The other night, I was out hiking with a friend and we noticed several rabbits along the way. Since we were only looking to get some miles in for a good workout, and test out a new pack, the rabbits were safe. Lucky them.
However, I could not help but think of how delicious rabbit is, and how plentiful. Which led me to think that some of you may be interested in seeing how easily one can be dispatched, and processed as food.
Providing you have trapped and not shot your rabbit, this video shows one method I was taught (I was also taught the J-hook method, which I prefer). I’m not sure there is an official name for this method, but I’ll just call it the “heavy stick & throat slit” method. In this method, a heavy stick is used to hit the rabbit behind the ears as the rabbit is hung upside down by it’s hind legs. This either knocks the rabbit unconscious, or kills it instantly (depending on how hard you hit it). It is then hung upside down by it’s hind legs from a branch using cordage, and it’s carotid artery cut, so it bleeds out. While the animal MAY feel the initial strike, it’s unlikely to feel anything after that.
Warning: this video DOES show the actual dispatch of the rabbit. It is very quick, and the person processing the rabbit is a very well versed professional. If any of this bothers you, simply do not watch the video. Otherwise, it’s a very, very informative and step by step instruction on how to provide food for yourself and your family.
Once this is done, the skinning and cleaning can begin, which is mainly what this video spends time on. (Pay close attention to the process of removing the urine and gall bladders)
As you can see, dispatching food does not have to be a scary thing for the animal, or you. When done with respect, confidence, speed, and efficiency, it can be relatively painless for all involved.
Remember to use as much of the animal as possible. Parts you don’t eat can be used for bait for larger animals, and the skin can be tanned using the brains, then used for clothing.
I hope you found this educational, and helpful.
As always, ne te quaesiveris extra.