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Posted: 4/23/2010 4:20:59 PM EST
I remember hearing years ago that rabbits are only good to eat in certain months, is this true?
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Link Posted: 4/23/2010 4:21:46 PM EST
Only eat them during the months with "R" in them.
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Link Posted: 4/23/2010 4:22:16 PM EST

Originally Posted By BBossman:
Only eat them during the months with "R" in them.

Why is that?
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Link Posted: 4/23/2010 4:22:24 PM EST

Originally Posted By BBossman:
Only eat them during the months with "R" in them.

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Link Posted: 4/23/2010 4:23:13 PM EST
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I have heard that they get parasites. Cook well.


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Link Posted: 4/23/2010 4:23:40 PM EST
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I think thats salmon
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Link Posted: 4/23/2010 4:23:41 PM EST

Originally Posted By capnrob97:

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Only eat them during the months with "R" in them.

Why is that?


"R"abit of course.
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Link Posted: 4/23/2010 4:24:00 PM EST
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Originally Posted By BBossman:
Only eat them during the months with "R" in them.

Why is that?


Colder months typically limit the number of parasites/nasties rabbits can carry.
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Tularemia AKA "Rabbit fever"...

https://health.google.com/health/ref/Tularemia
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Link Posted: 4/23/2010 4:30:28 PM EST
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Originally Posted By Roadhawk:
Originally Posted By BBossman:
Only eat them during the months with "R" in them.


That's what my Grandpa taught me too. He also told me to only shoot one on the run. If they are just sitting... they are sick.



Yes, this too. Unless they are chewing cud.


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Link Posted: 4/23/2010 4:30:35 PM EST
I'm about as south as you can get (outside of FL), and I've hunted rabbits all my life.

I'll tell it the way it was explained to me by Dad:


Prior to a "heavy frost," you need to NOT hunt rabbits–– even if the season has come in. This is because the rabbits (and squirrels for that matter) have "Wolves" in their skin that can go into the muscle tissue (I think).

"Wolves" are a maggot-like worm that forms a cyst in the tissue about the size of a nickel. You really don't want to eat the meat while they have those. I've killed both squirrels and rabbits that I've had to discard due to having wolves–– even after a frost (that wasn't heavy enough.)

I've been told that deer get these too, but (due to the time the season comes in) I've never personally encountered them.


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Link Posted: 4/23/2010 4:32:30 PM EST

Originally Posted By Erevis:
I'm about as south as you can get (outside of FL), and I've hunted rabbits all my life.

I'll tell it the way it was explained to me by Dad:


Prior to a "heavy frost," you need to NOT hunt rabbits–– even if the season has come in. This is because the rabbits (and squirrels for that matter) have "Wolves" in their skin that can go into the muscle tissue (I think).

"Wolves" are a maggot-like worm that forms a cyst in the tissue about the size of a nickel. You really don't want to eat the meat while they have those. I've killed both squirrels and rabbits that I've had to discard due to having wolves–– even after a frost (that wasn't heavy enough.)

I've been told that deer get these too, but (due to the time the season comes in) I've never personally encountered them.


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Link Posted: 4/23/2010 4:32:37 PM EST
Originally Posted By Roadhawk:
Originally Posted By BBossman:
Only eat them during the months with "R" in them.


That's what my Grandpa taught me too. He also told me to only shoot one on the run. If they are just sitting... they are sick.





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Link Posted: 4/23/2010 4:33:42 PM EST
Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
Originally Posted By Roadhawk:
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Only eat them during the months with "R" in them.


That's what my Grandpa taught me too. He also told me to only shoot one on the run. If they are just sitting... they are sick.



That (red) is definitely not true––they sit motionless to hide from predators.




True. I live in the middle of the woods. It is nothing to come home to seeing 15 motionless rabbits in my front yard. They don't stay motionless too long after I let the JRT's out to pee.


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Link Posted: 4/23/2010 4:36:57 PM EST
Originally Posted By thebeekeeper1:
Originally Posted By Specop_007:
Originally Posted By BBossman:
Only eat them during the months with "R" in them.


I think thats salmon


I've heard that about shrimp––colder months (Sept. thru April).


I think it's oysters...eaten raw. Vibrio is more common in the warmer water...

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Link Posted: 4/23/2010 4:42:13 PM EST
"Wolves" = Bot Fly Larva Me no want. Me no want. No good. Yucky Yucky.
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Link Posted: 4/23/2010 4:45:18 PM EST
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Link Posted: 4/23/2010 4:47:54 PM EST
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"Wolves" = Bot Fly Larva Me no want. Me no want. No good. Yucky Yucky.


This.

Eat em in cooler weather. Same as squirrels I believe.
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Link Posted: 4/23/2010 4:52:28 PM EST
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Never seen bot fly larvae in rabbit or squirrel. Hunt them year round.
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Link Posted: 4/23/2010 4:52:52 PM EST
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Originally Posted By redleg71:
"Wolves" = Bot Fly Larva Me no want. Me no want. No good. Yucky Yucky.

If that's the case, then you don't even need to cook the meat thoroughly (except for other reasons). Botfly larvae are edible.

EDIT: In any case, rabbits will be OK to eat as long as they're cooked properly. ...and you wash your hands/don't have any open cuts on your hands while preparing...or wear food prep gloves.
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Bot fly larva is nasty to look at but doesn't hurt you. Tularemia can kill you. That is the true reason to avoid rabbit in the warmer months.
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Good all year round.


