Rabbit hunt a throwback

December 17, 2007 at 01:13 PM

In the not-so-distant past, rabbit hunting was a big deal.

Fifty years ago Illinois boasted 417,000 rabbit hunters who averaged 6.6 trips and 2.35 rabbits per trip for a grand total harvest of 6.4 million.

Those days are long gone. Last season there were only 49,350 bunny chasers in Illinois who shot 267,782 cottontails.

But some still enjoy chasing rabbits. People like Dale Bowman of the Chicago Sun-Times, who recently wrote a column about one of his hunts earlier this fall. During a visit to Starved Rock, Bowman spent a morning in the briars with Jim Wilkes of LaSalle County, Rick Rynkewicz and Bill ‘‘Kob’’ Kochanowski.

While it seems most bunnies live in towns and cities nowadays, there are still rabbits in the wild in places. Proof of that came during Bowman’s hunt, during which his group saw 15 rabbits, shot at five and bagged four.

Click here to read Bowman’s entire column on the subject.