At the Portland expo I had some farm raised rabbit. It was very good, I have never had rabbit before. For those that eat rabbit, is wild just as good? We have a large rabbit population near home . Are they worth hunting ??
We only have the Snowshoe Hare where I live. They make excellent table fare if properly cooked, like most wild game they are very lean and easy to overcook. I hunt them all winter, I don't kill very many in a year but it's a great excuse to strap on the snowshoes and go for a hike. I also scout, watch deer, elk and moose on their winter range and try to thin the coyote population at the same time. I use a 17hmr so the hares have to be head shots and the coyotes have to be close. I get out at least once every weekend for a few hours, the snow conditions are perfect right now for snowshoeing.
I've only ever eaten one wild rabbit (that wasn't in some restaurant stuffed into an overly-spiced sausage or overly-sauced stew, masking the flavor) but we did raise a few meat rabbits as an experiment and they tasted about the same to me. It's a really good meat, in my opinion, and if you don't want eggs they're even better than chickens for raising at home.
Wild rabbit is great but is typically a little tougher than farm raised. I like to slow cook my wild rabbit in cream of mushroom soup until the meat falls off the bone. Serve it over rice or noodles. Good hearty meal for a cold winter day!
We just had a some fresh rabbit Saturday. It's fun to get the kids out chasing bunnies... beats letting them sit around playing on electronics!