Tularemia (rabbit fever) is not necessarily the problem it is seen to be. A
little care in cleaning is needed but thorough cooking of even an infected
rabbit renders it non-dangerous. The thought about not hunting rabbits
until there has been a freeze is pretty much an urban legend. Infected
rabbits can live through the winter.
There is a lot of good information about tularemia on the web. This is one:
> -----Original Message-----
> From: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com [mailto:SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com]On
> Behalf Of Dan Martin
> Sent: Friday, January 20, 2006 4:21 PM
> To: SCA-Archery@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: Re: [SCA-Archery] Re: Rabbit Hunting
> Not sticking my nose where it doesnt belong. You guys up north
> may not have the problems. we do down here in the SW but in
> Oklahoma we dont even think of eathing rabbit or any other varmin
> until we have had a hard freeze. Rabbit fever.
> Believe it or not we have yet to get a hard freeze this year
> and I have two blue healers and a beagle who dont like it. They
> like to hunt as much as I do.
> I killed two deer this year and both were covered with fleas.
> All Im hunting now are hogs and cayotes and thats a matter of
> self survival. Hogs tear everything up and cayotes kill your
> pups. So long as they dont get to over populated I dont bother
> them but both are real bad right now. Iv killed 12 hogs so far
> this year. Good meat but havnt put a dent in the population.