Additional Rabbit Regulations

Only cottontail and swamp rabbits may be hunted. Jackrabbits are protected at all times and may not be hunted or trapped.

During Deer Season

During daylight hours of the November portion of the firearms deer hunting season, rabbits may not be chased, pursued or taken with the aid of dogs in Butler, Carter, Dent, Iron, Madison, Oregon, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon or Wayne counties.

During the November and antlerless portions (in areas where open) of the firearms deer season, rabbits may be hunted only with a .22 caliber or smaller rim-fire or a shotgun and shot not larger than No. 4. This does not apply to waterfowl hunters, trappers, or to landowners on their land.

Use of Cage-type Traps

In addition to prescribed hunting methods, you may take rabbits with a cage-type trap at any hour during the open hunting season if you possess a hunting permit.

The cage-type trap must:

  • be labeled with your full name and address
  • be attended daily, and
  • have an opening 144 square inches or smaller

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