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Old 04-12-2019, 10:35 AM   #1
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The chances are that you don’t hunt enough rabbits, which is really too bad. They are tasty, challenging, and a fun way to get outside. It can be a fun hunt with kids, and you probably already have the tools you need to do it.

Maybe you’re like the old timers who told my buddy, Rob, “We don’t hunt rabbits, we just kill ’em,” but you’re missing out. Check with your local regs, but you’ll probably find long and liberal seasons on cottontail rabbits. Let me share some tips for hunting and cleaning rabbits that will have you rethinking these marvelously tasty little game animals.

Those of you who are already onboard, I’d love to hear your tips in the comments.
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Old 04-12-2019, 10:56 AM   #2
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One time I went wabbit hunting with my cousins and the only thing I was left with was a 357 magnum......but I did manage to get a few holes, I mean...rabbits.
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I ate a lot of rabbit as a yankee. The old say of don't hunt them until after the first frost more or less killed hunting them to eat here in Texas. I was buying commercial Rabbit meat for a while because I like it that much.
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I did a LOT of rabbit hunting growing up in SW Ohio. We would always clean, cook, & eat everything we shot. I used to make some great rabbit stews in my mom's Crockpot by adding carrots, peas, potatoes or whatever and some gravy. I miss those days.
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Old 04-12-2019, 11:53 AM   #5
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The saying I was taught was to only hunt them in months that have an "R" in them.

That pretty much means don't hunt them in the summertime. But we did, and never had any problems as long as they were gutted and skinned quickly and put on ice or in the outside freezer - and always check the liver for spots and discoloration.

In warm places, I say skin them out and get them on ice quickly so you don't get ticks and fleas in your ice chest or freezer.
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[QUOTE=Sanders;1480776]The saying I was taught was to only hunt them in months that have an "R" in them.


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We raised rabbits once. Kind of on accident. Inherited a buck and doe when my Grandpa died.

Those were good eatin'. Way better than cotton hoppers, and much more meat, too.

Had them battered and fried like chicken, grilled on the barbecue, in stews, and the one you don't want to do - rabbit chile. Rabbit does not make a good chile for some reason. Maybe because it is too lean.
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I remember something about rabbits in warm months being tainted with a parasite bug called "warbles" or something like that. I've seen pictures of rabbit flesh infested with those things and they were pretty disgusting. Never encountered them myself tho.
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I remember something about rabbits in warm months being tainted with a parasite bug called "warbles" or something like that. I've seen pictures of rabbit flesh infested with those things and they were pretty disgusting. Never encountered them myself tho.
Tularemia...............
"Tularemia is a disease that can infect animals and people. Rabbits, hares, and rodents are especially susceptible and often die in large numbers during outbreaks. People can become infected by several ways, including:

Tick and deer fly bites
Skin contact with infected animals
Drinking contaminated water
Inhaling contaminated aerosols or agricultural and landscaping dust
Laboratory exposure

In addition, people could be exposed as a result of bioterrorism.

Symptoms vary depending how the person was infected. Tularemia can be life-threatening, but most infections can be treated successfully with antibiotics."
Look it up....
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The saying I was taught was to only hunt them in months that have an "R" in them.

That pretty much means don't hunt them in the summertime. But we did, and never had any problems as long as they were gutted and skinned quickly and put on ice or in the outside freezer - and always check the liver for spots and discoloration.

In warm places, I say skin them out and get them on ice quickly so you don't get ticks and fleas in your ice chest or freezer.
So oysters rulles apply!
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Tularemia has infected several people I know.
Two of them died because of it.
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Foxes and bald eagles have decimated the rabbit pop. in my ao.
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Tularemia has infected several people I know.
Two of them died because of it.
As a kid My Grandfather from Montana, taking us kids hunting told us not to eat rabbits because of disease. He must of knew people that died from Tularmia from rabbits


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