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It’s a tradition in my family for the men to go rabbit hunting on Thanksgiving morning. Our native cottontail (Sylvilagus floridanus) is the fourth most popular game animal in the United States, behind deer, turkey, and squirrel. They provide food and sport for humans and are an important food source for other animals higher on the food chain.

A healthy rabbit population requires adequate food and cover. The annual range of cottontails seldom exceeding 20 acres, and their daily range is only around three acres, so food and cover must be available in small areas. A farm with a good mixture of grassland, cropland, woodland, and brushy areas along wooded edges and fencerows should provide a good rabbit population for hunting. Here are some general guidelines for good rabbit habitat:

Food: In most areas food is not a problem, and it’s easier to list what rabbits won’t eat rather