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The Rabbit Journal originally started out as a way to amuse family and friends. But it has started to attract other rabbit hunters and to you I say "Welcome". Feel free to comment, email and suggest. Just keep it clean

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The Rabbit Journal Tales

Back in my mispent youth

I actually enjoyed deer hunting. This was before the days of shooting houses, corn and such. It was the days where one actually hunted deer, mano e mano, not shoot them like they were cows in a feedlot.

So I thought I would recycle a tale from yesteryear

Surgeon General’s Warning
May be hazardous ….

Hover has risen from the grave

or maybe finally found somebody to throw his bail.

I tried to get hold of him several times last season, before finally telling Plunker that I thought he was either dead or in jail.
Nope, something about a girl wanting to kill a deer. The two things that ruin most rabbit hunters and he puts them together.

Hover was the one who gave me Samuel P Thumbsucker and Sister Sissy

We're headed into the second Saturday

of the 2014-2015 season and, once again, I'll be missing in action.

For those who don't know.
A few years ago, my physical father "2" moved in with the beautiful GF and myself as his memory and health declined. Since "2" had preformed the part of the father in the parable about the Prodigal Son to perfection ( I'll leave it to you to decide who had the prodigal son role), I knew what I was to do now.

His health has further declined. Last year, I could still take off for a few hours. This year, I'm pretty much a 24/7 caretaker. My sister, "MisDemeanor" is still working on her retirement and is of only limited help. The grandchildren with the exception of Jenn are useless on this matter.

Monday, he has to have some surgery for "nerve sheath" cancer. So between the cancer, copd and dementia,.......

Until I physically can't take care of him, a nursing home is not an option. He wouldn't last a month in one. Besides, if I can't take care of him, I couldn't rabbit hunt either

I can still get out occasionally, particularly later in the season when MisDemeanor and her husband are no longer trekking back and forth to their cabin in NC. And a road trip or two are not out of the question.
Hopefully, the "teats" and Charles and crew from last year will supply me with material until then.

I wish I could tell you

that he went back around and shut the gate, but I doubt even you would believe that.

I turned the Rabbit Journal pack out this morning to chase the pasture rabbit for a while.

They jumped him shortly after I opened the gates and the race was on......for a short while. I watched the rabbit come up out of the bottom and run along the ezgo's path toward the pig pen. Plunker and I raise a couple of pigs every year from piglets to 200+ pounders. Our latest group are currently in cardboard boxes residing in the chest freezer.
Plunker and I hadn't closed the gate on the pig pen. No need to. The rabbit hung a sharp right through the open gate, crossed the pen and wiggled out a square in the hog wire.
The pack followed a few minutes later, at least, as far as the fence.

After that it was to heck with the pasture rabbit, they went and ran Miz Jones swamp rabbit until mid afternoon

Rabbit Season 2014-2015

has started in Alabama.....if you can find a place that the deer hunters will let you on

My wireless mouse quit working

so I ordered a new "unifying" chip


Which came in this package


Which came as the sole occupant of

I had been threatening

my hens with the soup pot if didn't start producing more eggs. After all, I had already removed the gray ratsnake that had decided that eggs were easier than mice and rats. But there was more than one

It was almost 10 o'clock that evening

before I dug my underwear out of my butt cheeks so that I could take a bath
Such was the pucker factor.

timber rattler

It wouldn't have been so bad if I had seen him several feet instead of after my foot passed within a single foot of his head.
4'9" 6 rattles

No, he didn't rattle

I'm a small game hunter

I'm a small game hunter, specifically rabbits.

I made a decision not to attend the first meeting in Montgomery on 1 March 2014, nor any others. There was really no reason to. Everybody knows that the CAB (Alabama Conservation Advisory Board) will extend deer season into February for the southern half of Alabama and eventually to the entire state.

