Imagine you owned a grocery store, and people came into your grocery store and ate all the food off of the bottom shelf and then left. What would you do about it? You have to do something about it or your grocery store will go out of business because it’s not feasible to provide food to bottom shelf thieves. Right?
Rabbits are cute little animals that are fun to look at and watch. They are also the bottom shelf thieves on our farm. See how much of the hay on the bottom of the stack has been eaten? During the winter months when snow covers grasses in the mountains they no longer have a food source. The rabbits migrate from the mountains to the lower grounds. They find food sources here, on our property, in the lower ground. The food source just happens to be hay that we have either grown and harvested, or purchased hay. We store hay throughout the winter to feed to our cattle. As you can see, rabbits devour a good portion of the bottom bales in our stacks.
We count on having this hay to sustain the lives of our cows until the next crop is produced. Many farmers build fences to try to eliminate the rabbits from eating hay. Some farmers try to eliminate the rabbit population by hunting them. Neither method works really well but we have to try to do something. Think back to my grocery store example, you wouldn’t let people eat all the groceries from your store without trying something. Yes, you try the least aggressive methods first, but when you are loosing all your profit, you have to try something. Hopefully that helps you understand why my boys hunt rabbits.