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Everything a rabbit hunter needs to know about the sport of hunting cottontails, including the training of and caring for the beagles who hunt them. Written by Master Cottontail Hunter, Dave Fisher, this informative book provides all the strategies from his time-tested methods and strategies for successful shot. Includes over 80 black-and-white photographs and 6 illustrations.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing; 1 edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1620870932
  • ISBN-13: 978-1620870938
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 6.1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,019,235 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As an avid rabbit hunter for my whole life, I was excited to get this book. It disappointed me in almost every way. First, the book is ONLY about hunting rabbits with dogs. In fact, it's mostly just about the dogs-less than half the book even covers rabbit hunting. I haven't hunted with dogs since high school and suspect that the majority of rabbit hunters do not hunt with dogs. The book has almost nothing for us, other than some amusing stories. I was amused by, and did enjoy, the book's stories, but there was nothing else I got from it.

The only chapter that I found of any practical or informative value was "Why they circle and why they hole up" which was only a few pages. If the book contained anything remotely resembling a "secret" it was in this chapter. There was almost no information about rabbit natural history, behavior, food preferences, habitat, hunting tactics--in short, none of the stuff that I thought might qualify as a "secret."

Rather than buy the book, I'll just sum it up here for you: "I shot a ton of rabbits. It was fun. Man, I love them dogs."
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This is a good read. It is more of an account of a number of different rabbit hunting trips than a training or informational guide. Easy - light reading.

WARNING: This is the hardcover version of "Rabbit Hunting - Secrets of A Master Cottontail Hunter". The way they are advertised on Amazon is a bit misleading. They are one in the same. You don't need both.
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This book covers the basics of hunting cottontail, including some very useful information that I found nowhere else about field dressing the rabbit. It describes rabbit habits and habitats, and is full of entertaining hunt stories. My main complaint about the book is the amount of space it gives to discussing hunting with beagles. 6 of the 22 chapters are exclusively about beagles: selecting, training, breeding and caring for beagles. Those who do not hunt with dogs will not find much use for all this information. Also, it would have been very helpful if the author had included in the book a listing of cottontail hunting availability state-by-state [...] But in general, this is a great book and I recommend it.
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I enjoyed the book and read it very quickly. It is a nice introduction to beagling. Some of the rabbit hunting stories get a little repetitive (dog jumps rabbit, dog chases rabbit, they kill rabbit). All in in all a great buy for someone who is interesting in beagles. As has been said by others, this is not a book on rabbit hunting without a dog.
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This book is about hunting rabbits and hares with beagles. It is mostly about beagling and does have good information about the working beagle. The auther, Dave Fisher, is an 'old school', but real world rabbit hunter. His information comes from his experience and he is a product of his times as some training techniques and in-line breeding may be considered outdated. The book contains a couple chapters with warm beagle stories, a couple chapters of hunting stories, and most of the others are about cottontails and beagles and their management. I found the chapter on kennels interesting, especially the Off-The-Ground Kennel designs mentioned.

It should be noted that despite the title, Rabbit Hunting, it is about rabbit hunting with beagles. If a reader is interested in rabbit hunting by means other than beagles, it would be best to look elsewhere. However, if the reader seeks a book on hunting beagles, this is ideal as there are few other works on the subject and the advice is practical. It would be a good addition to the bookshelf of anyone interested in hunting or sporting dogs.
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This is a most excellent resource, and it's apparent early on that Dave Fisher is passionate about rabbit hunting and is exceptionally good at it, but it was also equally apparent to me that this book is primarily aimed at hunters who use dogs, which I don't. While most of the book is devoted to how to use dogs (as opposed to basic techniques to out wit those waskly wabbits), I still found the book useful and informative.
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The title is very misleading. The author doe en excellent job of illustrating cottontail hunting with Dogs (beagles). I was looking for a rabbit hunting guide sans all the Beagle talk or at least a minimum of it.

If you have dogs accompanying you hunting, get this otherwise it has probably 10 pages of material on hunting solo without dogs.

Not what I was looking for. Title should be 'Rabbit Hunting with Beagles...'
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This is a great book by Dave Fisher for rabbit hunters who are also beagle owners.
Mr. Fisher's other book, 'Guide to Rabbit Hunting: Secrets of a Master Cottontail Hunter', is the same book but with a different cover and some of the chapters are rearranged. It might be deceiving for some folks; buyers might want be told beforehand by the author and/or publisher if this is a reprint of a previous volume.
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