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  1. Current batch all have between 2 and 5 full seasons of experience behind them, usually out one or twice a week - most weeks (I probably miss 3 or 4 due to work commitments between mid October and mid Feb but try to make it up because I can get out with the boy through the week when he is on school holidays on October half term, Xmas and Feb if I'm still going)
  2. I think that's a bit harsh to be fair. There is every chance that a rabbit has passed through that Warren not too long before (especially if it was the first one of the day) on its way back to wherever it is nesting / sleeping so there could be fresh scent there. I've had it this year where I've seen bunnies using a warren (whilst out foxing with the nv) yet turn up the following morning or a couple of days later and there is nothing home. Im not sure if a lot of the warrens on some of my perms have been vacated after the prolonged hot weather as they are
  3. On a few patches we have been second guessing the dog due to signs on the ground but she is proving reliable. On others the dog has marked a bit and we have been pulling singles. The chances that 2 dogs and 7 seasoned ferrets are all wrong is somewhere between slim and none to be honest.
  4. The ferrets aren't missing anything chaps, between buzzards, fox, disease, poachers and roadkill - all of my perms have been hit hard and numbers are scarce
  5. After that 250 odd yard hedge being totally empty, we dropped 5 out of an 8 ish holer on another hedge the following week (video for that goes live 9.30 on Monday) then pulled another 3 out of a 5 holer at the front of a horse paddock next to the path. It's been a very odd season.
  6. How many people are seeing things like this... Fresh droppings, freshly dug out holes, new scrapes in the fields but no bunnies at home! We didn't blank, but would have expected a lot more considering the damage starting to be done on the ground.
  7. Another stint in the kitchen yielded a very tasty terrine.
  8. Cheers, si. Appreciate the feedback and glad you like them.
  9. My 2nd recipe video, a gamey adaptation of another old specials board favourite I used to do. Deliciously simple when you break it down into steps and easy to modify too.
  10. Despite being decent steel, opinel are not good field knives imho. The wood swells and binds up on the blade and after a bit of use the blade loosens up and the locking collar with it which means the tip can just drop out of the handle in your pocket and get you when you reach in to get it (and I've been bitten by one a couple of times before I stopped using them) All you need for bunny gutting is a sharp tip, for me, if you want a proper knife rather than a craft / Stanley type then look for something with a decent clip or drop point so you can puncture cleanly.
  11. Paul Sullivan (of Paul Sullivan leather fame) is doing them now.
  12. Next 2 that I film will be a rabbit & pheasant terrine (ideal for Xmas buffets or a starter!) and I am going to make a roasted pork loin with rabbit & chestnut stuffing, all wrapped up in parma ham! Should hopefully have them both filmed & posted in the next couple of weeks
  13. Still struggling for half decent numbers in the easily accessible parts of my main permission while I'm waiting for the cows to be brought in for the winter and cover to die back, but I'm still getting the odd couple here and there. https://youtu.be/bRp3mGNYwMc Hopefully over the next couple of weeks we will get a keen frost or two so I can actually get near & hit the busier areas of my land hard over the Christmas period to fill the freezers.
  14. That's the biggest problem for most people this year! Typical that when I decide to have a proper go at developing and growing the channel the little sods go into massive decline across the couple of thousand acres I've got rights over!
  15. First in a series of quick & easy restaurant quality rabbit dishes for people who are bored of stews & pies!
  16. I know what you mean, Lee. He didn't make it out at all last year because when I was going the weather wasn't exactly kid friendly or I knew I was in for a long slog and really don't want to put him off. We have talked about why we do it for a while and why I shoot certain things but not just anything that is there and he is starting to get the hang of the differences between just killing something for the sake of it being wrong and doing it in the right way, for the right reason being acceptable. I had him out with me the day before setting a load of mole traps
  17. Keep it under about 2 1/2 hours and he is great, he starts getting twitchy after that so not overdoing him while he is still young. I figure if I teach him the basics slowly and give him the knowledge base he will be better equipped to be successful and get more out of it.
  18. Took a quick trip out on Friday morning with the boy to grab a couple of bunnies for the pot asaa favour for a close friend. Not a bad morning, gave my vas hob his first workout for the year and he did his thing very well in a large warren that is easy to lose bunnies in when the ferrets are in there working solo.
  19. It depends entirely on how the land is owned / occupied. I shoot over a council farm but can only take vermin as another individual owns the game rights (bought them many years ago when he was a serving Councillor if memory serves me correctly). On that basis even the odd opportunistic pheasant would be against the terms of my permission as the farmer cannot actually give me permission to shoot any game on there even if he wanted to. Estate owned farms operate in a similar manner regarding centrally controlled game rights but they should still be able to
  20. It's still sitting on the kitchen windowsill. Im giving it a good hard scowl everytime I walk past it!
  21. 3 hours ish. Me and the dog were sat against a tree bored to tears waiting on her and the little sod just comes sauntering along the top of the bank with a 'what are you two lazy b*****ds doing?' sort of look on her face!
  22. I don't really know what's going on with this particular permission to be honest. There is a lot of fresh digging, a lot of fresh poo and going over the perm at night and looking under nv the areas I've worked so far have had anything up to 8 or 9 bunnies lurking close by a week or two before I've done them. On this farm there is a railway track running through the middle of it, a shoot at one side and the motorway along one edge. I'm wondering if the bunnies are using the hedgerow warrens as bolt holes more than dwellings and migrating back across to the railwa
  23. Quick vid from this week's outing. I was unsure whether or not to bother editing and posting this one for a few reasons (as you will see if you watch it) Not my best work in the field and definetely not a benchmark for the quality of footage I am hoping to be putting up over the rest of the season but if it helps one person (or gives a couple of people a laugh at my expense) then it will be worth it!
  24. It wasn't feeling too peachy on Saturday night and Sunday but thankfully its been fine all week (although my darts were a bit wobbly on Monday night!) I think by piercing it she has stopped it getting too much pressure under the nail so it hasn't ended up as bad as I first thought it would be. It was one of more experienced Jill's too, she's never nipped in 2 years of having her so was probably quite stressed!
  25. Cheers, I've got a busy couple of weeks coming up with work events so there might be a bit of a gap unfortunately, although I am trying to get something up each week over the winter then maybe every fortnight to 3 weeks through the summer. it may not always be footage from the field but I'm enjoying editing them to be honest.
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