I'm one of the few on here (or anywhere) that loves eating jackrabbit, but I'll offer a disclaimer first... remember they're technically hares, not rabbits (i.e. cottontails) so their meat is dark red, very gamey, and much tougher than the latter. That said, you can't just fry or grill them like cottontails and expect to have good eating... you'll need to braise them low and slow. Check out Hank Shaw's website; he has lots of good recipes for "hare." A good starter recipe is a classic Italian ragu I make that goes great over pasta, but they're also great in chili, stew, curry, or any other well spiced slow cooked dishes. The ragu is easy... 1 whole jack, 1 big can (28 oz) of crushed tomatoes, 1 can tomato paste, onion/garlic/carrot/herbs, and red wine. Brown the meat first, then add your tomato paste and red wine, then the rest to cover... cook down for at least 2, maybe 3 hours, then shred the meat off the bones and add back to the pot. My wife and kids love it, and that says something since they were wary at first to eat such an ugly animal like the mighty jack.Looking to chase some jack rabbits over in el centro with my new bow. Ive heard a mix review on this, but are jack rabbit ok to eat?
yum, ill have to try that. so far ive only have ran into cotton tails. but im heading out this weekend so maybe ill cross paths with one.
Welcome JredI'm new to hunting, haven't been out yet, still doing research, target practice and reading posts here. I have a question, I've heard they are full of parasites, so when you kill one do you have to skin it right away or how do you keep them pests from getting all over you?
No need to skin right away.. they usually sit in the back of my game vest until I'm done hunting. I'll have some fleas and ticks left in my bag but no big deal. Tularemia is a real threat but is very rare. For that reason they recommend using gloves to handle rabbits but I never do. Botfly larvae sometimes show up under the skin and are nasty finds, but are completely harmless. I've shot a ton of cottontails and jacks and only once I tossed it because of an odd colored liver. They're healthier animals than the interwebs make it seem.I'm new to hunting, haven't been out yet, still doing research, target practice and reading posts here. I have a question, I've heard they are full of parasites, so when you kill one do you have to skin it right away or how do you keep them pests from getting all over you?
haha yea i learned that the hard way, i sometimes keep the belt for fly tying and the first time around i had fleas everywhere hahaYes forgot to add. I carry a small trash bag. I keep the rabbits in it and in my bird vest to contain the fleas before I skin them
The fleas carry many infectious diseases. May want to keep the rabbit pelts.
Fresh rabbit stew is awesome.
im usually higher in julian and laguna, havent seen many fleas up there maybe its an elevation thing.Me too Lol.
I keep a heavy duty trash bag
In my back pack for any occasion.
I think I used it at hollenbeck wildlife area. Those rabbits were
Loaded with fleas.