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Old 03-24-2010, 12:41 PM   #1
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Default Catch a jackrabbit?

Stupid question I know... anyone have any ideas on how to catch/trap a jackrabbit? I'm on the HLSR Agventure Committee (rabbit display booth) and every year dozens of people come up wondering where the jackrabbits are. Of course all the rabbits we have up there are domestic breeds but figured if I could catch one of those suckers I'd bring it up to the livestock show next year so we could show it off. We have jackrabbits on our lease in Utopia, but not tons of them so its not gonna be real easy. First thought in my mind is to try just a regular raccoon/cat live trap. Any ideas guys?

On another note, is it even legal to have a live jackrabbit in your possession?
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Old 03-24-2010, 12:44 PM   #2
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Weasel, you better be pretty fast if you want to catch one of those long legged suckers. We used to hunt them at night on the wheat fields. When you threw the spotlight on one, you could get pretty close before it took off. Maybe you could get the drop on one that way? I've never seen on captured in a live trap. Not even sure what you'd bait it with. LOL
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Old 03-24-2010, 12:58 PM   #3
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thats easy, all you need is a large box, a stick, and a long rope.....
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Old 03-24-2010, 01:00 PM   #4
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That's funny right there!
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Old 03-24-2010, 01:07 PM   #5
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Back in the day when folks were catching them to train greyhounds they would hit them with a spotlight beam then get within a few feet and throw a hoop net over them. You could probably do the same thing with a long handled fishing net. If you want to make it sporting just grab one with your hands when you get clsoe enough. btw my brother and I never made it to jackrabbits but he did grab a cottontail one night, his comment after the ordeal was "poor little defenseless rabbit my a--". He had several scratches from elbow to wrist from one little cottontail.
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Old 03-24-2010, 01:09 PM   #6
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Back in the day when folks were catching them to train greyhounds they would hit them with a spotlight beam then get within a few feet and throw a hoop net over them. You could probably do the same thing with a long handled fishing net. If you want to make it sporting just grab one with your hands when you get clsoe enough. btw my brother and I never made it to jackrabbits but he did grab a cottontail one night, his comment after the ordeal was "poor little defenseless rabbit my a--". He had several scratches from elbow to wrist from one little cottontail.
could always try a cast net
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Old 03-24-2010, 01:19 PM   #7
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How about spotlighting them and get within 10 feet. Use a casting net and toss it on him???
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Old 03-24-2010, 01:20 PM   #8
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could always try a cast net
Ooooppps...helps to read the thread first
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Old 03-24-2010, 01:23 PM   #9
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Get a lab to fetch one up. Mines caught 2 jackrabbits, a pigeon, and an opossum that she wasn't too happy retrieving for me but she did it anyways... Jason Slocum
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Old 03-24-2010, 01:29 PM   #10
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I caught one when I was a kid.I was walking across the pasture on a hot summer day and saw one under a clump of weeds and as I walked up to him I jumped on top of him and caught him by the ears.I guess he thought he was hidden from me.
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Old 03-24-2010, 01:36 PM   #11
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At the peak of the population cycle we could reach down and pick up small ones hiding under bushes(I have a picture of it happening)........but at the time we had probably 10 rabbits in every a 30 yrd radius. Literally a plaque of rabbits.

We are at the bottom of the cycle now so I am no help.......


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Old 03-24-2010, 01:40 PM   #12
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I caught one when I was a kid.I was walking across the pasture on a hot summer day and saw one under a clump of weeds and as I walked up to him I jumped on top of him and caught him by the ears.I guess he thought he was hidden from me.
That is the same story my Grandfather told me as a kid. I jumped at Jacks till my guts hurt and never once in many years did I come close to catching one.
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:17 PM   #13
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That is the same story my Grandfather told me as a kid. I jumped at Jacks till my guts hurt and never once in many years did I come close to catching one.
That is the only one I ever came close to.It was just dumb luck
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:26 PM   #14
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i ran one around a big coastal patch for about 15 minutes, i was on a four wheeler, i never got closer that about 30 feet. contrary to popular folklore his heart did not explode, and he looked purty healthy when he finally beat me to the brush. the spot light idea has merit, yer best bet would to try and find a young one nested up somewhere. let me know if ya get one caught.
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:29 PM   #15
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Just sprinkle some salt on it's tail and you can reach down and pick it up.
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:37 PM   #16
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I bet they would scratch and bit the hell out of you.LOL
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:40 PM   #17
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Siene Net or landscaping retention plastic, drive and corral them. Then net with a hoop net.

