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  1. The Amazing, Intriguing, and Astounding Eyes of Rabbits and Dogs!

    Have you ever watched a rabbit and wondered how much of what was going around it was actually visible to it or how well it could see your dogs? There are many questions that could be asked about rabbit vision based on eye placement and color visibility. Just as the world appears one way to us, it is quite possible for it to appear quite differently to our dogs and the rabbits they hunt. Photo: Doowans News and Events Due to the nature of a rabbit's life, the species has evolved an eye that...
  2. There is More than One Way to Skin a Rabbit

    There is more than one way to skin a rabbit. While the concept remains the same, there are variations in the methods used from one person to the next. This could include a preferred way of rabbit positioning and specific choices in tools used. Whichever methods and means you utilize, the goal is the same: a cleanly skinned and gutted rabbit. Photo: Deak's Farm One of the ways to begin the process of skinning a rabbit includes hanging it upside down from a sturdy point of contact, such as...
  3. Emergency Field Care Preparedness

    It is not only hard to predict when a disaster will strike, but it also holds true that how it strikes is not likely to be certain. Accidents and injuries happen regardless of how prepared we are and how many precautions we take. As ideal as it would be to have a safety guarantee, but no such thing exists. Photo: Our Beagle World Because you cannot prevent harm, it is necessary to be able to treat it when it arises. In a wilderness setting such as where rabbit hunting is done, many hazards...
  4. The Trickery of the Rabbit's Tail

    One of the most unmistakable characteristics a rabbit has is its white tail. From a far off distance, it is possible to pick out that little white speck on the horizon, but following it to and fro is another story entirely, both for your eyes and that of your dog. You see, this seemingly defenseless little creature actually possesses some intelligent design in that little white tail. Although it may contrast with the scenery around it as well as the coat pattern of the rabbit itself, the...
  5. The Origins of the Lucky Rabbit's Foot

    As a child, did you ever come across 'lucky' rabbit's feet? They used to be sold at fairs and were used as prizes at arcades back in the day, although this trend has died off over the years. For a while there, however, it was fairly normal to see a bowl of rabbit feet, dyed in outrageous colors with key chains attached so you could conveniently carry them with you at all times. Photo: Facebook The connection between luck and rabbit feet goes back to ancient tradition, although if you were...
  6. Encouraging Rabbit Populations by Providing an Inviting Environment

    When hunting rabbits, we all know the importance of a good, reliable dog or pack of dogs. These animals work like a well-oiled machine to bring rabbits in for you to be able to successfully finish the job. What might help make their job easier (and yours as well) is creating an environment conducive to fostering a healthy rabbit population. Photo: Gina Sanders While rabbits naturally exist in plentifully in the wild, their presence and population in certain areas does vary. Encouraging them...
  7. The More, the Merrier? Hunting with a Single Dog or Pack

    In a lot of cases, more is better. More money, more time, more sleep, etc. are all things we can appreciate. Sometimes, however, more can be a problem, such as with more bills or more bad weather. It has been said that all things are good in moderation, but it is determining the level of more/moderation you can live with that will aid in achieving balance. One way in which you must contemplate whether or not you want more is the number of dogs you keep and use for hunting purposes. More...
  8. For Inside or Outside Dogs, Overall Conditioning Matters Most

    An age old argument regarding not only rabbit dogs but working dogs of all types is where to keep them. We are all well aware of the basic needs of a dog, those being food, water, shelter, and medical care. The question that remains, however, is how far to take the shelter part. Many people swear by housing dogs outdoors in doghouses bedded with straw, claiming that it toughens them up and makes them better able to face the outdoor trials that await them while hunting. Alternately, others...
  9. Increase Your Rabbit Kills

    Rabbits are ever paranoid and always on the move to avoid predators. Their peripheral vision makes them well suited to spot any sign of danger. While rabbits are good evaders, there are things you can do to spot them, or flush them out in the open. Always wear protective clothing, especially long-sleeved apparel to protect yourself against ticks and thorns. Rabbit Hours Rabbits are most active in the early morning and later evening. Look for open fields, or any place where there is a...
  10. Curbing Canine Aggression

    Rabbit dogs are meant to be fierce and dedicated on the hunting field, but keeping them disciplined when off the field is also imperative. As a dog owner, doggie aggression is something that I have had to deal with, and it requires an entirely separate approach from standard dog training. A dog that displays excessive aggression is indication of a behavior problem that could manifest on and off the hunting field. Aggression stems from all types of issues: fear, alpha behavior, frustration,...
  11. Braised Rabbit: Fried and Unfried

    Throughout the world, many high-class restaurants serve rabbit at exorbitant prices, but you can have your own top-notch dish through your very own hunting efforts. There are all sorts of recipes ideas for rabbit, especially when it comes to the braised variety. The following is one such recipe, and you can find the same recipe at About\'s American Food section. Italian-Style Braised Rabbit What You\'ll Need: 1 Large Dutch Oven or Heavy Pot 1 rabbit: (2 lbs.) Cut into pieces. Dried...
  12. Dog Injuries

    Like humans, hunting dogs can get injuries. Hunting is sport for dogs, since it requires vigorous running, sprinting and retrieval, but dogs can also suffer from sports-like injuries. But it doesn\'t necessarily mean instant retirement your beloved pooch. Most of the time, healing an injury requires some ointment and a bandage, along with some time off from hunting. If your dog is injured, take the following precautionary measures. Cuts/Abrasions If your dog is cut in any way, you can...
  13. How To Keep Your Dog Safe Rabies

    Image from health.india.com Rabies is a vicious disease, for which there is no cure, so it is imperative that rabbit dogs be up to date on their shots. Hunting with your dogs is a fun experience, but they are more likely to come across wild animals when on the hunt. Rabies not only poses a danger to dogs, but it is a disease that can be just as lethal to humans, so it is also important for hunters to be careful of wild animals when hunting. What is rabies? Rabies is a virus that attacks...
  14. Fighting For Alpha Status

    Image from Tigertail Foods You know you have an alpha dog when you see its tail raise with the tip pointed towards the back. This is typical behavior among canine packs, and it is the alpha leader's way of letting everyone know his dominant stance within the pack. When you adopt a puppy, it immediately views you and the family as a pack, and will likely assert its dominance within the family. This is something I went through when we adopted my dog. He has had his tail raised since he was a...
  15. Don't Put Your Old Dog To Pasture Just Yet

    Having older hunting dogs around the home can be rewarding and challenging at the same time. On one hand, you have a lifelong hunting companion that has never let you down, but like humans, dogs begin to slow down over time as well. Age catches up with us all, including dogs, and training/hunting takes a physical toll on dogs over time, which makes them susceptible to a variety of health related problems later in life. What to Do If you notice that your hunting dog has been slowing down,...
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