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   WeHuntSC.com - Hoot, South Carolina's #1 Rabbit Hunter
  Hoot, South Carolina's #1 Rabbit Hunter

This past Friday morning was New Year?s Eve and a handful of the WeHuntSC.com crew and some other local hunters got together to go rabbit hunting.  We all met up near McBee, SC and Chip was even nice enough to have cooked sausage for everyone.  We munched on sausage and hung around for a little bit before starting out on the hunt.  There were probably 12 ? 15 people there and I met some nice guys from River Bottom Kennels in the Rock Hill area there too! 

While everyone was talking and eating, ?Hoot? (the internet phenom who grunts up rabbits) showed me the new addition to his dog box.  He created a piece of metal that reads ?Hoot?s Holdaline Hounds? and mounted it on his dog box.  So, if you are in SC and see a dog box with "Hoot's HoldALine Hounds" on it, then you?re riding behind Hoot.

Since we were over by Hoot?s truck I grabbed Hoot and did a quick pre-hunt interview.  We had to cut the first interview short as someone cranked a truck up in my ear and messed up the audio.  We did a second interview, but since the camera loves Hoot so much I?m posting both below for your viewing pleasure.  Shortly after the interview it was time to chase some rabbits.

WeHuntSC.com - Hoot's Hold-a-line Hounds sign on his dog box

WeHuntSC.com - Rabbit Hunters in the woods  
Some of the crew out in the cut-over  

We left and ended up at a cut-over within a couple of minutes.  Everyone got ready to walk through the brush of the cut-over.  I think the dogs could sense that we were getting close because you could hear their anticipation building in the dog boxes.  Some of us parked on the side of the road and the others drove up the dirt road that went to the cut-over.  Once we all got there Hoot did something that I thought was neat?he opened the hunt up with a prayer.  We all stopped and paused while he lead us in prayer and then about 5 minutes after the ?amen? dogs were hitting the ground.

I?m not an avid rabbit hunter, but once the dogs got on the ground it reminded me of when we went rabbit hunting last year.  Within minutes the dogs were all fertilizing the soil and a strong stench filled the air!  Hoot says that?s just part of the fun though!

    WeHuntSC.com - Bunns on the tailgate
  Bunns on the tailgate
We started trekking through the cut-over and the dogs were sniffing all around.  Some of the hunters in our group brought dogs and some didn?t.  With the dogs being mixed with other hunters dogs I think it took them a bit to get in the groove.  I could be wrong though, but the dogs seemed to be intermingling and checking each other out early on.  Since we had a large group we talked about some safety precautions and some of the guys didn?t even carry guns.  As we walked through the brush I kept waiting to hear the dogs get on a hot rabbit trail, but it didn?t happen as quick as I thought it would.  We were talking, walking, and listening at random intervals.

I wasn?t able to stay too long because I still had some family holiday functions to attend so I had to jet early in the hunt.  I would have loved to stay and get some more footage though.  I believe the guys ended up getting about 5 rabbits in total.  Hoot was kind enough to send me a pic of two rabbits on the tailgate.

It was neat to get out and meet up with some of the crew plus to meet some new faces.  I hope we can do it again sometime soon! Thanks to Chip for cooking and all the other guys for making it a good time.




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