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Old 11-06-2019, 03:04 PM   #1
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So, who eats wild rabbits? And if you eat them, do you only eat cottontails, or do you eat jack rabbits as well? Any good recipes?
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:07 PM   #2
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I've always been told to wait til after a good freeze
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:09 PM   #3
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Crock pot or pan fried.. that's goooooood eating right there!!

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Old 11-06-2019, 03:11 PM   #4
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I've always been told to wait til after a good freeze
I've heard the same thing. Don't know if there is any truth to it. I've had rabbit a few times, once in a stew and the other fried up. Anything fried taste pretty good.
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Cottontail is some fine eating!
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:13 PM   #6
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Anyone ever eaten jacks?
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:14 PM   #7
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I've always been told to wait til after a good freeze
Never understood this.
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:15 PM   #8
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Cottontail is some fine eating!

Yes sir, pan fried with brown onion gravy.

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Old 11-06-2019, 03:15 PM   #9
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Yes....mostly cotton tails but also swampers. I have never had a jack rabbit. Stewed over rice is a delicacy in south Louisiana . Not mandatory about first freeze but some may have a large grub worm in their neck b4 cold weather hits.

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Old 11-06-2019, 03:16 PM   #10
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Sardinian hare stew for jacks. Cotton tail is plenty good chicken fried.

https://honest-food.net/hare-stew-hard-times/

And other recipes.

https://honest-food.net/wild-game/ra...irrel-recipes/
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:16 PM   #11
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Never understood this.
I was told it kills the parasites. How I don't know......

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Old 11-06-2019, 03:17 PM   #12
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Never understood this.

Heard they supposedly have worms. idk
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:23 PM   #13
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Eat them both. They taste great.
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:27 PM   #14
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Anyone ever eaten jacks?
I have tried it, once.
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:29 PM   #15
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Rabbits are warm blooded animals. They have parasites year around.
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:31 PM   #16
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Never understood this.
I think its for fleas/ticks. Sometimes they'll have so many that its not worth the hassle. First freeze kills them off. Parasites are year round.
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:33 PM   #17
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I have tried it, once.
How was it cooked? Never tried it myself.
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:34 PM   #18
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I think its for fleas/ticks. Sometimes they'll have so many that its not worth the hassle. First freeze kills them off. Parasites are year round.
Make sense.
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:34 PM   #19
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I have killed a few that have had a parasite under the skin. Its a black grub that can be about as big as your thumb. Its pretty gross.
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:35 PM   #20
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It’s the grubs that get under their hides. If you kill a rabbit that doesn’t have them, you’re good. I killed bunches as a kid and never found a grub in one, and we ate them all. Anything you can do with chicken you can do with rabbit. Really, the grubs are not in the meat and cooking thoroughly will render the meat ok. It just isn’t very inviting to the appetite !
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:36 PM   #21
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Anyone ever eaten jacks?
I've fried it and it was good.
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:40 PM   #22
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I have tried it, once.
I tried it once also.... Never again! I even shot 4-5 just to pick out a young one that looked good.

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Old 11-06-2019, 03:41 PM   #23
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1 or 2 good freezes will kill the wolves (Bot fly larva) that live under the skin.
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:45 PM   #24
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Sardinian hare stew for jacks. Cotton tail is plenty good chicken fried.

https://honest-food.net/hare-stew-hard-times/

And other recipes.

https://honest-food.net/wild-game/ra...irrel-recipes/
I've been looking for a jack ever since I read that Sardinian Hare Stew recipe, and now of course I can't find one.
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:47 PM   #25
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Swamp rabbits and cotton tails are awesome to eat. We cook them smothered in a gravy over rice, in a gumbo and when folks kill a lot of them in the marsh they de bone them and make sausage mixed with some pork fat. The reason they say wait until after a freeze to eat them is the same reason they say it about squirrels. They sometimes have wolves aka bot fly larva in the neck area. It doesn't affect the meat at all and they don't all have it but some people don't like the look of it and wont consume them if they have this.
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:49 PM   #26
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Well there you go... Interesting.
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:53 PM   #27
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A freeze has nothing to do with the wolves (bot fly larva) disappearing. It takes a certain amount of time for the larva to complete their cycle and leave their host. You can find these wolves in squirrels as well as rabbits.
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:53 PM   #28
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I've always been told to wait til after a good freeze
Wives tale. Temp outside has nothing to do with internal parasites.
Temp outside doesnt matter much compared to temp on the body for external parasites either. If the bunny is warm, so are the fleas.



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Sardinian hare stew for jacks. Cotton tail is plenty good chicken fried.

https://honest-food.net/hare-stew-hard-times/

And other recipes.

https://honest-food.net/wild-game/ra...irrel-recipes/
Sardinian hare stew is awesome
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:54 PM   #29
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Both are delicious!

