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How to Hunt Rabbits without a Hunting Dog

Hunting rabbits has been an all-time favorite sport of mine, as with many other hunters that I know. Every hunter has his own reason for hunting the little critters. If you’re a seasoned hunter like me, then you’ll know that hunting rabbits is as fun as it is a profitable hobby.

On the other hand, if you’re an owner of a garden or a farm, then hunting rabbits is a way of controlling the pestilence that they cause. However, this article was written for beginners and in this article, you will know the most effective and efficient way on how to hunt rabbits.

Now, it is established in the hunting hobby/profession that a hunting dog will get you a long way when it comes to tracking down critters. Beagles, hounds, Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers; these are all the best dog breeds for hunting.

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However, most of us don’t have dogs fit for hunting or simply do not want to have a canine companion. So, specifically, this article will teach you how to hunt rabbits without a hunting dog. Therefore, we’ll cross off that ‘have a hunting dog’ trick off the list right now and focus on the traditional ways.

Materials:

To hunt rabbits, you’ll need:

  • A gun and ammunition
  • Traps
  • Hunting knife
  • Bag
  • Hunting license
  • Proper attire
  • Gloves

A group of wild rabbits

A group of wild rabbits – Photo credit: cantickhead.com

How to Hunt Rabbits

Step One: Prepare yourself and prepare your gear

The first thing you need is a hunting license to make sure that you are hunting legally. Once you have secured your license, you will need to choose the right gear, which will depend on the hunting method you choose.

If you are going to hunt, you will need to set your pack. I recommend having ample amount of food and water in your pack, along with the necessities such as hunting knife, gloves, guns and ammo. Important: if you are hunting with a group or hunting in a known hunting location where friendly fire is a risk, wear bright orange clothing.

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Step Two: Choose your hunting method

When hunting rabbits, you can either set up traps or hunt them directly. Either method will require patience and skill. However, you must weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each option that you have.

When trapping rabbits, you can either use a live rabbit trap or a pitfall trap, which are the most efficient and humane ways of trapping rabbits. A live rabbit trap is basically a spring loaded cage wherein you place your bait. When the rabbit enters your cage, the door will close and the rabbit will be unable to escape.

The same principle goes with pitfall traps, but in this trap, a rabbit will be lured into a tunnel with a spring loaded panel. When the rabbit arrives at this panel, it will open and drop the rabbit into a pit. The main difference between the two is: a live rabbit trap can catch one rabbit at a time while a pitfall trap can catch many.

If you want to try a more primitive trapping method, there’s always a snare trap, a time tested method that also offers a challenge, and allows you to learn a valuable skill that can be used in survival situations if you just so happen to get lost in the wilderness. 

You’ll need 2.5 feet of wire or string, from which you will tie a slip-knot. Use a pencil or a stick to check the strength to make sure the knot doesn’t pull apart under light pressure. Then thread the other end of your string through the loop to make a noose. 

Next, find a sturdy stick and make a small hole at one end, which you will thread the end of your string through to secure the noose. Drive the other end of the stick into the ground as a stake. Use another smaller stick to hold the loop of your noose and straddle it about 6-8 inches off the ground, preferably over a rabbit path. A rabbit should run through it and get caught at the neck by the noose and the stronger stick will tighten the noose, thereby strangling your prey while keeping it in place for you to find when you check your trap.

Trapping using any method takes patience, but it’s a worthy skill to have in your bag of tricks.

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When using a gun to hunt rabbits, it is essential that you use a low caliber bullet (.22 for example) to entail minimum damage to the meat and fur. You can use hunting rifles or shotguns, but the efficiency of your shot will depend on your skill in aiming and shooting. That being said, choose the gun that’s best for you. Additionally, it is also recommended that you aim for the heart, lungs, or head of the rabbit to prevent the animal’s suffering, and kill them quickly and as painlessly as possible.

When driving out rabbits out of their holes, you can catch a lot of rabbits at one time, but this method requires both skill, stealth, agility, and patience. You can use a few different sub-methods to drive out your prey from their hiding spots, namely, ferreting, falconry, and long netting.

