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post #1 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-23-2018, 11:23 AM Thread Starter
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Rabbit Habitat?

What makes for good rabbit habitat?

Do you see many rabbits in your food plots or in grass fields?

I see a lot of rabbits in the small town neighborhood where I live. Even though the houses are pretty close together here, there are lots of rabbits in the yards.

But in grass CREP fields out in the nearby farm country, I don't see many rabbits. Which seems surprising.

I'd think they would be there. There are grasses, often clover, a variety of forbs. I often see deer in these fields, but rarely rabbits.
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post #2 of 17 (permalink) Old 09-23-2018, 11:25 AM
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Brush piles, brush piles, and brush piles.
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Brush piles and good woody cover and cutovers
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Cover from day and night avian predators

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Coyote

Don't forget coyote, once they got plentiful rabbits, wood chucks all disappear in my area. House cats will hammer the new born rabbits also.
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I was cutting trees in a steep riparian buffer specifically for rabbit cover, truck was parked up on top. Saw ran out of gas so I went up to the truck, saw a redtailed hawk fly away from the ground about 50 yards in front of the truck. Filled the saw but it bugged me about the hawk, walked over and there was a fresh killed rabbit. I kicked the rabbit out and the hawk nailed it. Wasn't happy about it.

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I gave up hunting rabbits years ago but totally agree with coyotes wiping them out of areas. I pass many places in Bedford Co. where we used to hunt them and I can't remember when I saw a dead on along the road. Another thing on rabbits. When I first started out hunting this is how we spent our Saturdays. Sort of got us fired up for deer season.

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I always seem to find them in the places with the most thorns
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See them in the yard every spring and they disappear by fall.

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post #10 of 17 (permalink) Old 12-08-2018, 02:13 PM
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one of the best is multiflora rose patches... Also autumn olive stands offer winter food from bark strippings


Rabbits like new growth... not old dead tough grass/hay/ straw that's why they frequent lawns where the grass is cut continually during the summer


This time of year I start cutting maple & aspen just let it lay during the snow time and watch the tracks and droppings build up
As the snow gets higher they are offered food from the higher branches. Then in spring when I take out the logs for firewood pile up the branches for brush piles.
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