Rabbit Hunting Trends
The Small Game Program conducted surveys of avid rabbit hunters from 2009-2010 to the 2011-2012 hunting season. However, we received too few data to obtain useful information given the time and expense required to administer the survey. The MDWFP has conducted random, statewide surveys of hunting license holders almost yearly since the early 1980s (with some periodic surveys prior to that). The data below are from these surveys conducted since the 1980-1981 hunting seasons.
Figure 1. Trends in rabbit harvest estimated from surveys of licensed, resident hunters.
Figure 2. Trends in rabbit harvest estimated from surveys of licensed, resident and non-resident hunters. Data for non-resident hunters were not available prior to the 1994-1995 season.
Hunt, K. M. 2012. Trends in Resident and Non-resident Hunter Effort and Harvest for Rabbit in Mississippi: 1980-81 to 2010-11 Seasons. Human Dimensions and Conservation Law Enforcement Laboratory Technical Document # 133, Mississippi State University, Mississippi State, MS.
Responsive Management. 2012. Mississippi Resident and Nonresident Hunter Harvest Survey 2012, Harrisonburg, VA.