Steve was born in Ryton, Tyne and Wear, and from the age of 14 had a passion for hunting rabbits. He was taught ferreting by Bob, a local hunter, who gave him Snowy, his first ferret - an albino jill. By the time he was 16, he was already trying his hand at air rifle shooting, long netting, snaring and using lurchers and terriers for rabbit hunting.
Despite having numerous jobs including being self-employed and running his own business, his main interest always remained rabbit control, from which he has made a living since the early 90’s and still operates to the present day, selling rabbits to game dealers and butchers.
Not wanting to disillusion anybody, he stresses that this has never made him wealthy, as times have been hard sometimes, but he still has a passion for what he does, commenting that, “Every day still feels like the very first day to me.”
Steve now does most of his rabbit control using the CZ452 .22 Rimfire rifle (described in this article) and mainly drives the fields lamping rabbits. He has two DVD’s on rabbit shooting “Totally .22” and “Totally .22 – Subsonic Solution”, as well as an informative DVD on purse net making to Steve’s own design called “Purse net making tutorial”.