Rabbit hunting ranks high with small game hunters in Georgia and is a sport best enjoyed with family and friends.
The most enjoyable way to hunt rabbits is with a pack of rabbit dogs, with the most popular breed of dog being the Beagle. Dogs will usually be in two different categories, a “jump” dog or a “chase dog.” Jump dogs are those with great noses that lend themselves to finding the rabbits. Faster dogs are chase dogs that pursue rabbits and run them by alert hunters.
Where to hunt? The best places to hunt are older fields that contain thick briar patches, clearcut areas, and young pines stands that still have thick understory cover of briars. Improve your chances of getting a shot by safely spacing people around a field.
Rabbit hunting is a great way to introduce youth and novices to hunting, as it is an activity with a lot of movement and excitement. Even on a slow day with few rabbits, hunters can enjoy being outside, walking around the fields, and being with the dogs.
To find out more about rabbits and rabbit hunting, the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division offers a “Hunt & Learn Rabbit” class.
Want a chance to win $50 to Bass Pro Shops? Then enter our 2012 Hunting Season Facebook Photo Contest! The two photos with the most likes on Nov. 30 will receive a $50 Bass Pro Shops gift card. Good luck and happy hunting!