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First Rabbit of the Season

Well, the morning of opening day I was preoccupied with a high school football game and wasn't able to get out until the evening.

Rabbits were abundant, and gave the dogs a workout as expected.

Still green brush spared a few rabbits, but one came into range in a small clearing.

With the dogs closing in on him, he was putting on the speed, he hit the edge of the clearing and didn't miss a beat. I raised up and fired just as he juked right, I cycled another shell & touched-off another round as he catapulted over a small log. In disbelief I quickly fired another shot as I vividly recall the rabbit tucking his head in close to his body, and disappearing into the brush.
The dogs keep coming... I pickup my spent hulls inspecting them to see if I somehow grabbed the wrong ones, and the dogs shutup just inside the brush.
Great, he made it to a hole I thought... wait a second... the dogs aren't moving on GPS.
I yell for Trigger to "bring it here" and out he trotts proud as can be of his prize.

Just 1 but a great day afield.
Without the dogs I doubt I would have recovered the rabbit.





From tailgate to table:




Can't wait till next time!!!
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Congratulations, nice pictures, great when a beagle retrieves.
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Great pics, evening in the field, and dinner.
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Looks delicious! What part of the anatomy is there on your plate? Almost looks like a hind leg?

A bad day hunting rabbits beats a good day of anything else!
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Awesome! and I'll take a plate!!
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Looks delicious! What part of the anatomy is there on your plate? Almost looks like a hind leg?
You would be correct, a hind leg.
Son is still raving about it.

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I've taken to deboning all of my rabbits/birds. Use a tenderizer, bread, brown, bake ~15 minutes. Yummy! I feed it to everyone and tell them it's chicken

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As much as I love field pics of dogs and critter, that last pic is by far the best!

I don't have ducks. I don't have rows. I have squirrels. And they're drunk.
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