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  1. hi im new to ferreting and looking to buy my first finder. i went on my first trip yesterday with two experienced ferreters and one used a mk1 and the other a mk3. the one using the mk3 had sent his back twice already with problems and yesterday was the same and had to stop using it. i have also heard other people dont rate them and had problems to. the mk1 we used yesterday was brilliant and worked perfect all day with no problems and the ferreter swore by them and said they are exellent bits of kit. i would rather buy new and the latest technology and obviously with a garrentee if i have problems. can anyone give me some advise please and if anyone has experenced any problem or know of any commom faults with eithers finders please can u let me know thanks for taking time to read this.

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    kljbatten
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    hi can you help i have got a 2 year old lucher and startded to take him out with my ferrets but i have a problem with him trying to get the ferrets and not the rabbits that have bolted :wallbash: , but he is good on a lamp he wants the ferrets more than the rabbit that bolted could any one give me an idia of a way to stop him going for the ferrets

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    Dolly59
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    Ever since i was younger i have been interested in birds. I have bred, parrots, finches, parakeets and lots more. Lately i have took a interst in Birds Of Prey. At the begining of the season i bought myself a Male Harris Hawk. I have had Benjy for 4 months now, after all of the hard work of manning him up and getting a strong bond with the bird he has turned into a mint little hunter. Benjy has had six pheasants, seven rabbits and a woodpigeon. As i am now 50 the hardest part is keeping up with Benjy on the fields. Atleast its keping me fit. We fly Benjy in a cast of 4 Birds, two Females and two Males. I think Benjy would of had alot more game but on one grey drizzly day he landed on a pilon and with it been so damp i think it arked and electricuted him. Benjy was laid upside down with his foot stuck to the cable, i thought he was dead. He never moved for atleast 10 minutes. The four of us who were out just stood and looked up at him. All of a sudden he moved on the pilon. I shouted him down, when he came to my glove i could smell burning as though something had been singed. After that for atleast 3/4 weeks he wasnt the same bird, he never commited on the attack. Before he got electricuted he flew at 1.6 and a half perfectly, but afterwards he wouldnt, i tried him at 1.6 which didnt work atall. Then one day out of the blew he attacked perfectly once again, and i have never looked back since (touch wood.)Am learning off my bird everyday and hopefully he is learning a little bit off me. I only wish i had took this up 30 year ago. Here is a couple of pictures of Benjy and my Ferrets.

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    raceyB
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    half cross bull greyhound around 6 month old dont want to pay big money!

    got a racey one but need something stronger

  2. Had a look out monday for some rabbits, very poor night with pockets of low lying fog everywhere.. didn't blank though and don't get me started on them RWS bullets censored.gif ..

     

    Source: Rabbits Lamping

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    any fishermen on the site, living in or around lennoxtown please get in touch, we are looking for new members to get on board and attend meetings, assist with maintanance in and around the clubs waters, pm me if you are interested

    atb

    mick

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    irishnut
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    on tues last week i got a call from a local farmer to say a fox was in his field, i took a spin round about 2pm, and sure enough there was a big old fox sitting right on top of a hill, i tried calling it down, but it was obviously wise to the noise and just sat watching my hidden area, thought i go get a few(2) dogs to sort it as the .222 was not being used at something so close to the hill top, so i stood up and turned round to see a big dog fox 150yrds behind me, heading my way, i dropped and squeezed a shot into the chest, some how it seemed to avoid everything, i squeezed again and made no mistake, he dropped.

    So back to my hill loving fox, the days events were noisey so next day myself murf the terrier and a keeper mate with a lurcher went to seek him, only to see him walk into a hedge, in day light again, so guess what, terrier in = fox out. fox out = lurcher has fun, very short run, job done, 2 foxes in 2 days, in day light, and no digging, ooooooooooooooh yeah

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    jambo123
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    hi to all hunters

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    geordiebelfast
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    HI EVERY ONE JUST JOINED 10 MINS AGO TOOK ME THAT LONG TO WORK OUT HOW TO BLOG LOL :icon_redface: IM HEADING TO PETERHEAD MID OCT HAS ANY ONE SEEN ANY PINKS UP THERE YET. I HOPE WE GET A BIT OF WIND THIS YEAR AS 2008 WE WERE IN THE FIELD WITHOUT COATS IT WAS THAT WARM, KEEP ME POSTED PLEASE, THANKS. GEORDIE!

