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Not sure you can legally snare rabbits.

R657-6-6. Authorized Weapons.

(1) A person may not use any weapon or device to take upland game except as provided in this section.

(2)(a) Upland game may be taken with archery equipment, including a draw-lock, a crossbow, a shotgun no larger than 10 gauge, or a handgun. Loads for shotguns and handguns must be one-half ounce or more of shot size ranging between no. 2 and no. 8, except:

(i) migratory game birds may not be taken with a handgun, or a shotgun capable of holding more than three shells, unless it is plugged with a one-piece filler, incapable of removal without disassembling the gun, so its total capacity does not exceed three shells;

(ii) cottontail rabbit and snowshoe hare may be taken with any firearm not capable of being fired fully automatic; and

(iii) Sandhill crane may be taken with any size of nontoxic shot.

(3) A person may not use:

(a) a firearm capable of being fired fully automatic; or

(b) any light enhancement device or aiming device that casts a visible beam of light.
Can't find rabbits listed in the furbearers guidebook.

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I had considered that section, but it seems like it would be a little crazy if you can't trap rabbits. Besides, if it's legal to use wire snares chances are you're going to get a rabbit every once in a while. Looks like a call to a division office is in order if I want to know for sure.
 

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Yeah. They're the ones to call. But remember, they're not always on top of the regulations either. They kept telling everyone that you couldn't kill squirrels unless they were nuisance animals. Wrong. I had an issue with a bait station for bears. The guy I talked with didn't know that the law requires the owner of a bait station to display the C.O.R. within 10 feet of the bait.

I would be interested to hear what they tell you. Including which statutes or rules they cite. Please let us know what they tell you.

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I had considered that section, but it seems like it would be a little crazy if you can't trap rabbits. Besides, if it's legal to use wire snares chances are you're going to get a rabbit every once in a while. Looks like a call to a division office is in order if I want to know for sure.
Make sure that you call 3 or 4 different offices so that you can get the answer that you want.

Odds are you'll get 3 or 4 different answers.
 

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Cottontails and snowshoes are classified as small game animals in Utah therefore they cannot be legally snared or trapped as pointed out in the section fshrmn posted. Jacks, on the other hand, have no such restrictions.
 

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Gonna go ahead and trust Kevin D's word on it, I've been mining this forum for long enough to know it's a much better source than the old gals that answer the phone at the DWR offices.
 

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Those snares wouldn't be legal to use for anything. They have to have a breakaway device. (not that a rabbit would ever break one open);)
 

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Those snares wouldn't be legal to use for anything. They have to have a breakaway device. (not that a rabbit would ever break one open);)
When I was down in Texas I had Rabbits that would break away from a #260 deer stop. HUGE RABBITS I'M TELLING YOU!!!:mrgreen::mrgreen:
 

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When I was down in Texas I had Rabbits that would break away from a #260 deer stop. HUGE RABBITS I'M TELLING YOU!!!:mrgreen::mrgreen:
Jackalopes I bet.
 

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One more reason to stay away from Texas. And I thought the snakes were the worst thing to deal with.

Wasn't there a movie about giant rabbits? :shock:
 

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DallanC, I cant believe that you would show the Awesome Critters off like that. I see you've been to Eastern Texas hunting too. Lets try to keep this a secret. Don't want a good thing to go bad. 8)
 
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