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#11604668 - 11/22/16 Anybody else not seeing any rabbits?
TomM1 Offline
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Registered: 06/26/09
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Loc: Yulee, FL
Seems the rabbits around here have been on the low swing of the cycle for the last 5 years, anybody else not seeing any?

I dunno maybe the guys around here are giving their beagles PEDs.

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#11604956 - 11/22/16 Re: Anybody else not seeing any rabbits? [Re: TomM1]
WyoCoyoteHunter Offline
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Registered: 02/04/11
Posts: 8134
Loc: Carbon Co. Wyoming
Have a pal in Clearfield Co. He said they are really scare in his area.. Have to check with a couple other contacts I have.. If I remember..

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#11605071 - 11/22/16 Re: Anybody else not seeing any rabbits? [Re: TomM1]
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Registered: 08/22/03
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Loc: Columbia, S.C.
I'm not a rabbit hunter but I see very few around while deer hunting these days. I'm pretty sure the coyotes have really taken a toll.

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#11605315 - 11/23/16 Re: Anybody else not seeing any rabbits? [Re: TomM1]
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Registered: 02/25/04
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Loc: Indiana
Got a bunch in town, but haven't seen seen one, in years, where I deer and squirrel hunt.

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#11605327 - 11/23/16 Re: Anybody else not seeing any rabbits? [Re: TomM1]
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Registered: 12/19/13
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Loc: WV
Numbers are down here as well. Trappers are a dying/dead breed, too many predators equal few rabbits.
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#11606304 - 11/23/16 Re: Anybody else not seeing any rabbits? [Re: TomM1]
WyoCoyoteHunter Offline
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Registered: 02/04/11
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Loc: Carbon Co. Wyoming
I was out for an early morning hunt this morn, with fresh snow very few cottontail tracks. May ride up the creek this evening last winter they were thick up there..

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#11607568 - 11/23/16 Re: Anybody else not seeing any rabbits? [Re: TomM1]
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Registered: 09/20/12
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Loc: Idaho, Clearwater County.
Plenty of em in my AO this year...
We also have an overabundance of Squirrels....seems like there's two or three in every tree on my place....
I don't hunt em but I may have to start..maybe I better head over to the cooking forum for some recipes....
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#11608401 - 11/24/16 Re: Anybody else not seeing any rabbits? [Re: TomM1]
Ella Offline
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Posts: 929
No population problems in SW Ohio. My buddy runs beagles mostly in Lancaster County and is having a great season on the bunnies.

FG, pretty much any rabbit recipe will work on squirrels.

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#11609057 - 11/24/16 Re: Anybody else not seeing any rabbits? [Re: TomM1]
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Loc: WV, Thank God!
Been years since I've seen any where I can hunt, or even traks in the snow.

My yard is well supplied, though.
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#11609234 - 11/24/16 Re: Anybody else not seeing any rabbits? [Re: TomM1]
WyoCoyoteHunter Offline
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Registered: 02/04/11
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Loc: Carbon Co. Wyoming
Took a ride up the creek last evening.. Not agodd evening windy cold, cloudy but I did see three bunny sitting near the hay stacks. So we have some.

Field, Fox squirrels?

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#11609460 - 11/24/16 Re: Anybody else not seeing any rabbits? [Re: WyoCoyoteHunter]
Phillip_Nesmith Offline
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Registered: 09/22/03
Posts: 754
Loc: Alabama
Probably because of the drought, but this year has been terrible so far. I've killed 13 squirrels and 1 rabbit for 2-1/2 months of the season. Stayed in the woods 5 hours today and saw NOTHING. Not even birds hopping around, just me and the trees.

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#11611159 - 11/25/16 Re: Anybody else not seeing any rabbits? [Re: TomM1]
Troutnut Offline
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Registered: 07/09/16
Posts: 673
Loc: Mtns of Va and Wv
Friends of mine in Wva have beagles, we usually jump more deer than rabbits.

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#11611876 - 11/25/16 Re: Anybody else not seeing any rabbits? [Re: TomM1]
stantdm Offline
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Registered: 01/23/12
Posts: 1789
Loc: South Dakota
I see very few in the areas I hunt. A few at our farm around the barn and sheds but not out in the woods or along the creek. Too many raptors, fox, and coyotes I think. Lots of owls this year, more than I usually see.

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#11680260 - 12/23/16 Re: Anybody else not seeing any rabbits? [Re: TomM1]
wiml76 Offline
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Registered: 03/25/16
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Only have seen 1 set of tracks this year in my area. Plenty of fox/coyote tracks though. However, in central WY this year we saw quite a few.

