samurai wrote:My lurcher bring rabbits live to hand and I dispatch them. Ferrets bolt rabbits into nets or if that misses the lurcher catches. There is no distance running with rabbits and they would'nt be edible if the dog sherrded it. Guns wound,dogs do not!
Rabbits are hunted by foxes,stoats,rats,birds of prey, badgers, mink the list goes on, a dog is just another predator in the precaurious world of the rabbit.
I didn't say anything against hunting rabbits with dogs or with ferrets. However hunting otters, beavers, deer, hare and foxes with dogs (all of which are traditional pass-times in the UK though thankfully now banned at least in law) by chasing them for long distances often with the dogs operating a long way from their handlers is not appropriate in my opinion.