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Old 02-26-2013, 23:29   #4
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I worked on an island in the Gulf of Alaska, during my career, that was over run with "rabbits".

The rule was to shoot the young ones because the old ones were tough. After shooting my first old one I understood the rule.
They were so tough they were difficult to kill and almost impossible to skin.

I lost several arrows to rabbits that ran away with them. They burrow in holes and under logs and would disappear with an arrow protruding from both sides! I don't know how.

I tried several kinds of blunts and none seemed to work well. The broad head I used on moose performed best for me with a head or chest shot. I ruined more than a few arrows which gets very expensive.

While I found hunting the bunnies to be great fun as well as excellent practice, I finally began using a 22 pistol. My success rate skyrocketed.
It takes a minimum of 100 pounds of clean meat to have a batch of sausage made.

Supposedly, these were European Hares brought in many years ago and raised to feed foxes on the Fox Farm. They were released or escaped and took over the island after the fox farm went out of business. No foxes survived.
The bunnies came in all color phases from natural brown to black to the occasional sacred white.

It appears to me the rabbit in your photo is smaller.
I'm curious, do you know exactly what kind of hopper that is?
And how are they as table fare?

"I am old, sick, and tired of living. If you feel the need to mess with me, go right ahead." My Uncle, with his hand on his pistol, talking to a troublemaker. 2-13-1935 -- 2-1-2013
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