Be vewy vewy quiet. I'm hunting wabbits.

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    We have a few of the furry little menaces on the property, and will be getting some traps to catch them.

    The question is, what do we do once we have caught them? Obviously they need to be humanely dispatched, but what should we do with the carcases? Father-in-law says eat them, but I'm wondering if there isn't some danger involved in eating wild rabbits.
     
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    Re: Be vewy vewy quiet. I'm hunting wabbits.

    I would be eating them if I was you.
    I am not sure if It is ok to tell you how to humanely dispatch of them on here. I am only new to the forums.
    Eating wild rabbits is quiet ok and I try to eat most of the things I harvest.
    There are a lot of great recipes out there for rabbit.
    I would love to come up and cull them for you but i live to far away. :)
     
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    Re: Be vewy vewy quiet. I'm hunting wabbits.

    I've only ever eaten farmed rabbits, but from those i've given farmed rabbit to, i've been told its a nicer leaner meat than wild rabbit.

    Wild rabbit can be used for... Eating, Fish Bait, Dog Food, Pelts / Fur
     
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    Re: Be vewy vewy quiet. I'm hunting wabbits.

    G'day Mungbeans

    By trapping, I presume you mean a humane type, as opposed to what we used as kids, the old steel jaw variety?

    Skin them (beautiful pelts) and eat them! Or in the least, use them as slow release nutrient stores (bury a carcass each under fruit trees, etc.)

    If choosing the former, yes, ensure that they are 'clean' from calicivirus, traces of 1080, etc.

    A few links on rabbits (feral and farmed):

    https://www.environment.nsw.gov.au/resou ... abbits.pdf

    https://www.rabbitscan.net.au/joomla/index.php

    https://www.dpi.nsw.gov.au/agriculture/livestock/rabbits

    https://www.environment.gov.au/biodivers ... rabbit.pdf

    https://www.rabbit-control-forum.net/

    and on it goes...

    Good luck with that.

    Cheerio, Marko.
     
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    Re: Be vewy vewy quiet. I'm hunting wabbits.

    Humanely, naturally. I couldn't be cruel, even to a wascally wabbit!

    I like the look of this trap https://www.rabbittrap.co.uk/2.html, but haven't seen anything in Oz like it. Then again it probably wouldn't be hard to rig one up.
     
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    Re: Be vewy vewy quiet. I'm hunting wabbits.

    It might be a good idea to keep the animal alive in a hatch for a week to make sure it is healthy before dispatch.
     
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    Re: Be vewy vewy quiet. I'm hunting wabbits.

    Calici strikes quickly... Rabbits are usually dead within 24 hous of infecion. 1080 has a similar death pattern, i hear.

    A rabbit (even a wild rabbit) could be immune to calicivirus but still carry the infection. If you have pet or farmed rabbits, its a good idea to keep them away from any wild rabbits where possible. Burying any waste etc, as Mark said, is not only practical but wise also to prevent the spread of any disease.
     
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    Re: Be vewy vewy quiet. I'm hunting wabbits.

    I've eaten one wild rabbit. Was too rich for me. Even the couple of farmed rabbits I've eaten were very very rich. I found I could only eat about a quarter of the animal before my body told me I didn't need any more.

    But, if I were living in a place where there were rabbits I'd be all up for making a meal of them before raising cows. I reckon rabbits are better for Australian soils than Cows. That's in place of our native burrowing animals of course. Which would be more preferable again.

    I remember my Jack Russel used to love Rabbit. Couldn't go near him once he had it in his teeth.

    That idea of hanging a carcass over a dam to breed maggots which then fall into the water to feed fish might be a good one. Smelly, but good.
     
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    Re: Be vewy vewy quiet. I'm hunting wabbits.

    "It could be that the Purpose of Your Life Is
    only to serve as a warning to others
    "
    A favorite quote from https://despair.com/

    So, I was born and breed, bought up on a diet wild rabbit.
    Catching them live saved on refrigeration and trips to the bush.
    So too, were the "Rabbitoes" Rugby league Team.

