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tahir



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 05 12:21 pm    Post subject: Drop boxes  Reply with quote    

Anybody heard of 'em? Somebody on a trees siite recommended them as an easy trapping method for rabbits:

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Basically a hole dug in the ground beneath the fenceline with a wooden box
dropped in the hole about 2foot deep. On top of this is a wooden
'treadplate' pivoted so that when brer rabbit comes along his weight tips
the plate, he falls into the box and the counterbalance tips the plate back
into set position. Too deep for rabbit to jump out of and is stopped by the
wooden plate anyway.

Andy B



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 05 12:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You seem to planning on making a serious dent in the local wildlife !

tahir



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 05 12:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Andy B wrote:
You seem to planning on making a serious dent in the local wildlife !


There's a warren in one of the fields that's at least 100 sq ft, I'd only ever take what I could eat, just looking at the best ways of doing it thats all.

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 05 12:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Never heard of it, but it sounds like a nice, simple trap.

Of course you'll need to check it at least once a day and despatch them yourself.

tahir



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 05 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jonnyboy wrote:
despatch them yourself.


No probs with that, spose you could set them in the evening and go and check first thing in the morning?

Is there a preferred season for taking rabbit or not?

Gervase



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 05 12:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

tahir wrote:

Is there a preferred season for taking rabbit or not?


When there's a 'y' in the day!

tahir



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 05 12:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Gervase wrote:
tahir wrote:

Is there a preferred season for taking rabbit or not?


When there's a 'y' in the day!


But is spring rabbit tastier than summer rabbit? (or whatever)

JB



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 05 12:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Gervase wrote:
tahir wrote:

Is there a preferred season for taking rabbit or not?


When there's a 'y' in the day!


or slightly more accurately when there's an r in the month. You can take rabbit at any time but they're supposedly not so good from may - august.

tahir



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 05 12:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

JB wrote:
or slightly more accurately when there's an r in the month. You can take rabbit at any time but they're supposedly not so good from may - august.


Thanks JB, thats what I was trying to get at.

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 05 1:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I thought the traditional time to eat rabbit was in the winter months as there is less chance og killing a female and leaving dependant babies. If the winter is mild thought they may still be breeding.

If I ever come to visit I'll pack a cool box.

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 05 1:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Treacodactyl wrote:
I thought the traditional time to eat rabbit was in the winter months as there is less chance og killing a female and leaving dependant babies. If the winter is mild thought they may still be breeding.

If I ever come to visit I'll pack a cool box.


Correct, it also means you have less chance of paunching a pregnant female as well.

tahir



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 05 1:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jonnyboy wrote:
it also means you have less chance of paunching a pregnant female as well.


Bet that's a bit messy

Jonnyboy



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PostPosted: Fri Dec 23, 05 1:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Not really an different from paunching a rabbit normally, just not pleasant killing the unborns.

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