I also have to thank my daddy for passing on his passion for the outdoors and his old Winchester Model 12. I am so thankful for that old 16 gauge, even though Dad has been gone for several years, being able to carry his gun made it seem like he was right there with me today.
You know it's going to be a good day rabbit hunting when there's one standing in your parking spot when you pull in the gate. It was a mad scramble to get the dogs out and get the gun loaded. The rabbit took off about the time the dogs feet were hitting the ground and the race. He then took the dogs on a hour long run. Which ended with him running in a hole and me never catching more than a split-second glimpse of him.
I called the dogs back to me and we walked about 50 yards and Dottie jumps another one. We have run this rabbit before. He's a canny old wood rabbit. He takes the dogs into a deep holler that was clear cut a few years back. He always runs a big circle through that clear-cut and today he got the best of them after about 30 minutes.
After that I put the dogs in a big blackberry thicket and it's not long before Sis fires in on one. This one also hits the woods wide open but after about 30 minutes of solid running he cuts across a clearing and I rolled him with one shot.
It wasn't long before Dottie jumps another in a grown up field. He takes off with the dogs right on his old cotton tail. They run him on top of a little knoll that he ends up criss-crossing three times before running back down the same way he came. I was there waiting with a load of 7 1/2 shot for him. The dogs run up to him I put him in my pack. Before I can even pick the gun up all three dogs start tearing into another one. This one runs a quick circle back to me and I shoot him in the same spot I had just pick the other one up.
We hunt our way back to the Jeep without jumping another. I am so proud of these little dogs for performing so good today. All those early morning wake-ups during the summer really paid off today. Now it's home to get these rabbits ready for my wife's amazing rabbit pot pie.
Thanks for reading hope I wasn't too long-winded.