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#11682324 - 12/24/16 Re: Anybody else not seeing any rabbits? [Re: TomM1]
JSH Offline
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Registered: 08/28/08
Posts: 1218
Loc: IA
Quite a few in IA this year but not as many as last year-which was a banner year. That was also my experience in north-central WY this year. Last year they were under every bush.

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#11703206 - 01/02/17 Re: Anybody else not seeing any rabbits? [Re: TomM1]
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Loc: Rochester, N.H. USA
...how many do you see dead on the road anymore? When I was a a kid in Connecticut dead rabbits were everywhere. I rarely went hunting and didn't come home with a couple. Used to see them in the backyard all the time at my parents and now rarely see one.

Here in NH the rabbit hunting was great till 1993...once the coyote moved in and the birds of prey came back I have not seen a cottontail since...and rarely a snowshoe.

Same with woodchucks, grouse and anything else that lives on the ground including deer.

Until State F&G departments declare total war on coyote and free roaming dogs and cats you will never see small game again in New England...

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#11703256 - 01/02/17 Re: Anybody else not seeing any rabbits? [Re: TomM1]
JimH Offline
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Registered: 01/20/02
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Loc: S.E.Indiana
Farm chemicals.See or hear many whip poor will's,crickets,frogs or lightning bugs?

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#11717528 - 01/07/17 Re: Anybody else not seeing any rabbits? [Re: TomM1]
bea175 Offline
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Loc: Kpt.,TN , Montgomery, Co, VA
haven't jumped a rabbit in a few years while in the woods hunting, see one at night occasionally along the road while driving .
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#11720986 - 01/08/17 Re: Anybody else not seeing any rabbits? [Re: bea175]
Lockhart Offline
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Registered: 07/28/11
Posts: 2392
Loc: NC
Set of tracks in the (rare) snow yesterday morning across my driveway. I live in the middle of a big city but have squirrels and rabbits galore. We hunt rabbits from January to the end of February in the rural counties surrounding Charlotte and probably average running a half dozen or so rabbits per hunt.

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#11721301 - 01/08/17 Re: Anybody else not seeing any rabbits? [Re: TomM1]
wyoming260 Offline
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Registered: 02/11/13
Posts: 1634
Loc: Wyoming
Does not matter the time of day, in town or on the prairie if you look around every place you think a rabbit should be holding , there is usually one if not two there. My main spot is drifted in and hard to get to right now. but I am gonna make a dent in the population in a couple of draws when I get the chance........
One bunny was huddled up by my front door as I left for church this morning.

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#11739925 - 01/15/17 Re: Anybody else not seeing any rabbits? [Re: TomM1]
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Registered: 05/18/04
Posts: 2515
Loc: TAX HELL Allenton Wisconsin
I dont see them much on public land. I do however love rabbit hunt'n . I have about 2.5 ac. in my back yard that I made rabbit habitat. SO far so good. Brush, spruce trees, high grass, piles of branches everywhere. After 10 yrs it has gotten better every year. This year there are so many rabbit track I thought I was back in the 70's. Although we only got 2 this yr I could get more and will push to shoot more rabbits cause yesterday I noticed fox tracks . This morning , more fox tracks. Wont be long I will see rabbit hair all over so I get them or the fox will. Three yrs ago I declared war on the coons for getting into my chicken coop. I trapped 18 , the next yr , 23 , and last summer, 18. That is 59 coons in 3 yrs . Now I have more rabbits with good brush. I love eating rabbit. It is bette than my home brewed chickens.
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#11762055 - 01/22/17 Re: Anybody else not seeing any rabbits? [Re: TomM1]
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Loc: Monterey Bay, CA
[b][/b] My house is on the hillside overlooking a valley. On the hillside there were always plenty of quail and cottontails. Not today, it's a rare sight to find any. I may have taken care of the problem though. From mid December (2016) to mid January (2017) I killed two coyote and four bobcats from my backyard patio!


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#11818740 - 02/12/17 Re: Anybody else not seeing any rabbits? [Re: TomM1]
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Very scarce here in ks have been declining for the last 10 years.There is 3 red tails to 1 cottontail plus way too many farm chemicals.

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#11831095 - 02/16/17 Re: Anybody else not seeing any rabbits? [Re: TomM1]
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Registered: 06/16/16
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Loc: NE Tennessee
I have seen 1 cottontail all season, and that is counting the dozens upon dozens of times I have been out in the woods deer/squirrel hunting. The arrival of coyote in this region is where I am placing the blame.

Plan on trying to hit those nasty pests hard once squirrel season is through, but they are just so darn hard to hunt in a heavily wooded region, IMO.

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