While I was still planning on attending, I thought long and hard about what I would say opposing the extension of deer season into February.
Then I realized that there nothing I could say that would make the slightest difference.
It would end most small game hunting in Alabama? You already know this and it will make no difference whatsoever to you.
You don't know the full impact on the deer herd? The only thing I have seen is a study to see where and when it would benefit tree sitters the most to move the season into February.
The preliminary study you provided raised all manner of possible problems including the detrimental impact on large bucks. These are problems that I have yet to have seen addressed beyond the desires of the deer hunters.

The letter presented to the Alabama Conservation Advisory Board meeting 12 March 2011, "Potential consequences of extending deer season into February" by Stephen S. Ditchkoff, School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences, Auburn University is here The letter says that an extension of deer season into February will have a negative impact on the deer herd in terms of quality. That alone should have ended the debate

“Impact on small game hunters” This is self obvious in that small game hunting would pretty much end in the state of Alabama. Most land is private and the small game hunters can't compete with the high prices that deer hunters are willing to pay.

Some say that the reason is that what the deer hunters want, they get from the CAB and Goat Hill.
And that is partially true.

Some on this board have ties to high wire operations, businesses connected to deer hunting and hunting plantations.

In a effort to be fair to the dog hunters, the proposal is to give back the days lost at the end of January. I used to hunt rabbits on some of these dog hunter's property. That gave me roughly 45 days to hunt rabbits each year. By giving back to the dog hunters, you eliminate those extra days.

Even the days that OutDoors Alabama is touting as closed in December to make up for the days extended into February, is a lie. As soon as it was announced, the decision was made to allow deer hunting with compound bows and inline black powder. None exactly primitive weapons. And not exactly closed.

Another example is baiting. Each year deer hunters put out tons of corn. It's sold in most stores in handy camouflaged bags. I've seen the Florida tags at a local feed and seed filling 55 gallon drums on trailers with their ATVs. But the only response from this board is not to crack down, but to legalize baiting. Some hunters I know tell me that they are glad that baiting with certain restrictions will be legalized, but they'll continue to hunt over corn.

Deer hunting is not about fair chase anymore. Being able to penetrate those keen eyes, nose, hearing and instinct. Instead it is about giving the hunter every advantage over their quarry; cameras, low light scopes, scent blockers, bait, technological advance weapons (cross bows, compound bows, inline black powder, shooting houses over green fields, ect). And coming soon “drones”. It is about killing horns the easiest way possible, like shooting a cow in a feed lot. But I don't really believe that this is about giving the deer hunters what they want. Although it is, partially.

Some would say that it is a matter of politics.
And I agree somewhat with that. I know that there are politicians on Goat Hill that would use their position and power to influence matters that should be beyond political influence for their own personal benefit. There is no doubt in my mind that some would attempt to influence where the line is drawn so that their or their families lease was included. My disdain for politicians knows no limits. But I don't really believe that this is about giving politicians what they want. Although it is, partially.

There is a old saying “follow the money”. And I suspect that drives the move into February more than any other since it is the deer hunters money that ultimately has the most influence.
When I'm forced out by the CAB and the deer hunters, My vet loses roughly a $1000 a year. The local gas stations lose the multi tanks of gas I burn each year hunting different areas in Alabama. The hunting supplies I consume each year, chaps, briar britches, boots, shirts, vests, ammunition, dog food, dog collars, pine shavings, hats, snacks, on and on will be lost to the state of Alabama and its merchants. If I decide to hunt in nearby Georgia, I'll make sure I buy from the area where I am appreciated as a small game hunter.

I read a quote by N. Gunter Guy Jr., Alabama's Commissioner of the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR)
“The thing is our deer season ends after everybody else’s, and we should take advantage of that to bring in money from out of state. I think we do some of that already, but we really need to let these deer hunters know that when their season ends, ours is open the whole month of January. And we have nice, liberal limits because we have a lot of deer.”

Our Alabama hunters need to think about what Commissioner Guy said, though most of them can't look past the thought that they can hunt in February and eventually get rid of the “sort of” shut down in December.
The last thing “we” (all Alabama hunters) need is a marketing tool for the state to bring in even more hunters from out of state to increase the revenue for the state and the landowners.
Remember that wildlife is the property of Alabamians, not the landowner, not the lease holder and not the State. The State is merely the custodian for the people
Ultimately, hunting will only be for the privileged and the connected. The move of deer hunting into February will speed up the process. Governor Governor Robert Bentley, his political appointees and this Board will share a large portion of the blame.

