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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
Type Text
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Language eng
Rights Management Snow College
Holding Institution Snow College
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Date Created 2005-03-01
Date Modified 2005-03-01
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Title Sanpete Rabbit Drives
Description Guns were not permitted on some of the larger drives, but on others, guna were used to shoot the rabbits that broke back through the line of drivers. As the drive progressed, the line of drivers shortened so the drivers came close together, and the shooting was stopped so there would, be no accidental shooting of the participants. On some drives in later years held west of Manti and Ephraim, two lines of drivers were formed. The first line included men and boya carrying clubs which drove the rabbits forward. The second line was made up of men with shotguns that shot the rabbits that ran back through the first line. The shooters carried the rabbits they shot until they were picked up by horsemen that patrolled the line leading pack horses. When the pack bags on the horses were filled with rabbits, they were taken to a road and emptied into trucks that hauled them to a central location, & classic example of a large rabbit drive was one held about 1922 between the towns of Mt. Pleasant and Spring City in which the people of both towns participated. A joint committee was organized to plan and direct the drive. Lyman Aldrich was chairman of the Spring City delegation, and John K. Madsen was in charge of the Mt. Pleasant members. The committee selected the site for construction of the "V"-wing fences and holding pen on the east side of the road between the two towns on land owned by "Fat" Hansen of Spring City, Plans were made for building the facilities, arranging finances, recruiting people to make the drive, and supervise the activity. On the midwinter day when the drive was held, hundreds of mer: and boys carrying clubs cane to take part in the drive. They had been directed in advance to have the older and less vigorous people form the beginning of the line close to the driving chute where there would be lese walking, and the younger and stronger drivers were sent to the more remote locations. All the land between Mt. Pleasant and Spring City, from the foothills to the road between the two towns, was included in the huge cifcle of drivers. When all drivers were in place, they started advancing toward the killing place. The drivers were spaced far apart at the beginning, so they zigzagged back and forth as they advanced to flush the rabbits from their hiding places and keep then moving forward* Socks and sticks were thrown to head the rabbits in the right direction and ¦any dogs helped to keep then from escaping through the line. Moat of the -49-
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Date Modified 2005-02-19
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