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I was talking to one of my friends yesterday about this, how many gunners do you like with you when your hunting? I personally do quite a bit running by myself but when I do invite some friends I personally dont like no more than 4 for me it goes smoother with just 3-4 hunters, however have another friend that will invite 10 or 12 ,to each their own I guess lol
 

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I’m on board with everybody here. I will say, however, that having 2 gunners instead of 1 does more than double your chances of seeing the rabbit. I think it’s closer to 3-4 times. And having 3 instead of 2 more than just doubles it again. But yeah you start getting more guns out there and you aren’t increasing your chance of seeing the rabbit and getting somebody a shot at it, you are just increasing your chance of taking away a safe shot.
 

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3-4 hunters are perfect for me. I do alot of solo hunts also but tough getting in the right spot for a shot. Seems like Mr rabbit is always sneaking by 50 feet away, a 2nd or 3rd guy would definitely help out. But I'm just happy running the dog, getting the rabbit is just a bonus
 

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I usually hunt alone, my maximum to hunt with is 2-3 on cottontails and 3-4 on snow shoe hare. I do not want dogs shot and with more people moving around it just causes problems. Some of the guys want to follow the dogs instead of waiting for the rabbit to circle and come back to where it was jumped. JMO
 

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Well being you said the "D" word..... dangerous?...... I'll jump in here and share just a pinch of what is appropriate to post on this site of what I know about that.

Most of the time I hunt with one other guy just 2 of us. Every now and then with 3-4 shooters later in the year as we go to bigger and better spots as a result of the green dying down and you can see a little more.

The last month of the season we have 4-6 shooters on a few really good hunts in really good places and many times we all get a limit if the shooters are any good.

Now once or twice or three times at the end of the year I put a big hunts together. With 6 -10 family members or so to get it out of everyone's system where they can all get a limit if they can shoot. If not we help them.

Now a few years ago I put together a big hunt in a really great place where they had a very bad Swamp rabbit infestation. I used a large pack of really good some famous hounds and 15 shooters half of which were from my work place. 5 of the shooters had never been on a rabbit hunt.

When the dogs got to rolling in the big canes I sent them in and the game started flying out of there the place lit up and sounded like a battle field. After the 20 minute volley of steady gun fire and enough of the smoke started to clear some so you could see good enough to walk around a little I started calling out and counting people, dogs and rabbits. I noticed that I had some shooters on the ground crouched behind trees and some just laying flat on the ground and some shooters and dogs were missing. I later found them back at the boat they had totally gun shied out and quit for the day. Sad thing for them was it was real early and we were just getting started.

So my answer would be 14..... More than 14 and some folks and many dogs may actually cull out and quit on you. FC's quit too I hate to say.

PS it's hard to shoot a good dog that culls out from the gun fire..... but..... it is even harder when you have to put down a really good friend that culls out..... but hey....you have to do the right thing and take care of business or stay home with the girls.

After all what are good friends for?
 
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