Sanpete Rabbit Drives

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Title Saga of the Sanpitch Vol 16
Subject Pioneers
Description Stories and poems about early Southern Utah Pioneers
Publisher Snow College
Date 1984
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Language eng
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Title Sanpete Rabbit Drives
Description SANPETE RABBIT DHIVES James L. Jacobs Ogden, Utah Hon-Professional Division Honorable Mention Historical Essay Jack rabbit numbers in Sanpete County fluctuated greatly in the early years of the century, and they periodically built up to epidemic proportions. In peak years they caused severe damage by Invading fields and eating alfalfa, sugar beets and other crops• Some haystacks were so deeply undermined by rabbits eating the hay that they fell over. farmers, sportsmen, and the townspeople in general used every means possible to reduce the numbers of marauding rabbits. Entire communities planned and carried out rabbit drives to save their crops from destruction. The drives provided the sportsmen the thrill of hunting as well as protecting the interests of the farmers. Rabbit drives were started about 1910 and were continued at intervals until the early 1940's. Drives were held throughout the County, from iairview and Fountain Green to Gunniaon. They varied in size from a few men on small drives to several hundred people on the large drives. There were also many observers that came to witness the proceedings, enjoy the excitement of the drives, and a few rabbits to take home. There were several kinds of rabbit drives. On small drives the participants walked in a line through rabbit country and shot those they scared up. Sometimes two lines of hunters walked toward each other and drove the rabbits back and forth. More often, drivers formed a large circle and all walked toward the center, shooting the rabbits that ran out of the circle between the men. Shooting was done only in a direction away from the circle so there was no danger of people being shot. The most successful and popular drives were those where the drivers circled a large area of land and drove the rabbits through a tapering chute into a holding pen where they were killed with clubs. The chute was formed by two rabbit^proof fences built in "V-shape. At the point of the "V was a gate between the two fence wings which led into a net wire holding pen. On the large drives the line of people forming the circle was many miles in length and the -48-
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