Ferreting and falconry both use other animals to hunt rabbits. Ferrets can dig into holes and drive the rabbits out of the rabbit hole and into an awaiting net. On the other hand, falconry is a much more complicated method and requires careful and patient training of the bird. When done right, your hawk can learn how to hunt for you.

Lastly, long netting is a method wherein you catch rabbits with your net. Essentially, you will be setting up a perimeter with your net near the rabbit hole, drive the rabbits out, and then quickly catch them (or shoot them).

Step Three: Decide what to do with your catch

It is important that you know the local rules on how many rabbits you can catch in one day. If you’ve caught just enough to abide by the law, decide what to do with them next.

If you’re hunting for profit or for food, you may field dress the rabbit and sell their fur and/or meat, or simply cook it right after. To do this:

  • Pinch the rabbit’s back and make a small cut.
  • Hook your fingers underneath the cut and pull the skin apart; one hand going towards the head and the other to the tail. Keep pulling until you have the two pieces of fur.
  • Next, cut off the foot, head and tail.
  • Cut the skin on the belly and remove the rabbit’s innards.
  • Wash the rabbit thoroughly.
  • Remove remaining skin and fatty pieces.
  • Cut your rabbit for cooking. Slice off the front and hind legs, two sides of the belly, and the loin. You can use the ribs for broth.

A skinned rabbit, ready to cook

A skinned rabbit, ready to cook

On the other hand, if you are a farmer or gardener just wanting to prevent the rabbits from eating your plants and have used traps to catch your pests, call in wildlife control to take care of the rabbits that you’ve caught.

And there you have it! All the basic steps you need to know on hunting rabbits without the use of a hunting dog. Remember: hunting is not an easy sport. It requires the basic attributes of a hunter, which are patience, time, and skill. Always keep in mind that every hunter starts somewhere, and don’t be discouraged when you don’t catch the rabbit on the first try.

I hope you learned a lot from this tutorial. If you have any questions or thoughts you’d like to share, feel free to put them in the comments below. Also, don’t forget to share this article for other aspiring hunters out there. Thanks for reading and happy hunting!

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The Fundamentals of Catching Coyotes | 5 Useful and Effective Tips

First thing’s first, what are coyotes and why do you want to get rid of them? Coyotes are canids native to North America that are very much like wolves and are considered predatory. Why do you want to trap them? Although it can happen, coyotes rarely attack people. However, coyotes can be a problem for livestock and domestic pets, especially if you own a farm with animals. In this article, I will be talking about how to trap a coyote in the most efficient way possible.

Now, let’s lay some groundwork down first. What do you need to trap a coyote? Depending on your method, you will need a few trapping devices like the coil-spring trap or a live cage trap. Keep in mind that depending on your state, there will be varying laws and regulations regarding hunting and trapping, so check that first before doing anything else.

When you’ve got your trapping mechanism, where do you place it? You need to be very observant. Determine the area where the coyote is causing the damage and determine the path it travels often. Look for tracks, animal remains, and disturbed dirt under fences. At these areas, lay down a couple of traps.

Here are a few tips to make your work more efficient – How to trap a coyote:

1. Use the appropriate trap

There are many different kinds of traps you can choose from. Each trap offers a different way to catch an animal. The type of hunting style will determine which trap is needed. Below are three of the most popular trap styles to catch a coyote.

Coil Spring Trap

This trap is recommended by many hunters. It is easy to hide and essentially traps a coyote’s paw without killing it. Make sure your trap is large and strong enough for the coyote you’re targeting; otherwise they might escape from the trap. The coil spring trap above is recommended for catching coyotes. There are half a dozen traps included in the package. The trap has a 5.25 jaw spread, a quick reaction, and a strong hold. This trap will catch a coyote and will hold on to it. Pro tip: do not use the coil spring trap if you’re a beginner. When it comes to dealing with the trapped coyote, you may not have enough knowledge on what to do next.

