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OldPhil

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  1. Wouldn't mind going back to those days...
  2. As my old Gate netting/ferret wrangling pal,..Don Vito Corleon once said to me.... "Phil,..you little fat fecker,...How did it ever come to this"... Once,...arguably the biggest Hunting related forum, in the UK , has now descended into ,...what it is.... Such a fecking shame.....
  3. Used to love a bit of rattin and rabbiting...
  4. Another thing that I have found is,...when working a team of ferrets over several consecutive days,.. they do seem to get a wee bit jaded, especially if the rabbits are in deep,.. and have been difficult to shift... This is the one occasion when I would always keep them a tad light, and in the parlance of Falconers, in 'good Yarak'.. If you are working, far from home and only have one or two days left, it is imperative that both dogs and ferrets,..(.and men) ,..remain keen and stay the course... Quite often, the client, who has been noticeably fecking absent, when the rabbits a
  5. Some whippets punch a hell of a lot more,... than their weight... I've seen Roe deer taken with all manner of miscellaneous roustabout jukels,...and a big strong Whippet, that knows the score and has the desire,...can still sometimes grass them,... no bother
  6. Well, that's a shame,. .I've not spoken to Andrew for several decades, but he kindly sent me a batch of his excellent Fox Hunting Videos .. The stamp of lurcher, that he was using on the Welsh Hills/Mountains, really did seem to suit, the rough old rocky terrain... Whatever,.. life moves on,...I hope he is well....
  7. Met Andrew several years ago,.. he came to our house with his hunting partner of that time,...to collect a Oz Cattle Dog hybrid pup... I found them both to be genuine lads... Love the stamp of dogs that he now keeps....
  8. I think you will find that dear old Merle never saw a live fox.....
  9. Yes, lovely wee tyke... Actually,.. a few decades ago,.. there was a real spate of Wherriers in my area.. Like so many hybridisations, it all started from an unplanned mating,...but luckily,.. enough local lads fancied giving the resulting litter a brave go, to make the mistake worth while. I had a real corker given to me, and enjoyed working her on the rubbish tips and factory yards,.. but after a while I gave her to my Sister to keep on her smallholding, in Wales. Facts were,. .back in the day,.. there was no real need to keep a dog that could not handle the business that
  10. Ran several lovely examples, in the 70's and 80's,.....super fast jukels on the Roe,...they didn't miss very many....
  11. Yeah, it makes ya wonder where all these exotic species suddenly crop up from We did have our own 'Big Cat' (well, biggish cat) sighting, a few years back, just down the road from me,...but it didn't last long..
  12. The pans are very good,.. used them extensively and I rate them a lot..
  13. You are right there TOMO I reckon an interesting series of articles could be penned, on the subject of, 'strange and wonderous places that conies often inhabit'.... Me, and my ancient and retired crew, used to specialise in shifting rabbits (and foxes) that had taken up residence in the most unexpected locations,....the list is endless, and as you say, such jobs or sporting forays, really do make the hunting business, much more interesting...
  14. Yes, the Gin was a cruel trap, but was amazingly adapt and undeniably successful, at catching rats and wild rabbits...
  15. The multitude of Drop Traps installed all over the various Dales estates, are frequently, "the beginning of the end"
  16. Yes,.. that dog was handled by two guys,.. he was kinda, the communal fox dog' and frequently accompanied the lads on their digging forays, with the Border terriers,...What I did notice was that he had an amazing hatred of Vulpine.. In fact, when hunting in tight woodland , he was exceptionally sharp onto a bolter, and invariable connected ,..and when he did, there was no getting him off,.. until the quarry was dispatched... A useful dog for that style of hunting....
  17. Beddie hybrids are smashing old jukels,...we had great fun with them.....
  18. Superb work Sir,....Respect....
  19. You guys are right,.. the raw meat situation has definitely spiralled out of control Most Butchers nowadays , have chosen to sell their scrap meat for dog food, and process everything into 'pet mince'.. Obviously, they would be foolish not to utilise everything at their disposal to help pay the rent, but it is a bit of a blow to the lad with a team of running dogs and dirt dogs...It makes everything kinda pricey.. The Slaughter houses have also tightened up on certain matters and you really do need to be, 'in the know' and well in , to get a regular supply from such places. I have
  20. THEY, are always there,....and if we suffer an Atomic War,. coming out of the rubble, will be a Cockroach....
  21. Yes, a Fenn is designed to be a 'Jump Trap'...and by its very nature it will spring upwards, to take hold of a victim... It is the operators responsibility to ensure that the trap is placed in such a position, whereby it can make full use of it's 'action'... Many boxes, Tunnels, Burrows or Wire cages are simply not tight enough, or of the correct dimensions to take advantage of the Fenn's jump... It is imperative that the target species is pinched in, on all sides of the tunnel, and forced to accept the traps lethal embrace....
  22. Same if you owned a serious Lamp dawg,.. you would be understandably cautious about reporting such a rare catch
  23. Seen an African Swamp Cat locally,...one dark night....
  24. Just get the quarry in the bag,.. fair means or foul...
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