VAN HOUTEN M (2020) Snaring Ruffs Philomachus pugnax for science. LIMOSA 93 (3): 138-141.
In the archives of ethologist and evolutionary biologist
Johan van Rhijn the author found a description of an
unknown method for catching Ruffs for scientific research,
that is described in this short note. In the late sixties and
early seventies Van Rhijn used snares made out of nylon
fishing lines at the lek sites of Ruffs. This was based on snares
made out of horsetail hairs, as had already been used by
hunters and poachers for centuries in the Dutch province
of Utrecht, for catching Ruffs for consumption. Eventually
Johan van Rhijn was able to snare 100 Ruffs at the lek sites
in 4 years, during 53 catching days (Tab. 1), excluding retraps.
This contributed to his PhD-thesis and the Ruff monography
he wrote for Poyser.
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