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Wanted: Ferrets/Polecats

fordbank

Well-Known Member
#1
Hello all,

Im after buying a couple of Ferrets or Polecats, ideally Jill's and Not kits as I want to start working them straight away, I'm struggling to source some up here in sunny SW Scotland so I'm willing to travel ( within reason). Is it just me or did everyone seem to have ferrets when we were kids.
Thankyou in advance if you can help me out.

Cheers ,
Scott
 

Essex stalker

Well-Known Member
#2
Apparently Essex has a ferret rescue centre for abandoned ferrets and pole cats. They are often looking for people to home them. May be you have a similar thing in your area?
 

Fursty Ferret

Well-Known Member
#4
I have a mixture of adult and this years available but too far for you I reckon (Suffolk)
Will have a load of ferreting gear up for sale soon including boxes, locators, collars, purse nets and long nets
 

gelert

Well-Known Member
#5
The last of my kits went last week, although I gave them all away for free, mainly to young people starting out I could have sold them twice over.
I'm always around Castle Douglas and could have traveled with a couple for you.
There used to be a Ferret rescue place inn Carlisle, don't know if they're still going.
 

fordbank

Well-Known Member
#7
I may have found some not so far away from me , but they are young . Not knowing much about ferrets, how old are they generally when you can start hunting with them.

Fursty Ferret, give us a PM when you are selling your gear as I may be interested.
Cheers, Scott
 

Fursty Ferret

Well-Known Member
#8
I may have found some not so far away from me , but they are young . Not knowing much about ferrets, how old are they generally when you can start hunting with them.

Fursty Ferret, give us a PM when you are selling your gear as I may be interested.
Cheers, Scott
Assuming you wont be ferreting until late Autumn/Winter there is no reason why you cant work them in their first season.....i allways do! Just dont expect miracles from them, and know when to stop.....they wont have the stamina for long ferreting sessions. Always good to run experienced ferrets along side them if you "need" results and young ferrets may not work the warren as hard as an experienced one that knows not to regularly surface untill rabbits have been emptied or killed.
I have always found them fast learners though. They will bolt rabbits, Just be patient with them and let them do their thing and find their way. To be honest its in their second season that they tend to start performing to any standard.
 

fordbank

Well-Known Member
#9
To be honest I was wanting to start straight away so I can throw some rabbits in the pen to get my spaniels sharpened up for the start of our shooting come october
 

rigboot

Well-Known Member
#11
To be honest I was wanting to start straight away so I can throw some rabbits in the pen to get my spaniels sharpened up for the start of our shooting come october
Have you considered using a long net?
Used on a foul black night it can be a very productive?
Take a little field craft & there are basically two types, traditional on end pins or a pre-set.
Pre-set easier for the beginner. Shame your not closer or I'd have given you a shot of kne to try.
Always an option
 

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