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Ferreting and Trapping for Amateur Gamekeepers: by Guy N. Smith (Author)

This book is concerned with conservation; helping to keep at bay the undesirable forces of nature.  The author shows why planned ferreting and trapping is such an essential part of the work of the Gamekeeper. 

Ferrets are the animals of the Gamekeeper whether he is a full time professional or a part time amateur.  They are trained to hunt, keeping down vermin and maintaining a balance within the countryside.  Anyone who rears pheasants or other livestock can confirm that with out firm controls, rates and other scavengers can very quickly multiple until they over run that part of the countryside. 

All the essentials are explained: feeding and management, netting, rules of safety and the best methods to employ.  the aim is to give a practical guide to an essentially do it yourself hobby. 

The trapping section covers the techniques and traps employed, explaining how the latter, can be utilized to the best possible extent.  Modern methods, such as the use of gas are also examined, making the book as comprehensive as possible. 

Throughout the text there are photographs of ferrets, ferreting situations and other scenes.  The whole is augmented by detailed drawings of birds and animals of the countryside.  

Product details

  • Condition: Used  
  • Hardcover: 159 pages with dust jacket
  • Publisher: Nimrod Press Ltd.(1986)
  • Language: English
  • Illustrations: B&W photos  
  • ISBN-10: 0947647473
  • ISBN-13: 978-0947647476
  • Product Dimensions: 22.4 x 14.7 x 1.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 422 g


1.  The Ferret and its relatives
2.  Ferret Management
3.  The Quarry
4.  Training and working Ferrets to Rabbits and Rats
5.  Alternative Methods of Rabbit Control and some advice on Ratting
6.  The Trapper's
7.  Traps and Trapping Quarry