Mississippi's rabbit hunters can look to the ample public lands around the state for quality hunting opportunities, the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks said.

"Almost all of our open public lands allow hunters to hunt small game with dogs, although some areas may have special regulations," MDWFP Small Game Program Coordinator Dave Godwin said.

The season opened last Saturday (Oct. 15) and continues through Feb. 28, 2012.

Be sure to read the regulations.

Rabbit hunters should scout for areas with an ample mixture of native grasses, legumes and other broadleaf plants, and low brushy cover, the MDWFP said.

Rabbit populations are expected to be abundant where habitat is suitable. However, there could be exceptions.

"Some of the public land areas in the Delta that were severely flooded may have fewer rabbits this year, but rabbit populations will recover quickly where habitat is suitable," Godwin said.

More information on rabbit hunting and management can be found on the MDWFP's rabbit management Web page  or call 601.432.2400.