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Hunting related (mostly!)

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Been a while....

Not been doing much lately, just the odd bit of fishing & trying to knock the lurcher into some sort of shape ready for the upcoming season with some fitness & obedience training.   My beddy/whippet is 3 now, and what's become apparent is that he's severely lacking in the brain department! He still seems very puppyish and tends to overlook things in his excitement.   Well this upcoming season is his final chance as my first choice rabbiting dog. He needs to calm down when in the fi

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Settling in

Been here in the new place for 5 months now, and have settled in well.   Been out lamping with the dog on a few occasions, and he's working well.   So for he's accounted for 23 rabbits, each within one kilometre of my front door!   A few pictures:       The one and only picture I took yesterday when we went out for a quick ferret:     Nosey b*****ds!

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Moved house!

Have recently moved house, now live right out into the countryside! Hopefully have a bit more to put in here soon..

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First proper trip out after dew claw removal

Went out with buster tonight, he caught 3 rabbits from about 10 runs. The ground we went to is heavily lamped by shooters and dog men alike, so the rabbits are extremely lamp shy. Not bad going for a young dog just back from surgery, well I don't think so anyway!        

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Update - It's been a while!

Haven't blogged in a while, so I'd better do one I suppose!     Well, the trees are all but bare round here now & it's getting colder. The nettles and bramble are starting to die back, still got a fair way to go before, but it's getting there. I'll be out with the ferrets before long, really looking forward to it.   My lurcher is now about 13 months old, I'm just starting to get back out with him after a recent operation to remove his dew claws. He'd split one good and proper about 6

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Pups first 'unaided' rabbit!

Went out with my mate & my brother last night. Ted my pups Sire caught a rabbit on the first slip of the night. The pup missed his first few slips, due to a combination of over excitement & inexperience. He then nailed one! He picked it up, brought it to me and dropped it at my feet, it promptly legged it! Not to be outdone. Buster then gave chase and nailed it a second time, this time ensuring it wouldn't run away again by crunching it up a bit.   It was his third rabbit, but the o

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Doing a bit with the pup

Been doing a little with the lurcher pup the last few weeks. Trying to get out at least once a week with the lamp, more to get him used to spotting things in the beam more than anything.   First couple of times he'd hunt up instead of looking for the rabbit. I took him out with a mate and the pups sire a few weeks back. Didn't get anything, the remaining rabbits are very lamp shy on that particular permission, but he figured out that he's to come back when the lamp's switched off.   Went o

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Pup update

Pup is now 21 inches TTS. Don't think he'll get much taller now, he's 7 months old. He's getting faster, he's really starting to tuck his legs up & pin his ears back when he's going for it!   Starting to take the mick out of the little terriers now, cantering until they're at top speed behind him, then kicking into a higher gear and leaving them for dead! It literally came back to bite him an on the arse a few days ago though, when my mates game little JRT called Jack kept on chasing him

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Pups progress

Buster's now about 19 inch TTS, and has started chasing anything that moves, blackbirds, crows and most importantly of all, rabbits!   He's been ferreting with us twice, and to be honest I'm amazed by the nose on him. He's constantly got his nose to the ground, zig-zaging back & fore.   He has stated to take an interest in buries now, putting his head in, and finding holes that we've missed.   Towards the end of the last little mooch about on Saturday, we saw a black rabbit which th

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One for next year....

About a month ago, I was lucky enough to be given my first lurcher pup.     The wife named him Buster, as the only condition to me having him. I have to take my hat off to my wife, she's as good as gold! She was 8 months pregnant at the time, and some other more 'flighty' women might have took up arms at the thought of getting a pup with the prospect of a new pup & a new baby.   He's 18 weeks old at the moment, and 16 inches TTS.     I can't wait until he's big enough to start

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Bloody cover!

After a hard bit of graft ferreting on Saturday, I've started to wonder why everywhere round here is so overgrown these days. My theory is that we're not having cold enough winters to kill off the growth properly. It does die back in the winter, but it seems to come back thicker every year. I go to places now, that used to be totally clear of cover, now you've got to wade through, chest high in places, it makes ferreting hard work around here as all the buries are well covered!   There are ea

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New Pup! (well sort off!)

Went out with my mum & my sister last night to look at some English springer pups. I've always had a soft spot for springers, as I've been brought up around them. Some of my best memories are of going out with my Dad, the springer & the shotgun.   My mum had been wanting another springer ever since our old welsh springer Bracken had to be PTS at 16 a few years back after about 3 strokes. It was a sad day, but he'd had a good innings.   Got to the guys house & found out he was a

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Better fill some of this in!

Well, I started this fecking thing ages ago, and haven't bothered putting anything in it, so I've decided that I'd better at least make a start!   Haven't been up to much lately, apart from looking after the young ferrets, building them a new house & keeping up with their incessant feeding! Can't wait until the season starts so they can start working for their food.   The Wife is getting bigger, she's due to calf on November 19th. We found out a few weeks ago that it's going to be a boy

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