cottontails! - it's rabbit time again!

Discussion in 'Small Game Hunting' started by massa_jorge, Dec 13, 2008.

  1. massa_jorge

    massa_jorge New Member

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    we've had a few good freezes, so it's rabbit time again! we went out and did a day of rabbit hunting, 4 of us shot a little over 70 bunnies with 10 or so jackrabbits thrown in. i was shooting my 870 mag with 2 3/4 #4's and low brass 7 1/2's. next time we go i am going to use the ol .22, the shotgun messes up too much meat. funny how you can shoot the same load at a squirrel or a rabbit and the rabbit will be worse for wear. i guess since they are bigger they catch more pellets. we started out walking fencerows and CRP, then went to some cut corn and milo. we shot up a few old corrals pretty good, and managed some quail and pheasants, with a few collared doves and a mallard drake thrown in there. i keep my shotgun plugged this time of year and was shooting steel 4's, so i can shoot ducks and geese around the tailwater pits. after the sun went down, one of the guys broke out the .17 hmr. i haven't shot one of those, and heard they will flat out destroy small game. well i saw some really long shots pulled off last night and the worst damage i saw was a bunny's shoulders missing where the bullet exploded on impact. other than that, no meat damage as most rabbits shot with it were hit in the head/neck area. pretty impressive round, i might have to get one! here's a pic of the first 23 rabbits we killed. plenty in the freezer now! mmmm, fried rabbit! thanks for reading. oh yeah, before anybody jumps me for it, there's no limit on rabbits in tx, and spotlighting them is legal. and we eat them, so move those fingers back! :wink:
     

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  2. Jacksmooth

    Jacksmooth Member

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    Thats a bunch of rabbits! Thanks for sharing! :smile2:
     

  3. lance

    lance New Member

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    Live trap some of them rabbits and send em up here hope this year is better than last year ________ coyotes:angry: Congrats a fine mess of rabbits ! Rabbit skin is alot thinner than squirrel . Ever try and just PULL the hide off a squirrel :wink: . Now try it with a big old fox squirrel !
     
  4. 223reload

    223reload New Member

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    Wow,Jordan,Looks like yall got rabbit to last a while. I'd love to get into em like that.Congrats on a great hunt.
     
  5. Blue Duck

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    Thats a pile of rabbits alright. You might want to take a few and grind them up and make rabbit sausage. Season them up just like you would if you were going to make regular pork sausage. Its one of my favorites.
     
  6. massa_jorge

    massa_jorge New Member

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    hmmm never thought of that. sounds like it would be good though. thanks for the tip! the most productive spot was a solid section of winter wheat. there's tumbleweeds all in the fencerows and old farm equipment along the dry tailwater pits. it was like a video game how many bunnies were running out of those areas. we have a bunch of coyotes here, but they don't hurt the rabbit population much. from what i saw in e. tx fire ants are the worst. they'll kill anything that nests on the ground. too cold for them up here though, or so we are told. the coyotes here eat mostly mice and deer fawns and cactus apples. all easy to get without putting out a bunch of energy to catch it! i hate coyotes...
     
  7. catgetter1

    catgetter1 New Member

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    Oh, how I envy you Jordan....I love Rabbit,more so than I like venison..........:cool2:
     
  8. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    WOW!!!!Congrats Jordan on a great hunt.
     
  9. ozzy

    ozzy New Member

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    Thats a mess of rabbts, congrats.
     
  10. SHOWME

    SHOWME Well-Known Member

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    Wow Jordan that's a mess of bunnies:big_smile: Since I've moved down here to SW Missouri I haven't killed a bunnie for 9 years and that sucks, my rabbit eating is confined to finding a guy that sells them.:embarassed: You are a lucky guy to have such a resourse close to home, I'd drive 100 miles to get into bunnies again:crazy:
     
  11. massa_jorge

    massa_jorge New Member

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    most folks here don't hunt rabbits. it raises eyebrows when you say you eat rabbit or squirrel. don't bother me none, there's no shortage here and there's a thousand ways to cook em! i'd love to have some squirrel hunting close by, but this area is devoid of trees.
     
  12. CountryHart

    CountryHart New Member

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    I got access to 8 of the best beagles i ever seen run. One major problem however, very few rabbits. Hardly any agriculture here other than cattle so i don't see it gettin better any time soon. Dang i can't imagine living in a place where head lighting was legal. Ever pass that law in this part of the country these rednecks will kill everything with a hart beat.:crazy:
     
  13. ozzy

    ozzy New Member

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    No squirrel's here, got cottontails tho. I got one running through my apartment complex, heres a cell phone pic from the other morning.
     

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  14. SHOWME

    SHOWME Well-Known Member

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    If ya spend anytime in the country around here at night you'd think spotlighting was legal HERE!!!!!:crazy: One of the reasons there aren't any bunnies and IS the reason people won't let you HUNT ANTTHING around here:confused2:
     
  15. Mi11er

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    That is a mess of bunnies!
     
  16. plainsman

    plainsman New Member Supporting Member

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    Good hunting trip. Hunting bunnies is lots of fun, I haven't done it in too long. Eating them is fun too. Its been so long I'm tempted to go buy some. Also some pheasant. My brother supplied some and mom cooked it up just like when we were kids. She still got the touch. It was grandmas recipe, and she was a good cook.
     
  17. opposum

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    Sounds like you need to call the local warden and fill him in on the area activity. Maybe he can help you out.
     
  18. Quack_Addict88

    Quack_Addict88 New Member

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    Congrats!! thx for the post!