There are a lot of little rabbits this year. In fact, the most I have ever seen in my life. And when you have visitors come to run with you, you tend to wish they would all just go away. On Monday though, it wasn't to be. There were baby rabbits everywhere. Mike Vigar came down from Marysville, Ohio and Lewis Smith came up from Lexington, North Carolina. We had good running, but we sure had a bunch of rabbits.
We started in a big clearcut that I have run several times this summer (the same place Trick ended up in a well). The dogs struck out of the truck and ran almost nonstop for the next hour. The chases though were pretty small and didn't last as long as we have come to expect when running in a clearcut. Even when I moved the dogs farther out into the cut, little rabbits popped up everywhere.
After two hours, we moved to a clearcut that was a little older and got on some bigger rabbits. The dogs seemed to enjoy this as much as us, and the running stepped it up a notch. We still had a lot of rabbits but the pace was much faster. The dogs stretched out and made the rabbits do the same.
Later we moved again to a powerline with an ajoining woods. We jumped a rabbit immediately and then another, and then another, and then another. Needless to say, the day ended about like it started. Although we had good running all day, there were a lot of short chases, picking out the tough tracks.
The good news though--there will definitely be a lot of rabbits to run this winter.