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Advice Rabbits this time of year?

Discussion in 'Anything Airgun Related' started by Knightley, Feb 6, 2014.

  1. Knightley

    Knightley Moderated user

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    Just for info and conversation!? What time are we finding rabbits being out this time of year, for me personally I can't say a specific time but with my new land iv gained I'm thinking of trying early morning! Maybe half 5 ???

    And also when is the time rabbits start to populate again for summer???

    cheers guys!!!
     
  2. essex sniper

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    They do come out this time of year but nothing comes out in any numbers its just harder this time of year....if the weather's warm enough they will breed all year round atb
     
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    On my shoot they start to come out around 10 at night, before that you might see the odd one or two
     
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    Like E/S says, they will be thin on the ground this time of year unless well left alone. As the days stay lighter for longer, then you will start seeing them from around 4pm onwards in to the evening and as we go in to the summer, you will find that they then stay out right until 5am ish. Enjoy KB1
     
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    Left undisturbed rabbits tend to feed hard early afternoon. After that they graze here and there to 'top up'. They are out and about for other reasons during the hours of darkness and early morning/late evening but in ideal circumstances they will do most of the feeding mid afternoon, when it's warm and dry(er).
     
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    None. ............ All drowned in their burrows.!
     
  7. David M

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    I've decided to leave them be through the Winter and early Spring, I've been lamping quite a few times at different times and found very low numbers showing. I did hit them fairly hard through last year so my thinking is that I'll leave the survivors to breed now and start out again in April. I've got my pigeon deeks out again at the moment now I'm not sharing the farm with a pheasant shotgun syndicate....:up:
     
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    Think the rabbits in my garden come out aftetnoon till dark and i think they also have discoverd cammo suits lol
     
  9. kermitboy1

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    I have taken a similar approach with all but one of my permissions, just because they are so thin on the ground. I have one permission mind, where I am trying to hit any that I do see, just because of the damage they have caused to the grazing for this woman's horses. Your right mind, the pigeons are a welcome distraction otherwise. KB1
     
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    I used to be only after rabbits all year but I'm really enjoying decoying pigeons now and trying to improve my strategies and hides etc. They make a welcome change of quarry and tactics, I'll look forward to the rabbit explosion again later in the year though and getting the bipod out again......:up:
     
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    They are thin on the ground but they have been breeding because i've seen a few young uns in the edge of the bushes,also i've had to shoot a few in the last 2 weeks with bad cases of mixy
     
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    Affirm, the old bipod and umbrella will hopefully be of some use again soon. :rain:KB1
     
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  14. metalman

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    Rabbits breeding all year round, out on permission a week or two ago and saw quite a few kits that were very small, looking promising for when i see some sunshine
     
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    I dare say sunshine in your neck of the woods would be welcome by many. Its wet this way, but not as bad as things your way. Really hope the situation improves for you, and soon. KB1
     
  16. Knightley

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    Thanks for info guys
     
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    depends on the permission but generally speaking they seem to prefer it after dark , later in the year when its not dark for so long you will see more of them in daylight, if you have a permission that has not been shot much you may even see them in the afternoons now ! shooting in the mornings can be productive but i find once they have scarpered they dont come out again.:mad:
     
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    I'm finding that although there are minimal numbers about

    Any time after dark around 9pm is good on my permission

    So a lamp or night vision this time of the year
     
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    Yes KB1, it is a little damp, thinking about getting the gear out again,


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    Bit quieter now the trains have stopped running, be glad when it's all over, heavy rain tonight:)
     
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    I'm convinced they're learning to appear less conspicuous...

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