Something is amiss. We have lived in this location for 8 years where rabbits where seen but not abundant enough to provide quality hunting. Starting last fall the number of rabbit is so high they denuded the cover patches of edible plant forages for chickens. Over winter they actually killed a lot of small trees. It is nothing to go out and see a dozen withing 50 feet of front porch. They are now major consumers of grain and feed left in feeding stations even during the day. The rabbits have rendered my live-trapping for raccoons and opossums ineffective because every single trap will have a rabbit in it within 12 hours, whether traps baited or not. My dogs are part of the problem. Normally they catch and eat a lot of rabbits, especially nestlings. My three year old participates in that type of carnage. Dogs pursuing on rabbit can not run a rabbit more than a 100 feet before jumping up another providing another target. The dogs are loosing interest in the rabbits. Dogs are running off consumers of rabbits (i.e. foxes, coyotes) and Great-horned Owls are not coming in very much which good for chickens roosting in barn. I like rabbit but have limits on how much we will eat. Season also closed now. So far, spring growth of plants is being consumed giving poultry area and yard a golf course look. Heavy rains with warm weather should fix that. Otherwise I will have some serious forage quality issues since a significant portion of what chickens consume is plants. Unless something knocks the rabbits back soon, we are going to have a plague of rabbits this growing season and they will cause damage. Two years back we had a plague of voles throughout area that extended beyond my property. I could have kept my family in meat by hunting those with a wiffleball bat and just swung at what I could see running over ground. This boom and bust stuff is new to me when it involves mammals.