Hunting And Cooking With Mike Robinson: Shooting Wild Rabbit

It’s early in the evening and I’m out in my
Huntsmen, hunting wild rabbits, but so far these notorious abundant little critters our
proving rather elusive. I think we’re just a little bit early. Probably
in about an hour the rabbits will come out. Open another gate and have a little drive
around. Right. Life in the country is opening and
closing gates, all the time. Especially when you’re on farms and I’m here, on a great friend
of mine, Holly’s, little farm just near where I live and she’s got this amazing business
called Farm’s to You and she basically has all these lovely animals and she takes them
into inner-city schools, kids and she teaches kids about wildlife and farm animals but she’s
got a huge problem. She can’t use the whole bank up there because the rabbits have completely
dug it up. So I’m going to have a little trickle around here today for an hour and see if I
can’t shoot a few of them and then we can cook something good. Rabbits being rabbits, I’m certain I won’t
have to wait too longer before I spot the first bunny. So I’m going to keep scanning
with my binoculars until I find what I’m looking for looking at every little angle, nook and
cranny and under every single hedgerow. Before long I spot what I’m looking for as
a rabbit hops out. Well one of the most important things, I mean
the most important thing in this sport is that you have to have the right bit of kit
and binoculars are key. Now I love these Swarovski binoculars, they’re brilliant but they have
an added feature that makes them invaluable, that is that button there and that button
there is the rangefinder. So I can look out the window here and I can tell within a yard
how far things are. Unfortunately on this occasion, though well
within range, this rabbit sits just out of bounds in another farmers field. So, I can’t
shoot it. Too bad, but it’s not too long before I spot another rabbit taking in the evening
air and this time, he’s on my side of the fence. So we’re just going to trickle very slowly
down here. See if I can get a really nice, safe shot on this rabbit. Okay my rifles not
loaded yet. As soon as I get within range I’m going to load a round and when I get a
safe shot into the ground, I’ll shoot the rabbit. Let’s go very slowly. As I make my approach, yet another rabbit
appears. Perfect. Now this one gives me a really good, safe shot. I’m going to take
my chance, load and take aim with the .22 and make absolutely sure that I’m safe to
fire the shot. I got him. Okay, so it always pays to wait. Two rabbits,
they came out, they had a little run around. One stayed beautiful and lovely and safe in
a bowl in the ground below me, and I shot him in the head. Did a couple of turns and
he’s dead. Suddenly we’re interrupted by the second rabbit
making a dash for it. Although the camera’s missed the action because it all happened
really quickly, I managed to take the shot and total success. Okay, so I’ve got one rabbit down there that’s
dead. Got another one that just hopped past me I shot that as well. So we’ll go and pick
this one up. When stalking or shooting rabbits with a rifle
like a .22, my Swarovski rangefinding binoculars make a huge difference. I can estimate absolutely
precisely how much a bullet’s going to drop thus making those clean head shots that we
chef’s really want. Lovely, healthy rabbit. Check it’s healthy
and now run your hand down here, and there. Push all the wee out of the rabbit. Piddle
the rabbit like that. Now that’s good to go. So dealing with a rabbit, much like dealing
with a deer, the better you can shoot it, the quicker you can deal with it the better.
Gonna go behind its hawk here, make a little cut and I’m going to push one paw behind the
leg of the other and this is called legging the rabbit, and that means we can hang it
up. Now holding it like so, hold it downwards like this and make a little nick like that.
That’s all you do. Now, turning the rabbit the other way up I’m now going to reach into
the hole I made, grab. Let’s have a look in there, look how clean
it is. That’s your perfectly paunched rabbit. That now is in perfect shape, any game dealing
butcher would bite your arm off for it. Clean and neat as you like. That is going to be
bunny korma before you know it. As I head off to collect my second rabbit
carcass I’m really happy to have bagged a couple of wild, tasty and free animals for
my cooking pot. It’s been another successful hunt and the farmer is over the moon. My rabbits been poaching away for about an
hour. It’s just pulling off that bone. Bunny korma, it’s delicious.

14 thoughts on “Hunting And Cooking With Mike Robinson: Shooting Wild Rabbit

  1. I am an old man in America and I just saw you shooting and cooking rabbits on a TV program. You were also canning them and you made sandwiches with the meat, but I didn't get how you did it, what kind of herbs you put in the jars. Is there a place where I can find this recipe and others you have? I'll definately watch more of your video's.

  2. do you reckon the rabbits might have been a bit elusive cause you were romping around in a dirty great pickup?

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