We have had a very strange & rare season so far for 2009 - 2010. It seems that most weekends it has been windy, raining, or we’ve had ice or snow which is unusual for this area. It’s made for some hard hunting but we’ve enjoyed good times with friends & any chance to run the dogs is a good day.
I HAVE THE PRIVILEGE EACH YEAR TO DO A HUNT NEAR PARIS, TN. THE WEATHER WAS HORRIBLE AS IT RAINED ALL DAY BUT WE HAD SOME GREAT FELLOWSHIP WITH RUSTY & JOHNNY FARMER & HAD SOME GOOD RACES WITH 1 LASTING OVER AN HOUR ON A BIG SWAMP RABBIT.
RUSTY FARMER (THE RABBIT HOG) IS NOT THE PERSON YOU WANT TO GO RABBIT HUNTING WITH. HE SHOT ALL OF THE RABBITS & DIDN’T EVEN LET HIS OWN DAD GET A SHOT. I DON’T THINK HE EVEN FELT GUILTY. JOHNNY, I’D LEAVE RUSTY AT THE HOUSE NEXT TIME! RUSTY WAS WISHING HE’D NOT SHOT ALL OF THE RABBITS WHEN HE HAD TO CARRY 3 SWAMP RABBITS IN HIS VEST...... TALK ABOUT BACK PAIN.
I hope you’re sitting down because you won’t believe this story especially those of you who have seen the Bernard Hunts Again DVD. I had the great honor of going on a hunt with Bernard on a farm owned by a good friend of Bernard. Bernard had told me about going hunting there 5 years ago before his battle with cancer started. I met Bernard at the end of 2008 & we’ve become good friends. When he first went hunting with me he couldn’t hit the broadside of a barn. (With friends like me who needs enemies-huh?) I think he was just rusty from the 5 year layoff from hunting due to his health. This year though Bernard is a new man. Any way back to the story...... We showed up at the friends farm around 8:30 with a fine pack of dogs that wasted no time jumping a rabbit & it was on.
We jumped 9 rabbits in 6 hours with some real good races that went on & on till the rabbit either holed up or was killed. 4 rabbits found holes after the dogs really put the heat on them. Now for the strangest & most unbelievable part of the story......Bernard killed the first 4 rabbits but even harder to believe is he only fired 5 shots. Now I witnessed Bernard’s shooting last year & I have to tell you he’s either been somewhere taking lessons & practicing or he’s been to a faith healer & had him to lay hands on his gun, eyes, & shooting finger because this isn’t normal.
I had to go cut him off on the last rabbit we killed or I would have never heard the end of it. I think Bernard has now killed a total of 7 rabbits for this season which for most people wouldn’t be that big of a deal but if you’d been through what Bernard has you’d think a lot differently. Enjoy all of life you can because you never know what’s around the corner. Congratulations Bernard on your big day but remember I left the video camera at home so people may not believe this. Let’s go get ‘em again soon!
2/13 & 14 '10
Snake Creek had us back again for what was called the “1st Annual Mud Rabbit Hunt.” To read all about what a “Mud Rabbit” is click on “1ST ANNUAL MUD RABBIT HUNT” above & read all about Phil Parker “The Legendary Mud Rabbit Hunter” & you’re sure to get a laugh.
Cy may not have killed as many rabbits as he did last year but he sure looked the part of a rabbit hunter with all of his new hunting clothes.
The hunters wore out before the dogs did. The legend, Phil Parker, his brother-in-law Jeff, & Cy Parker.
It’s hard to believe that I found a snake out when it had snowed just 2 days before but we were at “Snake Creek” . My son, Hunter took care of this one after the picture with his 20 gauge.
The 1st Annual Mud Rabbit Hunt was a success. We didn’t harvest as many rabbits but the dogs performed well & the fellowship was great. Thanks for having us down guys. After the hunt we enjoyed a fish fry & handed out some awards including the unveiling of the famous “mud rabbit”. To see the award & the mud rabbit click above on the 1st Annual Mud Rabbit Hunt.
John Mitchell is an insurance agent we use for our real estate business. He flew down to talk some business but mostly to rabbit hunt. We went out one afternoon & the next morning John had plenty of chances to shoot. I am sworn to secrecy about the number of shots he took.
