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Maximus Ferret

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  1. 11 hours ago, thefensarefarbutistillgo said:

    I thought exactly the same as you, at first I thought it was a joke but when you think about it taking rabbits in the daytime without  bolting them with ferrets takes some doing mainly because there is little chance for good course on a rabbit  in the day 

    I agree with you and Charts on this. Unless you have the right land to work it's nearly impossible to get a daytime rabbit dog going well. The right land (IMHO) is land with loads of rabbits and loads of light cover,rushes etc. If the dog doesn't get some success most start running half heartedly sooner or later. Running it with a daytime bushing pack can work but in some cases makes the dog a bit hard mouthed.

  2. 1 hour ago, Big Pow said:

    I think it is there. At times I still think he is finding his feet but at 2.5yr he should already have done. He's quick off the mark but seems to not want to go full tilt. Like he aint too sure where his front feet are and was wondering if this was coz he's so heavy up front or a case of he aint judging the distance correctly so slows early to be sure

    Try taking him ferreting with nets next season so he knows he's allowed to grab them.


  3. On 01/03/2023 at 22:08, Big Pow said:

    yeah weren't thinking about coursing to be fair. Just want him to be a bit sharper on the mooch.

    looks a stonker fair play. How old?

    He was two in January. I only got him going this season just gone. He took forever to mature so I didn't rush things. Even my old deerhound cross was lamping rabbits at a year old.

  4. I love all these old photos. They take me back to another time.It all seemed a lot easier then. Buy your lurcher pups from ads in exchange and mart. Plenty of rabbits and hares and mostly not as much bother as these days.

    Sorry about the whippet being shot though Charts. Must've been gutted.

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  5. Sorry about the quality lads. I've got an old computer that I can't get into ATM. I'll get round to sorting it sometime and it's got some better pics than these. It's nice to have a few memories when you're getting on a bit. The photo with the hares is 3 taken on one run with a first cross collie grey.

  6. 20 hours ago, twelsh said:

    I have lurcher bitch 13 months old and since around 7 months old she started to bark at other people passing by with their dogs  but good with other dogs ive tried feeding from hand giving treats get her to sit when people passing but still no improvement the last option is training collar what would you reccomend thanks

    Here's what I would do and I hope this helps you out. first get the dog to sit, fast on command. You can use treats for this if the dog's keen for them.

    Next is to teach the "look" comand so the dog looks you in the eyes. You might want a "halti" type headcollar that fastens under the dogs chin for this and as a bonus this'll help control any pulling. Again, "look" can be reinforced with treats if the dogs keen for them.

    Now down to it. At some point as you see a person or dogwalker approach in the distance or you approach a yard with a barking dog, your own dog is going to start to "Build" excitement levels. Catching this before the shit starts is an art but you can learn it. Might be that the dogs head and tail go up or the obvious one is hackles rising. When the dog starts to build you get it to "sit" then "look". It helps if you can keep your body between your dog and the distraction. your dog needs to focus on you rather than some other dog. It's easier to start this with the dog behind a gate scenario as you can control how close the distraction gets by backing off whereas the walker is going to keep coming.

    The aim is, obviously, to let the dog get used to low levels then very slowly build up how close you can get without the dog ignoring you and "going off on one", barking and biting the lead and/or your leg in the worst cases LOL.

    Total pain to do but very rewarding. Have fun!😁👍

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  7. On 13/10/2022 at 17:47, sandymere said:

    A step in the right direction in Hungary.

    from a friend on facebook.

    A short update about the legalization of hare hunting with Magyar Agars in Hungary:
    As most of you may know, hunting with sighthounds has been prohibited in Hungary since WWII. The legislation has changed very slowly in recent years, and finally, from this year it is legal and possible to hunt hare, red fox and golden jackal with Magyar Agars under very strict rules. The first exam - in 74 years - to qualify as „agarász” ( = person who hunts with sighthounds) was held yesterday, where 16 people took the exam successfully. Two more exam opportunities are due next week.
    What is necessary in order to hunt with a Magyar Agar legally in Hungary:
    - take a state hunting exam (shooting practice and exam are not necessary)
    - take an additional exam to qualify to hunt with MA
    - with these 2 exams, the person can get a hunting permit
    - the dog must pass a hunting ability test (VAV) specially for MAs.
    There are two types of the hunting ability test. The „artificial” one is very similar to a coursing, with the dogs chasing an artificial lure in pairs. The „live hare” version is a real hunting situation, where the dogs chase live hares in their natural environment. This can only be held during the hunting season of the hare (October - December).
    So how does this affect the international MA community?
    - As the Magyar Agar is originally a hunting breed, it is hoped that the hunting ability will be taken into consideration when making decisions about breeding.
    - The state hunting exam, and the additional exam can only be taken by Hungarian residents. The VAV test can be taken by any MA (with pedigree or registration papers). So if you wish to try hunting with your MA in Hungary, the dog can take the artificial VAV test with you (its foreign owner), or the live hare VAV test with a Hungarian leader who is authorized to do so (has all the necessary exams). At a hunt, the dog needs to be led by an authorized person, but of course the owner can accompany him/her.

    Wonder why they left January out of the season though. 😕

  8. 8 hours ago, mhopton said:

    My pup ted 13 months old and taking everything in his stride is out for a month having pulled a dew claw the vets agreed to remove both,  so I decided to take my old boy blade out for a run with a strong wind blowing and short sharp showers the conditions were good, folks who know me and blade will know that there is absolutely no reason to tell fibs about how good blade is he’s proven end off , we’ll he’s 9 1/2 years young and going strong anyway to the point’ we landed on the permission at 10 and had five minutes chill then off we went back up towards the village entrance to where I often start , the first field is rather small and overlooking a very steep hill side with a pig netting fence separating us from a nasty drop but don’t be fooled this field holds Moro rabbits than some see all year anyway first shine blade takes 1 then 2 and 3 straight off there seat at no surprise that’s he’s traid mark within 10 minutes of standing in the same spot he had taken 11 rabbits all retrieved apart from one he let go off before I got hold , he’s a sporting dog and don’t like catching same one twice (no one perfect) then my nightmare began over the other side of the quarry not 500 yrds to look but half hour walk a lamp shining round my returning route so got my phone out to ring the farmer and then there was another lamp but this time on the side I was in so rang up and was told no only you up tonight then his lights came on and he was away after them I lamped the other one up but they were away like a shot leaving tbere potlickers In the field amongst the sheep wtf only returning five minutes later for it but leaving gate open and away again and a phone call from the farmer saying sorry for this they are away but you are on your own and should not be confronting anyone who is on without permission day or night we’ll it’s nice to know he cares about me I’m no hard man and never thought to be but it’s sickening and disappointing to me and it’s the same for all you legitimate dog men and women it’s getting to the point where I’m thinking about packing in but it’s not fair on the dogs they absolutely love it I’ve got a mate from Scotland who comes once or twice a year and after missing out with covid last year the year before we took over a 100 rabbits between 2 dogs in one night but still this early into the season I’ve never been so disappointed just hope you all have better luck with your season and who ever you are don’t worry I’ll get ye 

    atvb mark

    Sorry your night was spoiled pal but when they ban dogwork altogether you'll need to poach too or give up. The way you started in I thought they must have twatted you or stole your dog, run you down or robbed the farm or something.

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