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Location: Barron county, WI
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Is a Beagle the only way to go for rabbits?

I just moved back to the country and want to get a "little" hound to get into rabbit hunting. I have only heard of people using beagle, but I was wondering if any of you guys have any suggestions.

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Location: santa clara ny
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Is a Beagle the only way to go for rabbits?

Beagles are not your only choice for rabbits but your safest. Any scent hound will run a rabbit to some degree of another, if trained to do so, but beagles are selectively bred for it, you get a good dog and oyu drop it on a rabbit track and your training is over, the dog smells bunny and Goes!

as labs have been selectively bred for retrieving and greyhounds for sight running, so have beagles been bred for rabbits.

for a beagle registered with lots of letters and champion lines I would contact Aubrey Holcomb, Daddy Rabbit Kennels in Royston, GA he has some of the finest beagles in the country.
Do a search for "Daddy Rabbit Kennels" he has so many champions and hall of fame that any search for his kennel will get you multiple hits. you can tell him his "Yankee hound buddy" sent you.

NEK kennels, in the North East Kingdom of Vermont, Pete Richardson, he has the best hare dogs I have ever seen. period.
also has some crosses on occassion when his big game hounds make their chains reach to the beagles. lol.
. Do a Search for "Snowshoeharehunter" and you should get his website or contact info.
Again, Pete is a nationally known big game hound hunter, treeing over 100 bears a season, plus cats , hare , his line of dogs do it all. any search for "Snowshoeharehunter"
or "Pete Richardson North Troy Vermont" will bring up all kinds of results.

you can tell him some guy with a big hound named "Flop" sent you.

so there are the best of the beagles and the best of the rest including beagle crosses to choose from. They will make sure you are going to hunt their dogs and hunt them hard, otherwise they wont part with any.

you can also find both these guys on http://www.RabbitHuntingOnline.com among other places.
welcome back and welcome to hound hunting!

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Location: Barron county, WI
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Is a Beagle the only way to go for rabbits?

Thanks. It's good to be back!!! I have a yellow lab that does alright on pheasants, and just love the satisfaction of hunting with dogs. Alot of my buddies I grew up with were big coon hunters and I have alot of friends that let me tag along on running bear and coyotes with the hounds. I just love it but have always wanted to get into rabbit hunting. Thanks again for the info.

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Location: Berlin NH
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Hey

I belive that beagles are the only way to go. I own my own guide service and I specialize in snowshoe hare hunting here are a few picts of last weekends hunting.




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Location: Portland, OR
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Is a Beagle the only way to go for rabbits?

I guess it depends on the area you live in. I live in Oregon and we just walk around the sage brush on the outskirts of alfalfa fields and just "jump shoot" jack rabbits. We get 15-20 a day easily.

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Is a Beagle the only way to go for rabbits?

Yea you dont need a dog for em here either you can fin them pretty easy.

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Location: Teton Valley, ID
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Is a Beagle the only way to go for rabbits?

My sled dogs are awesome at running snowshoe hare. One in particular is Chinook X Alaskan Husky/ Timberwolf (25% or less). He has long legs and huge snowshoe feet. He kicks them out, I give him the whoa -stop command and let the hare have it. Big smile YUM!

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Is a Beagle the only way to go for rabbits?

The brittany spaniel makes a wonderful and under rated rabbit dog! Granted, they are not as good as a hound but have just as much desire and ofcourse you can hunt birds with them, too. My brittany is excellent at hunting both!

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Is a Beagle the only way to go for rabbits?

Have a look at the "basset hound" thread in this small game category. Bassets are great for rabbit. 2nd strongest nose (after the blood hound) and they are not as slow as people who don't know the breed think. I would definitely consider Bassets right along with Beagles, which as also great dogs.

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Is a Beagle the only way to go for rabbits?

I've got a 95 pound lab that I hunt rabbits with. I've been hunting with him since he was a pup and he's fantastic. I actually think he has an advantage over the small dogs as he can bust brush significantly better. Get down into a thicket along a creek, and let him go to work. Sometimes he'll catch cottontails and bring em to me without harm.
All dogs love to hunt rabbits and rabbits are conducive to being run by dogs due to their limited home territory, so use whatever makes you happy. You'll certainly get into more rabbits with a dog than without.

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Is a Beagle the only way to go for rabbits?
exbiologist wrote:
I've got a 95 pound lab that I hunt rabbits with. I've been hunting with him since he was a pup and he's fantastic. I actually think he has an advantage over the small dogs as he can bust brush significantly better. Get down into a thicket along a creek, and let him go to work. Sometimes he'll catch cottontails and bring em to me without harm.
All dogs love to hunt rabbits and rabbits are conducive to being run by dogs due to their limited home territory, so use whatever makes you happy. You'll certainly get into more rabbits with a dog than without.

x2 my uncles have used labs for EVERYTHING! rabbits, squirrels, coons, ducks and geese....all you have to do as the owner/trainer of your dog is to show him what you want him to do, sooner or later they get the idea.... hoopfully sooner

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