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  1. The Nose Knows: Why Rabbit Dogs Lose Scent Trails

    Watching your rabbit dogs likely gives you an array of feelings depending on the day. At times, you will be proud. Sometimes frustration will be paramount. There will be good days and there will be bad. Many things can make for a bad day, but among the particularly disparaging is a lost scent trail. As you watch your rabbit dogs at work, likely from an elevated vantage point, it may seem clear to you where the scent trail is. This is because you have a clear sight of the rabbit and its...
  2. The Mystery of the Horned Rabbit: Cottontail Rabbit Papilloma Virus

    When on a hunt with your rabbit dogs, chances are you may have stumbled across a bizarre creature or two. In truth, this could mean a lot of things, as science has a way of surprising us with mutations and other types of odd appearances. One such example of this is Shope Papilloma Virus, which is sometimes referred to as Cottontail Rabbit Papilloma Virus (CRPV) and causes unusual growths to protrude from the bodies of rabbits. If you think back to myths you have heard over the years, one...
  3. Tips for Good Rabbit Hunting Etiquette

    An often overlooked aspect of hunting is the other hunters with which you may have to share space. When we envision a perfect hunt in our minds, it does not include pulling up to a favorite hunting area just to find another hunter already set up and ready to go, yet this is a reality faced by many of us. In some cases, we will be the one late to the game, having lost out on prime real estate, or we may find ourselves being the first hunter there just to have someone else show up and be...
  4. 4 Areas to Release Rabbit Dogs in the Field

    It's a big world out there if you are a rabbit, or if you are the person trying to use dogs hunt rabbits. There are many places for rabbits to den up and to hide in order to avoid predators. While this is good for a rabbit, it can be frustrating for the hunter running dogs in hopes of reaching a limit of rabbits. The thrill of the chase can be exciting and intriguing, but coming up empty-handed after a lengthy effort can put a damper on your day. Going home hungry and without a rabbit for...
  5. Tips for Beginning Rabbit Hunters

    Rabbit hunting with beagles is an activity growing in popularity with new participants getting started all the time. If you've come across a new Beagler, you were likely bombarded with a series of questions about the adventure upon which they are about to embark. It is also possible that you are new to rabbit dogs yourself and have questions in need of answering. Well, here are some tips to share with those starting out, or to keep for your own personal use. 1. While hunting with rabbit...
  6. Things to Consider When Selecting Future Rabbit Dogs

    When it comes time to acquire a rabbit dog, the selection process can be quite daunting. This is especially true for persons selecting their first dog who might not be familiar with breeders or successful rabbit hunting lines. To eliminate confusion and allow yourself to make the best dog selection possible, there are a few things to consider beforehand. The more prepared you are in advance of a bunch of wiggly pups crawling in your lap, the better off you will be when the time comes to...
  7. Is Adoption in the Cards for Your Next Beagle?

    The acquisition of rabbit dogs can be a very particular thing for some individuals. In a recent article, we touched on picking out a puppy and the qualities you might like a puppy to possess. Depending on who you ask, you may be given different reasons as to why a certain puppy is or is not the best in a litter. Bloodlines are of high significance and certain lines are favored over others. Although there are many factors that go in to the decision of picking out a dog, what if all of that...
  8. Overcoming Gun Shyness in Rabbit Dogs

    After the painstaking process of selecting and investing in a pup and training him or her to hunt is complete, it can be quite disappointing for that dog to turn out to be gun shy. Nothing will stop hunting progress in its tracks faster than a rabbit dog that cowers at the sound, or even sight, of a gun. This has resulted in a lot of hunters rehoming dogs, but it doesn't have to be that way. Photo: Gun Rights Media Although there could be various reasons for gun shyness, such as a timid...
  9. Cheap and Easy Shelter Ideas for Rabbit Dogs

    Depending on the part of the country you call home, you may be getting well acquainted with a dose of bitter cold. Even in warmer, tropical climates the mercury has begun to head south into freezing temperatures. While the brisk cold is a welcome sign to many of us as it means the days of rabbit hunting have arrived, there are still cold weather precautions that must be taken, such as in the case of housing dogs that reside outside. There is nothing like a sturdy dog house to keep your...
  10. Tick-Borne Illnesses That Threaten Rabbit Dogs

    With rabbit dogs come many things, up to and including ticks. The illnesses caused by ticks are said to spike in early spring and late fall due to the increased activity level of ticks during warm months, which means the time is now to be watching for signs of tick ailments in your dogs. If you're not sure of the signs of tick related issues or the actual illnesses themselves, read on to learn more about the most common tick-borne diseases that affect dogs, and in some cases, people as well....
  11. 5 Basic Obedience Behaviors All Rabbit Dogs Should Know

    A well-trained rabbit hunting dog is very near to being worth its weight in gold. Having an animal that knows and does its job on a regular basis can make the difference between a hunting expedition that goes smoothly and one that leaves you frazzled and potentially unsuccessful. Because of this, many of us put great effort into training our dogs so that we can be greatly rewarded with the outcome in the field. Training rabbit dogs is a serious matter, but training a dog should not begin...
  12. Dog Wars: Fighting to Protect the Ability to Hunt with Rabbit Dogs

    Imagine a world without rabbit dogs; that is, if you dare. While such a concept may seem unlikely, it is actually possible that the right to hunt with dogs will someday be a freedom of the past. Each year different organizations pop up and try to get bills passed that will eradicate the right to hunt with dogs. In the even that they are eventually able to succeed, hunting will be forever changed, which is why it is important that hunting dog owners stand up for their rights. The United...
  13. Rabbit Dogs of a Different Color

    In most rabbit hunting circles, the beagle is the dog of choice. With their natural inclination to follow a scent trail and physical agility, it is hard to beat a pack of beagles in hot pursuit of a rabbit. In addition to making great hunting buddies, beagles are fabulous companions as well as wonderful family pets. All in all, the beagle is a breed that's hard to beat, but they are certainly not the only breed option that will serve you well in the hunt field. Photo: Italiano da Lontano...
  14. Preparing Meals of Rabbit Meat

    Though rabbit hunting is an exciting sport, especially where rabbit dogs are a part of it, a major reason to hunt rabbits is for food purposes. Rabbits make for a tasty feast that can be easily prepared by using various methods. Regardless of the type of meal that suits your fancy, rabbit meat can definitely be a part of it. In addition to the thrill of the hunt and the pride associated with bringing home wild game for dinner, there are many reasons for choosing to consume rabbit. For one...
  15. Cold Weather Care for Rabbit Dogs

    As frigid temperatures grip much of the country, there is no time like the present to consider how the cold affects your rabbit dogs. A glance outside is likely to reveal snow falling or ice forming, both of which can have a major impact on your animals. This means paying special attention to their needs across the board, including time spent in the field chasing rabbits. Photo: Pinterest The enthusiasm of a beagle in hot pursuit of a rabbit is tough to match. As dogs pick up a scent and...
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