Let’s just say I had to go buy more shells after he left & he helped me to make sure my young dogs are not gun shy but he did manage to get a rabbit. John, you’re a better insurance agent than rabbit hunter. Just keep passing the roll
I went on a hunt with Dave Mclaughlin in Cedar Grove, TN. at Indian Lake Hunting Club. Bernard introduced me to Dave back in January. Dave has a very nice place to hunt rabbits with great habitat. Dave is also an avid bow hunter harvesting some very nice bucks each year.
Thanks for a good time Dave & I hope to hunt with you next year. Maybe we won’t throw so much mud around next time.
Hunter & I were invited by Doug Knight to go hunting with him & some of his friends on some property they have leased near Raymer, TN. They have an abundance of rabbits on the property with a lot of swamp rabbits.
Doug has bought some dogs from me but this was our first time to run together. The dogs did a good job under the conditions. We had several races, killed 6, & had quite a few to hole up on us. It was a great time & we hope to do it again next year.
Doug killed a nice swamp rabbit & is showing it to Bell, a female pup out of Ruby & Hunter. Doug has done a great job with her since buying her a few months back.
We showed Bell each rabbit we shot & she’s excited about a rabbit. Bell even retrieved a rabbit about 30 yards after being shown the rabbit after the shot.
Keep on running her Doug. I think you’ll be real proud of her next season.
Hunter got his first swamp rabbit with 2 shots from his 20 gauge. He was very happy that we got to go. Thanks so much Doug for the invitation. You made this boy real happy & your property wore him out after walking all those hills. I had no trouble with him going to bed that night.
Doug’s hunting partner, Joey got a real nice swamp rabbit down in the bottom. Joey has some nice beagles we ran with as well. This dog is Doug’s lil Susie Q. She did a fine job hunting rabbits.
Hunter showed out, killing 3 rabbits to my 1. This was the most he’s killed on a hunt & he’s quick to point out that he killed more rabbits than I did but I’m proud that he did so well. It’s days like this that really make hunting so much fun. When you can spend the day hunting with your son it doesn’t get any better. Congratulations, Best Buddy, you did an outstanding job!
The last day of the season we hunted the family farm in Holly Springs, MS. with my neighbor & friend, Jimmy Hill, Doug Knight, & Hunter. We had some real good races & killed 6. I ran 11 dogs with 4 of them being 7 months old. The pups did an outstanding job with 1 pup jumping a rabbit.
Jimmy wore his lucky hat & it paid off. He killed 4 of the 6 rabbits we got. I think Jimmy got a thrill out of beating Hunter who got shut out after missing a rabbit. Jimmy did talk Hunter into carrying 1 of his rabbits & was still wore out when we got back to the truck. I hope your back recovers soon Jimmy.
Doug got 2 rabbits firing 2 shots. He doesn’t mess around when he shoots. I watched him flip one. He was real popular with the dogs because he had what they were looking for. Good job, Doug!
This is one of my young pups named Classy. Classy is out of Cricket & Poncho & is a littermate to Tater, Rebel, & Hank. She is crazy about a rabbit & is showing all of the signs of being an outstanding dog. She was still going at the end of the hunt when even some of the older dogs were worn out.
Here’s some pics of this season from people who bought dogs from us.
This is Hank, a fine young started dog out of Cricket & Poncho shown here with his owner, David Russell who loves to rabbit hunt & from these pics it is obvious that David is very good at it.
Jarvis Moore bought Willie, a fine young dog with a lot of hunt that jumps a lot of rabbits. This picture is of Willie with Mr. Moore, Jarvis’s Dad & a friend of Jarvis who shot a rabbit while hunting in the swamp.
Jarvis is very proud of Willie & has been harvesting a lot of rabbits with Willie & his other dogs as you can tell from the picture below. What a hunt! I’m ready to go with you Jarvis, you seem to know where the bunnies are.
Chuck showing his young dog, Gretchen, what it’s all about. He bought her when she was 4 months old. She was started here & he shot some rabbits over her & now she’s gone crazy running rabbits. She’s headed down the right path for sure.
Chuck Smoot, owner of Gretchen & Little Ann, went on a big hunt down in the Mississippi Delta. From the looks of this picture it appears that they had a big hunt. The only thing that’s hard to understand is how this fine group ended up hunting with Chuck. There’s a lot better people you guys could hang out with. (just teasing) Chuck has some good dogs & has done a great job with Gretchen.