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    terriers, especially the Jack Russell. All working aspects of terriers and fox hunting. Birdwatching,Birds of Prey, Falconry, Shooting and all other Field sports. Interested in Air Rifles, Binoculars and Photography. Collects 1st edition and Antiquarian Bird Books, Hunting titles and all Natural History Books.

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  1. While on the subject of foxes and of being somewhat gargantuan in size, and it is often with great glee that foxes conjour such happiness and delight,esecially to the people who hunt them either by gun or better still by a good single Terrier which has been dug to to. Many years ago people and especially the (Terrier men), such news often brought great surprise amongst such hunting folk in general. However, through practical experience it was the somewhat smaller foxes that proved to be much more worthy of an a opponent. "How many times has a good sized Dog-fox seeked refuge behind a small scrawny, diminutive vixen; a vixen that lacks size, but makes up in guts. Many years ago a large dog Fox was ran to ground with a Collie x Lurcher, and every terrier sent to evict such a fox was met with severe punishment. Eventually the Fox was accounted for and weighed the grand old weight of just a tad over 21and a half pounds. A good sized fox produced in the vicinity of Newark in Nottinghamshire. In many of the sandy locations within the dukeries in Nottinghamshire there has often many a good sized fox accounted for. Also on so many occasions, especially regarding small Foxes many Terriers can find themselves severely knocked about. Also many, many years ago now (Bert Gripton) had a very large sized Foxes mask on his cottage wall. And he often remarked upon the large size due to the the fox being fed upon an imbalance of hormones fed to capons. Another wonderful spectacle, especially within the vicinity of Nottinghamshire, is of the different colours within the fox population and many jet black Foxes have often been recorded. "Catching Foxes is such a wonderful experience.
  2. Hello David, It was good to hear about your experiences regarding the Sparrow hawks hunting and catching young Rabbits. Of course any particular Falconer , naturalist or hunters know only too well that the (Spars) mainly catch birds and it is always the female of the species in question that will take young Rabbits. Many years ago in a certain local patch of Sherwood Forest, a place called (Thieves Wood) I contently watched a female take young Rabbits on numerous occasions. However, for one to witness such a spectacle is not a common occurrence, so you did decidedly well indeed to see such an event.In my humble opinion, I think the Sparrow hawk for its diminutive and somewhat delicate weight is one of certain renown and is very difficult to equal. All of the (shortwing) family are excellent hunters. "I can only talk about certain situations that I have personally experienced for myself and also seen and had the fortunate privilege of seeing friends or other Falconer's birds in the field. The Sparrow hawk has always, and will always be a firm favourite when talking about any of the (Raptors) and of which i'd also include the Cooper's Hawk, Shikra, sharp -shinned and also of course the Goshawk. One of the finest of sights to see is the "Blackbird" hawking using Sparrow hawks, especially the Muskets and is both a fast and furious sport of which one never forgets! "It is quite breath-taking at the somewhat array of quarry species that is so often taken,especially by the females. However, Muskets can also be very impressive in the right hands.....
  3. It would be of great interest to find any particular people who fly such a bird in the modern day environment of today, however, I don't think the modern day environment suits such birds, and i'll commit myself to say in that it takes somewhat different a person to do a bird such justice. However , I may be wrong, but i'm not one for the new applied methods and the often new contraptions provided to falconers of today. I am talking of the perhaps my most favoured of the Shortwings: namely the very, somewhat difficult Sparrow hawk. The history of such birds happened many years ago now, whereas a very experienced Falconer asked myself if my (Musket) would take on a large party of Tree Sparrows that were chatting and squabbling amongst themselves in a very thick Hawthorn hedge. Of which I confidently replied the birds would not just take them on, but happily slay certain victims within the bunch of birds of birds also and also proving himself to be a very adept Black Bird hawk. Unfortunately my bird, (Jez) was subsequently lost after his successful flights at earlier Hedge Sparrows and then of the somewhat stupendous flight at a beautiful, and fit Song Thush. "I have the wings as a memento to mark the somewhat excellent and glorious flight. "He was as many people can testify a good Black bird Hawk, and on another memorable occasion also took a little owl. the Little Owl being released and totally unharmed without any further injury.
  4. The One, it is always accepted that amongst book collectors that the book has their original bindings, original wraps etc. However, the book was found at the right price and needed a total overall so to speak. Plus it was a book for my own personal needs. However, once again i'm pretty certain in that even a book like this could be sold at a profit to the right customer.
  5. There are still some good guys within the game and there are many good lads that still exist within the game". However, some of the lads, from the former years have still many a memory of which is so hard to find within some of the younger type today. "Like i've always said, I just look at a person's dogs and the way they react to their owner of which is the finest indicator that will alway exist between man and dog. Phil, I don't know if we actually read any letters of correspondence between you and Bert, I seem to think either David or myself may have done so. "We are talking perhaps nearly 30 years or more years ago now.
