Not a bad day for rabbits

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  1. David Prutsman

    David Prutsman All men are equal before fish

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    Decided to hit a new and promising spot for rabbits with a buddy in tow. We arrived late in the morning, too late for any other spot without this caliber of habitat. Twenty minutes into our hike in and about steep hills and massive boulder outcroppings, we had managed to spook several cottontails without an opportunity for a shot. The day was cold and the wind strong, but we pressed on, sometimes through knee deep snow to arrive at the next likely hiding spot. A dozen sightings later, we were still empty handed, the only difference being that we were now exhausted. The damn things just wouldn't stay put long enough in such stout wind for us to administer a dose of acute lead poisoning. Back in the Jeep and driving towards the main road for home, we pulled over to check out one more area too good to ignore. That is where I made my 1948 Remington 550 acquainted with these two bunnies. I discovered them tucked tightly in very heavy brush and timber at the base of a high rim rock. Sometimes all it takes is the last five minutes to turn a frustrating day into a half way decent day.

    Cheers,

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    Jim Ficklin Genuine Montana Fossil

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    I've yet to find areas with good bunny populations here like we had back home when I was a kid. I still enjoy stalking them with a .22, however. Dad finally shared some sage wisdom with me one day after I had walked-by lots of Cottontails, only to have him plink them as he came along behind me along a primrose-lined ditch. "Quit looking for a whole bunny, Jimmy; start looking for the eye." That technique still serves me well.
     
  3. zen leecher aka bill w

    zen leecher aka bill w born to work, forced to fish

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    I'd like to find some bunnies also. Used to be a lot a tad west of Moses Lake....used to be.
     
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    Some nice fly tying material there.:D
     
  5. David Prutsman

    David Prutsman All men are equal before fish

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    This is what I made of my rabbits from a few days ago; cider braised rabbit with crème fraiche.

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    Alex MacDonald Dr. of Doomology

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    Looks like dinner is served!!
     
  7. Greg Armstrong

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    "Not a bad day for rabbits"...

    I don't know man, but it looks to me like those rabbits had a really bad day! :D

    This reminds me of my Dad. He had a pack of 13 beagles at one time. Some of my fondest memories tagging along with him on field trials with the hounds chasing bunnies for ribbons and trophies. That was a lot of fun (for us and the hounds - but probably not for the rabbits!) It probably did tune the bunnies for run - ins with coyotes and bobcats though.

    Rabbit is good eating - looks mighty tasty!
     
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  8. Roper

    Roper Idiot Savant

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    Have you ever had Hare Paprikash? Very tasty....
     
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    No - I've only heard of Rabbit Hasenpfeffer... w/red wine and dumplings!
     
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    Roper,

    Googling only brought up "Roast Pouissin Paprikas" and "Lamb Paprikas" , but no "Hare" paprikas for me.

    I'll bet it's a tasty meal though!
     
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    Roper Idiot Savant

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    Most recipes are for chicken, one need only substitute rabbit. I'll see if I can find one and send it along. I've made it with spatzle (dumpling, noodle sort of...) and it's very tasty.
     
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    roper-if the quail aren't in abundance on Thursday, maybe we should shoot some bunnies and you can make it for us at the cabin! Rick
     
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    Should we rely on Scott with his new Buckmark...? :D
     
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    I'm bringing a couple bricks of .22 ammo for him so he will have to shoot some of it off!
     

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