The don't eat them until after a freeze thing is a myth, they can carry intestinal worms but so can all mammals.

Worst thing you can get from a rabbit is tuleremia, but with proper handling it's a non issue.
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:54 PM   #30
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A freeze has nothing to do with the wolves (bot fly larva) disappearing. It takes a certain amount of time for the larva to complete their cycle and leave their host. You can find these wolves in squirrels as well as rabbits.
Or in a deer's nose... ugh.. I'd want someone to shoot me if I had those living in me!!!
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Old 11-06-2019, 03:58 PM   #31
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Had an old timer once tell me to only kill them in a month with a "r" in it. I'm sure it was just an old wives tale though.
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Old 11-06-2019, 04:00 PM   #32
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Always heard only eat rabbit during months that have an “R” in them...I’ve eat rabbits in every month as long as the meat was clean after skinning.
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I tried it once also.... Never again! I even shot 4-5 just to pick out a young one that looked good.

If anyone doesn't believe me be sure and remind me if they ever visit the ranch. We will go shoot one after dark and I'll cook it up for you.
must just be your cookin
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Old 11-06-2019, 04:05 PM   #34
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Jack rabbits are good if they're young. Old ones can be tough as a boot. That Sardinian hare stew sounds good. I might have to try it with some of the squirrels in my freezer. Also, as has been mentioned, season has nothing to do with internal parasites.
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Old 11-06-2019, 04:07 PM   #35
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I try to get enough stacked up in the freezer and make smoked sausage out of em. Best sausage I’ve ever had. It’s a lot of work deboning em but it’s worth it.
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Old 11-06-2019, 04:15 PM   #36
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Cottontails, Swamp Rabbits, Jackrabbits...they are all good.

Jack backstraps sliced into little steaks and chicken fried is hard to beat.

Rabbit stew, gumbo, grilled, fried, rabbit pot pie....
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Old 11-06-2019, 04:15 PM   #37
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No mention of this, but I've been told to check their livers for white spots. If they don't have them they should be good to go.

Truth to that? No idea. I believed everything my dad told me up until recently.
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Anything a rabbits got a deer has too.
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No mention of this, but I've been told to check their livers for white spots. If they don't have them they should be good to go.

Truth to that? No idea. I believed everything my dad told me up until recently.
That's one of the signs of tularemia. So this one is legit.
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Old 11-06-2019, 04:34 PM   #40
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Very tasty
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Old 11-06-2019, 04:41 PM   #41
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Anything a rabbits got a deer has too.
Does a deer have a fluffy lil tail and hoppy lil legs and big ol ears?!?!??!?!
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Old 11-06-2019, 04:42 PM   #42
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I've been looking for a jack ever since I read that Sardinian Hare Stew recipe, and now of course I can't find one.
It is excellent! Had a friend stop by my house once after I made a big pot of it. I told him I had a pot of jackrabbit stew on and he was welcome to have a bowl. He gave it a glance, then poured himself a bowl.

As we was scarfing it down, he then asks me, "This ain't really jack rabbit, is it?"

"Uh, yeah bud. It is."

"Huh, well **** it's good!"
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I tried it once also.... Never again! I even shot 4-5 just to pick out a young one that looked good.



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Ever think that it could be your cookin

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Old 11-06-2019, 04:48 PM   #44
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I made that Sardinian Hare stew with a jack and a porcupine, was delicious!

I called it Rodent Roulette.
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Old 11-06-2019, 05:02 PM   #45
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Wait until after a freeze to kill worms. Or put dead ones in the freezer for 2 good days. Kinda like everything else.
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Old 11-06-2019, 05:12 PM   #46
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Browned in a gravy with Onions & bell peppers at 'anytime' of the year..................!! Black eye peas with tasso for one side and smothered potatoes. You will be shooting $30 arrows & broadhead combos at em once you eat them cooked correctly

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Old 11-06-2019, 05:16 PM   #47
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I made jackrabbit stew and jackrabbit chili in the crock pot. Not the best, but not the worst.
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Old 11-06-2019, 05:20 PM   #48
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Maybe but we cook squirrels the same way and they turn out pretty good.
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This is a thread I did on jackrabbits. Turned out to be some great dumplings. Swamp/Cottontails I love to fry. Also pressure cooked rabbit served over rice and under gravy is awesome.
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Old 11-06-2019, 05:32 PM   #50
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An epidemiologist explained on The Meateater podcast that you wait until after the freeze because of the disease that ticks (I believe) carry. Check out episode 191 - Sicker Than Hell for clarification.

I’ve only had rabbit fried, but **** it was tasty. Not sure what type of rabbit it was though.
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