Originally Posted by OakHollowBoers
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 .....
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