I don't know that could run out of rabbits after 5 or so kills even if you feed the rabbits, so I would think you need more than that
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5 is good for one field but would venture out and find more fields. I try to have at least 6 fields to hawk over the year and are always trying to find more. talk to ranchers and farmers to see if you can do this in their property. I approached it with the thought in mind that I set up the areas off to the side of where they didn't want the bunnies to give them a new habitat to move to. as well as hawk the areas heavy in the spots that they didn't want the bunnies
thought i would throw this out. not sure if anyone covered it or not. some rabbit hunters around here take old pallets and kinda sloppily stack them. throw dirt over them then brush over that.'
the wood rots but they are supposed to move in and make their holes before that happens
Rabbits use the holes made by other digging critters. They don't make their own holes. Pallet wood is usually chemically treated to prevent rotting. Most property owners don't appreciate dumping stuff in their fields, so ask permission first. We pile natural vegetation and debris that's already in the field. You can add dead pines and fur trees after Christmas to the pile too (without tinsel or artificial flocking). Old apples tossed about will be appreciated by birds and rabbits too.
Post by burnindaylight on Apr 11, 2013 21:47:31 GMT -5
Habitat, Habitat....build it and they will come! Brush piles are the hot ticket along with old pallets and pipes if possible. Rabbits love thorny brush and piles placed adjacent to and in that brush will speed things along. Alfalfa and clover work good, but any greens kept trimmed will work. Brush piles adjacent to corn fields is also another good location as the rabbits feed on the shelled spillage. Wood piles and stacking of logs can help as well. If your able to trim box elder trees in fence rows and other type of trees to open up for some sunlight will help establish new growth which will add cover and a food source as well.
You want to be careful with any invasive plantings for " Rabbittat" . I plant multi species foodplots , generally perennials and the rabbits def enjoy them . Alfalfa and clover are good sources of food for rabbits but won't work as an attractant unless cover is close by. By close by I mean less than 300 feet . cotton-tails are a small range territorial mammal . Their general home base is less than a 2 acre area for breeding and less than One acre for actual territory for feeding and rearing young . Added foodplots of non native forage , including grasses like fescue and especially burmuda will choke out nesting and escape paths once in full bolt . The best way to attract a population growth in Cotton tails is to provide sustained cover in the form of brush piles , CRP fields and fence rows . ( Dirthawking by Joe Roy III) .
Last Edit: Apr 17, 2013 20:09:04 GMT -5 by echotadog
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