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FERRETING

FERRETING
October 11
08:02 2017

WEB5-11-10-17Ferreting at the start of the season

By Mervyn Jones.

FERRETING is carried out traditionally when there is an ‘R’ in the month, so it would start in September and end in April. That was the case when I was young but with warmer winters we have had to stop in mid February in recent years due to the appearance of young rabbits so much earlier in the season.

I had still been able to start in September until recently as the breeding had stopped, but this year it will be an October start. Young rabbits and pregnant does are still around as I write in September and it could be even later still.

My favourite way of checking for rabbits on existing permission is to have an hour or so out with the lamp. It is possible to get a good idea on numbers and the location of rabbit concentrations and gives me a good idea where to start working the ferrets. It saves a lot of walking.

 

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