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07-01-2002, 09:47 AM
Did anyone go this morning? ###I am heading out this afternoon.
07-01-2002, 10:22 AM
This evening with a bow behind the house... I'll let you know tomorrow.
07-01-2002, 01:15 PM
I hit Baldy Mesa above the Cajon Pass this morning, but didn't make it out early enough, I got there around 7:30 and it was already warming up quite a bit.. I saw one jack and thats it. Im hoping to get back out this evening.
The burn up there was pretty bad, While I was eating breakfast at McDonalds at the junction, a hot spot started smoking up, and forestry guys came out to take care of it. There was a lot of acreage burned, but Baldy Mesa was mostly untouched.
If I make it back out this afternoon, I'll post tomorrow how I did.
07-01-2002, 10:12 PM
Songdog 2 - Bunnies 0
Two bunnies with a recurve now in the freezer.
07-02-2002, 09:07 AM
Songdog, are you using broadheads? ###
07-02-2002, 10:14 AM
No, just field tips. ###If it looks like an area that I could loose a bunch of arrows I'll put the little judo type insert under the field tip. ###They work well but can make a mess out of a rabbit when you hit them and your arrows don't fly the same with them.
07-02-2002, 05:40 PM
I may be going up to Carrizo this weekend. Hope to get some bunnies.
07-02-2002, 09:43 PM
My buddy and myself know the best spot to shoot cotton tails in the central valley. ###We both shot four each but if we wanted to stay in the heat for more than an hour we could have shot twenty each. We at least saw a couple of hundred rabbits. Those suckers are hard to hit when they are running I only hit four rabbits out of about 200 shots with a .22.
07-03-2002, 08:36 AM
I am not sure when and where I can use a solid projectile (.22) to hunt rabbits. What are the regulations/ordinances on hunting rabbits with either a solid projectile (.22) or a shotgun. I would imagine a solid projectile is not legal in all areas while shotguns are OK most places. Anyone know?
I hunt Baldy Mesa/High Desert area a lot. I read your post that you go there to hunt as well. ###Is a solid projectile legal out in that area?
07-03-2002, 12:13 PM
Jesse has these maps as well as others on his web site. The yellow areas are ok for rifles, the red is shotgun only.
Shooting Map (http://www.jesseshuntingpage.com/images/sb-co-shoot-map-sw-desert.jpg)
zoomed in (http://www.jesseshuntingpage.com/images/sb-co-shoot-map-devore.jpg)
Where I have gone is yellow, so my .22 is ok, though I may try to find another spot. I was out there again today, and didn't see any rabbits. The guy I was hunting with saw 2 together, but didn't get a shot off at either.
I may just decide to drive out to Yucca Valley, where I have seen a dozen rabbits in less than 10 minutes. Only problem then was season wasn't open yet.
07-03-2002, 03:00 PM
Well, the Jackrabbit nailed 3 cottontail yesterday evening in the local foothills. ###The hunt was pretty easy, even without dogs due to the 100 degree heat in this area. ###Used my .22 10/22 with target barrel and target trigger. ###Didn't get any opportunity for any long shots however, as the bunnies always broke from nearby brush. ###They don't seem to have been pressured much on this little patch of BLM public land, which is surprising. ###No fleas on any of them, but did find one botlsfly larva on one of them (nickel size grub) just under the skin, but not in the flesh. ###Got 'em marinating right now, but haven't decided how I wil cook them this time. ###Hope to be able to get in an early morning hunt soon, which I generally enjoy better.
07-03-2002, 05:13 PM
JBarn3 - I just looked at the legend of the map you posted. What does it mean: "Shotshells no larger than 1/2 the diameter of the bore"? Sounds almost like they want us to pop a .410 shell in a 12 gauge. Seems like a shell like that might flop around in the gun a bit! (Maybe they meant "shot" instead of "shotshell")?
07-03-2002, 09:08 PM
I was looking at the map and in the Blue areas it says you can shoot at night.
Can yall really hunt at night in some areas?
07-03-2002, 09:48 PM
We can hunt at night for "furbearing and nongame mammals".
Basically, coyotes, bobcats, beavers, raccoons.
07-03-2002, 10:00 PM
"Night Hunting - Night hunting is unlawful
except that raccoons, opossums, foxes, mink
and skunk may be hunted at night; however,
they may not be hunted with artificial lights
except when treed or cornered with dogs, or
with buckshot or any shot larger than a No. 4,
or any rifle ammunition larger than .22 rimfire.
It is unlawful to use artificial lights at night,
except vehicle headlights, while traveling in a
normal manner on a public road or highway,
while in possession of or with immediate access
to both ammunition of a type prohibited for
use at night and a firearm capable of firing the
Thats a quote from SC DNR about night hunting. I espcially like the part about no artifical light except when treed. ###Guess your just spose to follow the dogs around by feel at night.
Yall are Killing me with the tales of yalls success with Lil Bunny Foo Foo. ###Our Rabbit season does not open till Nov 22 - Mar 1.
I will be able to hunt deer before I can hunt Rabbit. Deer Aug 15 - Dec 30. ###
Love the reports. Keep em coming.
(Edited by JohnsIslandBoy at 10:09 pm on July 3, 2002)
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