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#6964942 - 11/18/17 01:35 PM Looking for jackrabbits
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Light Foot

Registered: 11/18/17
Posts: 14
Loc: GA.
Hi guys. New member here, and first post. I'm a falconer from Georgia, and I'm thinking about making a trip to Texas to chase jackrabbits with my hawks. I haven't been to Texas since 2008. I was hoping some of you could tell me what the jack population is like this year in different areas of the state. Any help would be greatly appreciated. If I make the trip, it will likely be in about 3 weeks, and I will stay a week or so. I hunted around Amarillo last time, and numbers were fair. I'm looking for an area with good numbers, and gracious land owners. I'm very respectful of people's property, and always willing to have people join us on the hunt. Can anyone recommend an area of the state with plenty of jacks?
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#6964953 - 11/18/17 01:54 PM Re: Looking for jackrabbits [Re: Cuda67bnl]
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I was just out in SE New Mexico this week. There were plenty all over the place on public land around Hobbs. If you’re set on Texas I’d go around ODESSA, Crane, Andrews, or Seminole. If you can find someone that will let you hunt.

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#6965029 - 11/18/17 03:21 PM Re: Looking for jackrabbits [Re: Cuda67bnl]
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Light Foot

Registered: 11/18/17
Posts: 14
Loc: GA.
I'm not set on anywhere particular just yet. Last 2 times I went west for jacks I hunted Kansas. Location isn't as important to me as population numbers. I'm looking for big numbers, to increase the odds of catching with the hawks. I've never been to New Mexico, but planned to look into it as I know there's a good amount of public land. I've been told recently that Odessa and Midland had good numbers right now. Gracious landowners are always the key. Often times, the fact that we're using Hawks instead of guns, helps get permission as there's no worries of errant bullets. Thanks for the tip on Hobbs. Can you elaborate on "plenty"?
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#6967812 - 11/21/17 08:32 AM Re: Looking for jackrabbits [Re: Cuda67bnl]
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Registered: 12/07/16
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Loc: Wyoming
Up here they yeard up in winter. Pretty interesting to see hundreds in a given area at one time.

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#6967926 - 11/21/17 09:49 AM Re: Looking for jackrabbits [Re: Wytex]
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I could let you tag along with me down here in Crane where I hunt dove! I wouldn't hunt but would love to watch someone work a falcon! Numbers seem to be good and lots of cotton tails and jacks when it got late waiting on dove. Maybe be able to make some calls in area and find something out of sand country that would let you do some birding.
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#6967935 - 11/21/17 09:55 AM Re: Looking for jackrabbits [Re: Cuda67bnl]
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Registered: 09/22/11
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Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
I would like to see the bird that could take down a jackrabbit! The blacktips we got here are giant you must have a large hawk!
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#6968189 - 11/21/17 12:55 PM Re: Looking for jackrabbits [Re: Cuda67bnl]
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I'm not sure what constitutes good numbers, but I see jack rabbits every time I'm working at my farm. If you decide to come around Wichita Falls I would be happy to let your falcon hunt them.

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#6968772 - 11/21/17 07:55 PM Re: Looking for jackrabbits [Re: Navasot]
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Light Foot

Registered: 11/18/17
Posts: 14
Loc: GA.
Originally Posted By: Navasot
I would like to see the bird that could take down a jackrabbit! The blacktips we got here are giant you must have a large hawk!

I'm flying a female Redtail Hawk, and I have a cast of 3 female Harris' Hawks. All will take jacks. Even a male Harris can take them. I'll see if I can find some videos on YouTube that show what we do.
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#6968783 - 11/21/17 08:02 PM Re: Looking for jackrabbits [Re: JTS]
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Light Foot

Registered: 11/18/17
Posts: 14
Loc: GA.
Originally Posted By: JTS
I'm not sure what constitutes good numbers, but I see jack rabbits every time I'm working at my farm. If you decide to come around Wichita Falls I would be happy to let your falcon hunt them.


Well, everybody has different ideas on what constitutes good numbers. Really good numbers would be walking a quarter section and jumping one every fifty yards or less. That's how it was in Amarillo in '08. Crazy numbers then. Walking around and flushing one every 5 minutes would be really good numbers. One flush an hour or less would be not so great. If we come to Texas, I'd love to take you up on your offer.
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#6968785 - 11/21/17 08:04 PM Re: Looking for jackrabbits [Re: RLoving1]
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Light Foot

Registered: 11/18/17
Posts: 14
Loc: GA.
Originally Posted By: RLoving1
I could let you tag along with me down here in Crane where I hunt dove! I wouldn't hunt but would love to watch someone work a falcon! Numbers seem to be good and lots of cotton tails and jacks when it got late waiting on dove. Maybe be able to make some calls in area and find something out of sand country that would let you do some birding.

Thanks for the offer!
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#6968793 - 11/21/17 08:08 PM Re: Looking for jackrabbits [Re: Wytex]
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Light Foot

Registered: 11/18/17
Posts: 14
Loc: GA.
Originally Posted By: Wytex
Up here they yeard up in winter. Pretty interesting to see hundreds in a given area at one time.

Are you in Wyoming? Lots of whitetailed jacks up there mostly, correct? We stopped in Lubbock, Tx in '08 and hunted a spot where the black tails were herded up. You could see tons of them in the distance, and it looked like the ground was moving. It was nuts. They were unhuntable with the birds though in that particular spot, as they would flush when you were 150 yards away.......
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#6968945 - 11/21/17 09:31 PM Re: Looking for jackrabbits [Re: Cuda67bnl]
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Light Foot

Registered: 11/18/17
Posts: 14
Loc: GA.
Here's a couple videos of a female Harris Hawk chasing jacks. This is not me, but it'll give you an idea of what we do.......
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=C2kSTEOuKs8
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Rhi1UkJGnuY
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#6969732 - 11/22/17 03:44 PM Re: Looking for jackrabbits [Re: Cuda67bnl]
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Loc: Normangee/Navasota TX
Thats awesome always wanted to do it but I wouldnt have the time to put into it.
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#6970054 - 11/22/17 08:50 PM Re: Looking for jackrabbits [Re: Cuda67bnl]
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Registered: 06/27/12
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Loc: San Angelo,TX
I've got more rabbits than I've ever seen. PM me
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#6970129 - 11/22/17 10:04 PM Re: Looking for jackrabbits [Re: Cuda67bnl]
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Light Foot

Registered: 11/18/17
Posts: 14
Loc: GA.
Here's another video some of you may enjoy. Nothing but goshawks and golden eagles in this one, but it's all action shots. Gives ya an idea of what great flights look like.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?feature=youtu.be&v=D3dsjnNcn5g
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