I Scalped a rabbit.................
One day recently while out hunting I scalped a rabbit. It was the first time I'd ever done it in my life and it wasn’t because I have any Red Indian blood in my ancestry or anything like that. It was purely by accident.
There is an old saying that goes like this; "If you shoot often enough at game strange things will happen". Well, that day, one happened to me, or more correctly to the poor rabbit and here is how it went down:-
We've had quite a bit of rain this last year and coupled with that it was summer down here in the land of OZ. Nature had already brought forth a beautiful thin film of green across the previously brown, bare paddocks & fields. It was a welcome sight after looking at everything burned and blackened by the summer sun for months. Indeed it was like a miracle, the change was that pronounced.
My hunting buddy Athol was able to come with me that day and we were commenting on all the green we were seeing as we drove over to the property. I picked him up just before 6.30 pm. as I knew the sun would set at 8.05 pm, that would give us over an hour in the field and for me to sit over some rock pools the pigeons come to drink from.
It occurred to me that the rabbits would be out in force chowing down on all the fresh green shoots, after all during the drought they've had to scratch down to get at the grass roots for nutrition. Sure enough, we saw several that were out and about as we drove through the gate.
Once past the house yard gate I pulled out my Savage combo loading it up and placed it on the dashboard. Although the main purpose for our trip that day was to shoot some wild pigeons for the table we were not adverse to popping a couple of rabbits if they presented us with a shot. And that's when it happened....the scalping I mean.
As luck would have it, one bunny held when I stopped the car. I had stopped because I'd seen another one running further over that I hoped would stop when Athol spotted one holding tight at the base of a wattle scrub tree only 30 yds. away. Naturally, I chose the closer target and wonder of wonders it stayed right where it was.
I placed the crosshairs on its head and touched off. I really got my moneys worth from that bullet because you never saw a rabbit do so many flips, flops while thrashing around like this one was doing. I commented to Athol that it should be a head shot but it's behavior didn't look that way.
The bullet had in fact creased it's scalp. It was not a simple crease like a line, it took a big patch of skin off of the top of its head right between the ears of about 1 1/2" round. That’s the first time I've ever seen that in my whole hunting career.
The bullet I used was a .22 mag. Hornaday 30 gr. ballistic tip which steps out at 2250 F.P.S. and while it ripped off a chunk of scalp it did not appear to have cracked the skull at all.
And that my friends is my story and I'm sticking to it.................Ha,ha!