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Old 07-21-2013, 2:41 PM
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Didn't take a pic but went out for my 1st hunt today and tools cotton tail with my 12 gauge from probably about 15 yds away. I got a clean shot on him with nothing but the head and neck getting hit. Gutted it on the spot which I was surprised to find was quite simple. I was also surprised to find out how little meat was on it. Unfortunately I also picked up my 1st tick but realized what it was before I tried to flick it off. Got it out intact and still alive so I should be ok.

One question though, while cleaning out the guts some of the poop leaked into the stomach cavity but I had water with me so I washed it out. I didn't contaminate the meat did I?
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Old 07-21-2013, 2:52 PM
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You are good. Try to keep poop and especially urine off the meat.
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Congrats man! Yaa cottons don't have a ton of meat, they are really good tho.

And that happens to me on about half of the kills (the poop comes out while gutting its frontal cavity). It's no big deal. Just clean the rabbit at home. Rinse with water, and if you want to make it taste a bit more mild, soak it in some salt water with a bit of vinegar added for a day.
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Ugh ticks ! Were you wearing long sleeve and pants? Nice hunt
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Nice!
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Old 07-21-2013, 4:47 PM
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I was wearing a short sleeve shirt that's what did me in on the tick. I have it soaking in milk right now. U figure if it works for fish it probably will work for meat too
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I was wearing a short sleeve shirt that's what did me in on the tick. I have it soaking in milk right now. U figure if it works for fish it probably will work for meat too
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Hey, good job on the hunt and the tick, lousy bloodsuckers!
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If you rinsed it off good and dried it out, you should be good to go. Just make sure to cook the meat well or stew it.

I'd suggest wearing surgical gloves when handling game. The critters can often get into poison oak and other stuff that does not bother them, but can get all over you just like rubbing up against the plant yourself.
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If you rinsed it off good and dried it out, you should be good to go. Just make sure to cook the meat well or stew it.

I'd suggest wearing surgical gloves when handling game. The critters can often get into poison oak and other stuff that does not bother them, but can get all over you just like rubbing up against the plant yourself.
I wear doctor gloves when cleaning it because I hate touching guts with my bare hands.
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Good kill it is usually that first puncture that gets the guts. I am no expert but I have hunted rabbit. We would pinch the skin and put a puncture there. It seemed to help cut back on amount of times we poked poop into the guts.
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Nice kill!
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I gut shot one, his poop was coming out the holes
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Nice, I hope to be making one of these posts sooner or later...
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As a general rule I don't touch rabbits in any month that doesn't have a "R" in it.

May
June
July
August

They have a tendency to carry parasites during the hot months.
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Why during the hot months only? Is anyone else using this logic? I ate it today and surprisingly so did my kids.

As far as gutting it I got in there clean but when I started yanking the guts out stuff just started spewing out. Like I said though I had water handy so I washed out the whole gut cavity right away. Really simple all around. Are all animals that easy basically?

Sucks about the guy shot one 21sf. That one went to the yotes I assume.
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Why during the hot months only? Is anyone else using this logic? I ate it today and surprisingly so did my kids.

As far as gutting it I got in there clean but when I started yanking the guts out stuff just started spewing out. Like I said though I had water handy so I washed out the whole gut cavity right away. Really simple all around. Are all animals that easy basically?

Sucks about the guy shot one 21sf. That one went to the yotes I assume.
Because the cold weather kills the parasites and other diseases that they can carry. Not to much "logic" involved!

See this site: http://m.wikihow.com/Eat-Wild-Rabbit

Some pretty good info and check out the warnings section.

Good hunting though!!
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Seems to me the temp is pretty constant for a large part of the year here in Southern California. I'm not trying to say this is bad advice as I'm new and don't know what I don't know, but I'm just trying to apply some logic.
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Seems to me the temp is pretty constant for a large part of the year here in Southern California. I'm not trying to say this is bad advice as I'm new and don't know what I don't know, but I'm just trying to apply some logic.
Not sure where you are hunting, but I usually head out to the high desert.

Winter time typically has highs of 70 - 80 degrees and lows in the teens

Summer time typically has highs well over 100 degrees and lows in the 60's

Thats a big difference when thinking about when bacteria and parasites might be more common. Just be sure, and this applies to all wild game, that you cook the meat thoroughly.
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I am hunting on base so my highs are still 80's for the most part. And I definitely understand through cooking. I'm not trying to question it to say you are wrong I just don't want to feed my kids something that could get them sick.
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