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samuria

RABBITS

what's the rabbit situation in your area's ? not many about here!!!
could be this bl##dy R.V.H.D wiping them out
sod

Funny but we don't have many around here  
bodger

This summer I could have taken you in the daytime to fields and shown you hundreds of rabbits but Myxy got them a few months ago and now there are the odd one or two surviving.
samuria

is it myxy??? or this other evil ##it that's killing them and peoples pet rabbits....
bodger

Not here mate, its definitely Myxy. We get massive numbers of rabbits and then the disease knocks them back. This summer the dead and dying were everywhere, the place was quite literally stinking.
Gareth

Re: RABBITS

samuria wrote:
what's the rabbit situation in your area's ? not many about here!!!
could be this bl##dy R.V.H.D wiping them out


You are kidding aren't you?

In the last 12 months and within the Norwich outer ring road I have seen mixy free Rabbits at; Lionwood, Ketts Heights, St Jame's Hill, Mousehold Heath, St Clements Park, Racecourse Heath pitch & Putt, Waterloo Park, Waterloo junior school playing field, Wensum Park, Train Wood, Anderson's Meadow, Cowholme Meadow, TheCastle Gardens (Yes, the Castle Gardens bang in the centre of the city), Rosary Road cemetery, Thorpe Hamlet waterworks, Carey's meadow and County Hall.

Recently I have seen rabbits in virtually every field, park and open space beyond Norwich; Whitlingham, Trowse, Stow Bedon, Eaton, Caister St Edmund, Costessey, Earlham, Lakenham, Larkman, Marlpit, Hellesdon, Catton, Sprowston, TSA and Postwick.
samuria

why is it  then that 2 mates who are game dealers can't get any? never would have thought to look down those parks etc.. maybe take the dogs and ferrets for a stroll one night
bodger

Gareth

samuria wrote:
why is it then that 2 mates who are game dealers can't get any? never would have thought to look down those parks etc.. maybe take the dogs and ferrets for a stroll one night


Probably because it is not worth the effort or expense of shooting or snaring when the supplying rate is less than 1 per gutted rabbit.

On the market I can buy rabbits for 2.OO each and at a city game dealer and butchers they are only 3.00 a brace, and at those prices you wouldn't be making any money unless you could guarantee nobbling 150-200 rabbits a night.

If I want a rabbit for us or for Oz it is only a 30 minute walk out with a catty.
samuria

gareth, tell me which stall on the market you get them that cheap,
and which game dealer please????
where do you go with your catty
Gareth

As far as I am aware there is only the one stall on the market that sells rabbits & game.............. but I cannot remember the name of it.



Whereabouts locally I whack my rabbits ... you have to be joking if you think I'm going to tell you, you'd end up poaching my patch! But just look at the list I've made above.
samuria

Gareth wrote:
As far as I am aware there is only the one stall on the market that sells rabbits & game.............. but I cannot remember the name of it.



Whereabouts locally I whack my rabbits ... you have to be joking if you think I'm going to tell you, you'd end up poaching my patch! But just look at the list I've made above.


the stall is paul's butchers.
and he buys all his game from my mate. never seen the rabbits he sells that cheap....
as for poaching your patch..... never
Dave C

Well with the dry summer we had the rabbits have made a real come back.
Even right up on the Fells of Teesdale there numbers have increased.
On the fells there is generally more Hares than Rabbits now.

By the way we get 50p per ferreted rabbit by the game deal, 30p per shot rabbit.
Gareth

Dave C wrote:
By the way we get 50p per ferreted rabbit by the game deal, 30p per shot rabbit.


Goodness me! that doesn't even pay for the cartridges or the effort involved.
bodger

Its nice to get paid for what you do, but at the end of the day, most of us would do what we do for nothing. Its a sport not a job.
samuria

very true bodger   when money comes into it, the fun goes out...
HonkHonk

Loads of myxy around here too, I had to resort to asking my butcher for a bit of rabbit for a game pie I wanted to make, but he too can't get any as I specified I only wanted wild caught/shot.  
bodger

We've lived here for nearly thirty years, its not pleasant but its always been the same. The rabbits build up to massive numbers and then the myxy comes and knocks them back but within a couple of years they're back up again.
HonkHonk

Yeah they always bounce back eventually, just awful to see, a disgusting way to die  

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