The obscure little rabbit. He is food for many of the predators of the wild. He reproduces at
an alarming rate. He can be found in most areas of the country. He tastes really good if
prepared by someone who has had experience preparing and cooking this little delicacy. He
can be hunted alone or with dogs. Shotguns and rifles can be used to hunt him. Some
brave souls even use the pistol to take the furry little creatures. They live in varied areas of
desert and heat in the South to the frozen waste lands of the North country. Hares and
rabbits are all good hunting. From the Texas jack rabbit to the swamp rabbit which lives in
watery environs the result is always predictable. Rabbit hunting is addictive and
For those of us used to sitting motionless in deer stands the rabbit offers a viable alternative.
Action abounds in this sport. The jack rabbit is usually hunted with rifles of the appropriate
caliber. They are long distance runners and are sometimes observed at ranges that are well
beyond the distances where cotton tails are harvested with shotguns. Accuracy is the
number one objective in hunting the Jack. Running targets are not out of the question and
can add tremendously sport to an afternoon of hunting. The rabbit and its cousins usually are
observed right before sundown or early in the morning. The cotton tail is usually hunted with
a fast moving shotgun. The cotton tail will usually go into the thickest cover that it can find.
Hunting rabbits in this situation is akin to hunting quail. You can expect fast moving and
explosive action almost under your feet.
Walking in rabbit country is the best way to waylay these speedsters. The zig zag
travel escape routes of the cotton tail can be exhilarating. This rabbit has more twists and
turns than a couple on a blind date who only ambition is to end this escapade and go
home alone for the night. The rabbit goes from one set of protective cover to another. Your
reflexes have to be sharp and your gun handling has to be true. The rabbit is not particularly
hard to kill. Many sportsmen try to avoid meat damage by trying for head shots.
Many times I have witnessed rabbits running at a fast pace in open country with no change in
their speed. If you watch long enough you can usually observe a dog or a predator hot on
their trail. The scream emitted by a dying rabbit can usually mean one thing. The rabbit has
was taken by one of its predators and the end is near. The hawk and coyote are very fond
of rabbit meat. They know a good thing when they taste it. I grow up on rabbit meat. My
mother always prepared the delicious bounty which I bought home from the surrounding
fields. One of the downsides of growing old is not being able to follow the trail of the rabbit
through rough country on a hunting afternoon because of age riddled limbs. My memories of
those fun filled afternoons as a boy chasing the rabbit through the countryside will never
escape my memory and will be forever a part of my heritage as a hunter.