Rabbits eating my apple trees

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  1. blipelt

    blipelt Well-Known Member

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    This evening my daughter tells me that a rabbit is chewing on one of my apple trees I planted in my yard(3 acres). Now I normally leave them alone but I replaced all my apple trees this year because of gurdling by the bunnies. They are starting to get out of hand in the area I live just outside of the city. So I grabbed my bow and my range finder and gave it a try. It was 46 yards.






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    My daughter and wife watched the arrow from inside the house hit about four inches from where I was aiming. My daughter can't wait until she can draw a bow back she claimed.


    Brent
     
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  2. AJ Peacock

    AJ Peacock Well-Known Member

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    Nice shot! It looks like it won't be too long before your daughter will be big enough to start learning to shoot.

    AJ
     

  3. blipelt

    blipelt Well-Known Member

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    Thanks AJ, I sure am glad she takes after her mom, petite. But then again I wish she would take after me, I wouldn't have as much to worry about in a few years when the boys start sniffing around(I remember when I was that age).


    Brent
     
  4. *Prairie Princess*

    *Prairie Princess* Well-Known Member

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    Hey Brent!
    Nice shot!! We could use your skills out here. Seems the Jack population exploded this winter and yes, the damaged trees is significant. Cass is really growing up fast. I'm sure soon she will love to be hunting with daddy. We really enjoyed your visit this evening.....stop by again soon.


    *Prairie Princess*
     
  5. blipelt

    blipelt Well-Known Member

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    Liz I enjoyed the visit also. You don't need my skills I have seen yours and Eli's skills. Nate is no slouch either. Next time if it isn't storming I will bring my old jolopy of a bow out and we will have a little fun.


    Brent
     
  6. *Prairie Princess*

    *Prairie Princess* Well-Known Member

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    " old jolopy of a bow".. that's funny Brent.....Sounds like a BLAST! I'm looking forward to it!

    *Prairie Princess*
     
  7. gamedog

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    Fine shooting Brent!
     
  8. blipelt

    blipelt Well-Known Member

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    Thanks Shawn,

    Liz you know my suburban seats seven, you and Eli might have too quit staying at home when me and Nate go and educate the deer population this fall.


    Brent
     
  9. *Prairie Princess*

    *Prairie Princess* Well-Known Member

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    You don't have to ask me twice!:D I'd love it..............I'm sure the same applies for Eli.

    *Prairie Princess*
     
  10. AH3682

    AH3682 Well-Known Member

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    Nice Shot!! Wish i could shoot like that.

    As for your rabbit problem, have you tried claymores?
     
  11. outback andy

    outback andy Active Member

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    Its time to purchase a pellet rifle and put a nice scope on it, Thats what I
    did when they went after my garden, and rabbits taste good ....:rolleyes:
     
  12. Len Backus

    Len Backus Administrator Staff Member

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    I have fond memories of the year when I shot 20 rabbits out of my window in my wife's garden with my pellet rifle
     
  13. dogbuster0006

    dogbuster0006 Well-Known Member

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    Your Ruger 77/22 should be a good deterrent for them. I remember summers in ky shooting near 50 that were in mom and dad's garden, early in the mornings and late just before dark were prime time. I upgraded the trigger in my 77 and it wears a leupold 4x it's a rabbit or squirrels worst nightmare, also hell on those big snapping turtles which get into the pond and kill the ducks. I shoot cci 36gr mini mags and they don't stand a chance, I tried a rather long shot around 90yd with them and flat smoked the rabbit at that distance he jumped and made it about 10 hops before he was done. I still try for head shots because we love to eat them. Good luck and happy hunting, or a... pest control
     
  14. clambdin

    clambdin Well-Known Member

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    I am all about shooting and eating rabbits ! But you really should go to your local gardening center or walmart and get some tree wrap for the base of your young apple trees cost a few dollars and keeps all of the rodents and rabbits from eating girdling your young trees I use it all of the time !