Live Cage Trap

Although it has been regarded as a less successful trapping device, a live cage trap will catch the animal in a cage. Once the coyote is caught, a professional can deal with the problem for you. However, you need to place this in the most strategic area and provide the proper bait. This is recommended if you do not want to kill the animal afterwards. This tomahawk original series rigid trap is large enough and designed to catch coyotes. There are two top handles on the cage for safe and comfortable holding. The cage also features a safe sliding rear door for easy release.

Snare Trap

Another option is the use of lethal traps. The most recommended lethal trap is the snare, wherein a coyote will be choked by the loop of the cord. Naturally, a coyote will pull away from the chokehold and thus tighten the grip. The above 12 pack is designed for coyote catching. Each snare is 60 inches in length. These snare traps are easy to use, loaded for speed, and they trap legally. There are two methods in using a snare trap. One way is to create a slip knot with the loop and anchor it to a nearby tree or fence. A second way is to run a small chain through the loop and anchor the chain around a tree. Whichever method is used, the snare will reliably come down quickly and capture the animal when the snare is hit.

Remember: when choosing your trap, check with the local laws regarding this matter to make sure your trap is appropriate to use.

2. Place your traps in a hole

This is so that your traps are well-hidden from the predators. With a trowel, dig a shallow hole about 8-inches deep at a 45 degree angle, place your trap and cover it well with dirt or hay/leaves. You can use the hole set-up for the coil-spring and snare traps.

To make this trap as efficient as possible, dig the hole in the area that the coyote frequents. Pro tip: you may also want to add live bait near the hole. Live bait will attract coyotes more than dead bait.

Coyote caught in a trap - Photo credit: qdma.com

Coyote caught in a trap

3. Get rid of your scent

Most coyotes will stay away from a trap when they detect a human scent. When setting up your traps, wear thick, scent-free rubber gloves to avoid leaving your scent. It is also best to make sure that your traps are clean and oil-free to make it devoid of any scent.

Another thing you can do is spray a little bit of apple cider in the area to get rid of the human scent. This tip will make sure your trap is more efficient and be able to lure the predator well.

4. Consider alternative methods

If your coyote problem is mild, or if you don’t want to kill the animal, you may opt to choose alternative methods to avoid coyotes from loitering in your area.

  • First thing you can do is make sure there is no food in your area that can attract coyotes. This can be pet food, garbage, and compost piles. What you need to do is make sure your garbage is properly covered and there are not pet food bowls lying around if you don’t want any coyotes getting near them.
  • Secondly, you can scare coyotes whenever you see them, but this can be a dangerous option and should not be done when a coyote is too near. For example, you can yell at them while waving your hands around, or use a loud horn to scare them off. It may take a few tries for the coyote to learn to avoid your area.
  • If you have livestock or a pet that are vulnerable to coyotes, set up fencing around your house or around the area for your livestock. Some coyotes can jump over fencings, so make sure that your fences are high enough to keep the coyotes away.

Bowl of dog food

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Coyotes are attracted to pet food bowls

5. After you’ve caught the coyote, determine the most appropriate action

You’ve caught the coyote pestering your area with your trap, now what?

  • Pro tip: it is of utmost importance that you wear thick clothing and gloves when removing a coyote. Coyotes have rabies and diseases that can be passed to you through bites or scratches. However, when you are a complete novice, it is best to call in wildlife control to remove the animal for you.

When getting rid of the coyote, again, check with the local rules and regulations before deciding what to do. Some states will have the coyote euthanized, but you can also opt to take it to a wildlife reserve. Most hunters/trappers will shoot the animal once caught, but make sure that this is legal in your state before doing so.

And there you have it! These are just a few tips on how to trap a coyote and some on how to avoid coyotes, and you can scour the Internet for more to make sure your trapping method is correct. Important: Keep in mind that coyotes are dangerous animals and will attack when provoked.

If you are a beginner wanting to try trapping the animal, keep in mind the safety procedures as well as the laws in your state regarding this matter. On the other hand, if you are not a hunter whatsoever and just want to get rid of your coyote problem, call in wildlife control and/or follow tip no. 4.

