This song crops up all over the place although this is the best known version. Just swap Northamptonshire or Dorsetshire for Linconshire and you have it. Poaching is generally treated as a bit of a country lark, and we certainly dined off illicit rabbits when I was young, but there are many stories from the last century of policemen and gamekeepers being beaten up by poachers and vice-versa. If the poachers were caught they could be hanged or sent to Australia.
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