It's cutting them loose and having the pack run the rabbit until it gives up and goes in a hole or gets caught. And although the dogs usually don't catch it, they run like they want to. Just me and my pack of hounds, in any condition, on any day, in the roughest places I can find . . .

Thursday, January 3, 2013

The Rabbits are Hungry This Year

I have seen more sign this year of rabbits chewing on sapplings than any time I can remember.  It seems like everywhere I run, I have been seeing that rabbits have been there.  There are a lot of tracks in the snow and many   young trees being gnawed on close to the ground.

As someone that runs almost every day, I am glad to see so many signs of a good rabbit population.  I can't help but wonder though, what else does this mean?  Is it a sign of a bad winter?  Is this a result of such a dry summer that limited plant growth and food for rabbits and all wildlife?

One thing for sure--when I see signs like in this picture, I slow down and give the dogs plenty of time to hunt the surrounding cover.  More times than not, if you give your dogs a little time when you see where rabbits have been feeding, there will be a rabbit nearby.   Good luck and good hunting.

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