An Okay Time To Eat Cottontails?
Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:25 AM
Is this utter shinaniganze? Or is there some truth to this.
Posted 01 August 2012 - 07:42 AM
Time waits for no one--
treasure every moment you have.
Posted 01 August 2012 - 08:48 AM
Posted 01 August 2012 - 09:23 AM
For ticks, I just make sure if I find ticks on the ears that I cut the ticks in half and scrape them off the ears. That way I know they are dead. Or you can just cut the ears off and leave them there where you shot the rabbit. Then the ticks will just crawl off the ears after you are gone. I think it's better to just kill the ticks so they don't attach to something or someone else.
For fleas, you can fill the ziploc bag the rabbits are in with cool/cold water and let it sit for about 15 minutes until the fleas drown and then you can just dump them out with the water. This will also wash off most of the blood that may be on the rabbit.
For warbles, if you find them under the skin just remove them and check the meat where the warble was at. It should be fine since they mainly eat the fat between the layer of skin and meat/muscles and don't harm the rabbit.
I'll admit, it is much nicer to not have to worry about ticks and fleas jumping off of a rabbit and onto me (this summer alone I've found 5 ticks crawling on me that I've immediately squashed/crushed and killed), but like ShooterJohn mentioned, if you wait until it gets cold enough to kill off most of the ticks, fleas and warbles the rabbits may have become coyote, bobcat or cougar breakfast, lunch or dinner by then. Get them while they are easy pickings. Just make sure to check the liver for spots or odd discolorations. If the liver is bright, deep red and clear of white spots all over it or funky coloration, you are good to go. Cook them cottontails up and enjoy!
Posted 01 August 2012 - 03:56 PM
Extremely rare but it can happen. My brother got it
when he was cleaning a rabbit and got poked by a broken bone.
He got very sick but after some antibiotics he was fine.
Posted 01 August 2012 - 04:08 PM
Posted 03 August 2012 - 12:47 AM
Posted 14 August 2012 - 02:55 PM
I've never done that, but he mentioned it as a suggestion a while back so I thought I'd pass it along.
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