airrifle , at 12ft iib, can anyone tell me can i up power it ,ive been told no ,also ive been told there easy to do so i dont know what to believe , appreciate any advise cheers
hi looking for some new places for ferreting i go out hunting with my friends and places we go to are either wiped out or filled with mixi so if your in the ayrshire or close to ayrshire area please give me an idea of a good place for us to do a good bit of the sport
Hi everyone just recently joined love this website forurm i tried jacks shed but i couldn even login lol i dunno any way my names mickey from hampshire got lil whippet collie x lurcher 15 months old she coming on well any tips would be gratefull...