For a detailed tutorial on how to set up a hole trap (with a foot hold trap), watch this video:

Do you have any questions, comments, or stories on your own hunting/trapping experiences? Let me know in the comments below. Share this page if you liked the article and send it to a friend you know with a coyote problem, too! Good luck hunting!

You can read about Coyote Fast Facts here!​

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How to Hunt a Mountain Lion | Getting Your First Kill

Although attacks are rare, mountain lions can be a frightening sight for a camper or hiker. But to hunters like you and me, a mountain lion can be seen as an object for the sport with the promise of an exhilarating hunt. These amazing animals can sprint fast, jump high, and are excellent hunters themselves—qualities that make them quite challenging to catch or hunt. Nevertheless, this article will be teaching you how to trap or hunt mountain lions step-by-step.

I’m going to divide this section into two parts: how to hunt a mountain lion and how to trap a mountain lion, for these two methods are entirely different and require different types of skills to be executed efficiently. Even if you prefer one method over the other, I suggest you read both sections to add more to your knowledge.

How to Hunt Mountain Lions

Hunting these big cats is a challenge and requires rigorous exercise, but finally getting that mountain lion on the back of your truck is definitely worth it. Here is a step-by-step tutorial on what you need to do in order to catch these regal creatures:

A mountain lion’s paw - Photo credit: Sinclairstoryline.com

Step 1: Prepare yourself.

It is of utmost importance that you ensure you are physically and mentally capable of hunting these animals. These are not your typical game animals: they are fast, agile, and potentially dangerous. Before you proceed on a mountain lion hunting trip, here is a checklist you should read:

  • Ensure that you are capable of running for long distances on regular to difficult terrain.
  • In case of facing a provoked lion (usually trying to protect its territory against you: a potential threat), make sure you know how to scare it off. This involves waving your hands slowly, making yourself appear larger.
  • There is a possibility that you can get attacked, so make sure you’re capable of defending yourself.
  • Hunting these lions require patience and persistence. Otherwise, you may scare it off easily and lose your kill.
  • It is generally the best bet to be physically fit in order to hunt mountain lions, due to the difficulty and amount of physical activity that this sport requires. In this case, physically fit means you are able to run, jump, hike, and climb without too much difficulty.
  • Stealth is important in this sport, for mountain lions are very elusive creatures. Make sure you can crouch, crawl, and walk quietly enough on a forest floor.

Step 2: Do your research

Know how to track mountain lions, the extra precautions you need to make, the location you’re going to be hunting in, as well as the local laws regarding mountain lion hunting. In addition, watch informative videos on hunting and read articles such as this one to be as prepared as possible for your first trip.

Step 3: Prepare for your hunting trip

To hunt mountain lions, you’ll need to have:

  • Hunting rifle
  • Ammunition
  • Hunting knife
  • Water
  • Extra food
  • Bait (optional)
  • First aid kit
  • Proper attire (thick clothes and boots; as well as something bright to prevent friendly fire)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Calling instrument (optional)

When you have your pack settled, it’s time to decide whether you need a hunting partner or not. I recommend having a more experienced hunter accompany you on your first trip. But if you feel that you can handle the hunt by yourself, do so with caution.

It is also recommended to have a trained hunting dog to accompany you, since they can sniff out and find mountain lions better than you can. Make sure to bring treats for them as well.

Step 4: Choose your location

You can’t just go to random wooded area and expect to find a mountain lion there. Know the locations where the mountain lion population is big enough for game hunting, and select the one you prefer. Once you have chosen the most convenient place for your hunt, schedule a trip there.

However, you cannot go on a hunt immediately. Take at least 3-5 trips to that area to familiarize yourself (if you aren’t yet) to avoid getting lost. Strategize your game plan and scope out the possible spots where a mountain lion might appear for a more efficient hunt.

Step 5: Lure/track a mountain lion

To track a mountain lion, look out for their paw prints. For a beginner, it may seem difficult. But with enough practice, you will have a trained eye.

