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    Ferreting

Ferreting

Laying foundations for success with young ferrets By Robert Stirk. STARTING a young ferret to work begins long before you enter it into a subterranean opening. If I have bred the youngsters myself I always start handling them at about four-weeks-old, if for no other reason than I like to

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    Education

Education

Students are becoming conservation pragmatists By Brian Sweeney. AT Askham Bryan College in York we are very fortunate to be less than an hour from the North York Moors and so have access to some of the best grouse moors in North East England at the invitation of moorland owners.

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    Lurchers

Lurchers

Slow start to the season By Jonathan Darcy. EACH year’s harvest is so very different, isn’t it? Last year it was all done and dusted nice and early, then we had a bit of rain so the dogs could just about be run. It was an almost perfect start really,

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    Trapping

Trapping

Using wire fencing to increase trapping opportunities by Steve Caple. WITH the harvest all but done and dusted for another year, and with autumn fast approaching, the countryside has once again been purged of its crops and opened up to a myriad of trapping opportunities. Previously inaccessible rabbit warrens have

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    Deer Species

Deer Species

The lonely Chinese water deer – hydropotes inermis By Charles Smith-Jones. THE Chinese water deer (CWD) is something of an oddity among our deer in that the bucks never produce antlers, bearing instead the very long canine tusks which it uses for establishing dominance over other bucks and defending itself.

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    Shooting

Shooting

Evolving shoots stand test of time By David Egan. FOR those of us who have experienced cramped journeys on vacuum-packed tubes and trains, as well as the lost hours spent staring at hazy neon brake lights, the shooting season brings a glimpse of rocket-propelled relief for those who seek solace

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