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  1. 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...
  2. 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...
  3. 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...
  4. 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...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. Purchasing, Selecting, and Readying Guns for Rabbit Season

    As the days tick by on the calendar, rabbit season grows nearer and nearer. Before you know it, the time will be upon us to embark on our first hunt of the season. While we wait with eager anticipation for opening day to arrive, there are a few ways to occupy our time, such as by preparing or purchasing your gun of choice. One of the many important preparations for hunting season, along with prepping your rabbit dogs, is to have your gun in good condition and ready to go. This could include...
  10. Pre-Season Preparations: The Time is Now

    It sure is hot outside with summer only beginning to round the curve towards winding down. As a result of the oppressive heat, it is much easier to hide indoors, soaking up the air conditioning, than working outside to prepare for a successful rabbit season. Tempting though it may be, it is time to dig up the motivation and get to work making preparations if you have not do so already. Rabbit season will be here before you know it, after all. Photo: Northern Tier Outfitters One of the most...
  11. Rabbit Dogs: Hunting Tool or Pet with a Part-Time Job?

    When we set upon a task or goal, we make the choice to equip ourselves with the necessary tools to get the job done. Whether you need a hammer or a hefty dose of self-confidence, you prepare accordingly. In the case of hunting with rabbit dogs, the same applies. You equip yourself with the right clothing, hunting gear, and other tools to get the job done. The question that remains is whether or not your dog is one of those 'tools.' There is no denying that a good rabbit dog is invaluable...
  12. Swamp Rabbit Hunting and Associated Wetland Dangers

    The swamp rabbit is a popular game rabbit in the southern wetlands of the United States. This rabbit is a sizable cottontail, among the grandest of its kind with a weight ranging between 3-6 pounds. Brown in color and adorned with a traditional whitish tail, the swamp rabbit calls the bayou its home. Here it feasts on marsh grasses and plants, nesting in small above ground dens, running quickly and swimming to survive predation as necessary. Photo: Otter Side It is the swimming ability of...
  13. Preventing Tularemia From Infecting Both You and Your Dogs

    Most actions have consequences. Some of these are positive while others may instead be negative. In order to avoid life's many consequences, it is necessary to make good choices and approach situations with care and caution. While this is true overall, it also applies to rabbit hunting. An example of a negative consequence is contracting Rabbit Fever, or Tularemia. While this disease is rare, it is infectious and can be passed from a diseased rabbit to a human being. Cooking rabbit...
  14. Finding Your Dogs in the Field: Triangulation or GPS?

    Dogs that go missing during a hunt can be time consuming to find, setting your hunt back and putting you at the risk of having a less productive day. Even the best dog may get distracted now and then, veering off course and failing to do his or her job as effectively as possible due to a loss of focus. There are many things that can capture the attention of a rabbit dog, and those things may at times cause a disruption in the hunt when a dog takes a wrong turn or separates from the pack....
  15. Whelping: Achieving a Successful Pregnancy and Birth

    There is something about all that soft fur and cute playfulness of puppies that wins the hearts of many. Even in dogs that are bred with a job in mind, the joy of puppies being born is easy to embrace. Having puppies is not all sunshine and rainbows, however. There are whelping issues that can present themselves and your dog and her pups may need assistance from you or a vet. Because of this, there are many things you need to know and for which you should prepare when the arrival of pups is...
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