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#3548031 - 01/15/14 06:15 PM rabbits without dogs
duckriver
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Going to try it. Brother in laws and father in law used to always rabbit hunt with dogs all the time. Thinking about inviting them out to see if we can kick any up in the fence rows. I'm not a rabbit hunter but it maybe fun. My question is how good will it be without dogs?
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#3548061 - 01/15/14 06:26 PM Re: rabbits without dogs [Re: duckriver]
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Not easy. Walk quietly so you don't spook rabbits too far ahead of you. Stop freqeuently and stand still for 1-2 minutes at a time. The rabbits will spook when they think they are busted, often, you are standing right next to them and never will a rabbit spook when you expect one to. It is always at the moment you least expect and you must keep your gun ready at all times. It's hard to maintain concentration for that long. If your gun is not in a position to immediately shoot, the rabbit will be gone. It's usually about a 1 second window.
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#3548077 - 01/15/14 06:35 PM Re: rabbits without dogs [Re: Poser]
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Poser hit it dead on. I use to hunt a field by house in Florida when I was a kid we would walk it and kick them up some times it would take 3 or 4 times kicking them up before you could get a shot off. But it is still a lot of fun.
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#3548081 - 01/15/14 06:37 PM Re: rabbits without dogs [Re: Poser]
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We rabbit hunt fences rows and R.R tracks and kill quite a few rabbits doing this.Usually 2-3 guys. Shooting can be fast and furious!
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#3548090 - 01/15/14 06:39 PM Re: rabbits without dogs [Re: Tar12]
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Just texted them. There all game to go. I'm taking some customers duck hunting this weekend so we will try to go the following weekend
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#3548094 - 01/15/14 06:40 PM Re: rabbits without dogs [Re: Poser]
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Poser basiclly hit nail on the head about hunting without a hound, but a big downside will be since your busting rabbits out of cover most(maybe all)your shoots will be at them running away from you so chances of damaging meat go up. If your kicking brush make sure someone is in position to shoot.


All that being said if you think it could be fun without a dog trying it with good dogs will have you hooked!!! Good luck!

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#3548182 - 01/15/14 07:24 PM Re: rabbits without dogs [Re: Mud Creek]
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Better be quick!
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#3548249 - 01/15/14 08:04 PM Re: rabbits without dogs [Re: timberjack86]
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I finally got one last week because it jumped and I saw it stop behind a bush a few yards away. Shot thru the bush and he was toast. I had jumped him on my way in that morning but no shot because I wasn't even expecting to see a rabbit. Overgrown fence rows are good and so are crp fields and cedar thickets.
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#3548528 - 01/16/14 05:48 AM Re: rabbits without dogs [Re: catman529]
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Be very careful........rabbit hunting will get in your blood before you know it.
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#3548575 - 01/16/14 07:04 AM Re: rabbits without dogs [Re: rabbit hunter]
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What do they taste like?
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#3548580 - 01/16/14 07:11 AM Re: rabbits without dogs [Re: duckriver]
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 Originally Posted By: duckriver
What do they taste like?


Rabbit, their kinda like squirrel.

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#3548625 - 01/16/14 07:57 AM Re: rabbits without dogs [Re: tailchaser]
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 Originally Posted By: tailchaser
 Originally Posted By: duckriver
What do they taste like?


Rabbit, their kinda like squirrel.


IMO, rabbits are one of the best wild game meat there is, while to me, squiirrel is low on the list

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#3548753 - 01/16/14 09:20 AM Re: rabbits without dogs [Re: tailchaser]
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 Originally Posted By: tailchaser
 Originally Posted By: duckriver
What do they taste like?


Rabbit, their kinda like squirrel.


Nah. Squirrel is white meat. Rabbit is sort of in between red and white meat.
Squirrel has a much nuttier and earthy taste to it. Rabbit is very rich, like a red meat.
Rabbit is my wife's favorite game meat.
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#3548765 - 01/16/14 09:32 AM Re: rabbits without dogs [Re: Poser]
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Another thing about hunting without dogs, as someone pointed out above, is that you often end up shooting the rabbits in the rear since they are running away from you. This often does not lead to a instant death and, you do not want to shoot them a second time. This being the case, know that rabbits have a soft head. I usually snatch them by their feet and whack their heads against a tree which delivers a instant and (under the circumstances) most humane death while preserving as much meat as possible.

As a result, you will often end up with (at least partially) gut shot rabbits and, if this is the case, you should gut them immediately. If you can help it, never shoot a rabbit twice!

Shot size: I like #5 for rabbit, though that can be an oddball size and often not so easy to find. If a choice between #4 and #6, I'll go #4. #6 is too many pellets. The more pellets, the more prone to teeth cracking.
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#3548821 - 01/16/14 10:11 AM Re: rabbits without dogs [Re: Poser]
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Poser's advice on how to do it is spot on. Another thing is listen carefully. I've often heard a rabbit twitch as I approach his hiding spot before he busts from the cover and offers a shot.

I also prefer extremely cold days. The colder the better. Extreme cold seems to concentrate rabbits in areas offering thermal cover.

My favorite areas to hunt without dogs are abandoned pastures that are now a mixture of grass, weeds, briers, and cedar trees. I look for areas where the cover is somewhat scattered. Think clumps with open spots between. This makes it easier to predict where the rabbits will be and gives a reasonable chance at a shot.

Be quiet, move slowly, and sometimes if a rabbit catches you unawares he will stop twenty or thirty yards away and offer a sitting shot.
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#3548908 - 01/16/14 11:25 AM Re: rabbits without dogs [Re: WMAn]
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Guess I shouldn't use my 7 1/2 shot then
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#3549050 - 01/16/14 01:05 PM Re: rabbits without dogs [Re: duckriver]
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Brother you aint had a meal until.youve grilled a rabbits backstraps!!!! I.cant give my recipe away but if it dont taste better than a baby back ribill never shoot another!!!! Im not a big fsn of.back legs their ok but i usually take straps out and give rest to my neighbor whose too old to hunt much but loves to eat em. Buddy of mines wife puts in crockpot its about like a bbq sandwich!
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#3550170 - 01/17/14 09:16 AM Re: rabbits without dogs [Re: Mud Creek]
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I can't tell you how many kick-em-up rabbits I've missed out on because my arms were tired from walking around in the "ready" position for 2 hours, so I slung my gun over my shoulder for a rest.

If you get tired like that, stop for a break. Don't keep hunting/walking, because you won't be able to shoot anything anyway unless your gun is cradled and ready. On the really, really good looking spots, I literally approach the cover with my gun stock nestled against my shoulder to make the aim/shoot process even faster.

Try to lead their nose by a few inches on the chance that you get a sideways flush, but like others said, 75-90% of the jumps I get are nearly straight-aways.

Buddy hunting is a lot of fun if you just approach stuff at 90-degree angles (you can take turns taking steps, too). This greatly increases the likelihood that one of you will get a side-to-side shot opportunity.
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#3550327 - 01/17/14 10:40 AM Re: rabbits without dogs [Re: Crosshairy]
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I agree with everything Crosshairy said. If I get the feeling that I am moving on prime rabbit habitat, I have my gun at the ready, often will flip the safety off. Though, seldom, if ever, does it work out that way as you'll almost never jump a rabbit when you expect to. I, too, have got "caught with my pants down" many times by losing focus and not having my gun ready. A 2 point tactical sling would almost be ideal for helping you to keep your gun immediately accessible.
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