Hunting

This category covers all hunting.

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  1. Tanning Rabbit Hides with Eggs

    When your rabbit dogs are working like a well-oiled machine and you, too, are on top of your game, the end result is rabbit meat on the dinner table and in the freezer. While you are without a doubt enjoying this, each rabbit's usefulness goes far beyond what's for dinner. Another viable part of the rabbit is the hide along with the warm, soft fur that is prized by many. Lots of people use the pelt for various purposes; the list of what can be made with it is quite long. No matter what...
  2. Interested in Hunting with a Silent ATV? Check out the Quiet Kat

    Physical fitness is a key component to any successful hunt, regardless of the species you are pursuing. Not only do rabbit dogs need to be fit for the field but so do their human counterparts. That means getting and staying in the best shape possible for each of our bodies. Ultimately, the fitter you are the easier it will be to move about in the field for extended periods of time, equating to a good day with minimal or preferably no physical struggles to get around. Although fitness is...
  3. Establish and Enhance Shooting Skills with the BRASS Method

    As you're out in the field, adrenaline pumping, and at long last a rabbit hops into view, the last thing you want to do is miss. Even if the shot you have seems solid, you may find the bullet does not always hit your intended target. As tempting as it might be to explain away what happens in moments such as this by blaming this or that, the truth is that sometimes human error is truly all there is behind a shot that doesn't quite hit its mark. Though many hunters have a lifetime of...
  4. Staying Safe as you Practice Shooting Skills this Summer

    Rabbit hunting is a popular sport that is practiced by many around the United States. As these hunters and their rabbit dogs take to the field, part of their cargo includes a loaded weapon. Although loaded weapons are something that should be treated with the utmost care, far too often we see someone carrying it precariously over rough terrain or otherwise treating it in a dangerous manner. This is not safe for the owner of that weapon or those around him or her and it is with safety in mind...
  5. 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...
  6. 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...
  7. 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...
  8. 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...
  9. 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...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
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