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what months are wild rabbits edible?

 
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i know when it is warm you shouldn't eat wild rabbits..but that you can kill and eat them in winter..but i'm not sure when that winter officiall begins and ends for the rabbit population?
 
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According to Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Cottontail Rabbit and Snowshoe Hare season is Sept. 15 - Mar. 31. I don't know if those are the wild rabbits you're asking about, but that's what I could find out (https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10363-312005--,00.html). I hope that helps!
 
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In the UK Jan , Feb, March ,April , May , June , July ,Aug , Sept , Oct , Nov and Dec ask any land owner

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We just used first snowfall and when the lilacs bloomed as our window.
 
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Why would they not be edible?? I've eaten rabbits here in the uk year round.
 
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We say if the month has an 'R', then it is rabbit eatin month. So September through April.

Reason is potential parasite contamination during the warm months.

That's what our old timers say around here in the Rocky Mountains.
 
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Nicole Alderman wrote:According to Michigan Department of Natural Resources, the Cottontail Rabbit and Snowshoe Hare season is Sept. 15 - Mar. 31. I don't know if those are the wild rabbits you're asking about, but that's what I could find out (https://www.michigan.gov/dnr/0,4570,7-153-10363-312005--,00.html). I hope that helps!



Yep, you've got till the end of the month. around my place, I haven't been seeing them lately. Seems like the hawks are getting them all (I see a little fur on the snow sometimes).

Also, i learned this year that you can take any number of small game with a rimfire (.22) rifle on your own land, with no license.

Small game are rabbits, squirrel, thirteen-lined ground squirrel (that's my favorite, just for the name), crow, and a couple other.

If you're hunting them elsewhere, you need the small game license which, at least a couple years ago, was $15.
 
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Michael Cox wrote:Why would they not be edible?? I've eaten rabbits here in the uk year round.



Here, they carry Tularemia, but I can't seem to find the connection between transmission of the disease and cold vs. hot weather.


http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tularemia :
"Tularemia (or tularaemia; also known as Pahvant Valley plague,[1] rabbit fever,[1] deer fly fever, and Ohara's fever[2]) is a serious infectious disease caused by the bacterium Francisella tularensis.[3] A gram-negative, nonmotile coccobacillus, the bacterium has several subspecies with varying degrees of virulence. The most important of those is F. tularensis tularensis (Type A), which is found in lagomorphs (rabbits, hares and pikas) in North America, and it is highly virulent in humans and domestic rabbits."
 
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Why don't domestic rabbits get it? Could pastured rabbits get it?
 
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Thanks for the welcome back..I've been around but my computer was crap..Now my son bought me a cell signal booster so I can get 4 bars on my phone in my house rather than 0 to 1..and my phone is my modem for my computer.

I love being able to use my computer more again..but alas still way busy ..i want to get some updates on my blog soon as well

Yes it is a disease problem,and I THOUGHT it was months with R's but I wasn't sure..we have some HUGE rabbits here ! (cottontails)
 
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even the early fall dates have some risk.  Looking for a greenish tint to the bone marrow and enlarged organs.  Find either and that carcass is trash and cleanup and care must be taken with all others.  I am aware of one rabbit hunter who died of it in the 70's and several people with extended hospital visits.  They guy who died broke a rabbit bone and somehow punctured his hand with it.  Cleaned the wound up but didn't seek medical attention for it.  By the next day he was septic from Tularemia and went to the hospital.  He didn't last till afternoon.

And to answer another question yes domestic rabbits can get it.  
 
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Whenever they get in the garden.  Although in some parts of the world, there may be disease or parasites that make it undesirable to eat wild rabbits at some times of year.

What they used to do in the Great Depression, was to catch any rabbit that came in the garden, then keep it in a cage for a few months to fatten it up, use the poop, and make certain it was healthy enough to eat.  



Traditionally, hunting rabbits, ducks, and other small animals that like seeds/grain is any month with an 'R' in it.  Grain-fed tastes better and the cooler weather makes it easier to process the meat.  
 
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I've actually watched a rabbit die from tularemia. I was a kid - maybe 9, and at first, didn't understand that's what was happening. My little sister and I watched from inside, as the rabbit ran in giant circles, faster and faster, and ever tightening circumference. We thought the rabbit was just playing - it was spring, after all, and we thought he might be "twitterpated", so we were laughing... When the circles got so small that he was basically spinning, it finally hit me that the poor thing was really in trouble, and it collapsed in a puddle, rapidly panting, and then it just died. The whole thing took all of about 5 minutes, and my sister and I went from giggling, to understanding, to bawling our eyes out, at the cruelty of it all. I don't remember what my step dad did with it, but that scene occasionally pops into my head, and always leaves a lump in my throat.
 
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I've heard you look for spots on the liver.
From a guy who raises Rabbits.
 
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