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I know Jack- And I shot him...

Discussion in 'Hunting' started by badgerrr, May 28, 2003.

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  1. badgerrr

    badgerrr Member

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    These last several years out in Central/Eastern Oregon, Jack Rabbits have been on a low ebb of their population cycle. There was a time that I never had a hunting session out there where I didn't see at least 20 of the silly things. But recent years...I've seen NONE AT ALL .

    My last varmint trip out - near Burns - I was brushing my teeth while walking around camp, thu the various sage type underbrush. Much to my surprise, a Jackrabbit jumped up and hopped into camp. As I was 20 yards from a rifle; I pumped a few Remington Vipers thru him from my trusty Mark II.

    Next day I spotted 2 sets of J. Rabbit ears bobbing thu the Sage brush.

    Looks like Jack is coming back!

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  2. Art Eatman

    Art Eatman Administrator Staff Member

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    Dunno is it true, but I've heard that jackrabbits are like sunspots: They cycle on an eleven-year go-'round.

    Back in 1981, there was an explosion in the jackrabbit population in SW Idaho and northern Nevada. Time ragazine reported on a deal in Idaho where farmers would build very long vee-fences of chicken wire, and several hundred people would drive the rabbits into the vee and club them.

    I visited a buddy up in Winnemucca, and we went out one morning and without moving from one place shot jackrabbits until we were somewhere between bored and just sick of shooting. I dunno; well over 100. Came back a week later, and we apparently hadn't even made a dent in the population...

    Just a bunch of coyotes sittin' around, burpin' and pickin' their teeth, saying, "Where y'all been? It's lunch time!"

    Art
     
  3. Ol' Badger

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    You brush your teeth while on a camping trip? You shall be kicked out of the manly club for that! :D
     
  4. badgerrr

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    "You brush your teeth while on a camping trip? You shall be kicked out of the manly club for that! "

    True! But ....at least I'm killing things while doing it. That's gotta count for something!? :D
     
  5. P95Carry

    P95Carry Moderator Emeritus

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    As I commented elswhere Badg' ..... that shoulda made a good pot of stew!:)
     
  6. Andrew Wyatt

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    I don't know about other places, but jackrabbits are not eaten around here, since they have a skin disease which humans can get.

    whenever i shoot one, i leave it where it lies.
     
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