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Post Number:#1  Unread postby ladysown » Sat May 17, 2014 5:31 pm


Okay... had a fellow email me today asking if I had large rabbits he could use for hunting.

I emailed him back saying I have young stock he can purchase from 2-5 lbs, $20 each. (I really would rather they not be hunted).

He sent me a counter offer of $2.50/lb. Hoping that I have some 3 lb rabbits I'll sell him.

I'm hesitating.
Hubby's not keen on the idea either.

He asks.... are hunters accurate when they shoot? We don't want pain/agony inflected on these kits. A clean kill I'm cool with, but pain, lack of accuracy... not cool with. PLUS these kits (four young boys) are friendly little beasts .. except for one who is standoffish but just a nice bun. So not even sure they would bolt and be good for hunting.

So I'm too full of questions to be gung ho about this... so talk to me please. Pros cons etc.

My general rule of thumb is .. if it leaves here live it goes sold for an "alive" price... usual minimum is $20.

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Re: Buyers for rabbits to hunt

Post Number:#2  Unread postby ckcs » Sat May 17, 2014 5:43 pm


For me hunting a domestic rabbit is just to cruel for me to do it or intentionally allow someone to do it. I have no problems with people hunting wild rabbits. A domestic rabbit would be as difficult to hunt as shooting fish in a barrel.

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Post Number:#3  Unread postby MaggieJ » Sat May 17, 2014 5:58 pm


I wouldn't do it. It would make me too uncomfortable, not knowing how humanely they were dispatched. These people sound like "sport" hunters rather than "meat" hunters... and I have no respect for that. But that's me. (I come from a hunting family, but we've always had great respect for the animals. You don't shoot what you're not willing to eat.)

Also... I have to wonder about people who expect to hunt as we move toward summer. Hunting season for wild rabbits is fall and winter. So what are they thinking?

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Re: Buyers for rabbits to hunt

Post Number:#4  Unread postby ladysown » Sat May 17, 2014 6:08 pm


thank you both.
You've done a great job of cementing our thoughts.
Hubby just said "send them to the market" they can get rabbits there.
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Re: Buyers for rabbits to hunt

Post Number:#5  Unread postby MaggieJ » Sat May 17, 2014 6:18 pm


Very glad if you found our reactions helpful. Sometimes when faced with a situation like this one's gut reaction is fairly strong, but it can be difficult to articulate the reasons behind it. Talking helps! :)

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Post Number:#6  Unread postby Prisma » Sat May 17, 2014 6:59 pm


They ask for domestics all the time here...I tell them I don't support creating trash dogs, I've had dogs trained on domestics come to my cages and rip them apart. Good dogs are not trained with domestics, either they have what it takes or they do not.

We've had some rabbit dogs, not a lot but a few...they either are good dogs or they aren't. Training them to run domestics is no good, wild rabbits have a completely different smell. I refuse to believe those that say they are "good" to train with know what they are doing considering what's happened to me and what I know about these people and their dogs placements in trials. When I asked how they do it early on I was told they section off a pen, turn the dogs loose in with a rabbit, if it doesn't run they poke it until it does or the dogs rip it to pieces on "accident" if they can't get it away from them in time. They don't intend to let the dogs get the rabbit as it wastes their money and makes them have to go buy more, but it happens. I don't see how they live through one chase let alone repeats or long hours of it. I don't understand their logic at all...
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Post Number:#7  Unread postby akane » Sat May 17, 2014 7:23 pm


If the rabbits reacted the same I wouldn't see a difference in sending them to hunt wild or hunting domestic. Maybe for the environment it might even be better to hunt domestic rabbits. Domestics do not act the same though. If they haven't been out on grass they often just sit there in panic. I've had some pop out of the transport cage while I'm getting one to butcher and they just freeze. I can pick them right back up. Since mine are also used to dogs they will just sit there waiting for something to happen. That means they'd have to be abused a bit to make hunting them any fun. They still wouldn't know how to hide or where to run to avoid predators. Wouldn't actually be any good for sport hunting anyway. It would just be target practice or death by dogs.
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Post Number:#8  Unread postby Zass » Sat May 17, 2014 7:45 pm


The rabbits would likely be for dog training. I wouldn't be comfortable with it with my own rabbits. There are certain breeds selected for that. I do see san juan rabbits for sale on occasion. Not my cup of tea, but that would be the proper thing for dog training. They are supposed to retain a lot more of their wild instincts, and have the chestnut coats for camouflage.

