Depends on which field I go to. A couple of fields have tons of rabbits and jacks and then a couple have just bunnies in them and not that many. On a couple of occassions, I have seen 20 to 30 jacks scurrying from one side of the field to the other to stay ahead of us. Our blacktailed jacks just move around the field and do not seek holes to go in. They will hide in patches of weeds or tall grass. Then there are some fields that you can't find a rabbit to save your life. Our fields get tremendous hunting pressure from the numbers of falconers we have in this state.
0-2 on a really good day with a beagle. Well in the early season I can usally put out 1 or 2 a day but after we get snow it becomes near impossible to get bunnies going. If I can get down to Cape Cod we will usually put out between 10-15 bunnies without a dog.
In my part of Florida maybe 1 on a really really good day. If I travel farther south about 4hrs there are a lot in the cane fields/frozen out orange groves. Thats why I hunt squirrels and on a really good day maybe 4-5 with a expirenced hawk.
Last Edit: Nov 29, 2006 20:32:18 GMT -5 by Tiercel78
I used to think i knew some things. But i'm not so sure anymore.
I have had some 4 rabbit days, but I guess I would call that "great"! I don't hunt any industrial lots, as there aren't any around here. At least nothing that I can find that are any better and worth the risk. I am in Louisa County.
Good Falconry is always a thin line between two mistakes.
Post by mdsquirrelhawker2 on Nov 30, 2006 17:31:32 GMT -5
Are we talking catches or flushes. If any of you are having problems seeing of finding bunnies then get a mini dachshund. I average above 10 every time I go out. Also some scouting helps. Spend some time out during the early fall, run the dogs and find the bunnies. Its all about the scouting.....oh.....and the dogs
MDSquirrelHawker2, I'm actually using two mini-dachshunds and still only can get at most 6 rabbits moving. Although we do work those rabbits pretty well. I've got one experienced dog and one 11 mos old puppy who is still learning. They've definitely made a difference over last year though. -Joe