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Jack rabbits wanted #8106052 12/28/20 11:36 PM
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I am looking for a place to fly my hawks on Jack rabbits I have 2 Harris hawks that I am currently training and I want to be able to produce lots of slips for them. I remember being in Texas in seeing loads of Jack rabbits I just don't remember exactly what part I was in any help would be much appreciated. The pics are of my red tail hawk catching squirrels. I live in va so scouting is tough.

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Very cool, wish I could help.
In Wyoming they yard up in winter and you cab find hundreds in small areas. Almost like a horror movie, lol.
Beautiful birds to watch hunt.

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I had a chance to hunt with a Harris hawk a few years ago. Really neat to watch them work.

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Re: Jack rabbits wanted [Re: dirthawker] #8106199 12/29/20 01:37 AM
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Here in north Texas it’s kinda odd

I remember 30 years ago seeing them plentiful

Now, there’s areas where there’s a handful and others(where I live) I can count on 1 hand how many I’ve seen in 5 years.

May need to look out west

Re: Jack rabbits wanted [Re: dirthawker] #8106304 12/29/20 02:59 AM
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Good luck sir

Re: Jack rabbits wanted [Re: dirthawker] #8106309 12/29/20 03:02 AM
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We had a lot back in the early 90’s, they’ve all disappeared slowly since then. Good luck in your search, that would be a blast to watch..

Re: Jack rabbits wanted [Re: dirthawker] #8106367 12/29/20 03:46 AM
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We have tons of jack rabbits down here I'm the Rio grande valley if you willing to travel.


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Good luck finding some. This article and update might tell you where to looks in the state. AZ and NM are suffering also.

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Wild rabbit die-offs are also being reported in western Texas, according to the U.S. Geological Survey's National Wildlife Health Center. The Texas Parks and Wildlife Department has submitted samples to determine the cause of death, according to a Texas Animal Health Commission spokesperson.

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Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease Confirmed in Texas, Die-Offs Reported


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Re: Jack rabbits wanted [Re: dirthawker] #8106626 12/29/20 02:44 PM
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Try western Kansas. It is covered up with them. I would bet landowners out there would let you hunt them with your hawk. Try contacting the game wardens around Sublet, Liberal and Garden City.

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I got from 3 to 5 that come into my rye grass and eat right at dusk dark . Growing up they were everywhere

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Same is true in Nebraska. Growing up plentiful. Now only small pockets of them.

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Thanks

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I'd invite you to West TX but I don't think I'll be able to get out before quail season's up and I can't imagine you convincing your hawk it could hunt the rabbits but not the quail.

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Also, you might look into getting an APH permit. There are several WMAs that allow falconry for birds and rabbits. https://tpwd.texas.gov/publications/pwdpubs/media/pwd_bk_w7000_0112a.pdf

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The Panhandle has lots of jackrabbits.

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I had a female Red Tailed hawk that would catch squirrels, rabbits and possums.


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We have jacks that roam the pastures in cross timbers. Usually see 5 or so every time I'm out. It's not like it used to be though

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Old thread but we have jacks/cottontails in bunches near dickens. A couple Govt trappers that flew with my Gdad each had a pair back in the 90s brought em a few times. They are impressive.


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Originally Posted by Wytex
Very cool, wish I could help.
In Wyoming they yard up in winter and you cab find hundreds in small areas. Almost like a horror movie, lol.
Beautiful birds to watch hunt.



I was lucky enough to be able to mule deer hunt in Wyoming a few years back, and one year there were indeed tons of rabbits. I couldn’t understand how they were surviving out there but it was almost a biblical plague.

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