Before or after deer season, hunting rabbits can be a great way to hone your skills and still bring home some meat for dinner that doesn’t come from the supermarket. Hunting rabbits is a lot of fun, too.
While you can hunt rabbits solo, I always prefer to hunt in a group. Going after rabbits with a group of fellow hunters is more fun and easier than hunting alone, especially if you have dogs with you. Even if you’re without dogs, you can still have a heck of a good time and bag some quality meat.
With that said, hunting rabbits with other hunters comes with its own challenges. Here are some tips to help you with your group rabbit hunt.
1. Discuss an Approach
This means you need to choose your hunting spot wisely. Talk to other hunters in your group or the people who own the land you want to hunt to make sure there are plenty of rabbits out there.
Once you have a good place picked, make sure you discuss with everyone in your hunting party what the plan is for hunting the area. you want everyone on the same page and using the same techniques and tactics. Talk with everyone in your group and decide how you’re going to tackle a piece of land and where everyone should be.
2. Call Your Shots
As you kick up rabbits, it’s important to call you shot. This kind of communication will help ensure two hunters don’t shoot at the same rabbit. While it’s not the end of the world if that happens, at the very least you’ll tear apart the animal unnecessarily.
Two hunters shooting at the same target can be unsafe as well, depending on the placement of the hunters. Instead of everyone going after the same animal, communicate with the people in your party and let the person take the shot who has the best chance of getting the kill.
You should actually call out “mine” or “my shot” or conversely “yours” or “your shot,” or just say the person’s name. This will make it clear who should take the shot on the animal.
3. Use Dogs If Possible
Dogs make everything better. A good rabbit hunting dog will keep you and your hunting party from having to do a lot of the work of finding rabbits and getting the rabbit to leave cover so you can take a shot.
You certainly don’t have to have hunting dogs to go rabbit hunting, but once you’ve hunted with them, you won’t want to go back to hunting without them.
4. Keep the Group Together
Hunting rabbit in a group means actually sticking together. Don’t let a member of your hunting party get too far ahead or fall too far behind. While hunter safety courses often advocate 25 to 40 yards of distance between hunters, depending on the land and the number of members in your party this may be too much.
I’d say 25 yards is close to the maximum I’d want the members of my hunting party to be apart. Rabbits are small critters, and if you spread out too far, you could miss one if it stands still and lets you pass in heavy cover. Most will spook well before that, but I’ve almost stepped on rabbits before they bolted.
If you have dogs, this will be less of an issue, but if it’s just you and your buddies, consider sticking closer to 20 yards apart, especially when there’s plenty of brush for rabbits to hide in.
5. Wear Plenty of Blaze Orange
Speaking of heavy brush, many times there will be plenty of natural cover. Rabbits love brush piles, thickets, and other thick vegetation to hide in. This can make it hard to see all the members of your party, especially if you’re beyond 25 yards.
Make sure to wear plenty of blaze orange clothing when hunting rabbits in a group. You’re bound to be in thick brush, and keeping an eye on everyone’s position can get tough. Blaze orange clothing is a must, and not just a small cap. I’d recommend a blaze orange vest or jacket and a hat at the least.
Do you have any tips or tricks for hunting rabbits in a group? If so, leave a comment below.