|This is a 3 foot tall rabbit. He is an example |
of what I need for a successful hunt.
The Old Man and I were rabbit hunting today. I took two young dogs that had never been shot over before. I really had no reason to think that they would be gun shy, but I sure didn't want to do something stupid to make them afraid of the gun. One thing we have always done is make sure that the first few times we shoot, the dogs are running so that pups learn the easy way.
Although it was 25 degrees with some fresh snow, the cottontails were out and we had plenty of rabbits. I had three rabbits pass close by, but I didn't shoot because all three times the dogs were close to me on a check and not running. I knew the right time would come for a good shot where the pups could run a track in to a fresh kill.
Finally, everything worked out. The dogs were hammering around the hill. All of them were in the chase screaming after a rabbit. I was in a great spot, watching closely. Here the rabbit came racing down a path (at least 100 mph). When I pulled up the gun, he slammed on the brakes, looking right at me. I fired. The dogs screamed towards me.
You should see the weeds about two feet above where that rabbit was setting. I blew them all to pieces. They were destroyed. Unfortunately the rabbit was a little more lucky. He hopped away, laughing at my little 20 gauge single shot and the guy who waited on the perfect shot.
So here is my problem. I figure I need to find a place with rabbits like the one in the picture. If I could find rabbits three feet tall I would be dead on. And, my pups would get the training I hoped for today. Anyone know of a spot like this?
I ran Chip, Butcher, Cole, Dilly, Ob, and Jed. The Old Man ran Tony, Lim, Village Girl, and Amigo.
P.S. I know this is too many dogs for a great rabbit hunt but who cares. We had fun. The dogs had fun. And the running was good.