Not to mention rabbits are on the ground with the dogs - no one needs shot charges that close to the dogs. They have a habit of being where you don't think they are - we belled our dogs for that reason. We rarely took anyone hunting but when we did they got a 20 minute lecture about no rabbits.My Dad would give me hell if I shot a rabbit. Last thing he wanted was for our bird dogs to start paying attention to them.
Funny you should mention that. I hunted rabbits religiously in NJ for many years. I had some spectacular stuff to hunt (public). One year a guy started showing up in a van, I believe a Ford Aerostar. This was maybe 10 years ago, maybe more? He was of Eastern European decent (my guess). He had dogs and every time out he would have 3-4 different guys. There were two large properties close to each other that were crawling with bunnies. This guy wiped it out. He was there almost every day. Some local bow hunters I spoke with told me that they see him daily. He would have a different gang with him every day. He was likely getting paid. The on one property (the best one) the Sierra Club came in with hammer ax’s and mowed the place flat for song bird habitat. I was done with hunting Jersey at that point. It’s public hunting land, why is an anti hunting group working on state wma’s?
Good luck with your project K-Hornet. You'll be shooting your limit before you know it.You bring back memories of a long time ago. I haven't seen more then 1 bunny in many years. I've got 140ac and 2 years ago we upgraded out water ways about 5ac total and put in a 20ac poster, put in a 50' grass field border around 2 sides that are fenced with a lot of trees and thorny things again about 3 or so acres. I've noticed at least 4 bunnies around the barns this year. I may harvest one for myself when the snow comes but will wait until next year to hunt do to upcoming knee replacements. I've also released 300 quail but only seen a couple on a ride around. Got a lot of dove this year but again letting everything just go for one more building year.