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Had one really good race Thursday morning in the rain. Decided I would kill the rabbit if I was presented with a shot. I shot the rabbit exactly where the dogs jumped him almost a hour before. Didn't start recording until the ran let up some since I only had my phone. Unfortunately got no footage of the dogs the first 5 minutes of this video is just barking briars. After that is the kill shot with the .410. Hopefully before season closes I can get a good rabbit hunting video done.
 

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Nice run!!!! That is the way I use to hunt them. Let the dogs circle it back. They will always circle back unless something causes them to change their pattern. I might of taken someone hunting once that would like to cut the dogs off or me off, but they wouldn't get another invite. Some who don't own dogs want to hunt just to say they killed X amount of rabbits. They just want to shoot, don't get the thrill of the race like us dog owners. Jump shooters or runners through the woods to cut the dogs off were not welcomed on a second hunt with me. First off it is dangerous, they just want to shoot. I never had one of my dogs killed or injured but came close. Oh, and when I was rabbit hunting I wasn't bird hunting. Hunters who shot birds on a rabbit hunt didn't come back either. I may have been to tuff but when with my dogs my hunting club grounds we hunted by my rules. I also didn't like more then 5 hunters, less even better. Two or three hunters who all hunt the same way were perfect. We used Walkie Talkie's and kept in touch with each other during the race when out of site of each other. No one moved unless the others knew about it.

Enjoyed the video even without seeing the dogs. They got it done!! Brought back old memories. Exactly the way I would of hunted it . Stay at the location of the jump. Watch for that open shot. It will be back.
 

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Nice run!!!! That is the way I use to hunt them. Let the dogs circle it back. They will always circle back unless something causes them to change their pattern. I might of taken someone hunting once that would like to cut the dogs off or me off, but they wouldn't get another invite. Some who don't own dogs want to hunt just to say they killed X amount of rabbits. They just want to shoot, don't get the thrill of the race like us dog owners. Jump shooters or runners through the woods to cut the dogs off were not welcomed on a second hunt with me. First off it is dangerous, they just want to shoot. I never had one of my dogs killed or injured but came close. Oh, and when I was rabbit hunting I wasn't bird hunting. Hunters who shot birds on a rabbit hunt didn't come back either. I may have been to tuff but when with my dogs my hunting club grounds we hunted by my rules. I also didn't like more then 5 hunters, less even better. Two or three hunters who all hunt the same way were perfect. We used Walkie Talkie's and kept in touch with each other during the race when out of site of each other. No one moved unless the others knew about it.

Enjoyed the video even without seeing the dogs. They got it done!! Brought back old memories. Exactly the way I would of hunted it . Stay at the location of the jump. Watch for that open shot. It will be back.
Thanks! If I'm by myself this is how I do it 99% of the time. Sometimes a big runner will cause me to make a move but I usually find myself in a position somewhere catching it going back to where it came from not just running all over the place when that happens. I've always felt when there is a group of hunters(3 or more)if everyone will just hang back and let the rabbit make one circle before finding a spot to post up then shooting it on the 2nd time around should be easy. It may not be quick but you will know a general route its using. I love to hear a race and I like the dogs to earn the taste of the rabbit after the kill. Jump shooting and big numbers from shooting every squirter moving just doesn't do much for me. When I do a video I like to try and follow dogs for the first circle then hang back and kill him the next time around. I love videos that show dog work. Mark Carders videos inspired me a long time ago. Dogs crossing paths is just a little boring and there's a lot not being seen. Following not only shows whose doing what but it gives people a feeling of being there in a sence. I know one day I will be looking back on all my old videos and they will be about all I have.
 

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Chris: The terrain looks like the old WMA where Volunteer Beagle Club had their trials years ago. Had lots of rabbits back then and good running grounds. Hope it still has the rabbits. I know a lot of people used to run on it. Looks like you were standing where the old dairy barn used to be. Thanks for the video.
 

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Chris: The terrain looks like the old WMA where Volunteer Beagle Club had their trials years ago. Had lots of rabbits back then and good running grounds. Hope it still has the rabbits. I know a lot of people used to run on it. Looks like you were standing where the old dairy barn used to be. Thanks for the video.

Its the same place and you're right about where I was standing. Twra has really let the place go downhill the last 5-6 years. They use to cut some lanes every few years but it hasn't been touched and its really over grown. That shouldn't be a bad thing but it is. The back part especially. I talked to one warden who said they didn't like working over there because they were always puncturing tires and messing equipment up, I ask another one every single year at a twra dove field if they will do it and his response is always the same. No. Too busy with other wmas, too far to drive he says. They do lots of work at 2 other WMA's close by. Its nice when they do cut lanes but everytime they do people go out there and slaughter every rabbit moving. I just wish they would cut us a perimeter around the roads and one up the main path in the middle so we could get around and see the dogs better and stop them if they get close to the roads. Rabbit population seems way down the last couple of years which is strange considering it doesn't seem like many are hunting it. I know the coyotes sure are eating good over there. I may try and do some trapping there next year just hate to do it on public grounds.
 
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