Posted 29 September 2008 - 11:43 PM
Alright, so I've been out quite a few times in the last week during the heat of the day because of all these night shifts I've been doing. I poked around Estelle Mountain and the Cleveland NF (Trabucco Dist). I see rabbit droppings everywhere but no rabbits. I stalk, I peak, I penetrate into thick brush, I sit and wait, I do little mouth calls, etc. NOTHING! Today I was nearly drowning in fresh rabbit droppings but I simply couldn't find the buggers. Granted, in CNF the brush is thick and one can't really see more than a few feet through the underbrush. I suppose these cottontails really do know how to hide.Do these rabbits have underground holes they hide in? Or maybe they hear me coming from far away and manage to scurry away without me hearing. But I've come upon rabbits within close range before without them noticing me until last minute (which consequently caused them to die). However, these were during the evening, so perhaps they we out and about more than during the day. How much does your noise matter when hunting rabbits? I tried hunting in an oak forest but the ground was a solid layer of dry leaves, making my steps like walking on dry cereal. I wondered if that led to my seeing no rabbits. Anyway, I guess I should simply quit trying to find rabbits during high noon out in the wilderness. I feel like I still have a mountain of experience, intuition and general animal bahavior knowledge to acquire before I ever get really good at this. Once again, if anyone's ever headed out, drop me a line and I'll join you!