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.