Golf courses & plant nurseries nearly always have rabbit problems,
If you are going to approach these places, pick a time when they are not
busy, or you will just get brushed aside with a 'No thanks'
Then when you try again, you will get a 'I told you before, no'
Phoning & asking to meet the Head Green keeper is a good way to get his
(it also shows you have manners, consideration for his job, and you mean
business, even if it is for free)
Turn up smart, but casual (look clean & tidy, but as if you know your way
round the countryside) not in Camouflage
Don't go to the meeting with your equipment, but possibly have it in the
car (if you have one) in case he lets you get straight on with the job.
Ask questions, and plenty of them, and possibly ask for a wander round the
land/golf course with him, so you can explain the methods you would use in
the different areas.
When he asks questions, be straight to the point (show him you know what
you're on about)
When you have gained permission, use it & don't abuse it, or you will lose
it, and your name will be mud.
I either phone, or see the land owner before starting to hunt, unless I've
been given permission to just turn up when I want.
Do a proficient job, and your name will be gold to other landowners in the
Once you have permission, it's easier to gain the adjoining properties,
and spread out that way.
(It's just getting your first patch in an area, that can prove awkward).
Print yourself some business cards, & leave them with the landowner when
you ask for permission
(don't post them through letterboxes, or they will usually get binned,
because they want to put a face to the name on the card).
Put some of the cards in 'farmer-type' pubs (ask to leave a couple at the
bar), village Post Offices, Newsagents, etc. Most let you do it for free.
Land-owners are your quarry, so put the cards where you'd expect them to
You need to get your face known in the areas you are targeting, no-one
likes a stranger.
(Mowing time is a good time to lend a hand for an hour or 2. But don't
forget, too much time spent helping out on land with no rabbits, is pretty
pointless, unless they know someone with a rabbit problem).
(when they're closed for Winter)
(usually a healthy rabbit population under almost every hedgerow)
paddocks (no-one wants the horses to put a foot down a rabbit hole)
(same reason as horses)
(apparently 6 rabbits eat as much grass as 1 sheep)
your dog is stock friendly
Do not be
surprised if the farmer asks if you have insurance (available via
membership of the BASC or CA).
share your catch with the landowner (the gesture is usually refused, but
it shows your gratitude)