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Nebraska’s cottontail season runs through February

From the Nebraska Game and Parks Commission 
 
-- Mentors still have an opportunity to help novices gain hunting experience by going on a rabbit hunt. The cottontail season runs through Feb. 28. Nebraska has plenty of rabbits, and their meat makes good table fare. Plus, the cover of snow may be used as an advantage to the hunter.

Tracking rabbits in the snow is a good way to learn how many cottontails use an area and what types of cover they prefer.

Overgrown weedy fence lines are good places to find rabbits, especially those located next to fields of corn stubble. When passing a brush pile, kick at it and wait for a rabbit to come running out from beneath it. Walk in a slow, erratic pattern through a weed patch or grass waterway between harvested crop fields, stopping after a few steps and waiting for a rabbit to appear.

The daily bag limit is seven cottontails, and the possession limit is 28. Shooting hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to sunset.

The reward for the hunt is a tasty meal. NEBRASKAland Magazine Wild Game Cookbook, available for $2, includes a number of rabbit recipes and can be ordered online at  http://shopoutdoornebraska.ne.gov/AspDotNetStorefront/p-848-wild-game-cookbook.aspx  or by calling (800)742-0056.

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