22 Mag Winchester lever has been my bunny gun predominantly for the past ten years although at times I use a Ruger Mark II 22 handgun. I bought a Marlin 17HMR bolt this year and will be testing it on the bunnies this upcoming bunny season although it will be quite a bit heavier to lug around then my Winchester or Ruger.
I give a hands up to 22mag although I dont have one. I have a semi auto .22lr that I love to shoot. The only thing i've ever killed with it was a small rabbit at about 15yds and it jumped and jumped around like the ground was a hot plate then expired. I need to do more small game killing with it because its a blast to shoot.
Deer hunters spend so much time trying to pattern deer that we forget that we also can be "patterned." After all, most of us hunt the same days and the same hours, so it isn't difficult for deer to figure us out.
While we would never recommend giving up hunting the traditional moving times for deer -- early morning and late evening -- it's important to keep in mind that deer will move at other times of the day. Sometimes hunting through lunch, or getting in your stand earlier than usual for an...