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Old 06/07/15, 01:18 AM
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this is what 1 guy can do with 4 good dogs and 1 good shovel at a farm with a large amount and variety of poultry and a rat problem ... and a beautiful poppy from my garden
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Old 06/12/15, 02:10 AM
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Look at the whiskers on this bugger
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Old 06/24/15, 03:22 PM
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summer heat

Took a nice hot day to go and toast some rats..... well look for rats. Was fun to take out 2 of the next generation as well.....lucky there was some animal water to cool of in....
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Old 06/30/15, 11:42 PM
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Came close to besting my personal record today. We started early and the heat still nicked us out here in northern California. We counted 2x to the sum of 119 dead and confirmed.
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Old 07/01/15, 01:37 AM
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I am wanting to buy a good working terrier. Not a show dog, a working dog, to whittle down the population of pocket gophers before they kill my fruit trees. If you have any you'd part with, I need to go to northern California to pick up some goats this summer.
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Old 07/04/15, 05:18 PM
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Out early here in Northern California until it got hot, a Rascally Rat Wrangling tradition of the Mongrol Hoard. The tradition? Dead rat in buckets and off small farms.
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Old 07/10/15, 12:58 AM
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A couple of hunt photos of the dogs and young pups learning the ropes from the adults
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I always enjoy seeing your posts. It's cool to see what good working dogs can do.
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Old 07/10/15, 05:25 PM
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fine dogs. my girl was a ratter once, but she is nearly 16 years old now and her rat chasing days are long gone.
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Be a neat experience to see your dogs work. If we weren't so far apart we might work out a trade with a guy I know. A morning of hunting rats with your little terriers and a evening of hunting hogs with his big terrier.
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Old 07/11/15, 09:58 AM
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Be a neat experience to see your dogs work. If we weren't so far apart we might work out a trade with a guy I know. A morning of hunting rats with your little terriers and a evening of hunting hogs with his big terrier.
Thanks for the kind words, we certainly do have a blast and it is lots of actions when we get onto farms with real numbers of rats. It like most hunting is a insane amount of work. We have to do lots of cleaning and digging to force the rats to bolt. Ive been on pigs here a few times but property size and overall hunting climate here make it difficult. I am located in the wine growing region of Northern CA, and CA has really awful hunting laws
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Old 07/11/15, 09:59 AM
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I always enjoy seeing your posts. It's cool to see what good working dogs can do.
Thanks for the kind words, Here is the info I require before visiting a farm .....





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Emails are preferred, until a phone confirmation of a hunt the day of.

On behalf of Jreed and his Mongrol Hoard of Rascally Rat Wranglers I would like to thank you for your kind words and email . While I can take no credit for the quality of dogs that have been placed in my pack I can say thank you for realizing how specialized the work we do is.

Working rat packs are common in the United Kingdom, the birth place of terrier breed dogs. In the U.K. there is a lack of legal hunting. Rats and rabbits are among the only legal game animals. In the USA , where hunting of big game animals abounds, we (the Mongrol Hoard ) are the rare breed, a self taught terrierman (rat hunter) and his dogs.

I do this not as a business but as a way to support small scale and organic farming. I charge affordable rates for my time and have long lists of people asking for help. I currently charge on average $75-150 (dependent on drive time ) and a case of beer (light, dark, or IPA )for a 2-3 hour hunting session, plus the landowner or location must provide some labor, as it is intensive work to flush out the rats for the dispatch via the dogs. If I were to charge rates that made me money it would stop being enjoyable and start being work and I already have a full professional life This is for the love of good dogs, the support of small and organic farms and also to maintain traditional methods.

I am interested in addressing the rats at the sources and look for the warrens or colonies. I ideally looking for rats in the earth warrens or with visible tunnels and activity, this is where we excel. We use a variety of home made tools and lots of digging in order to flush the rats from the ground and the dogs catch and dispatch. We do not like or permit spectators, as people that are not connected intimately to the process rarely understand and usually offer only critique. We do not catch rats in walls or under crawl spaces and in insulation or work under houses, if you need this type of service we recommend Discreet Pest Control. We always hope for locations with lots of rats. If there are enough rats we can bring extra friends and dogs. In the ideal situations we come 2- 3 times a year.

Should you be serious about engaging our service we request a reply that includes the following information

1. How many rats are being seen daily? Are you seeing rat holes in your animal areas?

2. How large is your site and what types of enclosures and building are in the rat affected areas?

3. What number of chickens or other livestock are you managing?

4.What types of feed are being used or stored ( number of bales )

5. Please send photos of the areas you are seeing rats , including pictures of suspected rat holes and habitat.

6. Your physical farm, or location address where the rat control is needed (to determine drive time).

7.If you are replying to our Craigslist post, kindly send us your direct email address and phone number for our contact list, as these craiglsist addresses no longer function once the post expires.


If you are connected to social media you can find us via Facebook by searching " Jreed and his Mongrol Hoard " and follow our rat hunting adventures. Included are links to several positive media articles that we received in the past year. Always Jreed , and his Mongrol Hoard


http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/18...-takes-on-rats

http://modernfarmer.com/2014/06/rat-...ng-terriermen/

http://www.farmshow.com/view_articles.php?a_id=1567
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Old 07/13/15, 12:04 PM
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I got a visit from my mom and dad and they got to meet my dog's
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Old 07/16/15, 02:01 PM
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Some historical photos just for fun .......
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Old 07/18/15, 12:39 AM
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I guess as far as I am concerned 3 very dead rat is a good dead rat
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Old 07/19/15, 12:54 AM
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Prolific and regular ratters
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Old 07/20/15, 01:00 PM
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A couple more good pictures from Saturday
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Old 08/02/15, 10:49 AM
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Nice big day out

Had a great early day out at a new dairy farm, 127 counted dead rats. We had to work hard and the rats were all big and did damage to the dogs. We are training up a small puppy as we only have 3 adult dogs now, so we borrowed a farm dog and invited a friend and dog too....
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Old 08/03/15, 08:31 PM
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Here is the final photos from the day
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Old 08/09/15, 12:02 AM
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Not any kind of record this week but still killing rat's
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