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i got a couple of dogs that would run cottontails pretty well but where I live we have a lot of brush bunnies Wich are about half the size of a cottontail and there giving my dogs hell for keeping them on the run. will these dogs adapt and figure it out or should I try raising my own pups that start out on theses smaller rabbits. any suggestions
 

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I dont know where you're from or how much you run, but i would find a conditioning pen that has those rabbits in it and pay to put a few weeks of tunning on them. Just my thought. I have swampers and cottontails but my hounds don't know the difference
 

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i got a couple of dogs that would run cottontails pretty well but where I live we have a lot of brush bunnies Wich are about half the size of a cottontail and there giving my dogs hell for keeping them on the run. will these dogs adapt and figure it out or should I try raising my own pups that start out on theses smaller rabbits. any suggestions
Hope they catch them to thin them out! JMO
 

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The more time your dogs spend on the trail, the better they will be. My dogs run cottontails and snowshoe. I think they know the difference because of the habitat. Cottontails they cast out about 80 yards and hare they cast out about 200 yards. I didn't teach them this, they just do it. Keep running them hard on the critters they struggle with and eventually you'll know if it's working.
 

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Snow shoes give off more scent and definitely smell different then a cotton tail. I want my dogs in close with both cotton tails and hare, with Hare the dogs are out 200 yards and now gone on a hare, if there are a good population of them, the dogs have a short check and bam on another hare now going deeper in to the swamp. I have walked 3/4 of a mile to get dogs at times. Just had shock collars no tracker collar all the while the dogs are running 3/4 mile from me. As I am walking I just hope they do not hit another and now they go even deeper into the swamp. Work up a sweat pretty fast. JMO
 

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Ouch... Just saying, they're helpful. Let's not forget, I'm drinking coffee and hanging out with good friends when the chase is out of ear shot.... Your plowing through the cedar swamp.
Nothing against what you stated. As far as plowing through Cedar Swamps that's why they call it hunting. I know the area very well so I pretty much know what is happening. Sitting around drinking coffee with friends sounds good as well. We have our different takes on this. JMO
 
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