A mountain lion’s paw

A mountain lion’s paw – Photo credit: Grandviewoutdoors.com

A mountain lion is a very territorial creature. It will scrape dirt, grass, twigs, leaves, and other debris into a pile and then urinate it as a mark of its territory over that area. Other times, it will bury its food under a mound of leaves and dirt to hide it from other animals. Thus, look for these indications of a mountain lion nearby, and wait for the animal to come back in a safe hiding place so you can shoot it from afar.

Another technique of luring a mountain lion is to use bait. Like most animals, it will prefer a live bait rather than a dead one, so be sure to choose the former for better chance of success. However, this method can have you luring all types of animals, so be wary of your choice.

You can also lure lions with mouth calls using reeds or recordings of a lion’s sounds. Employ this technique and then wait for a mountain lion to come by.

Finally, a very popular and successful method is to have a hunting dog aid you. Well-trained hunting dogs can sniff out a mountain lion from afar and lead you to it. Like house cats, mountain lions usually run away from barking dogs and will most likely climb up a tree for safety. When it is trapped, you can now shoot it.

Step 6: Go for the Kill

When shooting a mountain lion either with a gun or an arrow, always aim for the animal’s head or heart as much as possible. Not only is this a humane way to kill the lion, but an aim to its fatal spots can prevent it from running away. Otherwise, a shot to the hind or back, for example, can make the animal panic and sprint as far away as possible.

Keep in mind the local laws regarding this type of hunting and kill only the allowed number of lions that you can hunt.

How to Trap a Mountain Lion

Trapping a mountain can be more dangerous than hunting it. Why? After you’ve caught a live lion in your trap, you’re going to be dealing with a very angry, very stressed creature. Moreover, trapping is usually used when you want to control the predation in your area since these lions can prey on your livestock or pets. Nevertheless, if you do it right, you can catch a mountain lion with these steps:

Step 1: Prepare your trap

Choose the trap you think would be most effective. Mountain lions are very strong creatures, so you need high caliber traps that can hold them. Trap options for catching mountain lions are:

Leg Hold

Snares

Cage Traps

A mountain lion trapped in a cage

A mountain lion trapped in a cage – Photo credit: mountainlion.org

Step 2: Place your trap

Place your trap in a strategic place. Examples of such are near territorial indications, areas where you usually see them, and near their tracks.

Check your trap once a day from a distance. These animals will be very hostile, so exercise caution.

Step 3: Transfer or Kill the Lion

If you want to get rid of the lion, I suggest having wildlife control transfer it to another place for you. Do not approach it if you are unsure of how to handle the situation. If you are going to attempt to transfer it yourself, use legal tranquilizers to put the animal to sleep before caging.

Another thing you can do is shooting it, but if you have no use for their meat or fur, let them live and have them transferred.

Conclusion

Mountain lions are one of the most challenging animals to hunt, other than the mighty black bear or the ferocious wolf, among many others. However, the thrill and exercise of the hunt is what we’re really looking for; a challenge that any hunter is happy to overcome. If you are a novice hunter looking to get your first mountain lion, this article will happily help you out.

Therefore, I hope you enjoyed this article and learned a lot from it. Don’t forget to share it with your friends and leave a comment below. Thanks for reading!

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How To Successfully Hunt Coyotes Even During The Day

Do you have an interest in coyote hunting, but don’t really know how to go about it? Are you under the impression that to be successful at hunting coyotes, you need to solely hunt them in the middle of the night? Does the thought of having to spend nights in the woods make you rethink wanting to fulfill your passion to hunt coyotes?

If you are anything like me, then you have undoubtedly experiences some of these same questions when attempting to hunt coyotes. The honest truth is that you can and should be hunting coyotes during the daytime hours. Honestly, there is no logical reason you should be waiting until the dead of night to begin hunting what you are after. Hunting is always a sport of chance and if you can double your chances for hunting opportunities, you are surely doubling your chance for success.

So what should you take with you when you head out to hunt coyotes during the daytime?