    Enough of a warning? :)

    [​IMG]
    https://despair.com/mis24x30prin.html
     
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    Re: Be vewy vewy quiet. I'm hunting wabbits.

    That was very poetic Michael... I didn't understand a word of it, but very poetic :mrgreen:
     
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    Re: Be vewy vewy quiet. I'm hunting wabbits.

    It was beautiful eric

    Why not make road kill tea as a soil improver - I just got two barrels of carp from a local eradication comp to make fish emulsion and know others who use any road kill the same way. It will need a big back yard and air

    regards
     
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    Re: Be vewy vewy quiet. I'm hunting wabbits.

    If you knew me, or followed the Sydney RL team "The Rabbitoes" it may(?) make more sense :)

    The call "rabbitoo' rabittooo" was called by Sydney street vendors of rabbit; especially in built up poor areas- like Balmain and especially during the depression.

    Rabbit is a delicous meat. Even my mother could make a good Rabbit stew.
    The best I ever had was a raggot at a French Restuarant (We need more French boat people!):)
    It is a pity it is so bloody expensive now!

    When I was a kid my Dad and I trapped rabbits with nets and a ferret.
    Dad then keept them in a big cage. ( Not a lot of refrigeration in the wild, untamed bush in Sylvania)
    I never did make the connection with dinner, and the fewer and fewer, rabbits in the cage.
    I was a very dumb kid.
     
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    PP!
    I have been trying to con. local fishermen and fish co-ops to give me fish scraps for years-- very unsucessfully

    How did you score that treasure!
     
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    Re: Be vewy vewy quiet. I'm hunting wabbits.

    Its got me a bit mystified as well.
     
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    Re: Be vewy vewy quiet. I'm hunting wabbits.

    A member of our local BD group is on the committee that organizes the eradication competition each year so we supply the drums and pick them up as they get filled. Not sure how many drums were filled but there were at least eight.
    They doooo smell but I have heard that adding Calamine stops this - I wonder why?
     
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    Re: Be vewy vewy quiet. I'm hunting wabbits.

    There are two local guys here who come down to the creek to fish, of course mostly they catch carp. Since you can't put them back the guys just chuck them on the bank. My wife likes to go collect them and simmer them in the sun for a while where a multitude of maggots transform the flesh like Replicators (Stargate). The chooks think all their Christmases have come at once. I like the idea of making our own fish emulsion though - any hints on recipes?
     
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    Re: Be vewy vewy quiet. I'm hunting wabbits.


    First good laugh of the day!

    Yes, a cage sounds the way to go. I'll have to look up some raggot recipes. I'm a pretty good cook. I imagine my father-in-law would probably make the three hour trip for that reason alone!
     
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    Re: Be vewy vewy quiet. I'm hunting wabbits.

    First good laugh of the day!

    Yes, a cage sounds the way to go. I'll have to look up some raggot recipes. I'm a pretty good cook. I imagine my father-in-law would probably make the three hour trip for that reason alone![/quote]
    https://www.rabbithuntingonline.com/recipes/ Try this place. there are lots of yummy looking recipes
     
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    Re: Be vewy vewy quiet. I'm hunting wabbits.

    Wow so many recipes thanks
    Now I'm VERY hungry
    I can't afford rabbit
    How much is a shot gun? (for the rabbits, I don't spend all my time at despair.com)

    My one attempt at shooting a rabbit was with a 22.
    i scared shit out of a rabbit and me. Also damaged a rock.
    I am now a pacifist. . .ban Guns,. . . live in harmony, . . .Buddhism rules!
    (Although I wouldn't mind having a play wit a Oooozzzi machine gun as you can in Vietnamese shooting galleries -O the rush of power. I am getting quite sweaty thinking about it now).
     
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    Re: Be vewy vewy quiet. I'm hunting wabbits.

    My father has a 22 but we don't want it around the house as I have two very inquisitive children who would more likely than not place themselves in harm's way. So we have to rely on traps. We will have to purchase two in the next couple of weeks.
     

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