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pointer last won the day on January 8 2016

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  1. It’s easy to break a dog to chickens and it still hunt feather. However when ratting around release pens and flight ponds my dogs knew not to touch the chicken like pheasants and ducks in that situation but out hunting they did take gamebirds fairly regularly. On some terrain a lurcher will take gamebirds by pegging or on the rise which is no big deal and it isn’t surprising really when you think how many are taken by unsteady gundogs.
  2. It certainly made me laugh this morning Just when you think you’ve heard it all
  3. No not yet but I’m used to seeing this sort of thing on Falconry pages. It made a change from seeing posts about how Falconry is natural but other hunting is cruel you see that a lot.
  4. I like to keep my ferrets in big pens rather than hutches. I have the space and they are active in there running the pipes and climbing the mesh. Now I haven’t seen a difference in a ferrets working ability as such in regards to if it’s kept in a big pen or a good sized hutch but I’ve seen a well known Falconer this morning post that ferrets kept in big enclosures kill more rabbits below ground than ferrets kept in a hutch. I think it’s some kind of old wives tale but I could be wrong. Thoughts??????
  5. Except for the first cross I've seen a lot of pointer lurchers that looked like collie crosses.
  6. I still enjoy hunting but the method has changed over the years. First it was terriers, then lurchers, then hounds and now hawks alongside Gwps. I can still enjoy seeing a lurcher run but I struggle to remember why I was so obsessed with rabbiting with one. I still enjoy ratting but don't get to do much of it now and the days or rather nights of taking two or three dogs out for an hours ratting at midnight are long gone. For four seasons I couldn't get enough of hounds travelling all over Britain and once for a week in Ireland to follow over 50 packs. All those days walking for miles in all weathers after long drives when often the hunting wasn't very good. We once travelled from Durham to Neath for two days hunting and a fox wasnt even put up. I must have been mad but I loved it at the time. Now with a hawk and a pointer everything is much slower paced and although some lads are out catching a few hundred mixed quarry a season I'm happy pottering about getting a hundred or so. Even my fishing has changed and I wouldn't thank you to go cod fishing but for a few years it's all I thought about and I can't remember the last time I shot an air rifle but for nearly a decade I was shooting well over 500 rats a year with one plus plenty of other stuff and really enjoyed it. I collect vintage bicycles and memorabilia now and if I'm honest I get as much enjoyment from that as hunting and fishing these days.
  7. Same here, well the whole set up anyway with kennel block, concreted yard, hawk aviary and horse stable. When I worked a lurcher I was going to the dales 3/4 times a week at £15/£20 a time and a fiver spent most other days in the week to kill rats with them or a bit of lamping more local. Food has never cost much, vet bills have varied from nothing some years to a couple of grand. One year we had to shell out £5000 on a ponies treatment. I spent a few years travelling around Britain following hounds staying at B&Bs most weekends with a few full weeks away and those seasons Hunting cost more than any others. Now I work a hawk and two pointers which costs about the same in diesel as the lurchers did but I avoid the vet fees I had with terriers and lurchers from hunting injuries but my ancient crop of retired dogs has cost me £4000 in the last three years. My hawk is insured for £ a year but I've had vet bills of around £500 in the last five years so it's been worth the cost. My hunting costs less now but my fishing costs a lot, I can spend £500 each year in one week fishing in the Canaries and a couple of grand on top of that here. Thinking about it me and my lass work full time and all our spare cash goes on hunting, fishing and a bloody horse. I'll never have money in the bank but I enjoy myself doing the things I want to do.
  8. Mine dropped her centre decks early March forcing me to end my season then nothing for over a month when she dropped several feathers in a week. It does seem a few people are experiencing slow moults this year going by the forums and Facebook pages. I don't give it much thought and always expect to be back out flying by the second week in September at the latest even if she isn't fit or all that keen. After researching feeding clover honey I couldn't find any definitive proof that it does anything to quicken the moult, same as the theory about feeding fox to moulting birds. Either way September is early enough for me to be back out hunting. Good luck with your new hawk.
  9. I'll be fishing until mid August when I start hunting again with my hawk. I'll be concentrating mostly on catfish and the British shark species but want to catch thirteen new species to take my overall tally to 120. I'm sure there'll also be a bit of ratting and mooching around to do in the summer months to keep my two GWP's ticking over.
  10. I never find rabbits sat out in the open like this when I've got the hawk with us.
  11. When I had a lurcher to work I nearly always took her ratting as well as my GWP day or night. I didn't find it made them more hard mouthed, they seemed to know what quarry bites back and rabbits were still brought back to hand alive.
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    New Season

    I haven't posted for a while but we've been getting out and about. I've had a slow season and maybe should have been doing more but I'm happy to go out and get a kill and feed my hawk up. We've been spending more time than previous seasons in little woods after squirrels but without much success even if the flights are exciting. My hawk caught a big rat yesterday, I thought it might be 20" long so brought it back with me but it wasn't. Still anything over 18" is pretty rare regardless of what people think and the daft super rat stories in the media. Just something a bit different to the usual rabbits and odd pheasant and moorhen we take.
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