Hunting with Ferrets | TAOutdoors

Hunting with Ferrets | TAOutdoors

One of the more traditional ways to hunt rabbits in Britain is to use ferrets. Hunting with Ferrets has been done for many years. In this episode of Totally Awesome Outdoors, Graeme & Mike head to a small farm in Hampshire to film Rob Pearson, who owns two ferrets named Winston and Napoleon. The way ferreting works, is you net as many holes in a rabbit warren as you can, and then put the ferrets down one of the holes. The ferret then works its way through the warren and finds a rabbit. The rabbit then bolts out into the open, and into one of the nets. We hope you enjoy this episode and be sure to check out some of the links below:
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  1. BLIGHTY on December 1, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    My old Dad and and his brother Bill used to hunt rabbits with ferrets in Stanthorpe, Queensland in the 50’s and 60’s.

  2. SkiCri on December 1, 2019 at 3:08 pm

    He said do do

  3. Dave Agar on December 1, 2019 at 3:11 pm

    Great vid. Thanks

  4. on December 1, 2019 at 3:12 pm

    Can you do this in the states?

  5. Wassson on December 1, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Grab a rabbit by the back of the neck with both hand the RIP it apart wala a skinless rabbit

  6. Tom Servo on December 1, 2019 at 3:15 pm

    Rabbit entrails.. I was what he were feeding those two big bandits. My female ferret is about half that size ..if that. Cool video, I had no idea but it makes sense.

  7. capnhands on December 1, 2019 at 3:17 pm

    don’t use ferrets for rabbits, use the holy hand grenade

  8. Maxime Guilbault on December 1, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Only 3 rabbits for a day hunting with ferrets ? In my country (France) we have caught a fifty rabbits a day with ferrets. We’ve caught them because they were near a road very used and became dangerous for the cars. So they’ve served to reindroduction in an other territory before we have caught them.
    Very Nice video. Hunt responsably.
    I love your Ytb channel.

  9. Bootheel Survival & Prepping on December 1, 2019 at 3:19 pm

    Awesome hunt. Here in the states, ferrets also make a playful pet.

  10. Tom UK on December 1, 2019 at 3:21 pm

    I never knew you guys did this, I used to watch your TA fishing all the time is this a separate channel or just changed names? Just searching for ferreting and saw the name TA outdoors thought it might of been you guys glad it was looking to get back into fishing and getting into ferreting too.

  11. amber l on December 1, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    i miss having ferrets. theyre so much fun but too smart for their own good.

  12. Roken The Sayian on December 1, 2019 at 3:22 pm

    Im in the US and some of us use Mink for muslrats and ratting and dogs of course but i very much respect and love that u use ferrets

  13. Sami BestFoxxo on December 1, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    Rabbit seeking missile

  14. Kitty Royale on December 1, 2019 at 3:23 pm

    Poor rabbits

  15. alganhar1 on December 1, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    I used to use a pair of jills and a hobb, plus a dog for marking. Dog would find occupied sets, I would net it up and send one of the Jills down. I preferred Jills because they are smaller. If one of the Jills killed down and laid up I would try calling her, mine would (usually) return when called, and if that failed I would send the Hobb down. He would chase the Jill off the kill. I almost never had an issue with the hobbs coming back when called, they all knew they were in for rabbitty treats at the end of the day anyway, I too used to reward them with the offal.

    For killing I preferred to use chinning, hold the back legs in the strong hand, form the OK symbol with the other hand about the rabbits head, the thumb on the top of the neck, pull back hard with your dominant hand while pushing down and out with the thumb, you want to give a little tug as you pull out, this flexes the spine and snaps the neck. Its easy to do and is literally the fastest and most humane way of killing them, especially after you have done it a few times. Enough people have mentioned good ways of field cleaning and skinning so won’t go into that, the chinning is a useful trick to learn though. fast, humane, and does not bruise the meat.

    Oddly enough though I never used locator collars, I rarely had an issue with mine killing down and lying up, and never liked the thought of collars without elasticated safety zones in case they got caught up on a root and strangled, and ferrets being ferrets will never stay in a collar with an elasticated zone

  16. Nathan French on December 1, 2019 at 3:24 pm

    Polecats are sneakier and camo though
    I have both. Each have their precious conveniences.

  17. travelers world cafe Llc on December 1, 2019 at 3:25 pm

    the ferret finder works the same as an avalanche beacon

  18. Aleck Brown on December 1, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    At 10:00 the droppings were sheep not rabbit but easily confused
    Great vid 🙂

  19. Christopher Gambrell on December 1, 2019 at 3:27 pm

    Im hunting wabbits.

