Are rabbit’s feet lucky and what is the connection between rabbits and pregnant women?

These are a couple of questions that may – or may not – come to mind at this time of year as some area hunters turn their hunting efforts to the pursuit of cottontails. rabbit

Missouri’s rabbit season runs from October 1 to February 15, but this is the point of the season when rabbit hunting begins to increase for a couple of reasons:

1) The winding down of other hunting opportunities (deer, turkey, etc.) turns the fall outdoorsman’s thoughts to chasing cottontails.

2) The traditional arrival of good old-fashioned cold weather that occurs at about this time greatly reduces the chance of harvesting a rabbit infected with the bacterial disease tularemia. This disease tends to disappear in rabbits when cold weather arrives because the cold temperatures kill the fleas and ticks that carry the disease.

Rabbit hunting in Missouri isn’t at the popularity levels it was in the 1940s, 1950s and 1960s; but it’s still an outdoors tradition that has a long and cherished tradition to many Ozarkers. The bag limit for Missouri is six and the possession limit is 12.

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