How to Hunt Jackrabbits


A guide on how to chase, bag, and cook one of the most accessible small game species in the West

By Chris Grillot / Field & Stream

When hunting seasons come to a close, many sportsmen pivot to the water, exchanging their firearms and archery tackle for fishing rods and reels. But if you live in the West, there’s no need for a hunting break—there’s a tasty small game species you should be chasing. That’s the long-slandered, hoppy critter known as the jackrabbit. 

In most western states, jacks can be hunted year-round without bag limits. The Forest Service and BLM lands provide ample hunting opportunities. 

Now, I realize you’re probably thinking, “You’re mistaken, Chris. My [insert wise old hunting buddy here] told me jackrabbits taste like shoe leather. Why on earth would I hunt them?”

Because your buddy is wrong. Jacks make for an incredibly fun and challenging hunt and make for fantastic table fare. CONTINUE READING

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