Well, that and at least according to the guys I hunted rabbit with two weekends ago, they are much easier to spot in the snow. We just had a dusting of snow then, and once teh sun came out the little buggers had lots of camo cover. (we got a couple though)
Well, funny this came on the board because I just got off the phone and we are getting snow this weekend, and I got invited to back out wabbit hunting!
I am getting a new shotgun this week and am itching to try it, but I think I will stick with the one I have been using since I won't have much chance to sight it in. before this weekend.
Sorry guys, but I have to disagree; I think that I have shot more rabbits that were heavily infested with fleas in winter than at any other time. I think it is due to the fact that rabbits tend to "hole up" together more in winter due to cold temps, lack of cover, ect. Also, the only rabbits that I can remember having shot having tularemia were in the dead of winter. Maybe I just have bad luck? But I must admit that I tend to pursue bunnies more in Dec, Jan, and Feb because all my other favorite seasons (duck, pheasant, grouse, ect) are closed.
Tularemia, or "rabbit fever"-the liver is usually a little darker than normal and will have small, grayish spots or nodules on it.
Also, check the meat, esp. in the area of the backstraps, for tapeworm cysts. These look like a lttle pearl onion with a green pepper seed inside. Any rabbit can have these, but you usually find them in rabbits that are infested with fleas (the flea is host for the tapeworm--a flea gets ingested, then the tapeworm grows). When a predator eats the rabbit, it ingests the cysts and the tapeworm invades a new host. I always were rubber gloves when cleaning rabbits anymore.
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