While hunting rabbits without dogs is possible, it’s always a lot easier to have a good beagle or a few beagles with you to do most of the work. However, just having some dogs isn’t enough. You need to also learn how to make the most of having those dogs at your disposal. Here are some tips to help.
Give Your Beagles Time to Go to Work
Too many rabbit hunters rush. Even if it doesn’t seem like you are rushing, make a point of slowing down. Your dog or dogs are usually going to work at a pace that’s more or less set by you. If you’re moving fast, they will too. This means you can go right past a rabbit without kicking it up or spotting it.
By slowing down and letting your dogs take their time, they’ll be able to flush the rabbits properly and avoid overlooking anything. This means you can stand back and look for the fruits of their labor.
Learn Your Dog’s Characteristics
Every dog is different. I don’t have any dogs myself, but I’ve hunted with several other hunters who have them, and one thing I’ve noticed is that there’s no two beagles alike. Some dogs are good jump dogs, some are better chase dogs. Take some time to learn what the dogs you’re hunting with are good at.
If you know their strengths, you can keep that in mind as you encounter new terrain. This will also help you adjust your pace as needed. Some dogs work best when they’re moving a little faster. This still doesn’t mean you should rush, but it means you can pick up your pace just a little bit.
Let the Rabbit Circle
As many of us know, when a rabbit runs it usually makes a big circle. This means it’ll come back to the area where it was originally flushed.
This means if a rabbit flushes and you can’t get a shot, sometimes you can just wait and let your beagles do the work of bringing the rabbit back around. Just wait a bit and keep your eyes peeled. More often than not, you dogs will bring the rabbit back around.
Do you have any additional tips or tricks you think should be added to this list? Leave a comment below!