Here are some pictures from a hunt my brother David and I went on in Central Kansas this week (April 23 & 24 2015). We were the guests of Mike, Dene and Dane Herbel and we were hunting on their family land. Kansas is a beagler’s and rabbit hunter’s dream come true even though few people in this part of Kansas, or Texas for that matter, hunt rabbits. We hunted four different pastures and found plenty of game in each. One place in particular was over-run with rabbits and we did our part to thin the herd.
We killed 18 total in one and a half days hunting. The dogs caught three, two that were injured and a third that appeared to get away from the shooters clean and continued to take the hounds on a long run. He eventually made a tactical error by squatting in a wheat field and a couple of the beagles caught him.
At the end of the hunt we had 16 rabbits cleaned, washed and soaking in iced salt water for the drive back to Texas.
Here are some images from the hunt.
Six beagles in full cry trailing one of many cottontails along side this seldom used railroad track.
If you’re not the lead dog….
Driving one out of this field back toward the tracks.
Bandit Got a Sight Chase
Dane and Dene waiting for the rabbit to appear ahead of the hounds
Pushing one back to the creek from the stubble
The pack motoring to a downed rabbit. Dene had to get there quick once they got to it but he was rewarding the hounds by letting them find the dead rabbit.
One of my seven month old females got some front on the pack. It didn’t happen much if ever again that day but I was glad to capture it.
David looking over some nice hounds and hoping to see the rabbit pop out.
The Stars of The Hunt
(Apologies to Rainman — I didn’t pose him but I should have)
In no particular order
David Posing Little Joe
Bandit or “Gump” as he is also called
David posing Bandit. Dane on the left and Dene on the right.
David posing Marshall
Me posing Sooner-Run-Lizard. Lizard is a little over four weeks pregnant in this photo.