Over the last couple of weeks like everyone else I have been doing pest control , most of it has been real fun but it has been hard work.
So far count for me
In 4 weeks foxes - 4
In two days - 26 crows Mix between hoodies and rooks,
In four weeks - 20+ Rabbits ( bear in mind really not been wanting to shoot the rabbits is there is not that many anyways)
However on the course of my last months worth of pest control ( couldnt really call it a full months work as took a lot of time off as wife had a wee baby girl ) I have come across so many old wifey tales and myths and worst of all lies on what we can and cannot do under general License. Lies mainly from the police officers that don't know. so here is my list.
Tying a fox to the fence wards foxes off the farm - Well if this is this is supposed to work then it don't on my permission, before I started the boys at the farm took a "charlie" and tied it to the fence and it is still there, not my fox not my problem to be fair, now all four foxes I have shot have been within a field or so away from where it is tied. I think this myth is designed for the lazy keeper or farmer who thinks if he shoots one fox he doesn't need to shoot anymore.
Tying dead hoodies to the fence - again as above.
Lies questioned on other farm recently by new police officer - Shooting Hooded Crows is Illegal, using Larsen and cage traps are illegal, you need a special license to shoot foxes at night, pigeon and magpies are illegal to shoot also..... Codswollop , farmer in the other glen was telling me this yesterday he had to go to the station in Inverness to get this rectified as we are all in the height of the lambing and things like hoodies do danger to Livestock so it is under general lisence in Scotland (no idea about anywhere else but I presume the same).
What weird myths and old wife tales have you lot heard???