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Old 06-26-2008, 12:34 AM   #1
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My neighborhood is experiencing a rabbit population explosion this year. Rabbits are literally everywhere, chomping away at everyone's grass, gardens and shrubbery.

I got to thinking about this today while looking at a particularly plump looking little bunny. When I was younger my friends and I used to trap and eat them. We lived in an area that at the time was on the edge of our town, so it was semi-rural. I live in a built-up neighborhood in a town now, but I'm wondering, what's the difference? Is there any reason why I couldn't be trapping and eating a few of those rabbits here? I do seem to recall that we did most of our trapping in colder weather. Was there a reason for that?

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Old 06-26-2008, 01:21 AM   #2
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Id be more worried about pesticides in the bunny

Otherwise its time to bowhunt or get a silencer for your .22

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A little trap and hammer works just fine

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I'd be a little worried about pesticides too..... But that wouldn't stop me from chowing down on some kick ass stew! Just keep it on the DL or some idiot neighbor is gonna have a cow!

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Better check your seasons!!! the boys in green will be all over you!!! You dont have to be worried about pesticides. Ive been huntin cotton and corn fields my whole life and we consume mass quantities of wild game....No prob. here

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I was wondering about that, too-- herbicides, and fertilizers, actually, more than pesticides. I wonder if the rabbits know enough not to eat someone's lawn that has just been sprayed down by Chem-Lawn?

They all look very healthy, though.

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Better check your seasons!!! the boys in green will be all over you!!! You dont have to be worried about pesticides. Ive been huntin cotton and corn fields my whole life and we consume mass quantities of wild game....No prob. here
Forgot about that. I'm pretty sure there are trapping seasons here, and I suspect that June is not in season.
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having grown up eating wild rabbit....I can tell you that they are safe....certain times of the year.
DO NOT eat a rabbit before the first Hard Freeze. They get a disease in the summer called Rabbit fever. It's NASTY. IF You must eat them in the summer, inspect the liver for spots. if it is a nice purple red and even colored, you'll likely be ok.
If you end up with the screaming ****s...you'll know you should have waited till the snow.

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They freeze like a champ...and you can't beat them on the grill.

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I wouldn't bother with a stew - there are better things you can do with rabbit.

Here's a Tuscan dish: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/food/views/ORECCHIETTE-WITH-RABBIT-RAGU-236988Orechiette with Rabbit Ragu

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Forgot about that. I'm pretty sure there are trapping seasons here, and I suspect that June is not in season.
Nothing but fishing is going on anywhere till Sept. .......DOVE season...best tasting bird...except chicken
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