Rabbit shooting in the Scottish Borders

Rabbit shooting is available all year round

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Rabbit shooting in the Scottish BordersThe European rabbit is found throughout the Scottish Borders and their preferred habitat is grassland, meadows, moors and woods. Rabbits live in large social groups generally in a series of underground burrows called a warren, with current population estimates of around 40 million in the UK.

The male rabbit is called a buck and the female a doe. Most active at dawn and dusk, rabbits are very wary of predators having excellent eyesight, hearing and sense of smell. They are herbivors with their main diet consisting of grass, leafy weeds, crops and tree saplings.

In the countryside, rabbits are seen as vermin as large numbers can cause considerable damage to crops, and huge warrens can lead to ground subsidence. Due to their numbers, rabbit shooting in the Scottish Border is a popular and inexpensive sport and they can be hunted in a number of ways:

  • Ferreting - use of tame ferrets to flush rabbits from their warrens so that they can be shot or trapped in nets.
  • Lamping - use of high powered spotlights at night to allow them to be shot with a rifle or shotgun.
  • Walked Up - using dogs to flush the rabbits, they can be shot whilst walking through grass or moorlan, often as part of a mixed walked up day.

As with all game, rabbit are great for eating.

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