Rabbit hunting in CFL

Reel EarlyReel Early Posts: 44 Greenhorn
Can anyone help with suggested WMAs in Central Florida for rabbit hunting. I've been on a couple of WMAs in the area but don't see much small game besides squirrels while deer and hog hunting.

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  • mccrackermccracker Posts: 354 Deckhand
    The C-23/C-24 reservoir in Ft. Pierce has a bunch of rabbits. It's kind of thick and hard to walk but they are there.
  • Ol MuckyOl Mucky Posts: 5,535 Admiral
    Interesting.
    This year at my place in Polk City I have seen more rabbits driving in the early morning than I have seen total in 3 years!
    Seems to be ALOT of rabbits.

    I wouldn't mind trying to actually hunt them.........whats the method(s) you use?
    I have a much bigger and more powerful button
  • CyclistCyclist Posts: 23,346 AG
    Ol Mucky wrote: »
    Interesting.
    This year at my place in Polk City I have seen more rabbits driving in the early morning than I have seen total in 3 years!
    Seems to be ALOT of rabbits.

    I wouldn't mind trying to actually hunt them.........whats the method(s) you use?

    Basset's or beagles!
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  • LonghaulLonghaul Posts: 1,745 Officer
    In order to run beagles you need a big area and the ability to run dogs in a mngmt area,,something the above poster does not git.
  • MCSHunterMCSHunter Posts: 470 Deckhand
    Reel Early
    Try Triple N Ranch west of Melbourne. I had both deer hunts in there this year and saw alot of wabbits on the road going to and from Donovan Crews Road. Mostly first thing in the morning. I believe small game is still open.
    Good Luck
  • CyclistCyclist Posts: 23,346 AG
    Longhaul wrote: »
    In order to run beagles you need a big area and the ability to run dogs in a mngmt area,,something the above poster does not git.

    I hunt rabbits 4 wma's in my area with bassets and/or beagles during the small game. Just have to READ the rules.
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  • Reel EarlyReel Early Posts: 44 Greenhorn
    Thanks for the info fellas. We grew up hunting rabbits with a 22 down in south Florida. They were plentiful near cane field roads and ditches.
  • Ol MuckyOl Mucky Posts: 5,535 Admiral
    so a dog is required for decent success?
    I have a much bigger and more powerful button
  • Reel EarlyReel Early Posts: 44 Greenhorn
    We didn't use dogs since they were so many of them but folks used dogs too and had the same success. It depends on the terrain and numbers of rabbits in the area. In western palm beach co., Hendry, etc. they are plentiful if you know where to look.
  • FloridaODFloridaOD Posts: 3,456 Captain
    I miss the South Florida rabbit hunt days. Relatively scarce up north-even after all the tramping around,even while on other projects. Rabbits rare.
    Hunters are present yet relatively uncommon in Florida :wink
  • Ol MuckyOl Mucky Posts: 5,535 Admiral
    Reel Early wrote: »
    We didn't use dogs since they were so many of them but folks used dogs too and had the same success. It depends on the terrain and numbers of rabbits in the area. In western palm beach co., Hendry, etc. they are plentiful if you know where to look.

    Ok so I have the "place to look"
    Whats the approach? Dawn? Stump sit? Stalk?
    Thanks for anything.
    I have a much bigger and more powerful button
  • Reel EarlyReel Early Posts: 44 Greenhorn
    Ol Mucky wrote: »
    Ok so I have the "place to look"
    Whats the approach? Dawn? Stump sit? Stalk?
    Thanks for anything.

    Stalk aka Still Hunt if no dogs. Pre dawn and dusk. Trails close to ditches are the best. Keep an eye out. They will see you first and will stand still for some time for a shot before taking off.
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