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Offline Fox

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Rabbit hunting
« on: January 30, 2022, 01:00:38 pm »
I was out hunting in a new place and I saw fresh rabbit tracks all in the snow! Iíve never seen a rabbit in the woods here but this is a new areaÖ so how do I hunt rabbits? Sit and wait? Try to spook them? There were like 5 different rabbit tracks crossing a old road.
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Offline Pappy

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Re: Rabbit hunting
« Reply #1 on: January 30, 2022, 08:28:37 pm »
Track them to their hide in kick um up, they usually wonít go far before they stop . Pappy
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Offline Fox

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Re: Rabbit hunting
« Reply #2 on: January 31, 2022, 02:46:45 am »
Sounds like fun! Thanks pappy
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Offline Eric Krewson

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Re: Rabbit hunting
« Reply #3 on: January 31, 2022, 08:57:38 am »
I did  a lot of rabbit hunting with a friend who had  dogs years ago, this guy had an uncanny ability to spot one in its bed, I never was too good at this. If you could develop this ability and hunt slowly you could get much more shot opportunities.

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Re: Rabbit hunting
« Reply #4 on: January 31, 2022, 03:01:33 pm »
Good to know :)
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Offline ksnow

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Re: Rabbit hunting
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2022, 09:25:33 am »
I did  a lot of rabbit hunting with a friend who had  dogs years ago, this guy had an uncanny ability to spot one in its bed, I never was too good at this. If you could develop this ability and hunt slowly you could get much more shot opportunities.
The easiest way I have found is to go after a fresh snow. In the late afternoon, walk very slowly, just a couple steps at a time. Look in deep cover for "rocks" that don't have snow on top. Those will be the rabbits. They like to lay down pretty flat when they are hiding from you.

Offline Fox

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Re: Rabbit hunting
« Reply #6 on: February 01, 2022, 03:03:55 pm »
I went out yesterday and tracked rabbit tracks all up and down the mountain (sometimes just sliding down on my butt! Snowy and icy up there!!) but didnít see a single rabbit  :( I tracked several sets of tracks back to a den but no rabbits In there, very confusing cause didnít see any tracks leading back outÖ
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Offline boomhowzer

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Re: Rabbit hunting
« Reply #7 on: February 04, 2022, 07:50:52 am »
I don't know where you are, Fox, but in my area (Northern Michigan), the rabbits don't run out of their dens when you try to kick them up. They stay put and wait until you leave. If they're out and about, munching on twigs and saplings, they'll jump out ahead of you, but if they're hunkered down in their den, they're not going to move. Actually, sending my cat into the den to explore has been the only way I've had success rousting them out.

There being snow on the ground, I doubt you're able to get close enough to their main feeding/sleeping area without them hearing you first. Those big ears aren't just for decoration. If you've been getting to know some rabbits in a new area, it might be useful to sneak in during the early morning or mid-afternoon, find a spot out of sight and down wind of their burrow and wait with an arrow knocked on your bow. You'll eventually see one, but the cottontail rabbit is a crafty animal. They don't just walk into the point of your broadhead like people think they do. You have to use all of your hunters wits while pursuing them, and if you do happen upon one, you've got to make a great shot.
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Re: Rabbit hunting
« Reply #8 on: February 06, 2022, 01:51:10 am »
Thanks for the great reply! I am in western VA. Definitely going to give your suggestions a try. Thanks again
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