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  1. A Hunter's Fantasy: The Flemish Giant

    We all have that hunting buddy who loves to regale us with tales of monster rabbits bagged on every hunt. To hear this person tell it, the rabbit was twice the weight of the average cottontail and three times as long. It can be tough to listen to such stories with a straight face and it may seem at times like even your rabbit dogs are rolling their eyes. Though such enormous cottontails may be a figment of the imagination, that does not necessarily mean there aren't some big ol' bunnies...
  2. Scratchy ears and feet: Dew poisoning and how to fight it

    We've talked about this from time to time on the forum, the scratching, itchy problems experienced by our pups after a morning chasing flop ears in the wet dew. This old school problem, called dew fever or dew poisoning, has a simple cause and a simple fix. What causes it? Odds are through your encounters either in high school field houses, dorm rooms, and military service or at your local gym or campgrounds; you have had dire warnings to wear your shower shoes when walking around in the...
  3. Why rabbit hunting is perfect for introducing kids to the outdoors

    While many will fight you to the death that deer, waterfowl, or turkey hunting is the only way to go, those who know understand that taking flop ears with the aid of dogs is the sport of kings. Its this sport that is perfect to bring the youth of today into and create the sportsmen of tomorrow. (GA Dept of Wildlife) Why start small? Small game hunting often is the first type of hunting to which beginner sportsmen are exposed. The lessons learned while hunting for these abundant creatures...
  4. What's the ideal shotgun for rabbit?

    As bunny busters, we spend lots of time on our gear, and even more on our dogs. These two get us close enough to roll these little critters but in the end, its the shotgun that does the work. With that in mind, let us talk about the best scattergun for the job. Caliber The good thing about bunnies is that they are the very definition of small game. In the Eastern U.S., where dogs are used primarily, a 4-pound rabbit is in the same category as a 16-point buck or a 30-pound salmon. Western...
  5. Staying safe on dog buys

    Let's face it, not everyone out there in the world is honest and upstanding. In fact, some people are downright quick to deprive you of your hard-earned money or property under threat of doing worse. From time to time, we find ourselves buying or selling dogs, which can make us targets for these type of folks. Lets talk about that... Dog buy gone wrong In Dekalb County, Georgia last week, a man selling a puppy on Craigslist, a free online classifieds service, got an offer that was too good...
  6. Chondrodystrophy and Beagle Breeding

    Chondrodystrophy is a condition that affects different breeds of dog, one of which is the Beagle. Dogs affected by chondrodystrophy, which is also known as osteochondrodysplasia, are often unusually small in size in addition to being plagued by skeletal deformities. These conditions have actually played a role in the breeding of dogs such as the Basset Hound, but the related deformities are not desirable in the Beagle breed and it is desirous that they be avoided. Photo: AlaDar Beagles...
  7. Tanning Rabbit Pelts for Preservation

    After the hunt is over and the rabbit meat brought home by you and your rabbit dogs, what do you do with your pelts? Those who hunt with regularity could be faced with an abundance of pelts that they do not need or wish to use. In some cases, these can be sold or traded off, but in the meantime, preservation is necessary. In order to preserve pelts, it is imperative that they be tanned as soon as possible or else they will become useless waste material. Photo: Animal Skin Tanning Services...
  8. The Pros and Cons of Insuring Rabbit Dogs

    In our modern world, a commonly accepted practice for protecting our valuables is insuring them. Whether it be your car, home, or even your life, we keep insurance on those things to keep from feeling the potentially catastrophic impact should something go wrong. Additionally, we insure our own health as a means to pay for necessary care and treatments, but what about the health of our dogs? Having a dog with health issues can get expensive quite quickly. Even a dog that is healthy today...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  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. 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...
  14. 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....
  15. 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...
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