Rabbit Regulations

Valid Permits

  • Daily Small Game Hunting Permit
  • Archer's Hunting
  • Small Game Hunting and Fishing Permit
  • Small Game Hunting Permit

Season & Limits


Primary Season: Thu, 10/01/2015 - Mon, 02/15/2016
Harvest Hours: sunrise to sunset
Daily Limit: 6
Possession Limit: 12

Primary Season: Sun, 11/15/2015 - Sun, 01/31/2016
Daily Limit: 6
Possession Limit: 12

Additional Information

Jackrabbits are protected at all times and may not be hunted or trapped. Cottontail and swamp rabbits may be hunted.

Limit Requirements

The daily bag limit of rabbits is 6 rabbits (only 2 may be swamp rabbits).

The possession limit is 12 rabbits (only 4 may be swamp rabbits).

During Deer Season

During daylight hours of the November portion of the firearms deer hunting season, squirrels and rabbits may not be chased, pursued or taken with the aid of dogs in Butler, Carter, Dent, Iron, Madison, Oregon, Reynolds, Ripley, Shannon or Wayne counties.

During the November and antlerless portions (in areas where open) of the firearms deer season, other wildlife may be hunted only with a .22 caliber or smaller rim-fire or a shotgun and shot not larger than No. 4. This does not apply to waterfowl hunters, trappers, or to landowners on their land.

Use of Cage-type Traps

In addition to prescribed hunting methods, you may take groundhogs, squirrels and rabbits with a cage-type trap at any hour during the species' open hunting season if you possess a hunting permit. 

The cage-type trap must: 

  • be labeled with your full name and address
  • be attended daily, and
  • have an opening 144 square inches or smaller
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