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Becoming A Rabbit Hunter

Surely any hunter has tried or at least thought of trying rabbit hunting at least once in his lifetime. Given that it’s so popular even today, it doesn’t seem awkward at all that everybody is on a rabbit hunting fever whenever the season is kicking off. However, if you haven’t already experienced it and still think whether or not to go in that hunting field, then maybe a brief review on this particular type of hunting will convince you. Continue reading for essential facts about rabbit hunting.
Firstly, rabbit (hare) hunting is a worldwide spread phenomenon, managing to attract hunters of all ages and social backgrounds. The biggest problem this hunting variety faces towards common belief is that few people consider it a serious and tough type of hunting, such as boar for instance. This is because very few people, compared to the masses, know what rabbit hunting is all about and how difficult it can get, even with the help of man’s best friend, the dog.

Nevertheless, those that fully understand this give it the appreciation it deserves, and make their contribution to changing people’s inherited ideas.

In addition, with sustained efforts, rabbits and hares are slowly becoming evenly accepted among the most popular game types in many areas. This comes as a logical consequence of these creatures’ amazing features, which makes hunting them an extremely complicated process.

From the start you should know that rabbits are no example of evolutionary stagnation; they’ve developed sensationally keen senses which allow them to defend against predators. Their preferred tactic is avoiding a direct confrontation, and their amazing sight and hearing abilities helps them to detect a threat from quite a distance. They have a wonderfully adapted sense of smell, which is useful not only in its survival as predator radar, but in finding food also. In fact, all these great sensorial aptitudes, coupled with the ability to camouflage perfectly into the bush, are like a protective aura for the little creature, a shield meant to keep danger always one step behind. Speaking of steps, the rabbits “super-power” is its famous ability to sprint vivaciously and at high speeds, as well as its legendary and somewhat unexpected endurance.

The spot-and-run strategy has served the little varmint well throughout the ages, but when facing a pack of hunting beagles this tactic is, in many cases, not enough to save its life. Beagles are specially trained hounds that rely exclusively on their smell to chase and kill rabbits, and bringing a pack along with you on your hunting session will surely make a difference. However no pack of beagles, no matter how well trained and experienced they are, will do the whole hunt - because you, the hunter, play an essential role in the final success. It is up to you to guide them if they loose track of the rabbit, as well as ordering them which rabbit to chase in case several of them pop from the bushes as they sense danger.

As you can see, rabbit hunting is more than a Sunday afternoon kind of sport, forcing you to make decision strategically and make every opportunity count. Hunting experts guarantee that no hunt will be similar to the next one, which means that routine is not in rabbit hunting dictionary under the letter “R” ... or at all.
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