Rabbit Hunting and Beagling

This category covers rabbits, rabbit hunting, and beagling.

  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Field Accessories for Rabbit Dogs

    When it comes time to get ready for hunting season, there are some preparations we all must make. Before we head into the great outdoors, we check our gear, replacing what is needed. Supplies on which we might be low are replenished. Along the way we might even splurge treat ourselves to a few new items. While this is all well and good, one thing we must ask ourselves is what do our rabbit dogs need? The needs of actively hunting rabbit dogs can vary a bit based on climate. Some portions of...
  1. The Relationship Between Rabbits and Fleas

    The weather sure has been behaving strangely this year. Depending on the part of the United States you call home, you may have been seen some unseasonably warm weather. Winter and the cold it normally brings with it has seemed to be elusive. People in New York have been shown on television news walking around in shorts and t-shirts when they would normally be bundled up with scarves and gloves. Even beaches have been seeing many visitors all thanks to a winter that has been put on hold....
  2. Winter Rabbit and Hare Hunting

    The winter season is soon to start and with it will come plentiful rabbit hunting opportunities. In some parts of the country, there is already snowfall, but the number of snowy locations will be increasing in the coming months. Once snow covers the ground, rabbit hunting becomes more fun and interesting for you and your rabbit dogs. As the landscape turns white with snow, cottontails begin to stand out in stark contrast. This makes them easier to see and therefore easier to harvest. A...
  3. An Alternative Job for Rabbit Dogs

    When you look at a beagle, you may see a rabbit dog, but there is far more to the breed than their natural inclination to chase bunnies. Beagles are actually used in a workplace setting, punching the time clock just like the rest of us. They are known as Agriculture Canines and they work for the United States Customs & Border Protection (CBP). While human and dog pairings in the workplace have been around for ages with many breeds participating, it is the beagle in particular that primarily...
  4. Acclimating Rabbit Dogs to Gunfire with a Suppressor

    Imagine suddenly hearing an unexpected loud noise in close proximity to your person. Perhaps it is a calm, quiet day and the silence is shattered by a dramatic boom. Whether you are intently focused on a specific task or instead enjoying some rest and relaxation, you are likely to be started by a sudden, deafening sound. It is not only us as humans that are startled by sudden noise. The same reaction occurs in dogs, even those bred for hunting with generations before them of successful...
  5. Field Accessories for Rabbit Dogs

    When it comes time to get ready for hunting season, there are some preparations we all must make. Before we head into the great outdoors, we check our gear, replacing what is needed. Supplies on which we might be low are replenished. Along the way we might even splurge treat ourselves to a few new items. While this is all well and good, one thing we must ask ourselves is what do our rabbit dogs need? The needs of actively hunting rabbit dogs can vary a bit based on climate. Some portions of...
  6. Rabbit Hunting Techniques to Try this Season

    Something every rabbit hunter wants is increased success in the field. Although rabbit dogs play a huge role in our harvest, we humans need to practice some advantageous techniques as well for greater odds all around. If you find that you are coming up empty in the field or not bringing home the rabbit numbers you'd like to, maybe a change in technique is in order. Here are some techniques to try to raise the rabbit numbers in your freezer. It is important to remember the behaviors of...
  7. Tips and Tricks for Finding Rabbits

    When you set out in the field on any given day, chances are good you will bag a few rabbits. Sometimes fortune will smile down upon you and you may even bag more than a few. The fact of the matter is that on certain days we may get lucky on our hunts and turn in with a big smile at the end of a successful day. On the flip side, other days may not be so lucky, but to compensate for those unlucky days, there are tips we can use to find more rabbits, turning things around in our favor. By...
  8. Instituting an Emergency Call Back Command for Your Rabbit Dogs

    It can be very frightening when a situation arises during which you cannot catch your dog or dogs. Whether is because the joy of simply being a dog has taken over or if a dog decides to be stubborn on any given day, we all encounter the occasional time when our rabbit dogs do not want to come when called. Although training is imperative in order to avoid situations such as this, sometimes even the best training may fail you when you are trying to call your dog back. There are many places a...
  9. The Importance of Endurance and Conditioning for Rabbit Dogs

    When rabbit season opens and you take your first trek out into the field, how is your body going to handle it? Are you going to be energized throughout the day, moving about without issue, or will you instead need a series of breaks during your travels? Rabbit hunting is an activity that requires physical stamina. It is difficult to do without being at least somewhat in shape. Though this very much applies to the human hunter, the canine counterpart very much needs their own physical...
  10. 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,...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
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