  20. 3 eyed fish on December 1, 2019 at 3:29 pm

    Alligator 9:17

  21. Earnest Boykins on December 1, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Judo Chop that rabbit. 🤚🏾🐇

  22. Strange Child on December 1, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    I was planning on getting one but right when I was gonna get I did more reasearch and there illegal we’re I live!!!!!

  23. Elizabeth Farrell on December 1, 2019 at 3:34 pm

    Lovely stuff. Thanks for the video. 😀

  24. snerper on December 1, 2019 at 3:37 pm

    I was a regular ferreting articles contributor to ‘The Countryman’s Weekly’ until about four years ago, but had to hang up my nets when my wife got ill and needed a lot of looking after! This video brought a lot of memories back! Have you ever thought of making a longnetting video? this involves catching rabbits mainly at night { but can also be used very succesfully during the day too } I’m sure Rob would know someone who practices this rabbit catching technique and I think you’d have a winning video on your hands at the end of it!
    For anyone on here who wonders who I am and what my name was in the countryman’s weekly, I was their only Brighton based contributor at that time! I did articles on Lamping, ferreting, longnets, dropnets, snaring and the use of drop traps!

  25. Cliff Cheung on December 1, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Why not just eat the ferret and save yourself a day of hunting

  26. Frost Bite on December 1, 2019 at 3:42 pm

    ferrets are adoranle monsters

  27. DragonBoi69 on December 1, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Boi thats a lambo rat!

  28. Lee's Channel on December 1, 2019 at 3:43 pm

    Not exactly hunting, more like flushing and trapping.

  29. blueslove61 on December 1, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    8:03 He said "doo doo".

  30. Dean Nakoa on December 1, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    Where can I get the collars and equipment to do this ?

  31. Bob Ried on December 1, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    How do you dispatch a rabbit without a shotgun

  32. jason deasy on December 1, 2019 at 3:46 pm

    Fantastic lads

  33. Dark arts on December 1, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    There so cute

  34. Alistomania's RV Life on December 1, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Throughly enjoyed this video! I’ve had ferrets all my life, currently two lazy little girls but they keep the mice out of the RV! well done!

  35. Daddy Shark on December 1, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    The host makes me feel like I’m watching the hunting version of cebeebies

  36. Pug Life on December 1, 2019 at 3:49 pm

    Good dog.

  37. Matt Gosling on December 1, 2019 at 3:50 pm

    I used to love doing this when I was younger, always preferred female ferrets as small as possible, cos less chance of the ferret killing under ground there’s times you can’t always dig em out.

  38. mad Frank camping videos Oneill on December 1, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    Boss video thanks

  39. Robert Hornbrook on December 1, 2019 at 3:53 pm

    I am from a Romany background use to go a lot with a ferret I miss the rabbit stew was lovely back in the day

  40. Kenneth Chastain on December 1, 2019 at 3:54 pm

    Very cool!

  41. charlie mashara on December 1, 2019 at 3:56 pm

    Apparently, Artemis has been looking for a reason to keep Ferrets.  Maybe if we keep animals like that then they can learn to use them better.  I think it may be good to keep them if you can.  It maybe good to make an offering to the Hare Clan for the rabbits.

  42. Melvin Jansen on December 1, 2019 at 3:57 pm

    cool dutch flag

  43. νταν νταν on December 1, 2019 at 3:58 pm

    slaves 😭 hope they give good treat to them 😡

  44. Sergent Watson on December 1, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Poor ferrets… So cute

  45. GingerJewishGiraffe on December 1, 2019 at 4:02 pm

    Oh i forgot,i hated when my ferrets caught rabbits down in a hole,they would eat then sleep. And i had a waiting game on. Sometimes they would feed on the baby’s then it is lights out AGAIN. Some go0d warrens when putting the ferret down you can hear 1 of the rabbits thumping on the ground with a hind leg,hence the name Thumper,well that is to send the message DANGER,we are about to be attacked lol.

  46. Fallen World on December 1, 2019 at 4:03 pm

    This is like falconry, but furry.

  47. Anthony Harper on December 1, 2019 at 4:03 pm


  48. Cliff Cheung on December 1, 2019 at 4:04 pm

    I thought that was a fake horse like em two men in a horse suit

  49. Dont Panic Its Organic on December 1, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    this is amazing, I’ve had ferrets and they are amazing animals and i never knew this, i just love ferrets even more and i didn’t think it was possible. thanks for this.

  50. Bits & Bobs on December 1, 2019 at 4:06 pm

    Don’t be fooled, even the tamest ferrets are deadly killers of anything they can overpower and they don’t have to be hungry.

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