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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 02-11-2012, 11:16 PM Thread Starter
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Fewer Rabbits This Season

Has anyone else noticed fewer rabbits aroud this season? We hunt in central Lycoming County over a beagle. We've seen less and killed less than in the past few seasons. Just curious.
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post #2 of 35 (permalink) Old 02-12-2012, 12:37 AM
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Re: Fewer Rabbits This Season

Definitely more spotty

We hunt a large area of the northern teir from near the Delaware river in Wayne County to western Bradford County and have seen both ends of it this year.

The most notable is our lowland spots, most are way down and we haven't hunted quite a few because of this.
Makes sense with all the summer rains.

On the other hand maybe half our spots are above normal.
The steep thick sidehills have Especially been good.
We have had really good running and hunts the last 3 or 4 weeks, especially right here close to home.

But overall our PA kill is down maybe 10% and part of that is we have been taking fewer intentionally when we see a spot that doesn't feel right to us.

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Re: Fewer Rabbits This Season

Most of my spots have been down. Been forced to find some new areas.
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Re: Fewer Rabbits This Season

In my opinion rabbit numbers have been down for a very long time.
I think it's weird and don't understand it.
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post #5 of 35 (permalink) Old 02-12-2012, 11:49 AM
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Re: Fewer Rabbits This Season

Though year, Hunting with young dogs,but dogs are always in brush. some spots not even a flush or jump. Other spots are spotty. Hunted on a 80 acre farm the the other day for the first time plenty of thickets multi rose, briars, thick hedge rows, rabbit paridise.not one jump, no rabbit sign, was in there for two and half hours, with 4 dogs that hunt; go figure. Could be preditors or down swing on rabbit pop or I think spots are wiped out by killing too many rabbits out of one spot and it takes a few years to recover. Either case I,ll be out Monday looking again.
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Re: Fewer Rabbits This Season

Yes less jumps but seems to be a good season but definitley slower action this year. I think summer floods washed away rabbits and their nests.

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Re: Fewer Rabbits This Season

Our usual spots held the normal amount of cottontail this year I'd have to say. However I didn't do anywhere near the amount of hunting I usually do for rabbits this season. Seems like every year I keep losing more and more spots due to housing development.
When I was younger we had so many spots to hunt my dad kept a book with them all written down so we could remember them all. Now we have a hard time coming up with spots to hunt. I can't tell you how many doors I've knocked on the last couple years trying to gain permission/find new spots only to be refused. Seems like in the past nobody would turn me down, especially in the second season when deer hunting is finished.

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Re: Fewer Rabbits This Season

this year has been different in my area, but i don't think numbers are down. areas that are always good have been tough to run in, to the point you think they aren't there because there is no sign, tracks ect. but when you go back at another time, they are everywhere. crazy year!
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Our usual spots held the normal amount of cottontail this year I'd have to say. However I didn't do anywhere near the amount of hunting I usually do for rabbits this season. Seems like every year I keep losing more and more spots due to housing development.
Ain't that the truth.
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post #10 of 35 (permalink) Old 02-12-2012, 08:49 PM
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Re: Fewer Rabbits This Season

I have seen the same as last year and maybe a litle more,, my areas are pretty thick, my best farm 180 acres that is pretty overgrown hasnt been farmed in 15 years was sold at the beggining of the season and immediately the posted signs went up,, just stinks!!

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