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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. 

 

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I am positive that rabbits use certain warrens only when feeding. They use them so they can venture further away from the primary warren and have a safe sanctuary to go to if disturbed by a fox or wha

end of the day when dog marks & ferrets in & nothing found. it's either the dog or the ferrets that's wrong personally I always go with the dog. I only turn in when the dog marks that's her jo

Other than then mate there’s no reason what so ever for leaving rabbits in the warren, unless you got the wrong kit with you, not enough kit, or under parr or not enough animals with you, but to try a

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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. 

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I have noticed a new badger track and a latrine near my permission and also more fox signs too... might have something to do with rabbits moving around abit...

Or they really smart and they know to do some craps and dig near the holes they aint in (so muggins here ferrets them) then go to an old looking warren to live.

FF

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6 hours ago, Jax13 said:

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. 

 

there does not seem to much there to me mate the rabbits soon chop that soft soil up the pictures show a similar  place that is much worse but there was not many there

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6 hours ago, Sirblessed said:

Sometime the ferrets can just miss them, especially when they are all held up in the same passage, if they take a left instead of a right. It happens!

good experienced ferrets will do a three point turn if they have to. 

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6 minutes ago, fred90 said:

good experienced ferrets will do a three point turn if they have to. 

Even the good ones can miss them mate, seen it many times over the years. I always say the good ones don't miss many, mine are better than most I go out with, they don't last long with me if they aren't any good, mine put my food on the table.

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44 minutes ago, Jax13 said:

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 

if the dog marked then it's either dog or the ferrets that's wrong. 

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24 minutes ago, fred90 said:

if the dog marked then it's either dog or the ferrets that's wrong. 

 

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. 

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2 minutes ago, Jax13 said:

 

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. 

A good marking dog in those situations is worth is weight in gold. at the end of a long hard shift when they haven't got much juice left in the tank, even the best ferrets miss them, sometimes you see that when you enter a fresh one and out it comes , seen it many times, so when they are all tired days end guess what? A good ferret won't miss many! J.M.O

 

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11 hours ago, Furrosious ferreter said:

Yes... went out sunday morning.

All good signs, fur, fresh dark droppings and scrapes and my dogs marked the holes... (9 hole warren)

Netted and ferrets in... nothing out after 25 mins.

It was like this on 2 warrens then we hit the big warren 40+ holes and had 6 rabbits.

FF

Either your dogs are false marking our your ferrets aren’t up to scratch 

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