The Countryman's Weekly


May 24
07:04 2023

A bucket load of rats… and another… and another!

By Ed Cook.

RATTING, like most countryside pursuits, is not just about the activity itself. The lead up to the day, the preparation of equipment and taking pride in looking after your dogs are all part of the fun of the sport. In reality, the reason we do this is to meet up as a group of friends who share the same love for dogs and working them as part of a pack.

Ratting does not have a closed season, they are pests and to effectively control them is a year-round operation. The winter months see our peak time in getting out with the dogs on the bigger jobs with the summer months spent on smaller, management-style jobs.

This winter we have had many days to remember, there have only been a handful of times we have met as a pack and not turned up totals of over 100 caught.


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