Search rabbit drives on Yootoob.

Would likely be stressful thoug and might cause some issues since you would be moving a rodent that many people consider a pest. This is from the hip, but I seem to remember something about moving jacks from one area or county to another without consent. Sounds crazy, but during the dust bowl and again in the 50's jackrabbits over-ran farms and ranches. It was crazy. Just look up the photos and accounts.
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:44 PM   #18
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My lab caught one the other day
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:44 PM   #19
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I bet they would scratch and bit the hell out of you.LOL
No lie about that. I'm sure not trying to handle one of these guys, just figured if I could trap it or something I could keep it in one of my parents big rabbit breeder cages for awhile. Someone on here has to have caught one before... $20 and a 6pack to the first person to bring me a jackrabbit alive
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:49 PM   #20
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I learned one time that you have to be pretty hungry to eat one. I also learned that you cannot simply "run one down". Doesn't matter how good of shape you might be in.
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Old 03-24-2010, 02:56 PM   #21
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Not many left, try a 22.
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Old 03-24-2010, 03:11 PM   #22
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The going rate for them is about $25 each alive.
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Old 03-24-2010, 03:14 PM   #23
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Blind them at night then grab it
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Old 03-24-2010, 03:24 PM   #24
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The only ones I was ever able to catch were the babies. You have to catch them when they still have a large white spot on top of their head. Once that starts to shrink, they are getting old enough to not be clumsy and slow anymore.

I'd see them running in front of the tractor every time I plowed. Sometimes I'd just get out and chase them into the already plowed ground. Rabbits are too stupid to figure out that all they have to do is scoot over a little and that big green and yellow monster will quit chasing them. Every now and then I'd chase the little suckers around and around until I could finally dive and catch them in my cap. I'd take one home usually about once a year to try to raise him, but they always died.
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Old 03-24-2010, 03:24 PM   #25
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I followed one last week @ night on my 4 wheeler and it still out ran us
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Old 03-24-2010, 03:26 PM   #26
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We shoot them in south texas at night under a spot light with bows... Not only are they tough enough to take a broad head and run quite a ways, I can't remember ever getting close than about 10 yards from one before it spooked.... And your lucky to get that close.

Of course maybe ours are just wise from the hunting pressure haha
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Old 03-24-2010, 03:28 PM   #27
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Start cutting hay and going in a circle, they will all end up in the middle of the hay patch and you can get them then. Oh wait, there aren't any left where there is grass to cut for hay.
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Old 03-24-2010, 03:35 PM   #28
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I have seen my uncle catch one by hand while I held the spotlight. Not sure why he wanted to, but he did.
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Old 03-24-2010, 03:58 PM   #29
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The going rate for them is about $25 each alive.
Haha that's where the 6pack comes in.
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Old 03-24-2010, 05:05 PM   #30
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Just sprinkle some salt on it's tail and you can reach down and pick it up.
I thought that only worked on birds?!?
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Old 03-24-2010, 06:07 PM   #31
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You better be wearing leather gloves and a jacket if you grab one. They scratch, kick and sometimes squeal "like a dying rabbit". Also they weigh more than a cottontail.
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Old 03-24-2010, 06:12 PM   #32
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The going rate for them is about $25 each alive.
Wow and I was happy with the $8 a piece I used to get for em!

The spotlight and net works or if you can find some property that had some irrigation pipe on it they like to stay in it during the day and you can dump them out into a net to catch.
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Old 03-24-2010, 06:19 PM   #33
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Use Wiley coyote and anything with Acme written on the side of it.
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Old 03-24-2010, 06:51 PM   #34
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Super bright light as above, but we used a long handle large dip net. Lots of fun when a kid. Would hate to try it now. Make good varmit calls when you twist their ears. Gloves / long sleeve shirt is a must. Good Luck!
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Old 03-24-2010, 07:04 PM   #35
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I always caught them when they were hiding in pipes. Feed sack tied to one end(head end), little prodding in the butt with a stick and it will run in the sack. Caught alot that way.
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