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West Virginia Wildlife
Rabbit Hunting Passion
Patrick McMurtry Release The Hounds! It's Rabbit Season

January 29, 2014
Reporter: Patrick McMurtry
Videographer: Brad Rice


Winter is cold in these parts, and this year has been colder than usual, but did you know that this is prime time for rabbit hunting. This is one of those unique sports where you can chase animals and also compete against some of the best in the world. That's exactly what the Lee's do. They're not related but do share a love for rabbit hunting competitions. Jack Lee is kind of new to the sport.

"I'm 71 years old and I actually didn't start until about 5 years ago. I used to coon hunt all the time. We go everywhere, been down to Tennessee, me and him and his father went to the world hunt up in Michigan." says Lee.

And even though he was one of the youngest competitors, Devin's love for rabbit hunting, and his dogs, took him to the top in one of the events.

"I think I won by 20 points and when I came home and looked and the dogs I beat were world champions and champions, so that was pretty exciting. First you start by letting them loose. When you strike your dog you get 100, second is 75. You get points for that and there's a line." says Lee.

That's the complicated part, but there's nothing too complicated about getting a beagle out and letting him run. To Jack and Devin, watching the dogs is the best part of rabbit hunting and you can start them out pretty young.

"You can start them about 7 or 8 months old. They like to do it. Some of them, if you shoot a rabbit, they won't do anything, they just like to run. They're born to run tracks." says Lee.

And once you get it in your blood like Devin and Jack, there's nothing like getting out in the woods with your dogs and doing something you love with people, and dogs, you love.

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