Tales of a Rat-Hunting Man (Wilder Places)

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Rat hunters are usually regarded as some kind of lunatic by the public at large, and, on reflection, the public at large may well be right. Verily, a rat hunter's lot is not a happy one! First, he must condition himself to expect his wife to leave him, his friends to point the finger of scorn and his boss to wonder whether he has a future with the firm. So advises Brian Plummer, whose notoriety as a rat-catcher began at age ten. Tales of a Rat-Hunting Man, first published in Britain in 1978, is both a serious book on rats and their habits and an autobiographical account of Plummer's eccentric and entertaining life. But the heart of this book focuses on Plummer's obsession with ratting -- and he discusses the uses of ferrets and terriers, including their training and entering.

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After the initial shock of even considering a rat-catching professional, the title and content of this book are intriguing. The rat is "the unheralded game-animal of Great Britain," so much so that its proponents are feared and reviled as not quite "right." But from the time D. Brian Plummer received his first rat terrier at the age of 10, he dedicated himself to the sport of rat-catching using either dogs or ferrets. He actually enjoys killing rats and is pleased to share his techniques. Thank goodness for Plummer's wit and charm, which make the experience of reading about such nasty creatures a delight.

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