The Countryman's Weekly

LAMPING

LAMPING
August 23
08:00 2017

WEB6-23-08-17Lamping with a new lurcher

by Jonathan Darcy.

AUTUMN’S just round the corner and as the nights start drawing in I forget about fishing and focus my attention on one of the most exciting fieldsports there is – lamping. I’ve had a couple of nights out with my pup, only for an hour at a time, but I’ve really enjoyed myself.

To be honest the weather’s been better in August so far than it usually is in December. We’ve had some great winds and that really helps, especially when I have an unruly pup in tow. I have noticed over the last few years how the wind seems to arrive with the moon and a lot of the season is terrible for lamping.

I really do believe wind is essential for a good night. The quarry is always further out and you can get in position without alerting them. Even lamp-shy rabbits turn into different animals when the trees are swaying hard.

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