  6. "I could quote many a saying by the minds of some great people, and also by some of the great minds i've had the fortunate pleasure of which to meet. However, I don't wish to do so. Also however, i've met some Terrier men and Lurcher men who perhaps didn't have the highest of education, but on that saying some of them had the astute ability to assess certain situations with the greatest of accuracy."They also possessed the sharpest ability to get out of certain unfortunate situations of when confronted from the( Bobbies) with the large hats upon their heads!
  7. I just thought i'd tell any people who are interested in books. I've been back to the Bindery earlier today with another 2 books for certain repairs and alterations. One book is by BB Denys Watkins-Pitchford of which a repair to the spine will be attended to , and also certain endpapers removed with new ones added. Also a book on "The Golden Eagle" will have new marbled boards, new endpapers with green quarter leather. Both books will again be somewhat transformed. Of course it is better to leave books in their original bindings, however, if a book is so damaged then one can pick a fine-leather binding to one's own choice or particular style. The finished books will be shown at a somewhat later date. Regards, Lutra.....
  8. Phil, I must admit i've been in striking distance of you ,so to speak. I think it was at one of the (Waterloo cups) many years a go but stupidly I never came over to speak. I perhaps thought i'd be intruding upon your space. Within hindsight I now know I should have come over and started chatting. David hated it, I mean talking to people. Whether the reason of so many things happening to him before, being let down, used, and so many other things. He suffered from terrible paranoia and delusions. And of course I won't call my own twin brother, but he's the most genuine and trustworthy person anyone could ever meet. "Once you have his trust you've got a friend for life. We had some wonderful times with (Tomo), especially the Ferreting. I don't know of which I preferred, Ferreting in Suffolk or in North Yorkshire. However, they were both good places. In fact at mother's house when I was a youngster an old outhouse door at the bottom had a small hole that would allow a somewhat small Terrier to negotiate. On many occasions my old Russell bitch (Tina) born in approx 1972, we would only be approx 7 years of age, Tina would use the entrance which had all manner of soft clothing of which she'd make a kind of nest out of. But anyway on one particular occasion i'd lost a really good small Polecat Jill and she had been gone for somedays. "Perhaps some readers could explain of what they think, and how such things happen. The Ferret had been seen on numerous occasions and certain people had tried to approach the little jill, however, she'd just dance and jump around in excitement, more for want of playing than actual biting. I'd given up the ghost and thought she gone for good until early one summer morning mother awoke myself with the news that the little Jill was found safe and well, fast a sleep with Tina. "Not only am I a utterly firm believer in the bond of man and dog, but I also believe dogs and Ferrets should be 100 per cent amicable towards each other. I don't have to put things into words, everyone who has seen the Terriers, Ferrets and the people behind them can testify our commitment. However, not so much nowadays, I only have 2 Terriers and David has been decidedly ill and lost the best dog he ever had the privilege to own. She's still sorely missed and he told me he's never been and felt so low at his loss. That's why I hate it when so-called Terrier men and Lurcher men used the very common terms when describing their dogs as tools. "I find that terminology somewhat repugnant. However, we all differ and there are some good people on this forum. I'm so pleased that a certain thread of our great friend the "illustrious Bert Gripton kindly put up by my friend Neil has shown a lot of interest by fellow Terrier men and Lurcher men also. Please don't think I don't like black or coloured Terriers because I do. Plus i've seen some good workers below ground, however many would suffer in the earths in our locality, Nottinghamshire. As it consist mainly of light sand, deadly to any dog! Whereas when a Russell was entered into a large place many years ago of which at one reading we got the dog at 14 ft in depth, but after plenty of patience and letting the dog settle, we managed luckily to find him in the bowels of the earth at a steady 10 ft deep. I soon got through more or less by myself as it didn't take too long and (Jack) was there with a good sized dog Fox. Anyway, sorry for going on for far too long. Thanks Phil, Barry, Tomo and Nick and many others for the correspondence. "I think oneday something should be arranged at a good country public house of course which supports all fieldsports and (Foxhunting) and have a great get together. However, a little bit of sarcasm needed. As the Whisky, Wine and Beer keeps flowing it's surprising how the Foxes increase decidedly in size and the quantity; and it's not just the Foxes that suffer as the poor little Rabbits get caught in their hundreds and Rat's in their thousands. "I'm only joking"! I send my best regards to everyone.... Good Luck and keep the flag flying! Straight tracks clear skies as a Dutch friend used to say.....
  9. Just some of my Binoculars. I'd like to hear from any members regarding of which optics they have and use please. My best regards.
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