2019  California Rabbit Hunting Maps, Report, plus Public Land Hunting, Hunting Clubs, and Ranches

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The Bullets on successful Rabbit hunting in California:

  • Rabbits are nocturnal, best time to hunt them is at first light, then again  just before dark.
  • At night they feed  on the  farmer’s fields or grass, then head back into the sagebrush
  • sagebrush  is almost always owned by the Bureau of Land Management,
  • slowly sneak through the brush. Rabbits will‘  usually dart from’ their hiding places.
  • Use a shotgun like  20-gauge with high-base No. 6  shotshells for best results.
  • Use .22 rifles  from a stand near water or  stillhunt them.
  • Once you scare them, wait. They often stop long enough for a  shot
  • Season: July 1 through Jan. 28, but jacks are open year  round.
Best hunting: Los Banos, Little Panoche, Cottonwood  wildlife areas are good bets for cottontails; Lassen  County and Owens Valley are excellent; Lassen,  Modoc, Mono counties best for brush rabbits;  Modoc County best for snowshoe hares; jackrabbits  are available statewide, with best hunting available  in northeast California in open, sagebrush areas.

The most popular hunted species  in California is not deer, ducks or pigs, it’s jacks and  cottontails!   California has a variety of rabbits, including cottontails,  jacks, snowshoes and subspecies of each. .

The blacktailed jackrabbit is the most common of the  hares in the state. Its 22 inches long and weighs 4 to 6 pounds.   The whitetailed jackrabbit is one the largest hares found in  the United States. It can weigh up to 12 pounds, but usually  weighs 6 to 8. I

They frequent the open country in the foothills and mountains.  Califomia is also home to snowshoe hares, which look  considerably different than their jackrabbit counterparts.  The ear is shorter than the head and they only are 15 inches long and weighs about 2 1/2 pounds.

Snowshoes can be found in northeastern California, particularly in Modoc and Lassen counties. They’re  brown in the summer and turn white in the winter, and its tail  is black on the outside.  “

Cottontails, on the other hand, are the most desirable  rabbits in the state, as they make the best table fare.  There are basically two kinds of cottontails: Audubon cottontails can be found in central and  southern California. lt’s the most common rabbit in the state  as far as numbers go, and also one of the smallest. This rabbit  can be found in the lowlands throughout the state which  include the arid and open brush regions. This small rabbit  weighs only 1 1/2 to 2 1/2 pounds.

Northern California is home to the Nuttall cottontail  which is bigger than the Audubon. The Nuttall weighs  2 1/2  pounds and is 14 inches long. This cottontail can be found  along streamside thickets, sagebrush, sagebrush-covered  hills and rocky areas in northeastern California.

There’s also the brush rabbit which can be found in dense,  brushy areas along the western slope of the Sierra. lt looks  similar to the Audubon, only the brush rabbit has a small,  narrow white tail. lt’s about 13 inches long and weighs 1 or 2  pounds. The ears are shorter and more rounded than the  Audubon, and it has a blue belly. Hunters often take these  rabbits while quail hunting.

The pigmy rabbit is the smallest rabbit in the state, and can  weigh less than a pound.. It looks like a small cottontail without the white tail.

A  wet spring causes some excellent  greenup and grass growth.  Go to Lassen County east  of Highway 395 and Owens Valley is another prime cottontail area. .    Rabbits can be found on many of California’s state wildlife  areas, including Los Banos, Mendota, Cottonwood, Little  Panoche. San Luis Reservoir, O’Neill Forebay and Volta.  Check with the Duck Refuges  before you go – they might be closed until September or so to protect incoming waterfowl populations.

“The best hunting for rabbits is southward is  Little Panoche  early in the morning and late in the afternoon.  Mendota Wildlife Area (209-6554695) offers fair rabbit  hunting in the upland bird area, reported sources. Shotguns  are required, and the best hunting can be found out of parking  lot 1, and the dry fields behind the locked gates.  Hunters can find jackrabbits in the higher elevations,  particularly in the northeast part of the state in Modoc,  Siskiyou, Lassen and eastern Shasta counties. Jacks like the  open sagebrush country, and you’ll find them close to water  and alfalfa fields.  Cottontails, on the other hand, like brushy areas, but they  too can be found near creeks, springs and ponds.       

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