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#6816236 - 07/08/17 10:54 AM Why relentlessly kill jackrabbits?
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They eat lots of grass, and crops?

Think someone posted here, while back, 30 jackrabbits equals one cow grazing.

I didn't used to see any around my place, now I'm seeing them. My neighbor to the north has cotton out, right now. I'm cleared hot, on hogs, and coyotes. Should I start whacking jackrabbits?
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#6816240 - 07/08/17 10:56 AM Re: Why relentlessly kill jackrabbits? [Re: FiremanJG]
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A rancher told me 3 jackrabbits can eat as much as 1 goat. I don't know if there's any science behind that or not. They are heavy and always eating.

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#6816274 - 07/08/17 11:51 AM Re: Why relentlessly kill jackrabbits? [Re: FiremanJG]
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As a kid my family and I would travel to Idaho every year - summer and winter. I remember they had two 'round-ups' about 20 years apart. Seems the jackrabbits would have a couple of good years then a drought would hit and the rabbits would descend on the hay fields and just about ruin them if given the chance. Local farmers would set up woven-wire fences about a mile long, shaped in a triangle narrowing down to a catch pen. Then, every man, woman and child of age would herd them into the pens. Supposedly, the open end of the pen was about a mile wide.
Once that 'quarter' was done, they'd move a fence and repeat until they'd driven every rabbit they could into the pens.
They'd kill all of the rabbits in the pens, freeze the carcass' and ship them off to mink farmers (ranchers?) in Minnesota or Wisconsin.

From what my uncles told me, about every 20 years this perfect storm of growth and reproduction would hit and the hay farmers would repeat that scenario.

scalebuster - I'd heard that 3 could eat as much as a full grown cow in one day. Don't know the truth but have seen where they all but mow down a hay field.
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#6816294 - 07/08/17 12:21 PM Re: Why relentlessly kill jackrabbits? [Re: Bbear]
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Was a mink farm just down road were grew up... Didnt know bout jacks being shipped... We had plenty of jacks,...
cheers they good target practice, used ta go to dmps, shoot rats, gophers, jacks, land owners apriceatef it... We did things different, ni leases wasnt bout the big bucks, rather helpen out.. flag
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#6816299 - 07/08/17 12:29 PM Re: Why relentlessly kill jackrabbits? [Re: FiremanJG]
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Quit shooting the predators and the jackrabbits will magically disappear.

But keep pounding the pigs.

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#6816302 - 07/08/17 12:31 PM Re: Why relentlessly kill jackrabbits? [Re: FiremanJG]
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I thin them out from time to time, haven't shot a one this year but probably killed a couple hundred last year, 3 to 4 more years and I'll probably have to do it again.
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#6816307 - 07/08/17 12:36 PM Re: Why relentlessly kill jackrabbits? [Re: FiremanJG]
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When I was little there used to be rabbit drives in Runnels county, not done as previously described, but in the drought of the 50's a blade of grass was precious, and the jacks were slaughtered.

The high and low population of the jacks will run in about a 7 year cycle, the population will be high and then decline to almost nothing but in about 7 years the population will explode again. It's been a longtime since I heard of any "community" wide rabbit drives. But I still hear about some of the locals getting together and raiding the wheat fields with spotlights. I think it is more sport now than a necessity.
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#6816328 - 07/08/17 01:00 PM Re: Why relentlessly kill jackrabbits? [Re: jeffbird]
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Originally Posted By: jeffbird
Quit shooting the predators and the jackrabbits will magically disappear.

But keep pounding the pigs.


Those predators are contributing to my low deer numbers. And I've personally seen a coyote with a day old calf's leg in his mouth. Then I put a 155 gr .308 bullet through his lungs. I'll never let off the throttle on the coyotes, never. They are a far bigger problem than the jackrabbits ever will be.

Only crop I personally produce is grass for hay. But my neighbors rotate wheat, corn, soybeans, and now cotton. If me killing Jack Rabbbits will help them, I will do it. They are great people.
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#6816331 - 07/08/17 01:03 PM Re: Why relentlessly kill jackrabbits? [Re: dogcatcher]
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I think it is more sport now than a necessity.


That what i was wondering. If they don't really hurt anything, they aren't bothering me. They're just another type of wildlife to watch. But if they are making life harder on farmers ill do my part.

May have another job for the .22-250 beside panhandle prairie dogs.
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#6816333 - 07/08/17 01:05 PM Re: Why relentlessly kill jackrabbits? [Re: dogcatcher]
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Seems logical that the more rabbits you have available the less pressure on the fawn crop so I don't get too bent about large numbers of jacks. However, in big lake, you can have a LOT of fun on a high rack.

There is usually a guy that drives a truck in during the cold months and pays a buck for a carcass (sells them to alligator farms). Seen some of the local kids with truck beds full. My problem is he wants them gutted, and I ain't gutting a jack for a buck.

Buzzards gotta eat.
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#6816337 - 07/08/17 01:10 PM Re: Why relentlessly kill jackrabbits? [Re: FiremanJG]
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#6816349 - 07/08/17 01:25 PM Re: Why relentlessly kill jackrabbits? [Re: jeffbird]
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Originally Posted By: jeffbird
Quit shooting the predators and the jackrabbits will magically disappear.

But keep pounding the pigs.


Coyotes and your bigger hawks are about the only real predator the Jackrabbit has and a single coyote has a tough time catching a Jackrabbit.
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#6816353 - 07/08/17 01:31 PM Re: Why relentlessly kill jackrabbits? [Re: FiremanJG]
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I would pay to go on a jackrabbit hunt. There are plenty

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#6816364 - 07/08/17 01:46 PM Re: Why relentlessly kill jackrabbits? [Re: Brother in-law]
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I would pay to go on a jackrabbit hunt. There are plenty


They don't take long to rebound after a bad year, they reach maturity at 7 to 8 months and and can have two litters a year with as many as 8 but average around 3 to 4 young.
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#6816368 - 07/08/17 01:49 PM Re: Why relentlessly kill jackrabbits? [Re: FiremanJG]
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I live about halfway between Bastrop and Lockhart.
Years ago, we had lots of jackrabbits AND quail.
Very rarely see a jackrabbit and haven't seen a quail in over 10 years.
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