To be honest, I don't trust the locals to know how to properly train dogs.

If they weren't for dog training...what the heck?? shooting practice? No way! Use a target like everyone else until rabbit season is back in, not a live animal!

My own meat rabbits are TAME. They are raised around dogs and not afraid of them. Either way, the "fish in a barrel" analogy sounds about right.

I never sell rabbits for others to dispatch either. I do occasionally sell them for meat, but we always "butcher as a free service" to insure it's done with as little stress to the rabbits as possible. So far only one person asked for a live one to do it themselves, and we refused the sale.

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Re: Buyers for rabbits to hunt

Post Number:#9  Unread postby grumpy » Sat May 17, 2014 8:57 pm


TBH:
That just "ain't" right......... :x

I've had one or two folks while walking to the barn with me ask, "I've heard
if you twist their back, they'll squeal....Is that true??"

Stopping dead in my tracks, I replied, "I don't know...Why do you ask."

"Oh...just wanting to train my dogs.......that's all."

They NEVER made it to the barn. "Got nuthin' for sale, Buddy. You know
your way out. Have a nice day." Grumpy......showed up......quick!!
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Re: Buyers for rabbits to hunt

Post Number:#10  Unread postby Zass » Sat May 17, 2014 9:19 pm


I worry about people wanting to use my rabbits for coyote baiting as well.

No, it isn't legal, but yes, some people would injure a rabbit, leave it somewhere exposed (caged or tied, I'm sure), and see if it's cries draw coyotes in. Most of those types wouldn't pay good prices for a rabbit, so sticking to the "alive price" is probably a good idea.

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Post Number:#11  Unread postby CDiana » Sat May 17, 2014 11:29 pm


yikes. Know if this ever comes up when I sells kits I will not be surprised. I am moving out in the country. My sister has a staghound (greyhound/deerhound cross). her's is strictly a pet. but they are a popular breed in North Dakota for coyote hunts. I can definitely see hunters who have them wanting to use rabbits for baiting or training. though maybe since my main breed will be harli's hopefully i wont have that problem since my rabbits wont have a wild rabbit coloring.
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Re: Buyers for rabbits to hunt

Post Number:#12  Unread postby Dood » Sun May 18, 2014 7:22 am


Not many sight hounds in Ontario so the guy was likely going to hunt with Beagles or other scent hounds and colour is not a factor.

Even if he was going to use sight hounds, dogs are a colour blind and harlequin would probably be the best colour to blend into the scrub and grass, even compared to a chestnut. The blacks, seals, and whites would probably stand out more while other colours would just be shades of grey and invisible to the dogs until it moved.

But back to the topic - I doubt he is a serious hunter at all as hounds can tell the difference between rabbits and cottontails and a good rabbit dog can pick up some very bad habits when trained on domestics - if they learn they can easily catch them then they wont call to the pack since they want the rabbit all to themselves, or they become lazy since they know domestics are slow. A good beagle doesn't need to be "trained" to tail game and i suspect this guy is just a lazy owner who wants a rabbit to exercise their hound rather than doing it himself.

Their noses would be put to much better use doing search and rescue work and there are quite a few of these clubs in the Guelph and Kitcherner-Waterloo-Cambridge area, and probably around London as well.

One of my house bunnies and my 12 year old beagle chilling on the couch. She has hunted cottontails and also happens to be on a raw diet that includes rabbit :) She also did search and rescue with an Oakville club in her youth and much preferred finding people who would give her liver treats than finding rabbits that just made her just run and run and run :)
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Re: Buyers for rabbits to hunt

Post Number:#13  Unread postby ladysown » Sun May 18, 2014 8:26 am


got another email from the fellow this morning after I turned down his offer of $2.50/lb live rabbit.

Says he's switched his dogs to a raw food diet and thinks rabbit would be a good addition.

I told him if he wants dog food rabbit I can stick 'em in the freezer and he can buy them that way for $2.50/lb/live weight.
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Re: Buyers for rabbits to hunt

Post Number:#14  Unread postby MaggieJ » Sun May 18, 2014 8:29 am


Good answer! No way would I sell this person a live rabbit.

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Re: Buyers for rabbits to hunt

Post Number:#15  Unread postby Dood » Sun May 18, 2014 8:42 am


Lol - I bet he does!

I only sell dead rabbits by the pound as I am not fond of live feeding by reptiles or hounds!

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