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Question by J.B.H. Uploaded on February 18, 2012
Sorry for the twitchy finger, and my answer should be that it is probably---most certainly ILLEGAL to shoot rabbits at night unless maybe you could prove they were destroying your garden.
County Road got it right. Third time's the charm. Check your state regs, but it is most likely NOT legal.
Well, if its not it should be.
Depends what state you live in, In michigan where I live you can kill any animanl on your property aslong as you have the proper license like I have my small game license and I am hunting rabbit, and racoon right now at 3:12 am
As chuchumad states it depends on the state. Though hunting on state grounds small game is off limits after sunset in most all states with exception to Varmit classified rabbits ( jack etc) I know the are classified as varmint in Texas and are 24/7. Michigan on the other hand they are not and are considered small game quaddrapeds. So chuchumad you had better make a regulations call. Not all regulations are printed. Better safe then ticketed for poaching or shooting after hours. And in Michigan, even on your own property you must have a license small game or otherwise including permits. Another requirement which burns my ticket is you must purchase a non-resident license even if you own property in the state for small game.
In Alabama a rabbit is considered a game animal. The only game animals that can be legally hunted at night are foxes, feral swine, raccons, and opossom. Shining rabbits with a light is definitely not legal under any condition. But under the nuisance law you do have a right to protect your trees from being girdled by rabbits, or protect your garden from them. And if you do kill a game animal causing damage to your own property, it is not considered harvesting, so the remains should be technically removed by animal control or some other form of law enforcement.
Not legal in AR either. You can ,however, apply for a depradation permit to mak it legal but only if the animals are causing damage to your property.
In WV it is a game animal and shooting one with a light will get you 10 days in jail mandatory.
In retrospect my comment was rather dumb. Though not a valid excuse, I was thinking of past ravaged back yard gardens (veg not flowers). I don't do this anymore nor have for many years and would not want my son doing this. I beg your pardon.
In WV if the rabbit is causing damage as to a garden you can get a crop damage permit to kill it legally. I have issued them before for vegtable gardens.
In michigan you dont need a small game license if you are hunting your proprety. at night? prob. not. why not just bait them in when it is light out? thats easier.
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