Finding Rabbits:
How to Hunt Down your Prey

Before you can hunt them, you to know where they are. Finding rabbits isn’t that tricky in most places; they are an ever growing pest and are in abundance in grassy areas. But due to popular demand, heres a detailed guide on the best locations and methods to find your quarry.

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High, Dry and Green

The first thing you need to know is that rabbits hate getting wet. They are always seeking dry ground, but also soft ground they can dig in. This is why its rare to find rabbit holes in the middle of a field but always in the trees around the edges.

This also includes higher grounds of course, like mud mounds or the tops of ditches that let the rain drain downwards. This doesn’t mean that lakes and rivers are a waste of time though, rabbits often dig holes near large volumes of water but very rarely in the earth around them.

Cover and Hiding Spots

Forget what Watership Down had you believe, you’ll rarely find barrows in the middle of the field. Why just run underground when you can run under a bush or in the long grass before you get there? This is why wooded areas are also very popular.

One of the greatest joys for a ferreter is picking thorns out of their torn and cut skin. Rabbits know other animals don’t like crawling into hawthorn trees or brambles, and they use this knowledge all to well (many of my scars have been made because of this fact!)

Food, Food and Food!

Of course, food is a massive part of any animal’s life. So just like us living near a supermarket, living next to lush grass or freshly planted crops is a consumers dream. Just how close is the next question? Its shocking how far rabbits are willing to travel in the dead of the night, often crossing fields and even roads to get to that green on the other side. So don’t be shocked if you find holes that aren’t directly next to a cornfield.

This need for food makes finding rabbits almost too easy in a countryside area. Just look for a field with a thick tree line, nasty blackberry bushes or even a ditch. Its normally possible to narrow down which part of the field the barrows will be in, just look for the damaged areas. If its all damaged, your in for a good hunt!

Ditches, cover and lots to eat, ideal rabbit habitat    Image from http://www.flickr.com/photos/treehouse1977/2279461579

Other Signs

Rabbits will leave many calling signs. Finding a rabbits chew marks on a tree or its droppings on hard ground are great pointers that let you know your in the right kind of place. Look out for ‘rabbit runs’. This is where a path has been used so much its pressed down the grass and can even cause the grass to become a tunnel like shape.

If you would like to know what to do once you find a rabbit hole, why not read my page called "Judging a Rabbit Hole With 4 Simple Steps" ?

Finding Rabbits Above Ground

Finding rabbit holes is the easier side of the coin, but finding your prey above ground is a tricky game. First, you have to get up early (very first sunlight) or go out just when it starts getting dark. Not forgetting at night time with a lamp, of course.

Then you have to go to an area you know has rabbits (hopefully iv told you all you need to know about that), and use extreme stealth to sneak around. Its very important that you are camouflaged to fit in and that you are smelling ‘natural’. In other words, don’t go out smelling of soap or deodorant.

The key is moving as slowly as you can manage, with as little noise as possible.


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