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  1. Minkenry

    Killers From the Very Beginning!!!

    I have no idea. I have never bred mink before. It really depends on how picky I am and how hard I test them.
  2. Minkenry

    Lurcher Diving For Muskrat

    Thanks, yeah she's a good dog, and really does a good job. I need to get some footage of her diving in on a muskrat in deeper water. This shallow water was pretty simple for her. What's really cool to watch is when the water is deep enough she has to almost submerge herself to catch the muskrat, then has to swim back with it in her mouth. THOSE are the really cool catches! I don't know how they do it, but mink are exceptionally good at getting in and killing biting prey like squirrels, muskrats, and brown rats without any noticeable injury. Sure they get hurt every now and then, but it's not very often at all, which is amazing as it looks like they should get some pretty bad bites every time! My dog comes home with holes in her lips FAR more often than the mink do believe it or not!
  3. Minkenry

    Lurcher Diving For Muskrat

    Yeah, because they are a wild predator, hunting with one is actually a lot like falconry, and not much like hunting with domestic animals like dogs or ferrets. Mink are surprisingly versatile, here are some videos showing the various game I have pursued with my mink......... Trout- Crayfish- Bullfrogs- Muskrats- squirrels- More traditional ratting- lamping kangaroo rats- Chipmunks- And I don't have any decent videos of rabbiting with a mink, sorry.
  4. Minkenry

    Lurcher Diving For Muskrat

    They are ridiculously complicated to train. If you have any falconry experience, they are like a super intelligent accipiter. Very high strung, very aggressive, and smart enough that they are often trying to train you. They really aren't that bad once you get the hang of working with them, but most people struggle in their initial attempt to figure them out. If you try to treat them like a ferret you are highly unlikely to have success. I haven't bred mink until now. I just barley started breeding a line of hunting mink this year, so I have a long ways to go before they are noticeably different from your run of the mill mink.
  5. Minkenry

    Lurcher Diving For Muskrat

    Yeah, I've been working with mink for 15 years now. There are very few people who do it, since they are quite the aggressive little suckers. But they are a lot of fun if you know how to handle them!
  6. I have been wanting to get some footage of my lurcher diving into the water after submerged muskrats, and this is the first footage I have gotten up to this point.
  7. I have been wanting to get some footage of my lurcher diving into the water after submerged muskrats, and this is the first footage I have gotten up to this point.
  8. Minkenry

    New Mink Raising/Training Video Series!

    I will be keeping back a few for big pest control jobs where I need a bunch of mink, and I managed to find local working homes for all but two of the rest. Those two ended up being shipped out of state to people wanting to try their hands at hunting and fishing with a mink. I did my best to find local homes so I could still use them for breeding if they turned out to be good hunters. I'm hoping to continue and improve my hunting line of mink, and the more options I have to choose from, the better results I will get.
  9. So I've started a new video series where I will show exactly how I raise and train my mink. This is the first in the series, what do you guys think?
  10. So I've started a new video series where I will show exactly how I raise and train my mink. This is the first in the series, what do you guys think?
  11. So I've started a new video series where I will show exactly how I raise and train my mink. This is the first in the series, what do you guys think?
  12. Minkenry

    Killers From the Very Beginning!!!

    Yeah, I have heard of many instances where it has gone either way. The mink getting along with the ferrets just fine, all the way up to the mink killing ferrets. It just depends on the individual mink in question. I even know a guy who used to breed his ferret jills to his buck mink to get them out of heat. Because the mink couldn't impregnate the ferrets, it did essentially the same thing as a hob with a vasectomy. I also know of a guy over on your side of the pond who caught a baby mink that was following his mother and siblings along a stream. He took the little mink kit home and put it with his, "two large working hobs". He then came back to check on the mink later that day, and claims he found both hobs dead. He was so pissed off he killed the little mink and never messed with them again. That's the thing with mink, you never know what you're going to get! I've heard of mink killing a litter of border collies, half a dozen gyrfalcons in a single night, sheep, goats, fawns, house cats, all kinds of crazy stuff, and then I have seen mink so cowardly they won't attack a brown rat or even a domestic rabbit, and even are intimidated by a confident mallard duck! There is a HUGE variation of temperaments when it comes to mink!!!! My favorite saying is, mink are like a box of chocolates, you never know what you are going to get!
  13. Minkenry

    Killers From the Very Beginning!!!

    It totally depends on the animals in question. I know of several friends who have lost ferrets to mink. Some were killed in what appeared to be an accident, when the mink played too rough with their much more fragile cousin, and others it was clearly deliberate, with the mink pulling the ferret through the wire of its cage, or escaping when one of the ferrets were out and killing it outright. Just because they are raised together does not guarantee a good outcome. Remember that even between mink, killing their own siblings is not uncommon. Imagine how much more at risk ferrets are!
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