Solo Rabbit Hunting

Discussion in 'Small Game Hunting' started by Bassline89, Nov 17, 2018.

  1. Bassline89

    Bassline89 Spike

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    Im hoping to go rabbit hunting as soon as the season starts. I don’t have any dogs and at most I’ll have maybe 2 other people with me. Any tips or suggestions from the amount of knowledge in this group? I’ll be hunting on WMA land and I have a private patch or two I might be able to get too.
     
  2. KY Swamp Beagler

    KY Swamp Beagler 12 pointer

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    With no dogs you’ll be jump shooting rabbits, so the shots will be close. I wouldn’t use a choke over improved cylinder with 6 shot. Focus on the thickets that are armpit high and below. Rabbits like to have cover over their heads to keep the avian predators at bay. Likewise, it’s hard to jump shoot rabbits with your arms tangled by briars.

    When you move walk slow in a zig zag pattern focusing on areas of thicker cover. You’ll want to pause fairly often because the rabbits will wait until you pass then get up behind you. Rabbits can’t handle the pause because they think something is about to pounce on them.

    I’d always wear a hunters orange hat and vest and make sure your buddies do to. Be sure to spread out so you can cover more ground and not Dick Cheney each other.

    Good luck, be safe.
     
  3. KY Swamp Beagler

    KY Swamp Beagler 12 pointer

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    I almost forgot. Trash piles you find around farms are rabbit Mecca. You can usually kick up a few around those but just watch out for nails, glass and other sharp things.
     
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  4. Bassline89

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    Unfortunately, the only chokes I have are Modified and Full.
     
  5. KY Swamp Beagler

    KY Swamp Beagler 12 pointer

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    Use the modified then and go with 6 shot. Just let the rabbit get out a bit farther before shooting.
     
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  6. Bassline89

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    I feel like my reaction time will allow for that lol
     
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  7. luvtohunt

    luvtohunt 8 pointer

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    I would invest in a good pair of briar pants or chaps if you plan on wading through briars. Being your own jump dog can get brutal if you aren't prepared. I have also found rabbits in easier walking stuff like fence rows that are grown up and drainage draws through ag fields.
     
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  8. Carl

    Carl 12 pointer

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    I used to wear 2 pairs of bluejeans when I was a kid but jeans were probably thicker back then. They stopped a lot of blackberry briars.
     
  9. Bassline89

    Bassline89 Spike

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    I’ve got a pair of double front pants that I typically wear when squirrel hunting.
     
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  10. bowhunter269

    bowhunter269 10 pointer

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    Downed cedars, honeysuckle, greenbriers, along railroad tracks, overgrown fence rows, scrap piles (already mentioned)....... nothing like trying to kick up a few rabbits !!! Once you figure out what they like, it gets easier to be more productive in your hunts.
     
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  11. BEAGLER89

    BEAGLER89 Fawn

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  12. Bassline89

    Bassline89 Spike

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    Probably Kleber (or however it is spelled) maybe Griffith and maybe Veterans. I’ve only been to Veterans once and it was miserable.
     

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