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  1. Timeline of the fight to defend the Right to Keep and Bear Arms (Infographic)

    First framed by founding father James Madison back in 1789, the fundamental rights protected under the Second Amendment of the Constitution to keep and bear arms have been under attack for centuries and withstood the test of time with both wins and losses for those who defend gun rights. With the current administration's efforts to paint certain classes of firearms as being, "not family heritage or family tradition," while advocating a ban in the same breath, it appears that the war is still...
  2. Of Gun Safety and Hunters Ed

    We are a tribe of hunters and sportsmen and, as with all tribal knowledge; it has to be passed down to the next generation. After all, if there are no new hunters, where will the sport be in a generation? In addition to hands-on instruction given by us to our youth, it is also a good idea to get some formal training--, which in many states is a requirement to hunt. Gun safety Starting them off young, there is the National Rifle Association's Eddie Eagle Program for pre-kindergarten to...
  3. Pink could be on the spectrum for Wisc. rabbit hunters

    A bipartisan group of lawmakers in the Wisconsin State House last week introduced legislation to expand the color choices for those sportsmen out in the woods during the six-weeks of gun and muzzleloader deer season-- which overlaps rabbit season in the state. Lawmakers who feel the addition of pink to the already adopted blaze orange would help open the outdoor shooting sports to female hunters and others introduced the measure. "I think real hunters are going to be wearing pink if this...
  4. Sunday hunting (with dogs) passes North Carolina Senate

    A House bill that could see rabbit dogs in use on Sundays during the small game season in the Tar Heel State has passed the state Senate this week and is a step away from being sent to the governor. The legislation, HB 640, sponsored by Republican Rep. Jimmy Dixon, passed favorably the House Wildlife Resources Committee then sailed to a 83-35 final vote in that chamber early in May. Passing the Senate in a 34-13 final vote on May 28, it would repeal the state's 140 year old ban on Sunday...
  5. Do veggies have a role in your dog feed?

    If you spend 30 minutes watching television, you are likely to see at least a few commercials for dog food. Over the years, the dog food business has really started to boom with new foods entering the market with promises of luxurious coats and robust health. While we absolutely want these things for our rabbit dogs, it can be a bit overwhelming to face the dog food aisle these days, especially when you consider dogs with allergies or weight problems. Sometimes the best solution to a...
  6. Is a ban on traditional ammo a backdoor attack on guns?

    With California, the nation's most populous state set to ban ammunition with lead components for use by hunters no later than 2019; the stage could be set for an incremental prohibition of a much greater magnitude. The problem Quietly, California Assembly Bill 711, passed in 2013, authorized the California Fish and Game Commission to set up regulations to take lead out of the environment for the sake of wildlife populations. However, it didn't go after lead fishing weights (thousands of...
  7. Ink for your beagles? To tattoo or not

    Long before there were microchips, hunters and dog owners have been tattooing the ears of their animals for identification purposes. This is still available today and for good reason when compared to microchipping. There are, of course, pros and cons. Why tattoo? While it is rare that dogs fail to come back (eventually) while in the field at the end of a training session or hunt, occasionally this happens. Then of course, there are instances of dogs being stolen, breaking the fence, or...
  8. Sunday hunting (with dogs) on the table in North Carolina

    A bill that could see rabbit dogs in use on Sundays during the small game season in the Tar Heel State has passed the state House and is rolling hard into the Senate and, should it earn the governor's signature, would add nearly two weeks to the season. The legislation, HB 640, sponsored by Republican Rep. Jimmy Dixon, passed favorably the House Wildlife Resources Committee then sailed to an 83-35 final vote on the floor last week. Currently in the upper chamber, it would repeal the state's...
  9. Suppressed rabbit hunts?

    In the past decade, there has been an explosion in popularity of the use of NFA-compliant suppressors (commonly but incorrectly termed silencers) both in recreational use and in hunting. With that being said, is there a place in the rabbit dog community for these devices? Hunting with suppressors? First off, sound moderating devices such as suppressors and silencers have never been illegal in the United States, the country of their birth. From 1909 when the first Maxim silencers came out,...
  10. Michigan travel bureau highlights beagles and rabbits in winter hunt video

    Pure Michigan, the state's non-profit travel bureau, released a short video that shows a typical family of sportsmen heading out into the snow for a day of bunny busting complete with shotguns and beagles. (Thats a great shot...and look at all that habitat even in the snow...) In the two-minute long video a family of rabbit hunters lead by pater familias Mark Rich go on the search for cotton tails looking for sign with their rather healthy beagles fresh out of the dog boxes. Two things...
  11. De-Skunking 101

    Let's be honest: sometimes dog ownership stinks. In fact, it can stink quite literally if your rabbit dog is exposed to the spray of a skunk. The odor of a skunk is enough to ruin anyone's day, especially if you are forced to get up close and personal with it in the form of a dog doused in "eau du polecat." Skunks are typically active at dusk and dawn, but that does not mean your rabbit dog has in unlikely to encounter them. Mothers with kits, for example, do emerge during the day in search...
  12. Removing That Pesky Tree Sap From the Pooch

    At long last spring is upon us! It is finally warming up in much of the country and we are once again enjoying time in the great outdoors with our rabbit dogs in preparation for next hunting season. While out and about in wooded areas beginning this time of year and over the next few months, you might find yourself, or more likely your dog, in a sticky situation, that being covered in tree sap We've all had it happen much to our chagrin. After a delightful romp in the field, one or more of...
  13. Do you have to sweat rabbit fever?

    Discovered first in the 1912 in California, Tularemia, commonly called rabbit fever, is a very real concern for hunters that chase flop ears around. However, there is both good news and bad news. What is it? It has been a topic of conversation here at the forum in years past and will likely be one in the future-- for good reason. According to the Centers for Disease Control, Type A tularemia (F. tularensis tularensis) is a bacteria that is "highly virulent" in both wild and domestic...
  14. Building better habitat to bring the bunnies to you.

    If you have the land but not the rabbit, odds are you are lacking the proper habitat to provide a lush home for Mr. Flop Ear. This can be easily corrected with a combination of native grasses and other plant growth often with the help of your local conservation agency or extension office. Making artificial dens Perhaps one of the best ways to bring rabbit to your property and keep them there is to create a safe place for your bunnies to nest and develop while allowing them to sit out the...
  15. Cut vests? More trouble than they are worth or useful safety gear?

    I have a mixed kennel of Tennessee tri-color treeing walkers and beagles as I work rabbit during our long season (October-February) and feral hogs, which are highly prevalent in my area and getting worse, during the summer months. As such I have a few smaller baying hounds that I will run with my beagles during flop ear season as they have proven adept at working briars for bunnies. The thing is, my hunting club is on the same 3000 acres of wooded bottom, native grasses, legumes and other...
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