Lack of rabbits?

#1
On another field sports site it has been noted that there seems to be a lack of rabbits across the country.Here in East Sussex I am not seeing many on my estate.Is this a nation wide problem? Any thoughts as to a possible cause?
 
#3
There used to be loads of them round here, but since coming back a week or so ago, not a one.

Maybe I ate more of them last year than I though
 
#5
Keogh barracks used to be infested with them, couldn't move for em


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When was that? I remember there used to be a fuckload of squirrels down by the water point, but apart from one that dug a hole in the middle of my shiny new STL in the model grounds, not really all that many rabbits

Rats though, down at the old QM(Tech) sheds and in the cookhouse - biblical
 
#8
Constant wet weather giving the little ones pneumonia.
Sounds about right, Pasteurella is having a very good year so far, my cousin went to drop off some dead sheep at the kennels and tells me that between pneumonia and Schmallenberg the flesh-house is stacked six high.
 
#9
Lack of rabbits. Foxes start worrying livestock. Foxes die off due to lack of food. Rabbit population booms due to lack of predators. Fox population booms due to plentiful food. Overpopulation breeds disease and lots of foxes rapidly bring numbers down. Return to start.

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#10
When was that? I remember there used to be a fuckload of squirrels down by the water point, but apart from one that dug a hole in the middle of my shiny new STL in the model grounds, not really all that many rabbits

Rats though, down at the old QM(Tech) sheds and in the cookhouse - biblical
I left two years ago and they were a menace then


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#11
The only danger I can remember from Keogh was fat arse Glenda from the Ash Vale Hotel (no longer extant).
 
#13
How can the lack of vermin be a problem?
It is when one of your hobbies is shooting and hunting them.

The bunny huntings been very grim recently, not been many around at all, previous years getting at least half doz min each time out was normal, last few times out ferreting has been nil, not been worth the effort at all.
That said, there seems to be a lot more fox about at the moment.
 
#14
It is when one of your hobbies is shooting and hunting them.

The bunny huntings been very grim recently, not been many around at all, previous years getting at least half doz min each time out was normal, last few times out ferreting has been nil, not been worth the effort at all.
That said, there seems to be a lot more fox about at the moment.
Not for long see post #9

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#15
lack of fox hunting might have something to do with it, and the two years of shit weather wont help, Am I right in thinking rabbits are one of those critters who can turn off their breeding cycle when stressed?

mind you I have a feeling general woundwort might have finally perfected stealth technology.
 
#18
lack of fox hunting might have something to do with it, and the two years of shit weather wont help, Am I right in thinking rabbits are one of those critters who can turn off their breeding cycle when stressed?

mind you I have a feeling general woundwort might have finally perfected stealth technology.
Rabbits don't just 'switch off' their breeding. You are obviously just crap at seducing them.

May I suggest you try flowers and carrots.
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#19
Hardly any around here now given that two years ago I could pop them from my front doorstep. No foxes up here to keep the population down but plenty of polecats, ravens and feral cats that will do the job. Even the otters will take the young on a bad fishing day. We've had a really wet year though and the main area where the bunnies burrow was turned to marshland in the summer so probably a good bit of pneumonia and drowning.
 

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#20
We are holding a fox drive this coming saturday, I've to dig out the SG as the AAA is only 3inch and I am using an AYA game gun! I didnt see many rabbits and the estate backs onto Polegate which is why we bag about 8 foxes on a normal shoot day!
 

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