Well it's the time of year where all the fall hunting seasons are quickly coming to end if they haven't ended already. A new year is already growing close to a month old and almost all the late seasons will be officially closed up.
As bowhunters we start looking forward to March when it's time again to go after the mighty thunder chicken. Until then it's the perfect time of year to ice fish, call coyotes, trap some critters and last but not least hone your archery skills on some bunnies.
If you've never really went out and hunted hard for rabbits with your bow I would highly recommend trying it. It is one of the most fun things you can do in the late winter months when all other hunting seasons are closed. I just returned from our annual bunny hunt and once again it did not disappoint. What an awesome time! We have been getting together for 18 years now and there is never a dull moment.
We have tried many different strategies out in pursuing rabbits and have learned what really works in rabbit hunting. Believe it or not there is a strategy to it and today I am going to share with you my knowledge in having good success when chasing bunnies.
First and foremost if you can round up 4-8 people to go along with you it will greatly help your odds in seeing rabbits and getting someone in the group a shot at more bunnies. Next is finding places to go. In my experience big thick tree groves around farms or homes seem to hold the largest amount of cottontails and make it easier to keep them contained and allow for more shots. Rather than big wide river bottoms or canyons. I'm not saying you can't kill rabbits in any terrain because you can but it's ideal to find them in shelter belts where there is tight cedar groves or thickets.
Once you have your group and your places to hunt, now is where the strategy comes in to play. The best way to flush rabbits is to get a group of of guys to push the grove and a group to sit and block the end.
I would recommend getting enough guys to push each lane of the grove and if feasible a guy on each side of the grove as well. Put enough guys at the opposite end of the trees and have them set up and be ready to shoot them as they come out. The walkers push the grove straight to the blockers and you will be shocked at how many rabbits your group can get shots at.
We always use rubber bludgeon points. They are the safest thing to use and do quick work on rabbits.
My last point/recommendation is to clean the rabbits you kill and eat them. They are delicious and fairly easy to clean and prep. Our group most always will pull the skin off, cut out the backstraps, and cuts off the hind legs leaving the meat on the bone. Slow cooking them is the one of the best ways to prepare them but they are also great either smoked or grilled or in soups. There are a ton of rabbit recipes out there but it is great meat and a ton of fun to go out and shoot some.
If you find places that are filled with cottontails they offer a lot quick action and a challenging hunt.
In these upcoming month of the year I would urge you to get together with your hunting buddies and try killing some rabbits if you have never tried it. It's an exciting hunt and I assure you you will all be itching to get out and do it again.
Good luck and in closing I'll leave you with one of my favorite bunny hunting quotes "I'm the roughest toughest ombré that ever locked horns with a rabbit" - Yosemite Sam
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