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  1. Hills Hoard

    Hills Hoard Minister of Fire

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    Spotted a rabbit in my back yard today for the first time in 2.5 years of living in our new house. Went to chase it away to see where it came from because we have got quite good fencing all around that section of property and the little bastard ran straight under my wood stack! Spotted him again later and same deal...ran under my wood stack.....not happy because i dont want a system of holes and burrows in my yard.....any tips on getting rid of them? I have a dog too so im not sure about poisoning them...

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  2. Michael Golden

    Michael Golden Burning Hunk

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    Your rabbits dig holes? We must be talking about different animals here.....lol
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  3. geoff1969

    geoff1969 Member

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    you could try traping it with a possum trap ...
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  4. Hills Hoard

    Hills Hoard Minister of Fire

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    rabbits here dig massive networks of tunnels............thought it was a global rabbit habit!!!
  5. NH_Wood

    NH_Wood Minister of Fire

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    Shoot it if you can. The fewer rabbits down under the better. Cheers!
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  6. Hills Hoard

    Hills Hoard Minister of Fire

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    this is what they do

    burrows.jpg
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  7. Hills Hoard

    Hills Hoard Minister of Fire

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    i dont have a gun license and i dont have enough property to shoot guns....i could get away with an air riffle or a sling shot...
  8. Beer Belly

    Beer Belly Minister of Fire

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    HOLY CRAP !!!!!!!....shoot it, stomp it....hit it with a freakin' shovel....that thing has got to go !!
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  9. paul bunion

    paul bunion Minister of Fire

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    Rabbits are non-native pests there as I recall?
  10. Wood Duck

    Wood Duck Minister of Fire

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    In Australia they have introduced European rabbits, which dig holes and tunnels. In the US our rabbits don't dig at all. You Aussies should have introduced American rabbits, not English rabbits, or better yet, no rabbits at all. I think rabbits have been a major ecological disaster in Australia.

    American rabbits chew the bark of saplings in the winter and have killed a lot of the evergreen trees I have planted. They are a pain, but they're native here and not a big problem compared to the rabbits in Australia.
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  11. Bad Wolf

    Bad Wolf Feeling the Heat

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    That's right, you guys are now "safe" from gun violence.

    Crossbow?
  12. TwelveBravo

    TwelveBravo New Member

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    Air rifle or possibly a slingshot. Not sure of your laws regarding projectiles. As long as you have a safe, positive back-stop, could make for a fun day. Don't know about yours, but American Cottontails are delicious! We hunt rabbits quite a bit here. My son and I will be out this weekend if the weather cooperates. Good luck.
  13. jatoxico

    jatoxico Minister of Fire

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    I understand your worries. I've seen some footage (recent and back in the day) of hoards of rabbits like a locust swarm. Definitely not a cute little bunny or two. The rabbit population by me fluctuates depending on the fox population. Foxes moved on last year but they will be back and not a moment too soon. One of the little varmints was eating up my perennials :mad:.
  14. byQ

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    Pet ferret anyone? In England they put little nets over the holes and then send their ferret down into an adjoining hole. The rabbit bursts out of the hole and into the net. Ferrets really go after rabbits.
  15. Pat53

    Pat53 Minister of Fire

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    Get a snare. They are relatively cheap to buy. Just place in at the opening of the hole/entrance, you'll have him in a jiffy. Work good for coons and feral cats too.

    Pat
  16. brenndatomu

    brenndatomu Feeling the Heat

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    Wowsers! I've never seen rabbits do anything like that around here! Now, groundhogs, that's a different story, they'll undermine your stacks in a heartbeat!
  17. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Bugs Bunny dug holes.
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  18. tcassavaugh

    tcassavaugh Minister of Fire

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    get a box trap like "have a heart" then you can take it someplace and release it away from your house. or, you can get real close with a pellet gun, point blank. are they good eating? cottontails and snowshoe and the like are really yummy.
  19. kingston73

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    Do you need any type of license for a pellet rifle? I'd do the live trap and then kill it with a pellet gun idea first if possible. That's insane how badly they can damage your land, I've read about it but never seen it. Whatever you do I'd stay away from poison of any sort, too many bad things possible with that.
  20. Hills Hoard

    Hills Hoard Minister of Fire

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    correct, massive pest


    Pretty sure sling shots are highly illegal here in oz, but you can buy them in shops...they just call them bait throwers...hahah...air rifle im pretty sure you need a license...laws here are really strict...i know of a person who got charged with fire arm offenses for having a plastic pellet gun...like a cheap toy version of an air soft gun...some people eat rabbits too, but i think the running joke is you get more lead than meat on ours..


    yeah, im worried that my wood pile is going to collapse because of their digging....

    i did anticipate rabbits when i put the wood pile there....pretty annoyed..
  21. BobUrban

    BobUrban Minister of Fire

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    can you trap? Rabbits are really easy to trap and a small conabear is instant death vs. a leg hold trap. Actually anyone outdoorsy enough to procure firewood can easily build a simple snare from materials laying around the house and have fun catching those suckers. Google survival snares and have fun. I have trapped and snared undesirables around here in the past.
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  22. byQ

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    Ralphie Boy Minister of Fire

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    We had those dang things on a NATO in Belgium base where we were once stationed. They had to close a building because the buggers tunneled under it and compromised the foundation.
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  24. Michael Golden

    Michael Golden Burning Hunk

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    Never seen such a thing! Amazing......I would hate rabbits if they did that to my yard!
  25. Paulywalnut

    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    Looks like the work of a tazmanian devil.
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