The Ridge Grove BBQ

will be the 15 of March
Directions to the Ridge Grove Volunteer Fire Department in Chambers County, Alabama. are here

It's pretty much a done deal

Deer season will be extended in Alabama for most of the area below Hwy 80 until 11 February.
And then they will gradually extend it throughout the state, eventually ending the 11 day shut down.
When they write the history of hunting in Alabama, let it be known that the following names dealt the final blows to small game hunting in Alabama, Governor Robert J. Bentley, his political appointee, N. Gunter Guy, Jr., Commissioner, Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Chairman of the Alabama Conservation Advisory Board Dan Moultrie of Moultrie deer Feeders.
Oh, they will tout the long small game season and the generous bag limits, but they mean nothing without opportunity.
They'll talk about how they didn't give the deer hunters more days, but when they did take away the corresponding days, they still allowed blackpowder and compound bows. I wonder if that was at the behest of the CAB members who have or their family has ties to deer shooting plantations?

Me? I'm moving my vet to Columbus, Georgia. I'll buy all my gear either online or in Georgia. I see no reason to support the people who are driving the small game hunters out.
And the odds are The Rabbit Journal and the East Alabama Rabbit Hunters & Souse Eaters Social Club are not long for this internet world

The Rabbit Journal

Picture Show 2013-2014 is up

High Cotton

Well, as it turns out, we were literally in high cotton, just not figuratively. At least in rabbits

High Cotton: To be wealthy.


The last hunt of rabbit season is always bitter sweet. It seems like the month of February speeds away with me hoping that it never ends and when the last day arrives, I'm so glad it's finally over. We just try to cram to much into the short window that the Alabama Conservation Board and the tree sitters allow us. And soon it will probably be even shorter. But that will be another post.

Road Warrior

The “road”, the “firebreak”, the “logging trail” is where most rabbit hunters send kids, greenies, and old people to keep them out of the way.
About the time I turned 60, I noticed that I had graduated to the Mr. “first name” stage. This happens when people are familiar with you, but want to show some respect for your advancing age.

Rain rain go away

The rabbit hunt we had scheduled at the bird hunters in Richland started in a slow and steady rain that lasted most of the morning.
Eric tried to change it from Wednesday to Thursday. I countered with Friday. Thursday was out for me since I was, unbeknownst to me, to be a Road Warrior
Eric had more mundane problems such as work.
I made sure I loaded a complete change of clothes in the truck to join my regular “fall in the creek” bag and the wet weather bag I carry for the fishing boat, the 2+3 I keep in Apalachicola
Chuck “I'm warm blooded. Cold doesn't effect me like others” Plunker was a tad late this morning and I had to wait a few minutes on him. I asked him if he had everything when he finally came to the truck. “Why yes, I've got a extra shirt to change into when this one gets wet”
No jacket, no change of pants, just a long sleeve shirt to wear under his vest. It was then he made the fateful announcement of “I'm warm blooded. Cold doesn't effect me like others”.
These words would come back to bite him later in the day though he remarked when I brought the subject up that he was so numb from the cold that it could chew on him all day and he wouldn't feel it.

After the morning hunt, Plunker rummaged through the back of the truck looking for something warm to put on. Plunker is a lot larger than I but he told me he didn't care whether it fit or not, a knife would take care of that.

The morning hunt was productive if wet. Eric the bird hunter killed the first two rabbits. Eric's friend, Michael told me later that he had a lot of fun despite not killing a rabbit though he did have a shot. And “Those things aren't hard to kill, but they are easy to miss.”
True words, those. I should know

Final score
Eric 3


Brag 2


Sorry about the lack of pictures. To help me remember to take the camera, I looped it's carry handle through my coffee thermos and in the process of filling the thermos with hot water prior to the coffee, I dropped the brand spanking new camera into the sink full of water.