Rabbit hunting is a great action sport with a tasty harvest of tender hasenpfeffer.
Here are some quick tips to guide the beginner into the world of rabbit hunting.
Rabbit hunting is a very fun sport that can begin with as little as a young hunter and a pellet gun. That is how most of us got started. If hit in the vitals or head with a good quality pellet, a rabbit is sure to make it to the stew pot.
Moving quietly through edge habitat, peeking into the denser brush, namely under it, is the way to hunt, especially early in the morning or at dusk. Do not spook your game with quick movements, as you need a still shot to score a hit with a single projectile generally with a pellet rifle or pistol.
This method works well also with regular rifles and pistols, usually of .22 caliber. Larger calibers can be used but be mindful of any meat that may be lost to a larger caliber bullet.
Make It Easy
Rabbit hunting is best done with a shotgun. Shotguns allow the hunter to fire a wide column of small shot at a fleeing rabbit in hopes of connecting a few pellets to the target.
Shotguns come in a variety of gauges. The .410 bore shotgun is a small shell containing a smaller amount of shot compared to other sizes. It is a really up-close shooter. It’s wiser to pick the 20 gauge or the bigger 12 gauge for better payload delivery. I favor the #6 shot, though some hunters prefer larger sizes such as the #4 or #5, or smaller shot such as #7.5 or even as small as size #8. The larger sizes are easier to find when cleaning your harvested rabbits, so that may save a tooth in the long run. Also, pick a wider spread choke tube setting such as an improved cylinder. Your shot should cover a wider area up close to catch the rabbits flushed under foot.
Stomp on brush piles and hunt edge cover. You want the rabbit to panic and run, giving you that one quick shot. You might want to wear heavy-weight, tough pants and a coat to keep briars and branches from grabbing onto your skin.
When you fire, try to shoot slightly ahead of the rabbit, as the rabbit will run into your shot, instead of you shooting right at it. Practice will make perfect and soon you will be listening better for game and seeing more rabbits hiding before you get a chance to flush them from their hiding places.
Now’s a good time to try your hand at rabbit hunting. We promise, with the littlest bit of success, you will be hooked!