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Rabbits and hares are close to my heart, and so I decided to wind down this penultimate episode of Season 2 of Hunt Gather Talk all about the lagomorphs — rabbits and hares — but I did it with another guy who loves these animals, my friend Jonathan O’Dell of the Arizona Dept. of Game & Fish.
Jonathan joined me at the start of Season 2 with our episode on squirrel hunting, I thought I’d finish the main series with a rabbit hunting podcast episode.
Every episode of Hunt Gather Talk digs deep into the life, habits, hunting, lore, myth and of course prepping and cooking of a particular animal. Expect episodes on pheasants, rabbits, every species of quail, every species of grouse, wild turkeys, rails, woodcock, pigeons and doves, and huns. Thanks go out to Filson and Hunt to Eat for sponsoring the show!
Jonathan knows as much about the biology and hunting of rabbits and hares as anyone, and this is a super deep dive into the hunting and about how all the various huntable species of jackrabbit, hare or rabbit in North America, and beyond.
For more information on these topics, here are some helpful links:
- A good overview about the biology of the hares and rabbits.
- Disgusting, but common: The botfly you can sometimes find in rabbits and hares.
- A wolpertinger, the original jackalope.
- You can find all my recipes for rabbits and hares here.
- My all time favorite cottontail recipe? Buttermilk fried rabbit.
- My most famous rabbit recipe: Sardinian hare stew, featured on Meateater.
- “Where’s My Hasenpfeffer!” says the king in Looney Tunes. OK, here it is… my recipe for German hasenpfeffer.
I am bringing back Hunt Gather Talk with the hopes that your generosity can help keep it going season after season. Think of this like public radio, only with hunting and fishing and wild food and stuff. No, this won’t be a “pay-to-play” podcast, so you don’t necessarily have to chip in. But I am asking you to consider it. Every little bit helps to pay for editing, servers, and, frankly to keep the lights on here. Thanks in advance for whatever you can contribute!
You can find an archive of all my episodes here, and you can subscribe to the podcast here via RSS.
My grandfather hunted throughout Arizona, but frequently found rabbits, particularly in the Sonoran desert, to often be teaming with worms; refused to ever eat them, and as a result of his stories, I’ve also avoided them. Do you find this to be a common issue?
Ty: Not common, but yes, they can have worms sometimes. I tend to hunt them in January. Their parasite load can be lower then.