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Old 08-13-2009, 06:13 PM   #1
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Is good to eat them in months with an R or vice versa?
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Old 08-13-2009, 06:13 PM   #2
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Months that end with R, gotta have a cold spell to kill the worms.
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Old 08-13-2009, 06:17 PM   #3
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^ Never hear heard "end in R" before, only months with R "after the first frost kills the worms. Then your good to go with months with R.

So it is:
1. Dont eat till after first frost.
2. Dont eat if it has white spots in the liver.

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Old 08-13-2009, 06:24 PM   #4
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Its all hooey;.. kill them and eat them if there are no worms when you clean them.

A frost or freeze cant kill a worm that is already in a rabbit. Those worms stay toasty warm INSIDE the rabbit.
If a rabbit had worms before a freeze, he will still have them after a freeze.
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Old 08-13-2009, 06:25 PM   #5
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Its all hooey;.. kill them and eat them if there are no worms when you clean them.

A frost or freeze cant kill a worm that is already in a rabbit. Those worms stay toasty warm INSIDE the rabbit.
If a rabbit had worms before a freeze, he will still have them after a freeze.
THIS IS TRUE...


Quit believing all those ole wives tales..
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Old 08-13-2009, 06:26 PM   #6
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There is a fairly common disease in wild rabbits called "tularemia" (the "white blindness" from Watership Down).

It's not all that common (around 1%), and if it's cooked properly it kills the bacteria. Tularemia generally occurs in humans not from eating the rabbit but from skinning and butchering it without gloves.

There are other diseases occasionally associated with eating undercooked rabbit: brucellosis, trichinosis, etc. In general as long as it's cooked well done it's not a problem. Rare wild game is always kind of a risk.

Rabbits and squirrels get whats called "wolves". Its a worm type parasite that gets in their skin and makes a big bump. Run your fingers through the fur, check for any bumps, sores, weeping sores, and disfigurment and so on. If they have any problems don't cook it. But if they are clear they should be safe.

Raised rabbits tend to be larger, more fatty and have a different flavor. Wild rabbits are usually smaller, leaner and have a stronger flavor. Some people like the stronger flavors of wild game, some do not. Before eating wild rabbits you have shot make sure you have checked them carefully for bullets or bird shot. Biting down on a chunk of lead or a steel shot could crack a tooth. That is usually the greatest danger of eating game that was hunted.

Tularemia (Rabbit fever)

What is tularemia?

Tularemia is an illness caused by a bacteria, Francisella tularensis, which can affect both animals and humans. Most cases occur during the summer months when deerflies and ticks are abundant and the early winter months during rabbit hunting season. During hunting season, illness usually results from skinning infected rabbits.

Who gets tularemia?

Anyone can get tularemia if they spend time outdoors in areas where infected animals, deerflies or ticks, can be found. Rabbit hunters, trappers, and laboratory workers exposed to the bacteria are at higher risk.

How is tularemia spread?

The most common way tularemia is spread is by the bite of an infected blood sucking insect such as a deerfly or tick. Another way people get tularemia is by getting blood or tissue from infected animals (especially rabbits) in their eyes, mouth, or in cuts or scratches on the skin. Tularemia can also be spread by handling or eating rabbit meat that is not cooked well. Drinking contaminated water or breathing dust containing the bacteria can also spread tularemia. Person to person spread does not occur.

What are the symptoms of tularemia?

The usual symptoms of tularemia are fever, chills, headache, muscle aches, chest pain, and coughing. If tularemia is caused by the bite of an infected insect or from bacteria entering a cut or scratch, it usually causes a skin ulcer and swollen glands. Eating or drinking food or water containing the bacteria may produce a throat infection, stomach pain, diarrhea, and vomiting. Breathing dust containing the bacteria may cause a pneumonia-like illness.

How soon do symptoms appear?

Symptoms may appear between two and ten days, most often within three to five days.

What is the treatment for tularemia?

Antibiotics such as streptomycin and gentamicin are used to treat tularemia.

What can be done to prevent the spread of tularemia?

1. Persons at risk should reduce chances for insect bites by wearing protective clothing, and by searching for ticks often and removing attached ticks immediately. Tick/insect repellents containing "DEET" provide additional protection. Permethrin is also helpful when sprayed onto clothing.
2. Children should be discouraged from handling sick or dead rabbits, or other possibly infected animals.
3. Gloves should be worn when skinning or handling animals, especially wild rabbits.
4. Wild rabbit meat should be thoroughly cooked.
5. Face masks, gowns, and rubber gloves should be worn by those working with cultures or infective material in a laboratory.

Where can I get more information?

