Our Jack’s are long legged, tall and skinny but you’d really have to be starving to want to eat one. My granddad had a great joke about “Jack Rabbit Stew”.
Starts out with a long and very specific list of ingredients to buy, how to prepare them etc and of course how they must be layered in just such away in the pot all around the rabbit or it just wouldn’t taste right.
Goes on with exactly how long to cook at one setting, then two more settings with the same very detailed instructions.
In the end you grab the rabbit by the back legs and throw it away and eat all of the veggies an taters because the Jack is still just as tough and nasty as it was when you started.
Our Cotton Tails are pretty small, by the time you dress them and cook it down removing the bones you’re probably left with less than a half pound of meat.
Handled right though they make a fantastic chicken fry.
I tried the pellet gun on a couple of them, got solid hits but it’s basically like sticking an ice pick through them making a very small hole, rarely exiting and even head shots were not getting clean kills.
We have a serious problem here with feral/wild cats and it wasn’t the least bit effective on them for anything other than making them jump, squeal, and run off.