A Different Look At Rabbits
Posted 14 August 2012 - 09:45 PM
But what I have been noticing this year is that instead of the sitting silhouette you usually see, they are actually laying down with their belly to the dirt and sprawled out prone. I have seen this in both Mojave and 100 miles away in Inyo, and both were triple digit days (don't know if that has anything to do with it or not?). They are much harder to spot (thank God and the optometrist my "rabbit eyes" are working again this year) and you think they are actually dead when you first see them. My buddy actually went out to see if one was dead the first time we saw it last month. It was not! Saw two again last Saturday alone, but only got a picture of one since I was attempting to pull a Thumper Hood with a bow on the second one and didn't want to waste any time with a camera. Failed miserably of course or I would have posted a hundred pics of it . But I did see this one at 50+ yards while driving about 20mph, so I must be doing something right.
Anyway, just something else to keep in mind while out there trying to spot them in the brush. You will think you see one at first, then almost dismiss it because who ever heard of a rabbit sprawled out laying prone, right? I have
Oh, and no, he didn't get away. The dogs ate well. Somebody with a lucky Stetson had to redeem himself with one shot from the old faithful .22mag
Posted 14 August 2012 - 10:46 PM
Posted 15 August 2012 - 06:01 AM
Posted 15 August 2012 - 07:07 AM
But you're right. Especially on really hot days. Where I would notice it the most were along those desert roads that were cleared of brush at one time (probably when they built the road) and had re-grown a bit more sporadic sage along the sides. When you walk those roads you'll see these depressions under most of them, just about the size of a jackrabbit. On hot days look down one of those roads and it's really common to see a few rabbits with their ears pinned back barely above ground surface. They look like a rock. Sometimes they are laying as you say, prone.
Posted 15 August 2012 - 08:43 AM
I've seen them a few times lying on the ground like that, trying to stay cool by lying on the shaded ground. My dog does the same thing to stay cool by lying on the concrete porch steps in the shade sometimes. I've even seen a few cottontails do the same thing on really hot days. It does make them even harder to spot when they are like that. I think it if stays hot like it has been that we'll see more of this occuring.
Posted 15 August 2012 - 10:23 AM
I love the 22 mag. I really should take it with me when I go hunting. Maybe this year!?
Posted 15 August 2012 - 11:54 AM
Posted 15 August 2012 - 01:47 PM
Posted 18 August 2012 - 02:19 PM
Bisley - I agree 100%. I always bag my rabbits on the LONG hike back to camp after bird hunting. It is usually during the hottest part of the day when I am exhausted, hungry and ready for a swim before the evening hunt. In the area I most often hunt the brush is wider and taller running down draws about 100 yards apart. If I cross the open meadows between the draws slowly and quietly (mostly because I am hot and tired) I can catch them just lounging in the shade with out a care in the world. It makes my ruger mark II worth its weight in gold. My hunting buddies are still shocked every time I come back into camp with a rabbit that "I found napping on the way back for dinner."
Posted 01 September 2012 - 07:20 PM
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