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    andy hopkins
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    hi everyone, am relocating to dorset over the next couple of months , I currently live in South Derbyshire and have shooting rights over approx 300 acres, I know I am going to realy miss the freedom i have had, can anyone out there please let me know are there any places in dorset that i will be able to go shooting, even in clubs or someone who has land that would let me shooot on. Thanks

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    Hi everyone,

    I have just started to work my 2 albino jills, one of which appears not to be interestead in spending long amounts of time down a warren,

    the other is fine, is there any advice, hints or tips hat anyone can give

     

    Cheers

     

    Herby :gunsmilie:

  3. Well where does one start? As is plain to see I'm a complete newbie to the site and this is also my first ever BLOG so if anyone does actually read this, please excuse my ramblings, I intend to use this blog firstly as an introduction, but then just as a bit of a diary of my outings and personal musings so if I tend to run off at tangents, just ignore me. In case anyone does actually read any of this, if I waffle on about anything that doesn’t seem to make sense, please feel free to contact me and I will try to explain.

     

    OK a bit of ‘about me’ background.

    Born in 1959 in the forests of northern Germany (yes, quite literally, my grandfather was a forester (Forstmeister) and I was born in his cottage) I spent my formative first 8 years wondering the forests of the ‘Hartz’ quite alone and quite content. I mention this because I feel this is where my love for the great outdoors, wildlife and the countryside originated, sort of in the blood.

     

    When I was 8, my mother met a British squaddie (my father passed away when I was 2) and long story short they were married and my life changed completely. As a sudden army brat I travelled to Hong Kong, Cyprus, Bahrain, Saudi, Brunei, back to Germany and finally Northern Ireland. Whilst there I gained employment within the MoD and had 5 very exciting years. On my return to the UK I had a number of jobs, none of which gave much fulfilment and the likes of jobs that would have, ie most anything to do with the outdoors and or wildlife, did not pay enough for me to support my family, wife and by now, 3 sons.

    Eventually however I was lucky enough to land a job at my local shooting club, not only was I pursuing my hobby, I was being paid for it too, bloody great. Not only was this a shooting club however, we also got involved with ballistic testing of armour, weapons systems, munitions, vehicles, the list is endless. I think if I say that I spent the happiest 10 years of my life in that job it’s enough said.

     

    So if anyone was to read this, I would think by now they would be asking themselves, ‘why the title of the blog?’

    Well unfortunately the last few years have not been so kind, the first blow came when I lost my lovely job, a long story to do with misunderstandings, outright lies, jealousy, and a takeover. Am happy to enlarge on that if anyone’s interested, mail me.

     

    Shortly after this my step father passed away, he was a great great and highly decorated soldier and the best father and granddad anyone could wish for, he is missed greatly, then 3 years ago, my wife of 30 years suddenly decided to trade me in for a younger model, leaving me a single parent, that took some getting over, another long story.

     

    The following Christmas day my mother passed away, she also is greatly missed by all. Then as a final blow, in October last year I was diagnosed with throat cancer. The treatment was brutal, but successful and I was finally given the all clear back in June. In the words of my specialist, “we sure kicked the sh** out of that tumour, unfortunately we had to kick the sh** out of you to do it” Recovery is painfully slow, before treatment I was a stocky 18 stone, now I'm a very frail 10 stone, still not able to eat solids but am progressing.

     

    This brings me neatly to why I'm here, with all that’s happened in my recent past, perhaps unsurprisingly, I landed a rather nasty bout of depression, it didn’t last very long, but let me tell you, it’s something I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy, my reaction to anyone with ‘depression’ used to be, pull yourself together, or, snap out of it lad ..... boy was I in for a shock, anyway, yet again I digress. After I came out of that very dark and scary place my doctor suggested I should try to restart my life, ‘you’ve been given a second chance, don’t waste it’ along with plenty of platitudes and advice came the idea of taking up some old interests and pastimes, incentives to life if you like.

     

    I thought about this for a while and decided that the things I enjoyed the most were my deer stalking, shooting and offroading. I also thought that this may be a good time to embark on a new hobby, something that I could combine with the others and photography sprang to mind. So, with the few bob I had left I went out and bought myself an old but very good Mitsubishi Pajero and a Cannon Powershot SX10 IS.

     

    It worked, I’ve had loads of fun, two of my lads have been out with me on occasions and enjoyed it so much that one has gone and bought himself a 4x4 and the other intends to just as soon as he’s old enough. As for the photography, well I’ve had limited success there, I'm an absolute novice and know nothing about settings etc so am finding it difficult getting quality shots in low light levels etc, but am enjoying the ‘stalking’ aspect of the photography immensely. Sadly I'm still not too steady on my feet and get tired out quite quickly so my stalks are relatively short, I'm lucky in that a friend of mine owns a little land locally and kindly allows me to take my vehicle onto it so that helps to get me closer to the action. I also live a stone’s throw from Salisbury Plain so can be found most weekends getting muddy up there, usually with #3 son riding shotgun.

     

    I have not yet taken up the shooting again, I handed in my FAC some years ago and with that gave up any shooting land rights I had at the time, I have a feeling that it would prove very difficult to find any more in this day and age. Perhaps when I'm physically (and mentally) stronger I’ll be up for going through that whole gambit of finding somewhere to shoot, re applying for the FAC etc.

