A lot of hunters can overlook the fun that can be had bunny busting, instead opting instead for the excitement of chasing down a pig with dogs and sticking it or the thrill of finding a big stag and taking home a trophy.
I too enjoy pig and deer hunting, but I still find a day of bunny busting enjoyable. Perhaps it is the stress-free approach of not worrying about spooking the big game and coming home empty handed. Or it could be that to hunt the big game it often requires long travel and many days away from home hunting where an afternoon bunny busting can be had within a half hour drive from home.
Bunny busting offers new or young hunters a chance to hone their hunting skills, from being quite and stalking to looking for sign and finding a suitable shooting position. However, bunnies are much more forgiving than large game and if spooked will often come back out within the hour.
For the seasoned hunter bunny busting gives you a chance to practice the basics and get set for the bigger hunts ahead of you without having to go to a range and deal with some brass goblin coming out and snatching your shell before it hits the ground.
Either way whether a new hunter or veteran rabbit hunting has something to offer and should not be overlooked.
One of the side benefits of bunny busting is a tasty feed of rabbit stew or your other favorite rabbit dish. Below is a recipe for slow cooked rabbit you may want to try after your next successful rabbit hunt.
Slow cooked rabbit
1 TSP lemon pepper
1 TSP garlic powder
1 TSP onion flakes
1 TSP Italian herbs
1 TSP parsley flakes
1/2 cup flour
2 cups chicken stock
Rind of 1 orange
2 tablespoons chilli oil
Cut rabbit into chunks, mix spices into flour.
Then put rabbit pieces into flour and toss.
Heat Chilli oil in pan and add rabbit pieces, cook until brown. Put chicken stock into slow cooker add orange rind then add rabbit pieces and cook for around 1 hour to 1 1/2 hours.
Can use the same recipe for hares.