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  1. good post david , i also done many many years foxing , never less than 100+ a year , one of my best grafters was a little russel bitch she would stand off & bay but mixed it when needed that bitch bolted more foxes than any of my fell types ,never got stuck & i could call her out or stay untull dug she would be laughed at on here but she more than earned her keep god bless the little girl Thanks mate. I myself never did more than about 50 in a year. After reading some comments, it seems bolting dogs are not thought of as highly as stayers which I find strange. But it takes al
  2. I find these posts quite amusing. Its been about 13 or 14 years since I stopped earthwork with terriers. I was at it for over 25 years and I find there is some amount of P$sh written about terriers. IMO. Some of the most successful terriermen , ie catch around 100 foxes per season use bolting terriers and only dig as a last resort. Their dogs rarely get badly marked up and they are capable of getting called out an earth. These guys have been doing this for maybe half a century, but if they came on here they probably would get slagged off by all the keyboard warriors on here. Not everyo
  3. Thanks pal. Watched the first DVD many years ago, but not seen the second one. I may order a copy. Cheers
  4. Well done mate. Andy breeds some nice goshawks. Have you tried her at crows/rooks yet. Some excellent flights at these especially with a smaller female.
  5. Hi Huntmad My old redtail took a couple of pheasant and ducks plus a few moorhens. Feather is not really their strongpoint but they can do it. My red would soar above me at times and I often wondered if I could put up pheasant when she was above me then I would get a beautiful stoop. She would do it to rabbits but I never got the opportunity with pheasant or duck.
  6. Hi Huntmad, I totally agree with you regarding manning them when they are too heavy. A lot depends on the nature of the bird, but this can increase resentment of the falconer if the bird is enforced to endure hours of manning if its not ready. I also like to set up "easy" kills with a lure or carcase etc, with the bird when its ready. As long as you don't rob it of its catch it helps get rid of any frustration on the hawks part and lets it find out what its meant to do. If you are going for hare, I would use a large fur lure or better still hare carcase to allow it to gain confidence.
  7. I use the cheapest knife I can get with about a 3 inch blade. I don't get expensive ones anymore as I tend to lose them too easily. At least if it only cost a fiver it doesn't make me cry!!!! Well not as much
  8. Mate, you could always man the hawk to the dog. It isn't rocket science. It just takes a bit of time and patience. One of the biggest things to help make a hawk tolerate a dog is rewards. reward with food when around the the dog. Getting the dog to flush game usually gets a hawk to tolerate a dog. Just make sure the dog is well trained and obedient and doesn't run in on a kill.
  9. I used to do a lot of rockpiles when I lived near Bradford. If you didn't hunt rockpiles you didn't do a lot of terrier work as most foxes seemed to lie up in them. Most terriers good in rocks would be fairly hard. You didn't want a dog just to stand off its fox and bay waiting to get dug. I had a dog stuck a couple of times, but with a lot of help from mates, I got them back out. At that time the Fell and Moorland Terrier Club was a godsend.
  10. david901


    I understand your concern mate. Some vets arn't worth a toss, thats why I said go to a good vet that specialises in birds. Not many about, but a good one is well worth a visit, especially for the sake of the hawk.
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    I would suggest take it to a decent avian vet to diagnose the problem.
  12. You could always make your own out of light plywood. I have my own homemade box and also a falcon fabrications box. I found the Falcon fabrications box doesn't clean up as well as the wooden one. Also I find the perch not far enough from the floor which means the gos tail feathers touch the floor and can get dirty if she messes when travelling. David
  13. He asked have you had any big bags ...... Depends where in the country he is. 20 rabbits in some places is harder going than 50 in others. So very true mate.
  14. I agree with saluki bulls above post. Flying birds of prey is a big commitment. If you don't put the time and effort into them you will just be messing about and that won't impress you or your potential hawk. JMO.
  15. I totally agree the bit about lee Harris Book - not my cup of tea. I must admit if you are flying a Harris's Hawk, Martin Hollinshead writes some decent books.
  16. I find it strange when I see posts saying " buy a good book " because the Internet contains far more information than any book ever could. The problem with the internet is there is so much garbage as well as good information posted and it might be hard for a beginner to know the difference. Books are good sources....sorry SOME books are good sources of information, BUT you can't beat getting first hand information from an experienced and knowledgeable falconer. Its a shame we don't have an apprenticeship scheme like they have in USA. One book I would recommend is Falconry and Hawking b
  17. Hi has anyone watched the DVDs by David Jones? And are they worth getting? Cheers David
  18. Thanks for that information. It was very useful. Cheers
  19. Hi mate, I was just wondering as to their working ability. I know they are quite easily spoiled and have a soft temperament. What sort of distance do they work from the handler? My Brittany works to around 100 to 200 yards away from me depending on the conditions. Do they have a a good/excellent nose? How fast are they at working ie full speed gallop until they scent something or do they cover the ground at a slower pace? Cheers pal.
  20. Hi does anyone have any experience of this breed? If so could you share your knowledge. Cheers
  21. I would be careful with which Brit I got. I think most make good hunting dogs, but there are a few that are a bit hard-headed. Not the type of dog you want while hunting a hawk. My own Brittany was easy to train and has good drive for hunting, but I am glad I put a lot of obedience into him when he was a pup, ie before 9 months old. I wouldn't write the dog off at nine months, but would check him out and see how biddable he is before choosing.
  22. One good thing about making your own furniture is that you can tailor it to the individual bird. For instance, I have a female gos that hates to be held by short jesses, so I make them quite long for that hawk. As for hoods, it is difficult to but in one that is a good fit, by making your own, again it is easier to tailor it for fitting.
  23. I'm laughing at so many keyboard experts. It looks to me as if the dog is a lot smarter than the people. At a year old, he is just a pup ffs.
  24. I don't know about suppliers near Manchester, but there are plenty that you can order and get equipment sent by mail order. Just browse the internet and a few names will crop up.
  25. For flying shortwings, spaniels, labs etc are good, but so are pointing breeds as they can give you time to set up a slip with your hawk. If you are going to fly falcons in a classic style, ie stooping down on their prey, you will need a pointing breed of dog. My own preference is for a Brittany, but as with any breed, you need to do your homework as some strains are more suitable than others.
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