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Thread leaved water crowfoot on the Elwy, David Owen

Chris White with a
Salmon caught on 16th June 2002

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 Bulls by Paul King
Although not a fishing report, members not familiar with farm animals may appreciate some help here and to those more au fait I apologise (Grandmothers eggs and all that).
No bull is "safe", even the one that the farmer rides or allows to walk in with the cows but dairy breeds must be treated with particular caution. They are so dangerous that they are not normally allowed to roam free in fields - to have a Friesian bull roaming loose is very unusual as this is a breed noted for agression. You would be lucky to get away with scratches on the car - I once saw a young Friesian bull flip a tractor over with little effort.
If you know your cattle breeds do not under any circumstances enter a field with a Friesian, Guernsey or Jersey bull in it. Herefords, South Devons, Simmental and Limousin (all common beef or GP breeds) are usually not over aggressive and present few problems, especially when running with cows, but do not take liberties. If you fish in a field with a bull, plan your line of escape before fishing (climbing a tree or crossing the river is usually enough to deter all but the most aggressive) but do not rely on a barbed wire fence to deter a charge. Avoid fishing in or near cattle drinks as the animals will eventually want to get there. Its against our rules anyway but do not go into a field with a bull with a dog as all cattle will attack a dog. Avoid cows with very young calves as they are often more dangerous than bulls.
If you do get caught by a bull with no line of escape, in the best Cpl Jones sense, DON'T PANIC. Bulls are big and generally cumbersome (Jerseys excepted). Look for your best (usually the nearest) exit to the field or tree to climb and work your way SLOWLY towards it watching the bull all the time, the further you get away from it the less likely a charge. If it is in a field with cows, keep some cows between you and it where possible. If it does charge, abandon anything you might be carrying except a wading staff which might just help to deter an attack. Wait until the bull is close and side step it and quickly move away in roughly the opposite direction to the bull's charge, stopping when the bull is facing you again. The bull will usually not be agile enough to follow you without stopping and "taking aim" again. Unlike a Spanish bullfight where the bull is aiming at the matador's cloak, in this case it will be aiming at you! If available, keep a tree or farm implement between you and the bull. This game of hide and seek may go on for a bit but the bull will often tire of the game and leave you. Bulls are not particularly fit and will eventually become too physically tired to continue.
Continue this process working your way nearer and nearer to your point of escape and, when you see the chance immediately after a charge, go for it, do not look back, just climb the tree, get over the fence, hedge or whatever as fast as possible and keep going as a really determined bull may try to follow. Avoid getting cornered with no line of escape.
If you are caught by the bull, the accepted advice is to lay completely still and it may leave you alone. Fortunately many bulls are polled these days so goring is unlikely but a bull can give you severe and potentially fatal bruising.
Health Warning!!!! I have never had to test any of the above theories in practice but was told them by an experienced farmer. I just don't go into fields with bulls unless I absolutely have to. Paul King Return to the top