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  1. RabbitDogs.net Decal Contest!

    We're having a giveaway on RabbitDogs and I want you to join! Up for grabs are the new RabbitDogs.net decals, and as most everyone has said, they look great! Entry is quick and easy, just post to the thread! On December 8th we will shut it down and post the winners with the video of the drawing on the 9th. Please be sure to get entered before it's to late! [URL]http://www.rabbitdogs.net/f3/rabbitdogs-net-decal-contest-21901/[/URL]
  2. Greek Rabbit Stew

    My Mediterranean blood compelled me to share this recipe. After going out on the rabbit hunt, you may have thought of all kinds of creative ways to incorporate rabbit in your stew, but there is a way to add some flavor and sweetness toyour hunt. Many cultures throughout history have used rabbit in their meals. It is considered a delicacy in Europe, and gypsies use rabbit in their recipes throughout the centuries. You may have had rabbit stew, but how about it in the Greek tradition? This...
  3. Train Dogs for the Hunt

    Hunting dogs, especially beagles, are born and bred to track the scents of rabbits, but discipline must be instilled in them for successful hunts. This is actually an easy process, since dogs like beagles will pick up the rest when you train them for the hunt. You must not only train your dogs to successfully track rabbits without their presence, but for them not to harm the rabbit once it is captured. This will be essential as you are training them. The best time to train your dog are as...
  4. Dog Profile: The Whippet

    In my last article about great hunting dogs other than beagles, I highlighted some stellar breeds that will aid you on the hunt. But I think the whippet deserves special attention because of its sporting abilities and small size. These dogs are descended from greyhounds and are known as the poor man's racehorse. The name whippet literally means whip it, because of its fast speed. If you're looking for speed and agility, this is a dog to consider. They are primarily sight-hounds, dogs that...
  5. Mixed Beagles: Beagle/Boxer

    This is my beagle-boxer in the above photo, and he still has a stellar scent when tracking small animals. All I have to do is issue verbal commands, and he'll immediately snap into alert status when looking for small animals to chase. He still has the beagle instinct to hone in on a scent and pursue any small creature relentlessly until capturing it. There is debate over whether or not mixed-bred beagles can make effective hunters, but I'll go out on a limb and say yes. However, it depends...
  6. Desert Cottontails

    Desert Cottontails, and other rabbits out west, are going to a bit more brazen and bold, since they are surviving in the barest of elements. Cottontails are rabbits found all throughout the western states and northern Mexico. The desert cottontail is not as rough around the edges as jackrabbits are, but they are survivors to the bitter end. You can find them up to 600,500 feet at elevation until other species of rabbit are found at higher levels. These are smaller rabbits compared to the...
  7. Georgia Boys Done Good

    Ever gone after those cottontails with the beagles and a vest full of shells only to come back with just one or two sad little flopears? Well we know of some Georgia boys that didn't have that problem on a recent trip into the woods searching for Mr. Rabbit. Larry Ramsey sent in this amazing spread of their recent harvest. While hunting on private land in Sandy Creek near Royston, Ga, the party of Billy Rucker, Damon Hale, Larry Ramsey, & Larry Ramsey Jr jumped 43 cottontails and managed to...
  8. The Art of Training Beagle Pups

    The beagle is considered one of the oldest hunting breed and is especially bred for hunting rabbits. However, all beagle dogs do not show interest in tracking rabbits and need to be trained. This has happened because certain breeders have focused on cultivating only selective traits like being a show dog and so on. Therefore, if you are looking for a hunting beagle, try to find a purebred from a line of hunting and tracking beagles. This will ensure your beagle has the required genetic...
  9. Understanding Idiopathic Epilepsy in Beagles

    When your beagle, who has been your faithful hunting companion, is in the grip of a fit and is rendered immobile, it is an unbearable sight. You have no idea what you should do and will be eager to take your dog to the vet. Many beagles are known to suffer from epileptic fits and the best way to cope would be to know more about this condition. A Terrible Situation Epileptic fits in beagles can be due to brain tumors, infections, trauma, improper circulation, or some problem with the...
  10. Get Your Pup to Focus on You (Part One)

    Getting your dog to focus on you is one of the more difficult training methods, and it takes some persistence if you're dealing with a dog that wasn't trained early as a pup. It is a building block in constructing a healthy relationship between master and pet, and it will allow your dog to remain focused during the rabbit hunt. Whether you're dealing with a beagle, or any other dog, getting them to squarely focus on you is important. Before they focus on other animals, they need to learn to...
  11. Getting Your Dog to Retrieve the Kill

    In my previous articles about training your hunting pups from a young age, I outlined some basics in keeping your canine composed and disciplined in everyday life, but having them well trained when hunting is the prime directive. There are a variety of ways to train your dog when doing the hunt, but here are some key tips that may aid you in your purpose. Whistling Because of their sensitive ears, getting your dog is respond to whistles is an easy part of training. And it is also important...
  12. Unwanted Dogs

    Many hunters get dogs from breeders with strong bloodlines, but an unwanted dog from pound, for instance, can make a great hunting companion as well. You will come across all types of dogs that end up in the pound, even Beagles and Retrievers. And German Shepherds have been known to be excellent canines for hunting birds. Puppies will end up in the pound, which is perfect if you plant to train them. However, older dogs from the pound will also make good hunting companions, even if they were...
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