Where to hunt Rabbit
Hero of countless jokes, memes and children’s book, the Rabbit comes in as many as 13 extant wild species, that more or less cover every continent except the Antarctic. This page refers to the European Rabbit, which originated in Southern Europe and North Africa around the Mediterranean, and was later introduced to many other countries, including Central and Western Europe, the British Isles, Australia and New Zealand.
Rabbits multiply quickly, and their numbers often present a great environmental problem, so in many parts of the world hunters are actually paid for taking them. Some outfitters throw in rabbits in a package to diversify the hunting experience, while others offer dedicated rabbit hunts that may start from $300 a hunter a day.
When to hunt Rabbit?
In many countries across their range rabbits are in season all year round. In others, especially in Europe, they are hunted during the regular small game seasons, which typically fall on autumn and winter. Late autumn and early winter are perhaps the best choice of time for an ethical hunter, as the reproduction season is usually over, and the rabbits make better eating.
The biggest challenge of rabbit hunting is that the creatures live in burrows and warrens where they hunt during the day. Humans have invented many ways to get around this problem. Ferrets are used to drive rabbits out of their holes. A hunter may wait, with an air rifle or a small-caliber rifle, at dawn near the place of rabbits’ depredation, shooting the rodents as they come out to eat. Where the objective is to reduce the rabbits’ numbers, “lamping”, or shooting them at night with an artificial light, may be legal - and offer an unusual hunting experience.
Why hunt Rabbit?
Rabbits are only cute and innocent as long as you don’t have a colony of them living in your garden, or don’t see them reduce to the ground indigenous vegetation. In many cases, the objective of rabbit hunting is to prevent environmental damage. On the other hand, in their traditional range the Rabbit was traditionally seen as a popular hunting species, not protected by the nobility as strictly as other game animals and birds, and providing an opportunity for a commoner to participate in hunting. Their lean and healthy meat used to save many a peasant from starvation, and is a healthy and ethical source of protein for a modern man or woman. The Rabbit is listed by many experts as perhaps the best quarry for a beginner. But a hunter on any stage of the hunting career should not overlook this humble rodent.
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