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Hello Knowledgeable Basset Folks!

one day when my arm is all healed i may go practicing tracking bunnies for Feel Trials again.

we know of a place nearby that has bunnies, but, we dunno much re: bunny habits. anyone know best time to finds them and such?

we assume early morning, but how early?
also what about the seasons?

like do they hibernate in the winter? or will i be able to find some the upcoming months (Nov-Feb). methinks Spring Feel Trials are in March.

also not sure if it changes from location to location, but i'm posting here on the national/international boards thinking it might not be all that different....

thanks
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scenting is best when there is moisture in the air on the ground etc so early morning and evening are usual best but bunnies in general are nocturnal they do not move during the day unless force scared out of where they are denning.

Rabbits do not hibernate

Cottontail Rabbits | Living With Wildlife | Mass Audubon
Cottontails are solitary creatures and are active mostly between dusk and dawn. Generally silent, rabbits may communicate by soft grunts and purrs and by thumping the ground with the hind feet. When caught by a predator, they can produce a bloodcurdling scream. To escape from enemies or to seek shelter from inclement weather, cottontails use any convenient natural or man-made cavity, such as a culvert, a dense thicket, or an existing burrow excavated by a woodchuck, fox, or skunk.
Wild cottontails have a life expectancy of less than two years. Nearly half the young die within a month of birth, chiefly because cottontails are important links in many food chains. Foxes, weasels, raccoons, minks, snakes, crows, several common species of hawks and owls, are all at least partially dependent on cottontails for food.
Cottontails do not dig their own burrows, nor do they hibernate. The average Massachusetts cottontail spends its entire life in an area of less than an acre and a half, although in the winter they may move a mile or so from their summer feeding area in order to obtain better cover or a new food supply.

jack rabbit Black-tailed Jackrabbit- Lepus californicus - NatureWorks
The black-tailed jackrabbit rests during the day and feeds in the late afternoon and the night. In the summer it eats a wide-variety of green plants. A favorite food is alfalfa. In the winter it eats dried and woody plants. The black-tailed jackrabbit gets most of the water it needs from the plants it eats.
 

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British rabbits certainly do dig burrows and are far from solitary. There was a golf course near my first house in Scotland and if you passed it early in the morning you would typically see a dozen or more rabbits. Here in Hungary they are quite rare and I've only seen one rabbit in the 2 years I've lived here, though there are a few hares.

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