* Your personal doctor
* Your local health department, listed in the telephone directory
* The Utah Department of Health, Bureau of Epidemiology (801) 538-6191

UTAH DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH
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Old 08-13-2009, 06:34 PM   #7
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LOL!! The "Wolves" your article referenced are better known as "Screw Worms" they are the larve of the botfly...

All you do is skin and clean the rabbit in a normal fashion...and discard the portion that the worm was in... perfectly safe....
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Old 08-13-2009, 06:38 PM   #8
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I've always left them as coyote bait.
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Old 08-13-2009, 06:46 PM   #9
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Eat them any time just make sure they are done. Great in stew.
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Old 08-13-2009, 06:53 PM   #10
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Well, im certain if you seen a big nasty soar on a rabbit, you would not be eating it.
They are pretty gross, and once you see it you will understand why people say to eat them after the first hard frost.
Far as im concerned it isnt a wives tale.


If you did, i would cook the crap out of it.
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Old 08-13-2009, 06:55 PM   #11
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Eat them any time just make sure they are done. Great in stew.
Yeap good, but EVEN BETTER when you de-bone them, cook the meat in various seasonings and eat over rice with some brown gravy!!
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............Quit believing all those ole wives tales..
But I like it when they lie to me Dale
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But I like it when they lie to me Dale
My wife has made a sport of it.... but she dont know I'm on to her..
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Old 08-13-2009, 07:59 PM   #14
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I have always just gone by "after the 1st frost" but I was trying to tell my son the "R" rule and got my self confused.

He killed and ate a rabbit earlier this year during a quail hunt and loved it. I think when we go back out for our dove hunt he may be watching for rabbits more than dove!
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:19 PM   #15
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Well done is all you need to do. as anytime you should where latex "gluhbs" aka gloves. I never trust any wild game blood on my so soft and subtle hands.....lol

Only posting cause my nephew believes in the R Rule...

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Old 07-08-2014, 08:21 PM   #16
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WOW this thread is from 2009!!!!
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:23 PM   #17
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Its all hooey;.. kill them and eat them if there are no worms when you clean them.

A frost or freeze cant kill a worm that is already in a rabbit. Those worms stay toasty warm INSIDE the rabbit.
If a rabbit had worms before a freeze, he will still have them after a freeze.
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:48 PM   #18
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Wild rabbits make awesome table fare jus sayin
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Old 07-08-2014, 08:51 PM   #19
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Tularemia.

Mortality rate could be as high as 50 percent for certain types before we had antibiotics!

Nowadays about 1 percent die from it.

From Wiki

Yikes.
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:03 PM   #20
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Never heard any of that crap about the R. We killed and ate cottontails when I was a kid and ate them that night. We would skin and clean, mom would cut them up and chicken fry them. Good meal, place the pieces on a bed of rice and cover with gravy.
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:08 PM   #21
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LOL!! The "Wolves" your article referenced are better known as "Screw Worms" they are the larve of the botfly...

All you do is skin and clean the rabbit in a normal fashion...and discard the portion that the worm was in... perfectly safe....
Tuff, FYI, screw worms were eradicated in this country when I was a kid ( that's been awhile ). The " wolves " they speak of I have seen in cattle also and they are a large worm of some kind that I never did learn the correct name of. My Dad called them wolves also. Screw worms were an entirely different flesh eating larvae that caused us lots of trouble on the farm. Newborn calves' navel cords,any scratch on a cow, horse, dog, etc. would soon be filled with screw worms. I can still remember the smell of Peerless Screw Worm medicine that we mopped on them in the attempt to kill the screw worms. The eradication is the reason that deer populations flourished in the decades after the fifties. They were eradicated by air-dropping millions of sterile adult flies. No joke !
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:19 PM   #22
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WOW this thread is from 2009!!!!
BLhahahaha...I totally missed that till you posted it. Still good info.
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:23 PM   #23
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Speaking of......the rabbit population is exploding at the ranch this year after being reduced to near zero the last few years due to the black plague. We get extreme swings up and down every 7 years. When they hit their peak there isn't enough ammo on the planet to kill them....shoot a quail and rabbits explode in every direction.
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Old 07-08-2014, 09:25 PM   #24
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Old 07-08-2014, 11:33 PM   #25
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Ok, so who has a good rabbit stew recipe' and rabbit (chicken fry) recipe'?
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Old 07-09-2014, 07:13 AM   #26
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We always went by the R rule including january when hunting squirrels, the other months they are pregnant and having and raising babies, besides that it is time for fishing in the other months.
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Old 07-09-2014, 05:07 PM   #27
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I've been told my entire life only after freeze or the "r" months. I eat them whenever they happen at come out during target practice. Ate one a week ago. No issues.
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