I took Bandito (1 of my working
jill ferrets), purse nets, collars & locator, and my air rifle and arrived at
started by ferreting the small bury.
my ferret box 20 yards from the bury, and went to set the nets on the 4 holes.
With the nets set, I
got Bandito from her box, put a collar on her, tested it and entered her into
was in the bury about 30 seconds when there was a thudding sound near one of the
watched the hole in anticipation, to see a large buck hit the net, which pursed
perfectly and held him fast.
I retrieved him from
the net and despatched him, re-set the net, and put the buck in my game bag.
Bandito came to the exit, looked round and went back in.
a couple of minutes there was thudding again.
watched the hole nearest the sound, to see one of the 'forbidden' rabbits hit
untangled him, and let him go.
straight into one of the other holes, and back-netted himself. So I untangled
him again, and walked away from the bury to release him.
Again he ran straight
into the bury.
After around another
10 minutes of Bandito chasing the rabbit underground, I spotted her trying to
drag him out by the skin above his eye. I reached into the bury and touched her
back, she let go and the rabbit disappeared down the tunnel. I lifted Bandito,
and collected my nets.
my ferreting equipment back to the car, and walked around the land with just my
reached the bottom boundary, I saw a rabbit sat sunbathing near a Nettle patch,
so raised my rifle and squeezed the trigger.
He slumped, and gave
a couple of kicks of his hind legs. I collected him, put him in my poacher's
pocket and continued around the boundary.
I had crossed 3 large fields, and
as I approached the stile, I spotted a Magpie rummaging in the shade of a large
tree. As I raised the rifle, he spooked and flew into the wood in the next
was a lot of commotion in the wood, a couple of Magpies and 3 Jays were mobbing
one of the young Sparrow Hawks.
in the undergrowth and watched their movements for a couple of minutes.
kept landing in a large tree that was 1/2 dead from a lightening strike, so when
they left the tree, I slid down the bank and got into position for their return.
Sure enough they came
back, and I was waiting.
landed in full view.
single shot knocked him from his perch, and he hit the floor stone-dead.
Jay was sat a couple of branches away, but flew off as I put my sights on his
I sat for a while,
but they didn't return, so I headed back up the valley to the farmhouse.
The pigeons were sat
on the roof, so I took aim, and took the shot...
crashed to the ground, and lay dead on the stone flags.
walked round the rear of the buildings, and 2 pigeons were sat on the gutter.
The pigeon fell from his
perch, and his friend took flight.
I went to the barn
(adjoining the farmhouse) and talked with the farmer's son as he was connecting
the baler onto one of the tractors.
pigeons returned as we talked, so I excused myself for a moment, took the shot,
Another pigeon fell from
the farmhouse roof.
It wasn't long before
the rest retuned, so I got another shot, but missed.
We chatted again for a
short while, then I headed around the fields, back in search of the rabbits.
buck was sat at the edge of a reed bed, a squeeze of the trigger and he jumped 2
foot into the air. He ran about 3 yards, and stopped, so I scoped him again.
He rolled onto his side, and lay
kicking. I waited a moment, and the kicking stopped, so I went to collect him.
As I walked towards the reed bed,
I spotted another rabbit sat in the next field, so I gathered my bag, and crept
towards the wall.
The stalk seemed to
take an age, as I had no cover, and each time I moved the rabbit stopped feeding
and watched me.
After a couple of
minutes, I'd got about 15 yards across the field, and made it to a bit of a
gully, so was able to use the cover and get within 15 yards of the rabbit.
I slowly raised the
rifle, and got off my knees to take the shot.
As I peered into the field, I saw
that the rabbit had moved, thought I'd blown it, and started to relax.
Big mistake! He'd only moved
closer to the wall, and as I relaxed, he moved back into sight, so I quickly
raised the rifle as he hopped back up the banking.
He paused for a
second, and he wished he hadn't.
He rolled back down the
banking, and lay in the grass, dead.
headed home at 4:30pm with my bag of 4 rabbits, 3 feral pigeons and 1 Jay.