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remington85 12-17-2012 11:50 AM

Squirrels and rabbits
 
Anyone ever hunted them? Are they good and how do you cook them? Would a .22 work? My dad has told me that there is a certain time of year to shoot rabbits.

willshoum 12-17-2012 12:09 PM

Yep, both make for good table fare, as for as hunting goes it was illegal to shoot them out of hunting season or you could hunt them when the gamewarden was out of town......:eek::D

tri70 12-17-2012 10:14 PM

Always easy to find and good to eat, taste great, less filling! :D. They are good eat fried, baked, grilled, with dumplings, and soup. 22 LR is the most common weapon used for squirrel & rabbit. A dog or a partner will help with squirrels, when treed they will circle to the opposite side you are trying to shoot from. The squirrels around here have not been hunted and you may get within 10 Ft on the ground from them.

tri70 12-17-2012 10:18 PM

Rabbits are easier to hunt in the snow, you have to be careful with them, some will back track when chased with beagles or hounds and shooting at them can be a safety challenge!

44ablast 12-17-2012 10:42 PM

I agree with tri, rabbit hunting is best after a fresh snow fall. Just thinking about fried rabbit with mashed taters and gravy is making me hungry. As for a gun i almost always grab my old stevens. 22/410 over under

Vick 12-18-2012 12:03 AM

I love smothered rabbit, of course I'm in south Louisiana so we eat anything that is smothered are fried.

c3shooter 12-18-2012 01:48 AM

Remington- pretty sure you are one of our younger members (nothing wrong with that). Reason I mention that, if you have not done so, you should go thru one of your state hunter safety courses. In most areas it is required in order to get a hunting license unless you are an old poop like me.

The course can help answer some questions about hunting (like seasons- you don't hunt in the Spring and Summer- or you will be shooting pregnant game). A responsible hunter also learns the game laws that apply to him, and follows them. Here is a start on some reading for you- http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/fish_hunt/

Texas has no closed season on rabbits and hares, but there IS on squirrel. And yes, a .22 can work very well for both.

Recipes- both can be stewed, dredged in flour/salt/pepper and fried, or go the crock pot route (instant onion soup mix in the Crockpot)

remington85 12-18-2012 02:54 AM

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Originally Posted by c3shooter
Remington- pretty sure you are one of our younger members (nothing wrong with that). Reason I mention that, if you have not done so, you should go thru one of your state hunter safety courses. In most areas it is required in order to get a hunting license unless you are an old poop like me.

The course can help answer some questions about hunting (like seasons- you don't hunt in the Spring and Summer- or you will be shooting pregnant game). A responsible hunter also learns the game laws that apply to him, and follows them. Here is a start on some reading for you- http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/regulations/fish_hunt/

Texas has no closed season on rabbits and hares, but there IS on squirrel. And yes, a .22 can work very well for both.

Recipes- both can be stewed, dredged in flour/salt/pepper and fried, or go the crock pot route (instant onion soup mix in the Crockpot)

I already went through the course :) got the card laminated and all. Im certified :)

remington85 12-18-2012 02:55 AM

And in my county there is no limit and no closed season

gunsmoke11 12-18-2012 03:45 AM

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Originally Posted by 44ablast (Post 1055464)
I agree with tri, rabbit hunting is best after a fresh snow fall. Just thinking about fried rabbit with mashed taters and gravy is making me hungry. As for a gun i almost always grab my old stevens. 22/410 over under

Mine is like yours and it's great for small game.
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