Rabbits can cause a significant impact on agricultural production by reducing crop yields, damaging infrastructure and consuming or damaging pasture. Rabbit grazing of emerging crops can result in yield loses up to 100%. It has been estimated that rabbits cost the Australian agricultural section in excess of $206 million in production losses each year.
The main methods of rabbit control include poisoning, trapping, shooting, bio-control and fencing. Currently, bio-control is the most effective tool for rabbit control at the landscape level.
Shooting as a method of pest control is undertaken by a wide range of people. This includes government vertebrate pest control officers, landholders and licensed shooters.
Shooting is humane and very target specific and can be used to control rabbits. It can work in collaboration with other pest control techniques to reduce the impacts and populations of rabbits across larger areas.
Shooting can be conducted both during the day and night. Various techniques of shooting such as the use of spotlights, night or thermal vision, and organised flushes can be used to increase the efficiency of rabbit control activities.
Shooting can be an expensive option if landholders need to employ a full-time, part-time or contract professional shooter/s. If shooting is conducted at no-cost by accredited volunteer shooters, it then becomes one of the cheapest pest control techniques available. Landholders can then use costs saved by utilising volunteer shooters to fund other complementary pest management tools.
The SSAA Farmer Assist program enables landholders to find licensed, accredited and insured volunteer shooters to assist with rabbit control. We have thousands of qualified members across the country ready to help landholders and managers with rabbit control.
It only takes a few minutes to register for the SSAA Farmer Assist program so you can find friendly and willing volunteers to assist you with your rabbit problem.