Being of reasonably sound mind, I am positive that, as you read this month’s column some of you are going to say, “is he nuts?” Most of you are going to think that I am leading you down the path with another of those wild goose chase stories that I seem to be known for. Please hear me out! I am going to share an old time method for field dressing rabbits that is quick, efficient, and entertaining, at least for some members of the party! We are right smack in the peak of our hunting season for varying hares, aka snowshoe rabbits. So, with further ado, here is my method.
While the rabbit is still warm, make a slit at the very bottom of the body cavity, where the rear legs meet. Slice only the skin and be careful not to slice open the intestines. Make this slit all the way to the breastbone and slice through the ribs and breast bone if you can, again without opening any intestines or lungs. Keep in mind that this may take one or two practice sessions before you get this down, but you do this correctly, you’ll empty the belly cavity of all intestines, without ever getting your hands messy. Now comes the tricky part; grab the rabbit by his neck and swing him like you were swinging a baseball bat, but DO NOT follow through. When you make your swing, stop the swing when your arms are extended and the intestines will fly out of the body cavity completely. When you swing the bunny, you should really put some muscle into this so that the cavity empties. Bingo!!! Your rabbit is now empty, and ready to be washed and packed in your cooler. A word to the wise; if you follow through too much with your swing, it will be obvious immediately!!
Give this a try on your next foray for bunnies. If nothing else, it will liven up the day! Check one of my past columns for my recipe for rabbit pie!
Next month…Sports shows and pre-season preparation