A usual winters Sunday morning
for me is loading the Land rover at around 5.30 am, for my regular
rabbiting trip. I alternate my weeks between 4 different farms
and know the areas quite well.
I prefer to use jills for working
and took my regulars Orla, Sugar, Spice and Star.
The majority of the burrows on this particular farm are in the
hedgerows with just a couple out in the open fields with a good
population of rabbits, I have worked this area before and I always
use 15-foot locators, as some of the burrows do tend to be quite
As my morning progressed
I had caught 7 rabbits and had just moved on to a nice 5 hole
burrow in a hedge bottom, I dropped the nets on and placed Spice
into one of the holes, within seconds there was a rabbit in the
net, and the ferret right behind, she quickly turned back down
the hole, indicating to me she was on to another rabbit. From
where I was standing I could feel the bumping underground, it
stopped and then resumed again, I quickly got my locator ready
and as soon as the bumping stopped again I was able to pinpoint
exactly where my ferret was. She was about 8ft across from the
hedge bottom into the field, and about 2ft deep, this was what
I thought would be an easy dig. The first12 inches were, but then
I hit brickends, wood, glass, metal and coke.