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furdy

Paid for ferreting...!!!....(pic heavy)

I went ferreting with chalkwarren yesterday on a paid rabbit clearance job. I only tagged along for the ride and to take a few pictures on what we thought was going to be some lovely cropped grass banks....Oh boy, was we in for a shock.

The contract was on the MOD fuel compound at Portishead. The rabbits had been burrowing around the petrol storage tanks and making the place a little unsteady, so the brief was to clear as many as possible.

Four teams of ferreters were employed for the day, each tean comprising two men, one lurcher and two or three ferrets. The opportunity for good pictures was too good to miss, or so we thought until we drove through the main gates......



Each storage tank had been earthed up with large boulders and rubble before being smoothed with earth and grassed. There were fuel pipes and rough tarmac roads everywhere, not ideal conditions for any dog to run aropund on. Add to that the fortyfive degree angle of the banks and it soon became clear this was going to be a hard day.



Standing on the banks really took its toll and by the end of the day my ankles and back were aching. Early in the day, chalkwarren lost a ferret underground. She was showing on the locator as being stationary so the decision was made to dig her out. To Chalkwarrens credit, he spent three hours digging six feet through rocks and boulders halfway up one of theses mounds to rescue his ferret.





As this was a paid contract and with Chalwarren out of action I was persuaded off the camera and onto the nets to help out with the job in hand.

I did manage a few shots after lunch of some of the guys, the dogs and ferrets........















A respectable bag of seventy plus rabbits.



This sums up how we all felt at the end of the day......

Woodsmoke

That looks like an effort mate!

I can just imagine your dismay when you realised that lovely grass was underlaid with rubble
Butterbean

That's interesting and looks like fun.  I have to ask, why are there so many rabbits and rats in Great Britain?  Is it due to the climate or the lack of predators?  Just wondering why.  Wish we had more rabbits but I think the coyotes and the snakes keep them thinned down.
adirondack-jim

Awesome photos, thanks for posting them.
bodger

A super day and a super report. Thanks very much for inviting us all in on your day, its much appreciated.
rustyboy

Good stuff Furdy Looks good ferreting as well being nice and open  and getting paid is a good plus point!! My gills would have a bdooly field day in that lot!!!!!!
bodger

Rustys comments have made me realise how lucky you are . Not a nettle or a bramble in sight. Our weather is so mild here that you can get nettled just about 12 months of the year.
furdy

There were lots of fuel pipes though....

Maybe I'm just getting old, I like nice open warrens in lovely flat manicured fields, where you dont have to dig more than a foot......

We are very lucky to be able to ferret on Salisbury plains though.
confused

furdy wrote:
There were lots of fuel pipes though....

Maybe I'm just getting old, I like nice open warrens in lovely flat manicured fields, where you dont have to dig more than a foot......

We are very lucky to be able to ferret on Salisbury plains though.

Your not getting old , it's called becoming wiser  
rustyboy

furdy wrote:
There were lots of fuel pipes though....

Maybe I'm just getting old, I like nice open warrens in lovely flat manicured fields, where you dont have to dig more than a foot......

We are very lucky to be able to ferret on Salisbury plains though.


Down where i am it is quite varied furdy, the farmers land that i work(bout 900 acres)is probably 20% open ferreting and 80% hedgerow with a lot of blackthorn  leaving it basically only truely accesible for netting in the winter months when it has died a bit,but through the rest of the year bolt mainly onto gun but also with falconers which is a joy,i have  got to say that i probably enjoy the latter more,i dont think you can beat it with animals working in conjunction,the only one that cheeses me off a bit is the fact that as the ground in very chalky and flinty it restricts the use of a longdog.
bagzi

Looks like a productive day, how many Ferrets were You working?
Nursie

Fantastic report
Lovely pics, the final one looks like my bitch at home, only Lday is a proper pet, too blond for anything else
Thanks for posting
take care
Graham
me1

Great photos. Do you happen to know if chalkwarren has a new book in the works? I really enjoyed his last one.

Zac
furdy

There is something being worked on right now.....

It promises to be a worthy read but I'm not sure when it will be going to print.

Have you seen any of the rabbiting dvd's...
Woodsmoke

I forgot to give you that book of Plummers to get him to sign, doh!

No doubt the inscription would've given us a laugh    

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