If theres no lesions on the skin yes.
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Link Posted: 4/23/2010 4:56:52 PM EST
Originally Posted By tc2k11:
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"Wolves" = Bot Fly Larva Me no want. Me no want. No good. Yucky Yucky.

If that's the case, then you don't even need to cook the meat thoroughly (except for other reasons). Botfly larvae are edible.

EDIT: In any case, rabbits will be OK to eat as long as they're cooked properly. ...and you wash your hands/don't have any open cuts on your hands while preparing...or wear food prep gloves.

I'm quoting my own post because it's the definitive answer to this thread.
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Link Posted: 4/23/2010 5:11:36 PM EST
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Fine to eat year round
you do need to wear rubber gloves to protect open cuts on your hands from infection from the rabbit blood due "spotted liver" or if you prefer "rabbit fever".
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Link Posted: 4/23/2010 5:14:15 PM EST

Originally Posted By BBossman:
Only eat them during the months with "R" in them.


Or is that oysters? Hmm...
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Never seen bot fly larvae in rabbit or squirrel. Hunt them year round.


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Originally Posted By capnrob97:

Originally Posted By BBossman:
Only eat them during the months with "R" in them.

Why is that?


Liver parasites/other pathogens.
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Only eat them during the months with "R" in them.


That's what my Grandpa taught me too. He also told me to only shoot one on the run. If they are just sitting... they are sick.





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I'm about as south as you can get (outside of FL), and I've hunted rabbits all my life.

I'll tell it the way it was explained to me by Dad:


Prior to a "heavy frost," you need to NOT hunt rabbits–– even if the season has come in. This is because the rabbits (and squirrels for that matter) have "Wolves" in their skin that can go into the muscle tissue (I think).

"Wolves" are a maggot-like worm that forms a cyst in the tissue about the size of a nickel. You really don't want to eat the meat while they have those. I've killed both squirrels and rabbits that I've had to discard due to having wolves–– even after a frost (that wasn't heavy enough.)

I've been told that deer get these too, but (due to the time the season comes in) I've never personally encountered them.


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Only eat them during the months with "R" in them.


That's what my Grandpa taught me too. He also told me to only shoot one on the run. If they are just sitting... they are sick.



That (red) is definitely not true––they sit motionless to hide from predators.


I've seen this with hares as well. After a big snowstorm, they'll sit there for 1-2 days. I scared one out from under a hung up log that was about a foot off the ground. The snow covers up their scent nicely.
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I'm about as south as you can get (outside of FL), and I've hunted rabbits all my life.

I'll tell it the way it was explained to me by Dad:


Prior to a "heavy frost," you need to NOT hunt rabbits–– even if the season has come in. This is because the rabbits (and squirrels for that matter) have "Wolves" in their skin that can go into the muscle tissue (I think).

"Wolves" are a maggot-like worm that forms a cyst in the tissue about the size of a nickel. You really don't want to eat the meat while they have those. I've killed both squirrels and rabbits that I've had to discard due to having wolves–– even after a frost (that wasn't heavy enough.)

I've been told that deer get these too, but (due to the time the season comes in) I've never personally encountered them.


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This is what I've always been taught.

As for months that have an "R" in them....September and most of October is as hot as August around here, so I don't think it would help to hunt them then.
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They are "good" to eat whenever you are hungry enough, but handling them can be problematical before the first hard freeze, due to a disease called tularemia. Bad stuff that––google it if you are curious.

I have no idea what they do "down south" where they don't have freezes. I do know I love to eat rabbit! Yum!


Ummmmmmm we do have freezes here.

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Originally Posted By Erevis:
I'm about as south as you can get (outside of FL), and I've hunted rabbits all my life.

I'll tell it the way it was explained to me by Dad:


Prior to a "heavy frost," you need to NOT hunt rabbits–– even if the season has come in. This is because the rabbits (and squirrels for that matter) have "Wolves" in their skin that can go into the muscle tissue (I think).

"Wolves" are a maggot-like worm that forms a cyst in the tissue about the size of a nickel. You really don't want to eat the meat while they have those. I've killed both squirrels and rabbits that I've had to discard due to having wolves–– even after a frost (that wasn't heavy enough.)

I've been told that deer get these too, but (due to the time the season comes in) I've never personally encountered them.


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I have always known the larva as being called warbles.
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Originally Posted By 1Bigdog:

Originally Posted By Erevis:
I'm about as south as you can get (outside of FL), and I've hunted rabbits all my life.

I'll tell it the way it was explained to me by Dad:


Prior to a "heavy frost," you need to NOT hunt rabbits–– even if the season has come in. This is because the rabbits (and squirrels for that matter) have "Wolves" in their skin that can go into the muscle tissue (I think).

"Wolves" are a maggot-like worm that forms a cyst in the tissue about the size of a nickel. You really don't want to eat the meat while they have those. I've killed both squirrels and rabbits that I've had to discard due to having wolves–– even after a frost (that wasn't heavy enough.)

I've been told that deer get these too, but (due to the time the season comes in) I've never personally encountered them.


–– John

I have always known the larva as being called warbles.



Yup, here's some info Warbles Last May we killed a few on a friends farm, 2 had something on them, couldn't tell if it was a warble or large ticks. We skinned them any way, there was no damage below the skin. Seasoned, cooked and ate em. Not too bad... Flip a coin, if something doesn't look right, don't eat it.
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