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My dad told me, when I was younger, that rabbits are difficult to shoot because even THEY don't know where they are running to. So what's the secret to shooting a rabbit that's on the run?
 

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Shooting rabbit?

Hello all


RON L here = SERESURPLUS


With all due respect to your DAD, he was only partially correct! Rabbits do run in one direction, but for only a short time? I've taken them with Rifles in 22, Slingshots as a Kid! I taught a course in the Military where Small game is taken with a Stick, Like the Indians did hundreds of years ago! Even Black Powder Revolvers, as Long as you lead them as they run in a short, strait line, you have a good chance at hitting them! This is what works for me, your actual lifes experience might differ?
 

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yep, rabbits don't run long unless they are chased. It's not hard to head shot a rabbit. A .410 pump to me is the best shotgun for rabbit hunting. Leading a rabbit gives you a head shot to. Practice makes perfect though. Just get out there and hunt them often.
 

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Their is really no trick to shooting rabbits. You just have to follow through when you shoot. When I was younger I had an Mossburg .22 single shot that I hunted rabbits with. The best year I ever had I got 17 rabbits with 18 shots and would have got the 18 th. but Lefty shot him befor I could run him down.
 

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They do run very irratically but usually not for long. I've always had great luck with stopping in my tracks immediately after I jump one and waiting for it to stop. They don't tend to run very long if they aren't being pursued. A head shot is always easy when they've stopped to listen for any more signs of danger.
 

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There's few things that are more fun than shooting at running rabbits with a good .22 semiauto(ruger 10-22). I'm native american and my great uncle taught me a unusal method for stopping a rabbit that's running. Just before the rabbit hits cover,use owl call and it will stop most of the time. The reason for this is because owls are a MAJOR predator of rabbits,when the cottontail hears owl call,he'll stop and look for the owl to (I assume) see how close it is and decide on best cover where it'll be protected.
 

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There's few things that are more fun than shooting at running rabbits with a good .22 semiauto(ruger 10-22). I'm native american and my great uncle taught me a unusal method for stopping a rabbit that's running. Just before the rabbit hits cover,use owl call and it will stop most of the time. The reason for this is because owls are a MAJOR predator of rabbits,when the cottontail hears owl call,he'll stop and look for the owl to (I assume) see how close it is and decide on best cover where it'll be protected.
I Never thunk of that, I'll have to add that to my arsenal and give it a try!!! Sounds like it would more than likly work!!!
 

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It's illegal to hunt at night in most states. It is also illegal, in most states, to discharge a firearm from a moving vehicle, but a bunny or rabbit will remain in your headlights and use the light to see it's way at night. I've followed many jackrabbits and mountain hares up winding mountain roads for miles at a time before.
 

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Here in sagebrush country I try to work it so I jump them and they run uphill. Walking up narrow canyons or along hillsides gives me the best chance of running where I want them to.:rolleyes:
 
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