- Feb 28, 2007
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This is a curiosity question, or questions; are your seasons on rabbits open year round to keep the populations in check? I enjoy watching videos of other gentlemen in England, and elsewhere, have permission to clear the landscape of numerous rabbits with their 22's and other rimfires. Sometimes dozens are shot in a short amount of time.
Also, as long as I remember we were told to be aware of "Rabbit Fever" or Tularemia, and to not eat any rabbits before the first frost of the year (in Ohio rabbit season opens the first weekend of November, so that is not a concern). Is this a concern when you pot a coney? The videos of your fellow Brits, and those in Australia that shoot in warmer weather don't seem to be bothered by this disease, as they are cooking large pots of rabbit stew in their shorts and t shirts.
Thanks for sharing your hunting exploits in far off lands.
Yes rabbits have no closed season in the uk and in many places are prolific.
However they do get disease but fortunately none that affect us. I still think it is sad though because the disease they do suffer was deliberately introduced and caused immense suffering. Myximatosis was introduced in the 1950's and still kills thousands. A virus carried in the rabbit flea.
The other is more recent and is from....dont laugh, China. VHD or viral hemorrhaging disease causes internal bleeding.
I use to sell 1000 rabbits plus a year and was a good earner for a country lad. I dread to think what the number of 22's, airgun pellets and centerfire rounds are that I have used against them and then there is the shotguns too!
I must admit, winter rabbits are best. They start breeding now here and wont stop until gone September.
I have a lot of respect for rabbits. Everything is after him but he keeps trying to survive.