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Jack Rabbits

Postby Penguine » Sat Mar 08, 2008 11:35 am

How many of you hunt them and eat them? We have an abundance here in South Dakota and could shoot a bunch daily. Just wondering if they are worth it and if they taste good?

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Postby Kurt » Sat Mar 08, 2008 4:36 pm

cottontails are good but jacks are really tough. If you would slow cook them i supose they might be alright. work good for coyote bait.
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Postby sherlockbonez » Wed Jul 02, 2008 1:08 pm

I like to soak them in brine at least over night, preferably for longer in the freezer vaccum sealed. I use the usual stuff for the brine, salt, pepper corn, bay leaves, white vinegar, chilli peppers and little brown sugar.

Then I just throw the whole thing on the grill and slow cook it for maybe an hour or two, until the meat falls off.

They are also good in pies. I just parboil, then de bone them. I also throw in all the other trimmings from birds for the pies. Duck, goose and grouse legs all grinded up together with the rabbit.
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Postby patrick.carrington » Wed Jul 02, 2008 3:00 pm

We shot a tone of them in Fallon last year and did just like sherlockbonez said. We put them in a marinade overnight and let them cook over the grill as a hole rabbit much like you would do a steak. Wow was it awesome! It put the hole rumor of the jake rabbit tasting bad to sleep. There is a long stirp of meat down its back that was awesome. We aslo mad a sloppy joe like sandwich out of them with left over meat a BBQ. Woo wee is was good.
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Postby patrick.carrington » Wed Jul 02, 2008 3:03 pm

Kurt wrote: work good for coyote bait.


:rofl: I'm going to have to give that a try!!
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Postby firebird » Wed Jul 02, 2008 6:45 pm

Make sure you check the livers for "spots" jackrabbits carry some serious diseases, usually the liver is a good indicator of disease. Otherwise, I just crock pot em in cream of mushroom soup and rice.
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Postby shoot-n-goose » Fri Aug 08, 2008 11:56 pm

since they are already tough, make some jack rabbit jerky
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Postby The Cat Island Drake » Mon Aug 11, 2008 9:21 pm

One piece last for hours. :rofl:
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Postby Pumpgunner » Sat Sep 13, 2008 10:04 pm

Hey, if you love ducks jacks are nothing! I shot and ate a few last year, they're a bit gamier than cottontails but you get about 3 times the meat out of a big Jack. Slow cooking in liquid is best, they're actually really good. I don't know why there's such a prejudice against eating them, the rest of the world calls them hares and they're a delicacy. Just remember, the west never would have been settled without the jackrabbit as a food source!
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Postby birddoging » Sat Nov 08, 2008 6:32 pm

I shoot them when I get bored but the best thing I found using them for is-coyote bait and dog food.
Nevada has to many coyotes and rabbits.
I have tricked my wife and fed her BBQ jackrabbit.
She licked it but!!!!!!!!!
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