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Entered on: June 21, 2009 12:00 AM by Ross
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This is what happens when bunnies eat my plants, dammit!

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From: Ross Entered on: June 21, 2009 10:25 AM

We have had a bit of a rabbit infestation of late, and they've been eating our flowers and plants.  I've seen up to four of them at a time in our yard, tamer than squirrels, with practically no fear (for a rabbit).  So in desperation, I asked to borrow Heather's stepfather's BB gun, which incidentally appears to me to be the exact model that Bells and Shemp had as kids, so I was well-versed in its operation.

Last night was my first attempt at using it, and I wasn't quite sure that I wanted to do anything more than scare or lightly wound them, though I wasn't sure that would do much good, rabbit memories being what they are.  Anyway, there were two of them lounging around in the yard, and I went out there.  I fired a few shots at a few pumps each, missing each time, only succeeding in making them move a few feet.  Finally I got annoyed and pumped it six or seven times, aimed carefully, and pulled the trigger.  I'm not going to lie, I feel terrible: when the rabbit was hit, it reared up on its hind legs and toppled over backwards.  I couldn't believe it was such a clean kill.  Within seconds, he wasn't moving or noticeably breathing anymore. 

I waited till morning to clean him up and snapped this shot just before bagging him.  I don't know if I want to shoot any more rabbits, but I also don't want them destroying the plants in my yard either.  Any suggestions?

From: NickNick Entered on: June 21, 2009 11:10 AM

You BASTARD!!  I'm telling PETA.

Actually, one option I've heard of people using is a clear or black netting, or chicken wire fence.  While this doesn't appeal to the eye as much as pure flower growth, I've heard it does the job of keeping bunnies and birds off them.

As far as the clean kill goes?  Maybe you're an offspring of Fred Bear?

From: BigFatty Entered on: June 22, 2009 10:22 AM

Put the head on a pike at the front of your garden.  That should be enough.  I think there are some bushes or flowers (or even a spray??) you can plant that make a smell rabbits don't like.  I'm sure you Googled the topic.

But why waste your clean kill?  You should have walked that rabbit into the kitchen, slammed it down on the counter and told the woman - 'Here's dinner, cook it'.  You would have had good times that night for sure!  Talk about missing a pure primal moment.


From: Ross Entered on: June 22, 2009 12:06 PM

I think the preferred way to do it is to wrap the plants in those spiral cages to keep the varmints away.  But ugh, what a pain. 

From: John Entered on: June 24, 2009 12:37 PM

Way to go with the wabbit hunting, Elmer Fudd! I actually saw deer eating some of my plants but I don't think a BB gun would solve that problem.


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