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My first attempts at ferreting !

 
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bodger



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 5:07 pm    Post subject: My first attempts at ferreting !  Reply with quote

I've recently joined a ferreting face book group and I posted this 'wott I rote'on there  just few moments ago. Every word of its true but I may have used just a tad of poetic licence when it comes to the bit about why I married Karen.   She did run me and my mate out into the hills for days out ferreting but that definitely wasn't the main reason why I married her.    

See what you think. I really enjoyed my walk down memory lane putting this together.

Your first attempt at ferreting?
My Great Grandad on my fathers side was a fairly well known poacher living on the Staffordshire/Shropshire Border. ( He later went on to be the Landlord of a well known local pub) but then the trait skipped a couple of generations until I emerged.
I bought my first ferret for thirty bob when I was about twelve years old and then roped a school mate into going on ferreting expeditions with me. I knew the basics of ferreting but that was it. I had no experience at all, so when we set out on that first outing, we didn't have a clue as to what a purse net was, let alone know where to get any from. We got together as many fishing keep nets and onion bags as we could and took them with us to put over the burrows. If I remember correctly ( we're talking fifty years ago now ) we actually managed to bolt a couple of rabbits but needless to say, we didn't have a cat in hells chance of catching one In fact it seemed to take us most of that winter to catch that first rabbit. By then we'd managed to lay our hands on some purse nets. That first rabbit made it a great day and I was hooked.
In later life, I only went out with my now wife, because she drove and she loved me that much that she was prepared to drive me and my mate out into the hills and drop us off for a days ferreting. God ! I hope she doesn't see this !
Going back before this, as kids we went on to do a lot of ferretting and most summers would see us at either Leek or Chelford Cattle market buying young ferrets for a quid each.
I'm sure I'm a member of the right group to find this out but I'd hate to think how much people are asking for ferrets these days?
For the very young, I think I should explain that 'thirty bob' was £1.50p and that a quid was £1.00
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Dave C



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 5:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

     
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samuria



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 7:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

i started like that. my first ferret was a gift from dad's mate.... my mum went mad hate's them, even now.....
your story starts like the pages from the book rabbitskin cap...
nice one bodger  
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bodger



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 12, 2016 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got that book, now you've said that, I'll have to get it off the shelf and read it again.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 1:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bodger wrote:
I've got that book, now you've said that, I'll have to get it off the shelf and read it again.


thats a great book. and written about my area of the country  
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 13, 2016 8:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

That story strikes a chord with me too. Its how i started out from dawn till duskIt was later when an apprentice Gamekeeper that my ferreting took off with better gear and permission so the bag increased.
My son has started now so its gone full circle ............Grand sport.
 Oh i have the rabbitskin cap also bought from tideline books.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2016 8:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Aye we must all be tarred with the same brush.
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 17, 2016 11:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

my copy of the rabbitskin cap is dated 1950 with this good picture in it....
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 6:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I just remembered a funny wee story, around 35/40 years ago i owned a Morris Oxford, i had been visiting a mate one night and he had given me a young Hob , we put it in a hessian bag ,along with some straw , and i set of for home , when i arrived home the bag was empty !!  the ferret was loose in the car , i found it the next day --------up the heater hose heading to the windscreen , it took me 2 days to get it out , i had the dash board in bits , it would'nt have been so bad but the ------ thing was hopeless!!! but my daughter loved it and i was forced to feed MORRIS for a good few years ,
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 19, 2016 7:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

confused wrote:
I just remembered a funny wee story, around 35/40 years ago i owned a Morris Oxford, i had been visiting a mate one night and he had given me a young Hob , we put it in a hessian bag ,along with some straw , and i set of for home , when i arrived home the bag was empty !!  the ferret was loose in the car , i found it the next day --------up the heater hose heading to the windscreen , it took me 2 days to get it out , i had the dash board in bits , it would'nt have been so bad but the ------ thing was hopeless!!! but my daughter loved it and i was forced to feed MORRIS for a good few years ,


i like that little tale
i also would like a morris oxford..
was it the early type or the farina version?
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 6:59 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like that little tale
i also would like a morris oxford..
was it the early type or the farina version?[/quote]

It was the Farina version,  a couple of years later i had an Austiin Cambridge,  lovely cars it was a big step up for me from my ford anglia 100e 3 speed !
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 11:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

like this one?
   http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/MORRIS-OXFORD-farina-white-1970-/332061868443?hash=item4d506e019b:g:Vd0AAOSwo4pYHLsg
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 20, 2016 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was driving to a friends place one day to go out hunting and spotted a sign -ferrets for sale- i could not resist stopping and buying one. Luckily he had a bag with a bit of hay in it so off I went to my mate with the ferret. We were going from his place in his car so I transferred my lurcher and gun to his estate car -dog in the back behind a wire separator with his terriers-ferret on the front passenger seat footspace . Fancy a quick cuppa ok says I -big mistake- when we went out to the car two very happy terriers had munched the bag -groan.

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