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A friend of mine invited me to one of his permissions today to bolt rabbits to his gun. It was a great mornings ferreting. The ferrets had to work harder than they ever had before, but eventually they started to bolt, it was so much easier than jumping all over the place and jumping through bushes. We done 3 warrens and got 7 but missed another 3. We also bolted 3 baby's and 3 of the does had young in them. I will definitely be doing it again. 

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On 28/01/2019 at 20:34, Furrosious ferreter said:

Ive been invited to do this, but im abit worried im going to get shot. 

Where is the best place to stand or should i get up a tree

 

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I know what your saying I was a bit worried 😂. I was mainly standing behind my mate but when we done a long hedge row I stood one side and he stood the other but we was always in line with each other, so if the rabbits bolted my side they would run along the hedge row and he would shoot left or right. I'm going again this weekend on a different permission of his. I'm even thinking about getting a gun license 

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iv been asked to ferret this way before , and have said no many times just worried my ferrets would be blasted  

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If your worried about being shot then the gun owner must be a muppet 😂 be safe an only take shots you know are safe. Iv ferreted got loads folk over years whilst the shot bit mate got a ticket at start season an we went shooting, I got bored an out gun away an stuck to ferreting an never once felt in danger, stop bein para 😁2BB7DCB3-A9FE-44E1-AB2E-8EB94867F827.jpeg.eebb9559d0580c8b30f2ef49a869f4bf.jpeg1C0E5567-D848-4E44-868E-53189AFE11E2.jpeg.3d2137e38482392ce46fc8583756b6f1.jpeg

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Mate does it regular for danish guys on a estate gets £100 plus tips just stand behind the guns 

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1 minute ago, nothernlite said:

Mate does it regular for danish guys on a estate gets £100 plus tips just stand behind the guns 

oooo...I like the sound of that....£100...nice...:D....

think I would stand behind as well....

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4 minutes ago, TOMO said:

oooo...I like the sound of that....£100...nice...:D....

think I would stand behind as well....

Common sense tomo to stand behind them he does well gets another50 tips and by for 12 sh

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It's great sport. I'd love to get a couple hobs again just for this but not worth the hassle keeping ferrets considering the rabbit numbers past few years.

One rule, don't be swinging on anything until it's well clear of the warren. Personally I was quite happy to stand by the warren, rather than behind guns. Made working the ferrets easier. If I didn't trust the guns not to shoot me then I wouldn't really be happy to trust them not to shoot my ferrets. But everyone I ferreted with I knew personally. Not guests or clients.

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Me and my old mate done it back in the early 60s at a place called Medbourne  in Leicestershire, the land was owned by a Fellah called Sir Pen Lloyd  High Sherriff of Leicester, we started well bolting three out of an open sett then a layup , we left my mate behind with the liner and moved to the next sett, me the two guns and a Keeper / dog trainer  the two Guns were an old boy and his Grandson a Rabbit bolted straight away and swung back to where me and the keeper were standing and the younger of the two had a shot and killed the keepers dog and hit the Keepers foot , you can make yourself as safe as you can but if you have an idiot with a Gun shit will happen .

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Just tell the guns to keep off the sloe gin.Once nearly came a cropper wile beating at Carlton towers when the toffs had been on the sloe gin.lol

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Thinking about it, if I was doing it professionally for client Guns then I'd probably use sticks/flags to show safe arcs of fire. Similar concept to grouse butts but rather than being physical barriers to gun swing they would be more visual markers either side of the warren to make it absolutely clear where guns are not to be pointed. Maybe even wear some blaze orange/blue so you're more visible in a Guns peripheral when swinging.

If you know your Guns, you're likely safe. It's when you don't or they're inexperienced shit can happen.

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7 hours ago, micky said:

Me and my old mate done it back in the early 60s at a place called Medbourne  in Leicestershire, the land was owned by a Fellah called Sir Pen Lloyd  High Sherriff of Leicester, we started well bolting three out of an open sett then a layup , we left my mate behind with the liner and moved to the next sett, me the two guns and a Keeper / dog trainer  the two Guns were an old boy and his Grandson a Rabbit bolted straight away and swung back to where me and the keeper were standing and the younger of the two had a shot and killed the keepers dog and hit the Keepers foot , you can make yourself as safe as you can but if you have an idiot with a Gun shit will happen .

know a lad who shot his own border  when a rabbit bolted and ran the length of the hedge.....poor f***ing terrier had it's head down a hole marking at the time😔

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7 hours ago, Born Hunter said:

Thinking about it, if I was doing it professionally for client Guns then I'd probably use sticks/flags to show safe arcs of fire. Similar concept to grouse butts but rather than being physical barriers to gun swing they would be more visual markers either side of the warren to make it absolutely clear where guns are not to be pointed. Maybe even wear some blaze orange/blue so you're more visible in a Guns peripheral when swinging.

If you know your Guns, you're likely safe. It's when you don't or they're inexperienced shit can happen.

The thing is that down in the Midlands and many other places people who shoot bolted Rabbits are few and far between and when Rabbits bolt the often take life long Ferreters by surprise even on a rough shoot I have seen many people take shots when the Bird is to close or in line with another gun , shooting Rabbits is usually Snap shooting that is where the Gun will raise the barrels and fire instantly and just assume that it is a safe shot and very often it is not .

The record bag for shootig Rabbits was  at Bradgate park in Leicestershire it was around  6000 rabbits in a day this was beaten at Blenheim  Palace with about 7000 but  Bradgate held the record because the used a standard number of Guns .

The record for long Netting Rabbits was set at Harlaxton on the Leic,  Lincs ,border where nealy 1600 Rabbits were caught  in a single night  the man who wrote the article said that there was over a Mile of net down and his arms were nearly dropping off from killing them . That would have been a village effort which was common in the day  .

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Not for me, I’ll stick to nets and dogs. If you want to shoot rabbits go out at night with a lamp. I am sure plenty of people do it safely but it doesn’t feel safe to me and it’s all about enjoyment and nothing will compares to watching a dog work a warren and catch a rabbit as it bolts. Would never risk taking a dog if someone was shooting and ferreting without a dog to me is just not the same. 

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