Some of the basic supplies you may need are:

  • Weapon of choice: Any accurate long range rifle, such as the AR-15, can work.
  • Full camouflage: Make sure that every part of your body is covered in order to ensure you blend in with your surroundings. This is especially true of your head and hands.
  • Remote predators call AND mouth call: You can never be fully sure of just what will lure coyotes in, so be prepared with both.
  • A decoy: A decoy can act as a visual lure in conjunction with your calls.
  • Binoculars: You need a good long range set of binoculars to make sure you can accurately identify what is moving from several hundred yards away.
  • Shooting sticks: A basic tripod to keep your weapon accurately aimed where you intend.

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Steps for success when hunting coyotes in the daytime

To have the best chance for hunting coyotes during the day, you should follow the following steps:

Step One: Know where to hunt

  • Do your homework prior to arriving at a hunting location. You should be looking for signs of coyote activity such as scat, fresh tracks, or indications that coyotes may have a den in the area.
  • Pro Tip: Always consider brush covered places near a viable food source, such as cow pastures, as a good place to start when looking for signs of coyote activity.

Step Two: Get in Early

  • Once you have decided on an appropriate place to hunt, make sure to get in before first light.
  • Set your blind up in an area that will hide your overall form while also allowing you a full view of the ground around you.
  • Pro Tip: You want to try to select a spot that forces any coyote to move to the open when responding to your calls.

Step Three: Remain Silent

  • Be as soundless as you can throughout the hunt. Avoid slamming car doors, excess talking, or any other triggering sounds that may alert a coyote to your presence.
  • You want to ensure that your weapon is loaded. The last thing any hunter wants is to lose the prey they have so carefully called due to having to chamber a round.
  • Pro Tip: Always have the safety engaged with a loaded weapon until ready to fire.

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Step Four: Your Scent Matters and so does the Wind

  • Do everything you can to avoid your scent from ruining your hunt. Use whatever means you can to ensure that you minimalize your scent prior to the getting out in the woods.
  • When calling a coyote, do all that you can to remain downwind of where you expect them to be.
  • You should also pay attention to your downwind side, as a coyote will do its best to travel downwind to get a better idea of what prey they may be stalking.
  • Pro Tip: When hunting, you want to be aware of the direction of the wind. Any coyote that is downwind of you will know you are there before you ever see them.

Step Five: Calling them in

  • If you are in an area that is flush with rabbits, you may want to use a wounded rabbit call as opposed to another.
  • Select your call carefully and avoid overuse. Too much can alter coyotes to danger and not to a potential meal.
  • Pro Tip: Pay close attention to the time of year and what animals are present in the area you are hunting. Certain animals will have a greater chance for luring a coyote in than others.

For more information about What does it mean when Coyotes Howl you can read this article!

Step Six: Bagging your Game

  • Once you have successfully called coyotes to your position, take in the full scope of the field.
  • Always check to see if you have a single coyote present or if you have multiple animals on the scene.
  • Once you have assessed the situation, you need to quickly select the easiest target and shoot. If you wait too long, you will lose your opportunity.
  • Pro Tip: It is important to note that you should be ready for multiple shots at both short and long ranges.

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Now that you have read this step by step guide on how to hunt coyotes during the day, do you feel ready?

Every item in the list above is a proven benefit to have with you when you head out to hunt for coyotes. The last thing you need when setting out to bag this elusive game is to find that you don’t have the correct gear with you when you need it most.

So what do you think? This step by step guide will hopefully help you in understanding just how to go about hunting for coyotes during the daylight hours.

If you think this article contains some useful advice, feel free to share it with others. Also, if you have any experiences that you think are of value to others when it comes to hunting coyotes during the daytime, please share them below!

And do you like hunt skunks? In this article I will tell you how to hunt Skunks!​

Finding The Perfect Place To Hunt

As briefly discussed in the last article, there are several ways to ensure hunting success. Choosing the perfect hunting area is clearly the most important step in finding and killing the game you wish to hunt. Today we will examine three easy steps to finding that perfect hunting spot.

  • Contact a good hunting guide
  • Find a friendly face and ask
  • Quiz local hunting equipment salespersons

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