Posted 30 January 2007 - 05:27 pm
Hi Molecatcher, I saw your call to arms regarding more posts from people who use nets...I refrained from posting purely because I have no experience of trammels other than seeing one used briefly at the start of this season...pretty much any concerns that I would have , have been covered. just to recap the two issues that would be paramount for night work are ease of rabbit removal and speed of cleaning the net ready for the next drop. Moley made the point that speed is of the essence. Much of the ground that I work has both gorse and fern, dead gorse being an absolute mare to remove both from nets and then later from fingers. But dead fern is awful stuff too...especially in 4z....love the way it just keeps breaking up and reducing in size! Bad enough in one wall of mesh let alone two or three!!!
Regarding traditional style long nets, as some of you know, I use pre-sets for all my night work and most of my day stuff too. My son made a hemp long net and we have that rigged trad style, may even get that out one night for old times sake but....it,s drying the bloody thing!
On setting trad style nets on night-time outings I have mentioned a couple of times that I personally don,t like back-pegging a net.. I mentioned in one post a while ago, in some detail why, mainly walking up and down the net several times [fine for daytime ferreting etc for obvious reasons]. Rabbits in my area won,t stand for it. I also notice in an earlier post that Rabbithunter was struggling in side winds or end sets, call them what you will. Several points raise there heads here for me and scream inexperience.
Firstly why on earth are you back pegging an end set or side wind. Very few winds blow consistently in one direction, in my experience they can swing to a large degree and whilst you,re up and down pegging it,s highly likely that you will get blown onto the field at some point. It happens to us all at times that,s why studying the wind directions becomes an art in itself. And that,s also why your method ie, back pegging is flawed, it is not VERSATILE. You limit yourself to browie sets, blind sets and combinations of these which is all well and good but as soon as you find rabbits on say a flat field with close feeders...guess who,s out the game?
There are three ways to get around this problem to my mind. Firstly get yerself a mate who pegs as you run or vice-versa, secondly as I once mentioned before LEARN TO PEG AS YOU GO, but as you replied to me once before,,,it, difficult or hard on your hands or something along those lines, well gee wizz, guess what, practice and then practice some more! Third option PACK IT IN!!
Back -pegging WILL catch you rabbits but it,s more for the casual netter I would contend, you have already become aware of it,s limitations it,s up to you to decide to step up a gear or stay as you are.This is not an anti-Rabbithunter post just trying to point out what seems to me to be rather obvious which sort of brings me full circle...inexperience. As something of an olive branch Rh, if you,re still adamant that you are sticking with back-pegging, allow me to help you set a side wind.
Start point is downwind, walk upwind keep as low as possible [should be doing that anyway] assuming net has been put back on end pins properly you shouldn,t get net blowing along lines too much at this point. Now to start pegging, FROM UPWIND WORKING DOWNWIND. first peg in, and lift top line, net now starts to blow along lines...guess what cuts in now EXPERIENCE you should know roughly how much net per,say, five yard section is required pull that amount of mesh and trap between leg and arm and put in peg, one hitch on the bottom two on top, carry on downwind till net is "fishing". Not always pleasant to do but there it is.
Sorry to bang on...and on...must really learn to shorten posts!!!