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#1497370 - 01/24/10 10:56 PM Any one use Basset hounds for hunting rabbits?
NY Yote hunter Offline
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Registered: 12/23/09
Posts: 166
Loc: Orange County, NY
I got a female Basset who is about a year old and I was thinking about trying to get her to run some rabbits. Anyone use Bassets when rabbit hunting?

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#1502073 - 01/28/10 10:16 AM Re: Any one use Basset hounds for hunting rabbits? [Re: NY Yote hunter]
notimer Offline
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Registered: 03/09/09
Posts: 334
Loc: south central Va
They might run 'em fast enough to make 'em run
the big circle without stoping??????? why not
try and see? maybe some have.......I've had big
fast healthy hounds catch 'em before you can get
a shot off......what do you do?

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#1502075 - 01/28/10 10:19 AM Re: Any one use Basset hounds for hunting rabbits? [Re: notimer]
Catkiller Offline
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Registered: 02/08/02
Posts: 1844
Loc: Roland,Oklahoma,U.S.A.
we have bassett beagle crosses they are great rabbitt dogs.
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#1513266 - 02/04/10 11:40 PM Re: Any one use Basset hounds for hunting rabbits? [Re: Catkiller]
Dixiedog1 Offline
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Registered: 02/08/07
Posts: 1744
Loc: Maine
No but I really would like to see a good pack of conditioned bassetts running a rabbit. I bet those big old bawling voices would be downright beautiful on a good hare chase. I've got beagles and would like to be able to compare them.

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#1513977 - 02/05/10 04:46 PM Re: Any one use Basset hounds for hunting rabbits? [Re: Dixiedog1]
Snowshoe Hunter Offline
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Registered: 11/21/09
Posts: 611
Loc: U.P., Mich.
They are actually better at tracking than Beagles. Ran both back in the early 60's as a kid, and a good Basset would mean a limit on cottontail in Pennsylvania.

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#1513990 - 02/05/10 04:58 PM Re: Any one use Basset hounds for hunting rabbits? [Re: Snowshoe Hunter]
Redfrog Offline
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Registered: 12/12/01
Posts: 17892
Loc: Palliser Triangle, Alberta
In the late sixties in Ontario I was running beagles for rabbits and big hounds for coons.I had about 20 hounds.

A friend had been looking for a basset for a house pet. He called me as he had found some pups and wanted me to go with him and have a look.

As it turned out the people had two litters of pups and 4 adult dogs, 3 females and a male. They were splitting the sheets and neither wanted the dogs. Of course with only 20 hounds of my own, any fool could see I needed a bunch more. wub

I took the whole works minus one pup that my buddy took.
I had rabbits that I used to start the beagles on so it didn't take long before I introduced the bassets to the bunnies.
I don't remember laughing so hard at a hard working dog before or since. Three of the adults were keeners and got right at it. One of the females was not interested at all.

The pups were absolutely hilarious in the pen baying, tripping on their ears and chasing rabbits in the big pen. lol

I did hunt them and sold some pups to rabbit hunters as well.

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#1515188 - 02/06/10 04:14 PM Re: Any one use Basset hounds for hunting rabbits? [Re: Redfrog]
Savage_Fan2 Offline
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Registered: 07/07/09
Posts: 152
Loc: central, IL
My brother has had several good bassets and basset beagle mixes that would run rabbits all day. Ive only used beagles. But yes they can and will hunt rabbits very well. Good luck with yours.

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#1518653 - 02/08/10 08:57 PM Re: Any one use Basset hounds for hunting rabbits? [Re: Savage_Fan2]
nightwatchman Offline
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Registered: 08/21/02
Posts: 1790
Loc: Patriot,ohio
im sure a basset hound is not going to be the fastest thing in the world on a rabbit track.. infact id probably venture to say they are slower then a brace hound.lol. and thats hard to imagine.... but im sure a basset hound would have a great nose on it.


Edited by nightwatchman (02/08/10 08:57 PM)

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#1521259 - 02/10/10 04:37 PM Re: Any one use Basset hounds for hunting rabbits? [Re: nightwatchman]
UTTransplant Offline
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Registered: 01/21/07
Posts: 173
Loc: Ogden, UT
The nice thing about the bassets is that they have such a keen nose and they ARE so slow, generally speaking. The rabbits aren't pressed and will be less apt to hole up or cross boundaries.
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#1527678 - 02/15/10 01:36 PM Re: Any one use Basset hounds for hunting rabbits? [Re: UTTransplant]
BrentWin Offline
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Registered: 02/21/06
Posts: 632
Loc: Fulton, MO
Only one time and based on that experience all I can say is to bring a lawn chair. Its going to take awhile to bring the rabbit past you.
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#1528422 - 02/15/10 10:01 PM Re: Any one use Basset hounds for hunting rabbits? [Re: BrentWin]
NY Yote hunter Offline
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Registered: 12/23/09
Posts: 166
Loc: Orange County, NY
Red Frog that is a pretty cool story!!! One thing for sure is that those bassets are probally the funniest dogs alive! I let her chase some rabbits about a 3 weeks ago. She did ok, I am sure there are some things I could do to make her better.

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#1528538 - 02/15/10 11:06 PM Re: Any one use Basset hounds for hunting rabbits? [Re: NY Yote hunter]
Bryan8 Offline
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Registered: 01/26/09
Posts: 1548
Loc: New york
Brace pack on wabbit
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#1529013 - 02/16/10 12:31 PM Re: Any one use Basset hounds for hunting rabbits? [Re: Bryan8]
Toofless Offline
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Registered: 07/17/09
Posts: 194
Loc: Colorado
Its good to learn Bassets are good for something!

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#3179111 - 12/19/18 03:44 AM Re: Any one use Basset hounds for hunting rabbits? [Re: NY Yote hunter]
Rosette Offline
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Registered: 12/12/18
Posts: 1
Loc: Illinois
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Edited by DesertRam (12/20/18 06:37 PM)

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#3179127 - 12/19/18 08:46 AM Re: Any one use Basset hounds for hunting rabbits? [Re: NY Yote hunter]
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Registered: 04/21/01
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Loc: Missouri
Troll...
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