12 Reasons & Tips For You To Start Rabbit Hunting

By Charles •  Updated: 12/19/20 •  13 min read

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After the quiet days of deer season have passed, many hunters are chomping at the bits to get out rabbit hunting. They are just itching make some noise and toss lead at cottontails.  If you have ever wondered why these guys get so excited, just keep reading and you will soon know.

Maybe you are a new hunter looking for a way to get out or someone that wants to get their kids out hunting. I have laid out twelve reasons and tips below that will convince you to start rabbit hunting this year.

Six Reasons You Should Go Rabbit Hunting?

Six Tips For Rabbit Hunting

Make Sure You Have The Right Gear

Of course, it is completely possible to go rabbit hunting in a pair of jeans and a t-shirt while wearing tennis shoes.  I am pretty sure I have done it quite a few times myself.  However, if you are going to spend a lot of cold winter days chasing rabbits, you’ll want to be comfortable.

Clothing

As with any type of hunting, cotton is probably a bad choice.  Cotton holds moisture and will not dry out quickly.  So, whether you get wet from rain, snow, or working up a sweat while hiking, you will not dry out fast. This means you WILL be cold.  Try to stick with polyester or wool when you are choosing hunting clothes.  These materials wick moisture much better and dry out faster. In addition, it is possible to get these materials on a budget.

Base Layers

Your base layer is the layer closest to your skin. Because of this, it is one of the most important layers when you are choosing polyester or wool clothing.  When you are hiking around all day, you are going to work up a sweat no matter how cold it gets.  Let your base layer work for you and wick all that moisture away from you body to keep you warm.

Outer Layer (Pants and Shirt)

This layer may not be quite as critical as your base layer for wicking moisture away. However, if you get wet from rain, snow, or excessive sweating while rabbit hunting, you will want clothing that will dry quick. In fact, wool does not lose its insulating qualities, like cotton, when it is wet and will still keep you warm.

Outter Layer (Coat)

There are many options available for outer layers. Your choices should be made depending on what the weather is like when you are hunting.  If it is warm, you many find that you do not even need a jacket. On these days, a hoodie may be enough.  However, if you are one of those brave souls that wants to try to hunt in sub-zero weather, you may be wearing insulated pants and a parka.

Hats, Gloves, and Vest

Again, there are numerous options here that you can choose from. Also once again, I would recommend staying away from cotton items and sticking with polyester or wool items.  In addition, these items are usually the items that most hunters cover the hunter orange requirements with.  Get yourself an orange hat and beanie, some orange gloves, and a nice hunter orange vest to wear while rabbit hunting and stay safe out there.

Boots and Socks

Hunting Weapon

Anytime a group of hunters get together to discuss which caliber or gauge is best you better buckle up. Everyone has their own opinion and of course everyone else is and idiot. Therefore, I say find a gun that you can shoot comfortably and hit your target.  Luckily, while hunting rabbits your choices are a little more limited that for big game.

Know Rabbit Behavior and Habits

Before you head out rabbit hunting you should take a few minutes to know rabbit behavior. Rabbits are very nearly the definition of a prey animal and are by their very nature wary and timid as they go about their day. This means they have their own set of tactics to avoid detection and to escape when they are found.

Rabbits Will Hide First

Every rabbit’s first instinct is to hide from you. As soon as a rabbit senses a predator it is going to freeze and try to blend with its environment. If you have a good eye and can spot these rabbits, this behavior is what makes using a .22 or a bow a good option for hunting rabbits.

Rabbits Will Hold Up And Let You Walk By

When you are walking through fields you should walk in a zig-zag pattern. 

Trick Rabbits To Think You See Them

As mentioned before, many rabbits will hold up in brush if they think you do not see them.

Rabbits Do Not Run In A Straight Line

When a rabbit is finally kicked up it normally will not run off in a straight line.  Instead it will try to zig zag and will jump a lot in an effort to make you lose it.

Rabbits Are More Active Early And Late

When there were not so many people around rabbits used to be more diurnal, stay out during the day more.  However, as we have expanded across the country. They now tend to be more active during the early mornings and evenings to increase their chances of survival.

Find Where The Rabbits Live When You Go Rabbit Hunting

Rabbits love to have cover to escape to when they are threatened if they are not already there. Therefore, you need to focus your time rabbit hunting in areas where the rabbits will be during those times and not necessarily where you saw them while driving your car at night.

Pay Attention to What You Are Doing While Rabbit Hunting

A rabbit hunting trip is not just a walk in the park.  If you are not paying attention, it is more than likely that you are not going to see any rabbits.  Of course, this will lead to a situation where you are not enjoying your outing.

Know The Weather Before Going Rabbit Hunting

Just like you and me, a rabbit is going to behave different under different weather conditions. 

Rabbit Anatomy And Shot Placement When Rabbit Hunting

Rabbits are small animals and before you head out on your rabbit hunt, you should make sure you know where to aim.  Unlike with most big game shots, the most ethical shot on a rabbit is a head shot.

In Conclusion

If you are looking for some hunting to do between the end of deer season and spring turkey or bear season, then you should take a look at rabbit hunting.  With the seasons lasting into late winter and the number of rabbits around, you could be looking at many more days of hunting fun.

In addition, rabbit hunting provides a great opportunity for new hunters and kids. Larger bag limits and the possibility of seeing a lot of animals, make it a great opportunity for both. Not having dogs is not a reason to stop you either.  While it may be a little easier with dogs, it is completely possible to get out and hunt rabbits by yourself.

Finally, since rabbit hunting is done at ground level, hunters must be certain that other hunters are not standing in their line of fire. Hunting with buddies can develop a sense of camaraderie, but more hunters mean more chances for accidents. As with any type of hunting, be sure of what or who is beyond your target before firing your gun.

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Charles

Charles is a man who loves the outdoors. He moved to Wyoming specifically to spend more time in the mountains and wilderness. A hunter and fisherman, Charles knows how to enjoy nature and all that it has to offer. He is an outdoorsman through and through, and he wouldn't have it any other way. Charles is the President of Absaroka Enterprises, an company focuse on outdoor entertainment and endeavours. He's also an Editor for Alpha and Omega Outdoors, an online hunting, fishing, camping, trapping, and all around outdoors blog.

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