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I went rabbit hunting and well ....
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 5:41 am    Post subject: Re: I went rabbit hunting and well .... Reply with quote

Bushmaster wrote:
Jackrabbits...Fast and can hear the bullet coming and change direction just before it arrives... Very Happy

Bushy,

I've thought the same thing a few times; however, in the real world, I think they call that a miss! ROFL

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 5:44 am    Post subject: Re: I went rabbit hunting and well .... Reply with quote

hunterjoe21 wrote:
Mike and Vince,

What kinda rabbits do you guys have in your areas?

Are they edible? or just used for target practice?

Around here they're actually coveted for the meat, even though they are plentiful (cottontails that is). They can be difficult to hunt, especially in areas where groundhogs are abundant, since the rabbits will usually use a GH hole as a hiding place (picture Bugs Bunny diving into a hole, only he didn't actually dig it).

The bunnies we have out here are European Rabbits.

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Rabbits in Australia

They are very edible and tasty, although if they are not cooked properly the meat can be a bit dry. They lend themselves wonderfully to a casserole or a stew.

I have had them cooked over a fire on a spit, but I really do prefer them in a casserole or stew.

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 11:31 am    Post subject: Re: I went rabbit hunting and well .... Reply with quote

HeyOntheLasGallinas,

OK, so you say the rabbits cannot hear the bullet coming, and I have no reason or substantive material to dispute this, and have missed very few with my .22, but what about Doves.

I swear they either hear it coming, see it coming, or have ESP.

Environmental Scientist sounds like a great job, outdoors much?

What's up with that? Laughing

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PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 5:55 pm    Post subject: Re: I went rabbit hunting and well .... Reply with quote

Crows are the same....them bloody things duck just as the bullet gets close...I seen them do it. Very Happy Very Happy

They do it just to mess with my head. Evil or Very Mad

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:47 am    Post subject: Re: I went rabbit hunting and well .... Reply with quote

If the projectile is supersonic they aren't hearing it coming, nor are they reacting to the sound of the shot before the bullet gets there...

I once had a guy try to tell me that a bat could dodge a shot charge by using his sonar. When I pointed out that the shot was supersonic (Most is) and that the shot would reach the bat before the echo he seemed a bit flustered.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:12 am    Post subject: Re: I went rabbit hunting and well .... Reply with quote

Australia has Hares as well
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 2:21 am    Post subject: Re: I went rabbit hunting and well .... Reply with quote

Here in Saskatchewan we have what is called a White-tailed Jackrabbit.

www.swf.sk.ca/kids/jackrabbit.shtml

and these little guys that we call Bush rabbits.

www.swf.sk.ca/kids/nuttalls.shtml

and Snowshoe Hares in the northern areas.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 6:01 am    Post subject: Re: I went rabbit hunting and well .... Reply with quote

Mike,

I couldn’t have said it better. You understand the science well. If you have ever been in a war or just plain shot at, you will hear two sounds. The first will be the eerie sound of the bullet (hopefully missing); the second will be the sonic boom from the bullet going off. By the time the bullet sound hits you, its already gone.

Lester,

My job is really interesting. I sometimes get to walk around 5 to 10 square mile ranches. I’m outside about 20 percent of the time. The rest is spent writing reports.

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 8:30 am    Post subject: Re: I went rabbit hunting and well .... Reply with quote

Pumpkinslinger. You explain that to the Jackrabbit and maybe he won't change directions just as I pull the trigger... ROFL

For those who are not aware. The speed of sound at sea level is 720 to 740 mph (approximately). Which equates to 1085 to 1100 fps (approximately).

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:08 pm    Post subject: Re: I went rabbit hunting and well .... Reply with quote

Bushy, I never said that they weren't psychic...

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:20 pm    Post subject: Re: I went rabbit hunting and well .... Reply with quote

Not psychic...Hear the bullet...Or maybe the "click" of the trigger and sear...

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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 4:08 pm    Post subject: Re: I went rabbit hunting and well .... Reply with quote

We have a few of the antlered variety here in md Very Happy . They can be hard to find.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:26 pm    Post subject: Re: I went rabbit hunting and well .... Reply with quote

hunterjoe21 wrote:
Mike and Vince,

What kinda rabbits do you guys have in your areas?

Are they edible? or just used for target practice?

Around here they're actually coveted for the meat, even though they are plentiful (cotontails that is). They can be difficult to hunt, especially in areas where groundhogs are abundant, since the rabbits will usually use a GH hole as a hiding place (picture Bugs Bunny diving into a hole, only he didn't actually dig it).

Blowed if I know mate - they're just rabbits to me, as there's only one kind here (apart from the black, white & brown ones locally: Someone's pet buck escaped & added some variety to the gene pool. Very Happy ).

IIRC eating bunnies in Oz "just ain't done" but I could be wrong.

I usually put bunny in a casserole with pheasant, pigeon &/or duck.

A lot go to friends with dogs - too many for me to get through
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PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 7:29 pm    Post subject: Re: I went rabbit hunting and well .... Reply with quote

Bushy,

I had a dog that could do that. (hear the fall of the hammer and side-step the bullet). I had him for about 8 years. The neighbors thought he was a coyote; and shot at him all the time, without so much as a scratch. Sad to say, he couldn't out-manuver a pack of javilinas in tall weeds.

Joe,

Nice one there. How much did he field dress?

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PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 2:53 am    Post subject: Re: I went rabbit hunting and well .... Reply with quote

That's one evil, mean, wicked and nasty bunny wabbit mate, and those antlers are right at...nah, I don't even want to think of the height they are at.... Shocked Shocked Shocked

Cary...in the aussie Army, we call those sounds "crack thump". The crack is the projectile breaking the sound barrier as it passes overhead (hopefully passes) and the "thump" is the sound of the round being fired finally reaching you.

Mike...not a lot of people eat rabbits...but they do get chomped.

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