Rabbit Opener 2017

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Hunted solo yesterday and got my 5 by 7:30 am....All with my Beeman GS 1000 pellet gun....Not alot of rabbits seen with such tall mustard and grasses.

This morning I went out with Jacob and it was a whole different ball game (young eyes I think.....lol)....Jacob got the 1st one with a 45 yd pellet gun shot....He then hit 3 in a row, missed one, finished with his Savage .17 at 5:45 am.

Because we saw many more this morning, I got on the gun....1st one was a 80 yd .17 shot....3 in a row, then missed one at 10 yds 3 times, before I finally hit it....The grasses are so high, many times they don't even know they're being shot at....Staying in the truck helps too.... :smiley-sideways-laff-aqua:

Saw lots of poults afterwards this morning and found the motherlode of bucks.... :smiley-toothless-aqua:

The 2017 hunting season has started......... :smiley-thumbs-up-aqua:

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Tom,

I made fajita rabbit last night.....Cleaned and put into water for about 4 hours....Tamped dry....Fajita seasoning on one side and garlic pepper on the other....Jaccad the meat....Frying pan with hot olive oil with onions....Seared tortilla with cheese, lettuce and guacamole salsa......Damn delicious..... :smiley_10sign:

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Rabbits are one of my favorites to eat. Looks fun.
 

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That looks fun but I am always nervous about eating rabbit this early. But anyway, nice work with a pellet rifle!
 

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Dan,

Knock on wood, but I've never had an issue....Don't know if there's ever been a case of "rabbit fever" (Tularemia) in SD either.....I've never used gloves, but I guess I probably should....Did see a couple of fleas and a tick today.
 

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We killed and ate a lot of rabbits when I was a kid. Both jackrabbits and cottontails. (In fact my folks, being from Europe, always preferred jacks). Anyway, I remember talking to an old timer once who told me the rule with rabbits was you don't hunt them until after the first good frost. I think the rationale was the cold snap would kill off any sick ones.

In any case I may try to bag a few this year. Saw lots last year out in the desert -- more than any season in recent memory. We ate a couple of the cottontails and they were very tasty. I almost regretted not bagging a few more, but we were chasing birds ...
 

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Just double check the livers or kidneys... been eating lots of July rabbits. Tossed a couple that looked questionable before.
 

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Heard the old adage about only eating rabbits taken in months with r's in em; but growing up the men in my family, grandfathers, dad, uncles, cousins, and my brothers and I would go every July 1st up near Bakersfield and kill limits of cottontails. The women would brine them until the morning of the 4th; then they would fry and BBQ for our entire family !!
Never had a problem with any diseases . Dad would always throw out the ones that had warblers in em ??? Guess he was afraid of something from them.
Really miss them days !!!!
 

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DOG ON POINT said:
Just double check the livers or kidneys... been eating lots of July rabbits. Tossed a couple that looked questionable before.
I never touch or see the liver or kidneys.....Cut back straps out & meat off of back legs.

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I was in Winnemucca at sunrise Saturday morning for work. The wet winter was very good for the cottontails. A water hole I was watching had pintails lift off, then a crap load of cranes. Coyotes we're working the sage for breakfast. Had to leave just after sunrise but it would be a good year for a trip to the high desert.
 

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bearclaw said:
Great reason to get out this early, although so is A zone archery... I will chase rabbits soon enough!!!
Zeke,

Any reason is a good reason to be out hunting...... :smiley-thumbs-up-aqua:
 

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You sir, (OP) have inspired me to take my Umarex Octane out for a walk! Thanks for the pics and motivation!
 
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