Jackalope

image The jackalope is an antlered species of rabbit found throughout the western United States. The jackalope has two unusual qualities. First, it is highly aggressive and is willing to use its antlers to fight. (Thus, it is sometimes called the "warrior rabbit.") Second, it has an uncanny ability to mimic human voices. In the old West, when cowboys would gather by their campfires to sing at night, jackalopes would frequently be heard singing back, mimicking the voices of the cowboys. When chased, jackalopes use their vocal abilities to elude capture by calling out phrases such as, "There he goes, over there," to throw pursuers off their track.

The traditional method of catching jackalopes is to lure them with whiskey, since they are extremely fond of this drink. Once intoxicated, the animal becomes slower and easier to hunt. Some people attempt to catch jackalopes in order to milk them, believing that their milk is a powerful aphrodisiac. However, it is not advised to milk a jackalope! It is curious to note, however, that jackalope milk comes out already homogenized on account of the animal's powerful leaps.

Douglas, Wyoming has declared itself to be the Jackalope capital of America because, according to legend, the first jackalope was spotted there around 1829. A large statue of a jackalope stands in the town center, and every year the town plays host to Jackalope Day, usually held in June. Jackalope hunting licenses can be obtained from the Douglas Chamber of Commerce, though hunting of jackalopes is restricted to the hours of midnight to 2 a.m. on June 31.

It is common to find mounted jackalope heads in bars and homes throughout the American west. Douglas and Ralph Herrick, residents of Douglas, Wyoming, were the first to start selling such heads during the 1930s. Jackalope postcards are also a popular Western souvenir.



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In the early 1980's I have seen this animal, in Alberta, you can trust me I am a 20 year veteran of the Canadian Forces


Pro Patria
Posted by Lawrence Cotton  on  Mon Mar 29, 2010  at  03:50 PM
lmao Hilarius,
I got a jackalope for a pet,
she plays tag with my dog.
and all the traits listed are true.
plus they like sugar and stalking people.
lol roflmfao,...(*_*)
Posted by Dylan  in  by a jackalope  on  Sat Apr 24, 2010  at  07:10 PM
A couple of things that I've heard about Jackalopes - They can only be hunted in Leap year and they can only back into their burrows.
Perhaps they are related to "Side Hill Gougers" also. These are small deer like animals with two legs shorter on one side. They only walk on hillsides - obviously they would fall over if on level ground. You see a lot of their trails around hills in eastern Montana and Wyoming and very few in Nebraska as it is too flat.
How do you name a Jackalope? I've had one for awhile. Ron
Posted by Ron Knapp  in  Lake Forest, Ca  on  Mon May 10, 2010  at  12:39 PM
Jackalopes Are real! But they only Get antlers because of a Rare or a VERY RARE!!!,Disease. The disease can cause some rabbits to grow antlers out of their mouth! So CALLISTA MONTOUR you do not want one of them, they may be cute and cuddly, the disease may be harmful to other animals or humans...

Summer#9
Posted by Summer#9  in  orlando  on  Tue May 03, 2011  at  02:36 PM
Opps, thats supposed to be CALISTA MONTOUR spelled like that...
Posted by summer  in  orlando  on  Tue May 03, 2011  at  02:38 PM
2 things: one, in response to "lexi in somewhere"
they haven't caught a live giant squid yet,and we know that they are real. have an imagination.
two,i have a jackalope haiku!

eerie singing is
no ghost,but a jackalope
come for your whiskey.
Posted by dtd  in  galifrey  on  Thu Jun 30, 2011  at  08:20 PM
saucy jackalopes
rarely eaten in Texas
unless bar-be-qued
Posted by MMC  in  Texas  on  Tue Apr 03, 2012  at  02:10 PM
i know alot of '' jackass '' but this, i don't know
Posted by leupgaru  in  hellholecreek, brisbane, AU.  on  Fri Jun 29, 2012  at  04:51 PM
I believe they are real. I've seen proof.
Posted by sawproof  in  blakely  on  Fri Mar 15, 2013  at  12:57 PM
I love this tail as I would hear of the Jachalope from many hunting friends and just about everytime I see a harvested spike buck deer I would think of the Jackalope. Thank you much for sharing this story.
Posted by David R Thomas  in  Sayre, Pa.  on  Thu Jan 16, 2014  at  07:00 AM
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