Thanks to a surge of cold air that blew through the state on Wednesday, Feb. 26, rabbit hunters will gladly take a pair of comfortable days to finish out rabbit season, which will close at dark on Friday, Feb. 28.
GON Forum member "J Mitchell" pretty much sums up the feelings of all rabbit hunters on a recent post on the GON web forum: "Hot weather and rabbit hunting don’t go together."
For the last several weeks, temperatures have been in the 70s in many parts of the state. It doesn’t take many rabbit races in warm temperatures before hounds and hunters have had enough.
Another GON Forum member, "p&y finally," recently hunted on a warm day in Jasper County. He posted on Feb. 19, "I met up with Jody ‘Hounddog’ and Mike ‘Faithrider.’ We knew 70-plus degrees is NOT rabbit-hunting weather, but you got to go when you can. Had some good races early, but it got hot quick. We stayed in rabbits the whole morning and never got more than 300 yards from the truck. Hounddog killed two."
A quick scan of the "Small Game Hunting" section of the GON forum shows that several rabbit hunters are ready to wade into the briars on the final two days, which advertise lows below freezing and highs only in the 50s across middle Georgia.
GON Forum member "specialk" reports, "It’s a ritual for us to try the last day. If the weather doesn’t work out, we back it up in the week until it’s good, but Friday looks fine. Weather looks good!"
If you’re not a member of the GON forum and would like to be, go to forum.gon.com. Post your rabbit-hunting pictures, and meet a great group of beaglers.