    (Here comes the gambit lol) if anyone in the Wiltshire area does read this and knows of or has any land that they would be prepared to let this old invalid take his Pajero on and take a few pictures, I’d be very grateful.

     

    Well, I guess that about brings me up to date, I do intend to get active on the forums, and as I get used to how the site works I may even post a few of my pathetic attempts at photography for your delectation.

     

    If in fact anyone has read this, I thank you for your patience, and if you’ve reached this far, I congratulate you on your stamina.

    All the best

    Jo.

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    woody123
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    well then im kinda new, at hunting with lurchers and i thought that it was interesting so i bought my self a 1/4 whippet 1/4 lurcher 1/2 greyhound, so i am no trying to train him for rabbits but i dont really no how! so if you read this can you please can you help me /give me any advise??

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    I have a Theoben Evolution .22 with the H.E. System and i am having problems sightening in my scope. i look on the internet for tips and i have tried everything but i still cant hit the target dead centre. the Scope i have is made by BSA. any tip and hints would be very welcome. thanks

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    shannonfaith
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    hi iv seen somthing called bolt traps to use as an alternative to purse nets has anyone used them before and has anyone got an idea where i can get some from

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    SussexRobin
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    Well here goes nothing....

     

    I am new to hunting in general, bar shooting a few rabbits when I was a teenager, and due to the times I have decided that I would like to start a little hunting to put some meat on the table.

     

    I have been very kindly lent a copy of 'In Pursuit of Coney' by D Brian Plummer and 'Rabbit Control' by Jackie Drakeford and plan to use these as a place to start.

     

    I am interested in using ferrets and purse nets and also I wish to give long netting a go as it sounds like a fun way to pass the time :doh:

     

    I also have a whippet called Blue who I shall also allow to attempt to catch rabbits and help the cause :tongue2:

     

    Any advice as to where would be a good place to start learning or good books to get would be very appreciated

     

    Cheers

     

    Robin

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    vicminshaw
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    vic minshaw is looking for a genuine author to publish a book about his original lamping dogs that go back as far as 1970s no other man as achieved what vic has achieved taking water fowl by day to huge amounts of rabbits and hares on the lamp. please no time wasters thanks vic.

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    As a french hunter, especialy chamois in the Alps, I would like to get information about telescopes used for stalking in the Highlands.

    I have heard of the brand GRAY as one of the wellknown telescopes, but I need more advice.

    Are there others ? And what about the comparaison with modern style materials such as Swaroski or Optholyth for example ?

    Many thanks for your answers.

  4. DOG-LAAAYYD's Blog

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    hello dose any no how to turn up a logan sweet 16 any help would be apprisiated thanks

  5. Now,I enjoy a few outdoor activities,fishing, shooting with both the shot gun and the air rifle,working my dogs,diving and not to mention having a few beers with my mates.How ever I do find that each year however hard I try to do a bit of each I always find that one or two of my much loved pursuits seem to get neglected(Not the dogs may I add).There never seems to be enough hours in the day and the weekends seem to disappear quicker than drinking up time.

    I recon what we need is a 4 day weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Anyone with me??????????????

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    i used to be a freind of garry before he moved to america.

    does anybody know him or know how to get in touch with him.

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    shawi72uk
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    A man kills a deer and takes it home to cook for dinner.

    Both he and his wife decide that they won't tell the kids what kind of meat it is, but will give them a clue and let them guess.

    The kids were eager to know what the meat was on their plates, so they begged their dad for the clue.

    Well, he said, 'It's what mummy calls me sometimes'.

    The little girl screams to her brother 'Don't eat it, it's an asshole.

     

     

    The horniest guy in the world is stuck on an island with just a monkey.

    After a while, he gets so horny he decides to have sex with the monkey.

    He catches the monkey, tries to have sex with it, but it slips out of his grip and runs away.

    He tries again the next day, but the same thing happens.

    Then, he sees the hottest girl in the world drowning in the ocean, so he goes and saves her.

    She says to him, "I'll do anything to repay you. ANYTHING."

    The man says, "Can you help me catch that damn monkey?"

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    bigtigue
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    hi everyone im new here thought id say hi and that iv just moved to milton keynes and was wondering if anyone knows anywhere i can shoot in the area? look forward to hearing from you all, craig

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    Guest
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    hi iam after a good allround lurcher does any 1 no any good types

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    hi my name is stephen booth and i would like to know if patterdale terriers can catch rabbits. my dogs name is zac it is a hard working dog. i go over the park with it every day to hunt for rabbits but it never seems to catch anythink. it goes down rabbit holes and sometimes fox holes but never brings anythink back out. has anybody got any ideas for me thank you :thumbs:

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