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    Falconry

Falconry

Disciples of St Hubert – a day’s falconry in Suffolk By Ben Skipper. I FOUND myself enjoying a warm cup of coffee seated with austringers (keepers of Goshawks) Lee Rush and Nick Kester, president of the British Falconers’ Club, awaiting the arrival of the rest of the day’s party. The

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    How To

How To

Make a rabbit purse net By Liam Wykes. MAKING a purse net is like Marmite, you love it or hate it. Me? I love it. There is nothing better than catching a rabbit in a net you have made. I’ve been making nets for 18 years and I use spun

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    Ferreting

Ferreting

Developing the ideal ferreter’s dog By Dave Sleight. I TAKE my hat off to anyone who goes ferreting without a marking dog. I do not possess the patience or enthusiasm to set or position purse or longnets around a warren that simply looks likely to hold a rabbit. The ferreting

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    Sporting Life

Sporting Life

February’s focus is on following hounds By Jeremy Hobson. WELL, the game shooting season is now but a distant memory. As I no longer do any pigeon shooting (although to be honest, I don’t know why not as February roost shooting is a lovely seasonal sport), nor ferreting or the

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    Gundog Training

Gundog Training

Novice spaniel training day always starts with a manners check By Darren Kirk. TRAINING a spaniel has to be done with the knowledge that some spaniels need hunting first with brakes later and for some the hunting is already in the dog so brakes can be applied sooner. At Kirkbourne

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    Game Rearing

Game Rearing

Rearing grey partridges for release By Austin Weldon. I WILL follow on from last week’s article on how to rear grey partridges to ensure we produce quality stock which stands the best chance of survival. Releasing should not be undertaken lightly as it can be detrimental to the future of this

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