Click here HuntingPA.com
Outdoor Community



Topic Options
#3130522 - Sun Sep 29 2013 07:05 PM Rabbit season is approaching...
psychobeagle12 Offline
old hand

Registered: Sat Sep 28 2013
Posts: 814
Loc: Johnstown, PA
Ok guys, so I am new around here and I should start by saying that rabbit hunting is my absolute FAVORITE game of the woods. I love hunting all small game, but there is something about the sound of a couple dogs running a bunny that just makes me itch. So with the season approaching I am faced with the same issue that has plagued me for the last several years. I live in western PA, about 1 1/2 hours east of Pittsburg, and I cannot seem to find rabbits very much around here. Rabbits have been on the decline in my area for some time, and while I have been finding them around this year a little more, it is still not enough to make me feel like I am having good days for rabbits. One rabbit up in five hours of hunting is straight depressing. So, does anyone have any suggestions on areas nearby that I might take my dogs this year? I live in Johnstown, PA (close to Altoona and Bedford if that is helpful). Hope to hear some encouraging words from someone. Thanks guys! laugh
_________________________
A bad day hunting rabbits beats a good day of anything else!

Top
#3130527 - Sun Sep 29 2013 07:16 PM Re: Rabbit season is approaching... [Re: psychobeagle12]
Roscoe62 Offline
veteran

Registered: Sun Dec 19 2010
Posts: 1304
Loc: Jefferson County
Find a game land find a food plot. No one is going to give you a lot of help on this. I started hunting on rabbits and have always like to hunt behind a dog. Just love listening and watching them work. Good luck.

Top
#3130877 - Mon Sep 30 2013 12:48 AM Re: Rabbit season is approaching... [Re: psychobeagle12]
psychobeagle12 Offline
old hand

Registered: Sat Sep 28 2013
Posts: 814
Loc: Johnstown, PA
The problem isn't having nowhere to go. I wish it were so because I would just go somewhere else. It is that it seems that right around this time of year the rabbits mysteriously disappear from the local woods smirk I know of some Game commission food plots in the area maybe I will try those. Thanks!
_________________________
A bad day hunting rabbits beats a good day of anything else!

Top
#3130996 - Mon Sep 30 2013 09:48 AM Re: Rabbit season is approaching... [Re: psychobeagle12]
Roscoe62 Offline
veteran

Registered: Sun Dec 19 2010
Posts: 1304
Loc: Jefferson County
Yeah, I've never figured out the disappearing rabbit thing. See the all summer then poof they are gone. Magician's taking them all?

Top
#3131400 - Mon Sep 30 2013 05:17 PM Re: Rabbit season is approaching... [Re: psychobeagle12]
treed74 Offline
Carpal \'Tunnel

Registered: Mon Oct 06 2008
Posts: 3564
Loc: New Cumberland
Don't hunt where there is alot of yote and other predator sign. A group of yotes, and hawks, can thin em out. Find out where guys are trapping or have trapped, sometime the predator population is thinner.

Hunt the thick nasty and let the dog;s run em out. They are there. I have found that hunting the morning after a nice long rain, usually has them rabbits out of the holes. You can push one are one week and not get one rabbit going. Go through the same area after a nice long rain, and there is rabbit under every bush.

Personally, game lands are deserts, and i won;t hunt them until 2nd season with snow on the ground, and i only hunt them if we can;t get out anywhere else. Sometimes the smallest pieces of property hold a ton of rabbit. An acre or two, or even less, can hold alot of rabbits and these places are typically the ones that you think of not even hunting because they look so small.

If i still lived back in Johnstown i could help you out better, but the last time i was back there, all our places had been built up or bought by others that owned stock in posted signs.
_________________________
RIP Tuff 98-11, So many hunts, so many good times!

Top
#3131656 - Mon Sep 30 2013 10:47 PM Re: Rabbit season is approaching... [Re: Roscoe62]
bpottorff Offline
old hand

Registered: Sat Mar 13 2010
Posts: 1007
Loc: Pennsylvania
Around this time of the year the vegetation starts to thin out a little, that coupled with the migration of hawks through our area adding to already high numbers of hawks and owls and like you said its easy to notice the impact of predators. Years ago when hawks and owls were controlled you didn't notice the sudden loss in the beginning of fall, so many rabbits you could find some in the open hard woods under fallen branches with leaves on.

Top
#3132980 - Wed Oct 02 2013 02:35 AM Re: Rabbit season is approaching... [Re: bpottorff]
Lynnappelman Offline
Carpal \'Tunnel

Registered: Mon Jan 26 2004
Posts: 3677
Loc: Montour County
Look for areas of heavy cover. Pine tree farms around here produce good because the rabbits can move and stay under cover other than when they cross the road at Mach 5. Good quality cover reduces predator impact. I think there needs to be a Rabbits Forever or something where you guys can get together and make brush piles, edge cuttings and other things to increase the number of rabbits on areas you hunt. I have seen this done and it works. Look online for instructions on brush pile construction. There is a right and wrong way to build them.
_________________________
"The wildlife and it's habitat cannot speak for itself. So we must and we will." Teddy Roosevelt

Top


Moderator:  corey22, Moss, TurkeyMike 
Google Ads
HuntingPA Sponsors
60X Custom Strings
ADT Security
Arrowhead
FoxPro
Growing Up With Guns
Hilltop Seeds
Hunting GPS Maps
Huntworth Gear
James Creek Outfitters
Knob Mountain Kennel
Lancaster Archery
Lowes Whitetail Scents
Martz Gap Hunting Preserve
Midwest Turkey Call Supply
Magees Optics
Mt. Hope Game Preserve
Night Eyes Predator Lights
No Limits Outdoors
On-Point Outfitters
Outdoorsman's Insight Magazine
Pheasants Forever
Premier Hunting Adventures
Randy Kuntz's Taxidermy
Realtree
Stony Gun & Archery
TrailCamPro
Two Bear Outfitters
Ultimate Camo
Who's Online
178 registered (44 hunt club, 17 furball, (Yotetrapper1), .257, 36years, 14 invisible), 470 Guests and 21 Spiders online.
Key: Admin, Global Mod, Mod
Google Ads
Newest Members
reds68, Warbird_Tom, seanpr11, Dave in Maine, tree hugger
35199 Registered Users
Recent Posts
9.9 outboard
by quackmaster4
0 seconds ago
The last letter game
by RonM
1 minute 58 seconds ago
Random sentence game
by RonM
2 minutes 36 seconds ago
Coyotes howling & barking
by browninggold
3 minutes 30 seconds ago
Question for Hockey Fans
by browninggold
8 minutes 40 seconds ago
A Dog-Day Oasis
by salmonoid
11 minutes 7 seconds ago
Transporting handguns in vehicles?
by Potter Co. Joe
11 minutes 24 seconds ago
New Topics
Trailcams
by Andrew C.
Broadhead weight
by MntnHntr
03:44 PM
Would you Fast-Forward Summer?
by WOL
03:23 PM
Coyotes howling & barking
by browninggold
02:49 PM
Q on carrying.... and buying a holster.
by Fleroo
01:18 PM
What to do...
by capt rudy
12:57 PM
POTD 7/26/2016
by Bates
11:38 AM
Top Posters
RonM 39569
great white hunter 37541
RB-HPA 28446
dc 21 26225
Bluetick 24660
DennyF 23630
TATERDAVID 23390
Bearclaw 22998
DIYASUB 22648
timberdoodle 22245
Forum Stats
35199 Members
101 Forums
139324 Topics
1746589 Posts

Max Online: 2060 @ Mon Dec 01 2014 11:50 PM