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#1 TheGDog

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Posted 27 June 2018 - 11:35 PM

With Rabbit Season quickly upon us... for those of you with more experience that often reach Daily Limit.  I have some questions:

After you make a shot to take down a bunny... how long to do you leave him there before deciding to get up and go over there and pick him up and put him into your game bag?

Do you clean them all at the end of the day? Of to you quickly clean their entrails out just before adding each one to your bag?

Assuming a hotter day... about how long would you consider a safe amount of time to allow the shot rabbit to just lay on the ground for a second... waiting for another one to present himself which may be nearby?...before you finally decided it's time to go pick him up and add him to your bag limit?


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Posted 28 June 2018 - 05:52 AM

   I try to retrieve all my game as soon as I take it. Before rabbits go in ice chest I will gut them, then when the hunt is over for the day I will finish the cleaning then soak in salt water over night.



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Posted 28 June 2018 - 06:52 AM

I go get them as soon as I can.  Then I use a trick that an old redneck showed me.  Hold the rabbit out at arm's length, head high, grip tightly with  both hands around the rib cage or a little lower and squeeze until the entrails blow out the bottom..  Kind of like milking a cow,  Then into the vest until I can get it to ice.



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Posted 28 June 2018 - 10:25 AM

I still hunt rabbits to practice my skills when I'm deer hunting. Once I arrow one I put it in the pack and continue my hunt. I usually only hunt a hour or two morning g or evening so do t worry about spoilage

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Posted 28 June 2018 - 01:44 PM

I pick them up as soon as I know they're dead....I also never touch the gut, because I filet them when I get home....Way easier and you lose nothing much in the front half of a rabbit anyway.

 

Make a small incision behind the head....Pull skin down to the tail....You'll see 2 back straps....Filet out....Then pull skin off of legs and cut meat from bone (a little darker & round)....You get 2 pieces of meat that looks like chicken strips....I soak a day or so, but not necessary with pure white meat....Then season, Jaccard them, fry in olive oil, chop up, and make faquitas.

 

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Posted 28 June 2018 - 02:16 PM

Always approach from the high ground..never approach from below..I don't hunt rabbits anymore ever since the incident back in 83...it's not talked about anymore..the horror..

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Posted 28 June 2018 - 04:40 PM

Always approach from the high ground..never approach from below..I don't hunt rabbits anymore ever since the incident back in 83...it's not talked about anymore..the horror..

 

Was there a rock and a swiss army knife too?  


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Posted 28 June 2018 - 06:10 PM

You lived thru it brother.. albeit..a different less aggressive species...we saw the light...praise be Jesus!!

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Posted 28 June 2018 - 11:08 PM

OK... but so like... if you know there are other Rabbits nearby where you just shot one... and you didn't see them vacate the area when you fired... and you thought they *might* end up presenting themselves if you just hold tight for a bit... what's the max you might wait before walking over to pick that one up?


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Posted 29 June 2018 - 05:15 AM

5 minutes


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Posted 29 June 2018 - 07:06 PM

Always approach from the high ground..never approach from below..I don't hunt rabbits anymore ever since the incident back in 83...it's not talked about anymore..the horror..

 

Touch their eye ball with tip of rifle, if no movement, put one more insurance shot into them and clean within a couple hours.


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Posted 30 June 2018 - 10:39 AM

you,re absoulutley right paul...I was gonna bring up the time you and i had to get the tractor to handle"buisness" at jerrys..but I,ll save that for another campfire..always work smarter..not harder..what a morning!


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Posted 30 June 2018 - 08:24 PM

What???  Finishing shot?   No way!... I like stabbing 'em too much. (Takes out knife, looks at it)  She's been soo hungry lately... and  pushy too. (HaHA!)

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Edited by TheGDog, 30 June 2018 - 08:25 PM.

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Posted 01 July 2018 - 02:45 PM

I'm totally exhausted....Hunted hard this morning and was able to drag these boys off the mountain....The one 4th from the left was down in a deep ravine….Thought I'd never get out...Good thing I had the SIL with me....I'm just getting too old for these rugged hunts...……..... :just-passin-thru:

 

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Posted 01 July 2018 - 02:56 PM

Great way to start off a new season!




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