Judging a Rabbit Hole With
4 Simple Steps

Although its a simple aspect to hunting or controlling rabbits, judging the rabbit hole is often over looked. It can help you decide where your pests are living and just how bad the problem is. It’s also a great way of helping you decide what hole you keep your eye on during ferreting. And best of all, there is only 4 things you need to look out for.

Step 1: Check the Rabbit Hole is Clear

A rabbit hole that is clearly not being used

Im sure you will agree that if the barrow is filled with dead leaves and twigs its clearly not being used. But you also have to think about the grass or foliage around the outside of the entrance. If it’s growing over and it doesn’t look as if it’s been pushed back into or out of the hole the chances are its dead.

On the other hand, if the leaves and such have been kicked clear you know that it is likely to contain bunnies. You can also tell if the hole is used as an entrance or exit by looking at which way the overhanging foliage has been pushed.

Step 2: Check the ground for loose soil

A rabbit hole that has been cleared of soil

Yet again only common sense. If the soil is loose and fresh it means that the furry maintenances team have been called out. Checking this gives you an amazingly good idea of how long ago the hole was dug and the amount of soil can give you a good idea of how deep it goes.

Step 3: Check the angle and location of the rabbit hole

Rabbit are clever. They have survived in holes for a long time and are very good at it. They know that if they dig a hole at a step angle it makes it harder to run in and out of and if they dig a hole in the middle of brambles it’s a lot safer to use.

If the path inside the hole looks flat and level the chances are it’s a ‘bolt hole’ (a how that’s likely to be used to quickly run in and out of). Bolt holes are also often smaller then normal and are often well hidden.

If the barrow goes under a fence the chances are it won’t be used to bolt, unless it looks like a bolt hole.

Step 4: Final Checks

 A hand dug hole, often confused with rabbit holes

Are you sure it’s a rabbit hole? If its large it could belong to a badger, or even be hand dug like the picture above. Keep in mind rabbits don’t dig square, only spades do. And they rarely dig down onto tunnels, like ferreters do.

Does the area look ‘rabbity’? Chewed bark, rabbit droppings and tracks are all good signs. Is the dirt outside the entrance compacted from where the rabbits walk across it?

By following these steps you can easily judge how bad your pest problem is and easily identify which sets are your best bet. Best of luck!

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