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Any one else notice the poor bunny numbers this year?

From Pueblo down South, I've seen nary a cottontail on Predator hunting forays. Maybe it plays a part in the poor coyote numbers I and others I've talked to have noticed. They seem to be on the downward part of their cycle in these parts. I think the seven year cycle does happen, but that this can vary from area to area such as different pockets can be bad or good. But, with that being said I've hardly seen any this year in several different areas. Jack's seem to be low as well, but have been that way for awhile.

Any one else in Southern Colo. experiencing this?

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Any one else notice the poor bunny numbers this year?

I have noticed this in Texas and posted a Topic. Sad, sad, sad... :(

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Any one else notice the poor bunny numbers this year?

I have noticed this too. Im guessing it is either the cows on my property or the coyotes. I don't know. I will try to shoot off the coyotes and see if the population goes up

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Any one else notice the poor bunny numbers this year?

I noticed it here AZ too.. My grandpa owns property me and my buddy hunt and last yr there was so many Rabbits!! Now your lucky if you see 2! But there is way more coyotes than there ever was Before!

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Any one else notice the poor bunny numbers this year?

Over here on the east coast, on my place, we have had good rabbit numbers until about 2 months ago. They just vanished! I know that owls catch alot of them on moon-lit nights, and I have seen that too many times. But, lately, I think the owls have had some help. Too darn many squirrels, though!

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Any one else notice the poor bunny numbers this year?

Went on a combined coyote, prairie dog, rabbit, hunt last Sat. No yotes, but I did manage to 'blow' up some P-dogs with the 22-250 and 22 Mag. That was fun. Finished up with three cottontails with the 22 Long Rifle for my uncle at right before dark. Their slowly starting to come back (bunnies) but nowhere near the numbers I saw three/four years ago.

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Any one else notice the poor bunny numbers this year?

SoCo it is still quite slow on the western slope also. Brick Wall,)

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Re: Any one else notice the poor bunny numbers this year?

Down by St. George, Utah I've noticed there isn't as many cotton tails as there used to be but the Jacks are still plentiful. We would go out for a few hours and shoot 40-50 Jacks then go back to the same spot a week later and have the same success

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Re: Any one else notice the poor bunny numbers this year?

Found this pic I took back in Feb. I was leaving my buddies ranch where he set up a shooting range for us and where we do all our target shooting. His land also holds an abundance of game and I hunt for coyotes and rabbits on it quite a bit also. Anyway, I was leaving the target range one day and thought I saw a bunny under a tree a ways off. I stopped the truck glassed it and sure enough it was bunny so I got my range finder and ranged it at 115 yards. I also see a few other bunnies running around the same tree and figure this was perfect 22-250 action. I get out of the truck set up my shooting sticks and being that I'm sighted an inch high at a 100 I put the crosshairs on the bunnies chin and let one fly. He disappears due to the recoil and I'm not sure I hit em or not, but right then I see one of the other bunnies head thru the cedar tree. I plant the crosshairs on his chin and wham, I see fur flop. Then the third runs back into view and I repeat the process. Drive up there and find three three bunnies one cleanly decapitated and the other two with ugly head damage. When I got home I soaked em in milk overnight and fried up the next day. They were delicious! And, once again my Savage Predator 22-250 delivers with the accuracy.

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Re: Any one else notice the poor bunny numbers this year?

Theres no cottontail shortage overhere in cencal. After you soaked them in milk overnight, then what recipt did you use for frying? I have a electric deep fryer for turkey's but mabey a quick dip in the fryer with one of those bunnies might be tastey?

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Re: Any one else notice the poor bunny numbers this year?
HOGGETTER wrote:
Theres no cottontail shortage overhere in cencal. After you soaked them in milk overnight, then what recipt did you use for frying? I have a electric deep fryer for turkey's but mabey a quick dip in the fryer with one of those bunnies might be tastey?

HOGGETTER, I use olive oil in a pan initially heated up to a pretty high high heat. I dip the bunny parts in equal parts flour, garlic powder, and seasoned pepper, and fry em just like chicken. Really very tasty. I even had my niece come over once after I had fried some up who told me before she could never eat a wild rabbit. Really kind of mean of me but I told her it was chicken and she polished off three thighs telling me how good it was before I told her she was eating rabbit. She was understanding and again had to admit how good it was.

Take care and let me know how they turn out if'n you fry some up. Thumbs up

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