I'd been contacted about removing rabbits from a new patch, so I arranged for
my 1st visit on date that was agreeable with the gardener, and today was the day.
I arrived at his house at 10:00am, and I followed him, as he drove to the
We headed for the 1st warren, under a pair
of large Hawthorn surrounded by sparse Bramble.
The gardener & I set the nets, I entered Bandito with her collar on, and
Within 5 minutes a huge doe hit a net, it
pursed nicely, and Flash (lurcher) dashed in & pinned it until I relieved
her of it.
Another 5 minutes passed, and a rabbit came
to a hole and paused, I was about to grab it, when it turned back in.
I checked with the locator, and Bandito was
right behind it, but still on the move.
Another 5 minutes passed, and Bandito was
located 10' deep below the main trunk. So I entered Jilly.
10 minutes passed, and a rabbit hit a net.
Flash darted under the Hawthorn and pinned
The gardener was at that side of the
warren, and as he went to grab the rabbit, told Flash to LEAVE!
She did, and the rabbit slipped the net and
went back into the warren
A couple of minutes later Jilly emerged, so
was returned to the box.
30 minutes passed, as I kept checking where
I finally pinpointed her at 3' and she
So the dig began
I dug 1' and checked again, still there!
I dug another 1' and checked again, still
I dug another 1' and checked again, not
A quick scan of the area, and she was on
the move, and then started heading back to the hole I'd dug.
I dug a couple of inches in the clay, and
...a nest chamber, that was full of fresh
grass & belly fur, with some blood spots.
She'd emptied the nest!
Then she poked her head out of the hole,
and readily came out.
We ferreted another 4 warrens (2 were only
2-holers) and on the last warren Bandito flushed a rabbit from 13' deep,
it bolted, slipped the net, and outran Flash to the boundary hedge
While we worked the 1st warren, a gang of 4
lads entered the land with a terrier, saw us and slinked back off the
While we worked the last warren, a lurcher
was sent in to check the 1st warren we worked, while a couple of lads hid
among the trees with another lurcher.
Well, I got 1 rabbit, and the gardener's
now got my number, and I have his, and I've been welcomed to return.
Here's hoping my next visit is more
When I skinned & dressed the rabbit, she
had 4 large kittens, almost ready to be born, so the tally was 5.