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Can I eat the rabbits my cat catches?

Based on several sources related to parasites that can be found in rabbit meat, as noted in other answers in this post, it is difficult to correctly diagnose whether a rabbit has been infected or not ...
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"Don’t step on anything you can step over." - What does this mean?

Firstly, safety. Stepping or leaning on a rotten log is not fun if you end up going through it (Dynadin did it when Geocaching and ended up with a large number of scratches down one arm, and it could ...
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Can I eat the rabbits my cat catches?

Can I eat the rabbits my cat catches? The short answer is yes, but most people would not. Our cat would do the same thing as yours, when we lived in the country. Sometimes the rabbit was just as big ...
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Why are there separate seasons for archery and firearm hunting for deer?

I think the main reason for this is that the hunting styles are a lot different between the two. Archery hunters often don't wear orange and get very close to the their prey while gun hunters wear ...
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How likely are you to be injured by falling shot from a game shoot?

Pheasant shooters will almost certainly be using shotguns, not rifles. A shotgun cartridge contains many small pellets, and they lose their velocity much more rapidly than bullets do. In fact, their ...
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What is the responsible way to sell a firearm?

One possible solution, if you find a buyer that is willing to wait for it, i have heard of people taking a copy of the buyer's drivers license to the police station and asking them to run it to check ...
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How to humanely kill an injured rabbit?

unfortunately, you have limited choice. My suggestion is to hold the rabbit body in one hand, and the head in the other, quickly snapping the head up and backwards will break the spinal column and ...
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Can I eat the rabbits my cat catches?

TLDR Wear gloves! Discard the rabbit if there are white spots on the liver Use a meat thermometer and make sure your meat is cooked through to 165 F / 74 C. My copy of Joy of Cooking contains this ...
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What is this weird mechanical thing I found in the woods?

The fact that's it's staked out near a hunting tower suggests it's bait to attract animals. A couple of factors suggest it's meant for wild boar (which are found in Austria), or at least to withstand ...
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Why do you not aim for the head while archery hunting?

Compare a human skull to that of a deer. The human skull is dominated by the brain, so a shot to the head is likely to penetrate the cranium and brain. On the other hand, a deer brain is very small ...
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Deer activity in the wet

This behavior is well-known to be honest. There's this myth that white-tail activity increases if it rains (the deer seeks shelter). However, the truth is that this doesn't really affect the daily ...
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How to humanely kill an injured bird?

In the UK you should probably contact the RSPCA or RSPB. I think RSCPA is probably best as they actually do welfare stuff whereas RSPB is about conservation. They should have the best knowledge of ...
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What is pelt sealing and why is it required for certain species?

From reading the question, I suspect the OP understands "sealing" to be the verb described by the description "apply a nonporous coating to (a surface) to make it impervious.". When they talk about ...
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Why do you not aim for the head while archery hunting?

The head tends to be a harder target to hit than the vital organs in the center of the body, but a penetrating hit there is more likely to take a human or animal to unconsciousness and inability ...
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Are elk and deer colorblind to blaze orange/pink clothes?

Humans have trichromatic vision. Deer, Elk (wapiti) and some other animals have dichromatic vision. It's not that deer and Elk can't "see" oranges and reds, they just perceive them differently. ...
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How likely are you to be injured by falling shot from a game shoot?

Falling birdshot stings a little, but I've never known it break the skin. It's no worse than having a 5p piece dropped on you from a couple of feet up. If you're on a public footpath, guns may not ...
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What does it mean for a caliber to be flat shooting?

Bullets follow a parabolic arc as seen below, Image Source As you can see the yellow line is a bullet fired from a longer barrel which results in a higher velocity and thus less drop over distance. ...
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Why would archery season be either before or after rifle season?

Your question was about deer hunting in Pennsylvania and Oregon where the majority of the deer are whitetail deer and mule deer, respectively. My answer applies to both, generally. There are many ...
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What is the responsible way to sell a firearm?

There are three ways that I am aware of, as a private seller to sell your guns to someone else correctly. Keep in mind that correctly is very jurisdiction-driven, and in some ways dependent on opinion....
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Which wildlife is it legal to hunt in the UK?

From gov.uk you can hunt the following legally: Birds You don’t need a licence to hunt: game birds, eg pheasants and grouse quarry birds and certain wild birds, eg moorhens and woodcock certain ...
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Outfitter does "game prep but not processing"

It means that they will clean and gut/quarter but not turn it into jerky/steak/hamburger for you. In other words they will help you get it out of the field and then it’s up to you to process it from ...
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How to humanely kill an injured bird?

As a rancher, I routinely have to dispatch injured birds. If you don't have a knife handy, there are two ways: Grasp the bird by the head and use a whipping motion to decapitate. The body separates ...
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How to humanely kill an injured rabbit?

Unless the animal had entrails spilling out or was dragging its paralyzed hindquarters, probably best to give it the benefit of the doubt. It might recover.
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How to humanely kill an injured rabbit?

No! Don't do this with your own hands. You can't kill him instantly without pain and without blood. If you try to break his neck, very surely you won't know the correct moves which is needed for that,...
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Staying safe from hunters while hiking in France

TL;DR Know the season Know when and where hunting is allowed Know the time hunters are most active Make some noise Most important: wear the right colours Answer Good question! Staying safe from ...
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"Don’t step on anything you can step over." - What does this mean?

It means to be mindful of what you do, how and where you move, what you do to your environment and so on. Aside the topics mentioned by @Aravona (security, noise), it may mean to avoid unintended ...
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"Don’t step on anything you can step over." - What does this mean?

This statement is one of those pieces of wisdom that sounds profound, but isn't. Following this advice can lead you into trouble as easily as it can help you avoid trouble. The other answers have ...
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"Don’t step on anything you can step over." - What does this mean?

I have always heard this in a hiking context, where it is fatigue and safety related. There is also a 'second verse' in the version I was taught: dont step on something you can step around. It is ...
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