(New Blog Entry - 01/29/2010) JUST Updated!
What is a Jackalope?
Jackalope's are a mysterious, mythical and very possibly a real animal. They are also called: antelabbit, aunt berry, rabbicorn, Wyoming thistled hare or stagbunny. There are folklore tales of Jackalope's going back centuries, and so the question really has to be asked: Are they truly imaginary?
French detailed art drawing of a Jackalope from the 16th century.
They are a cross between a jack rabbit and an antelope, deer or goat with horns on the top of their head. There is a common Southwestern species of rabbit which has the name antelope jackrabbit. This is known for its amazing speed in running, and are rarely seen, and so they could easily have been described as having antlers on their heads. There is also a virus which is known to infect rabbits, called Shope Papilloma and this causes antler like tumors to grow on the rabbits heads.
Virus infection Cartoon Jackalope Pen drawing of Jackalope
Legends claim that Jackalope's are extremely shy, rarely seen and even harder to catch. The females can be milked while they sleep belly up, and their milk has medicinal qualities and a powerful aphrodisiac. A peculiar feature of this milk is that it comes from the mother already homogenised, because of their powerful leaps while running. They are known to imitate any sound, even human voices. They have been known to elude pursuers by whispering: “There he goes, that way!” in a humans voice and so confusing the hunters. One fable claims that if you put out whiskey at night, the Jackalope love the taste of whiskey and so will drink until drunk, and be easier to catch. Jackalope meat supposedly tastes like lobster. They are dangerous if approached, and must be hunted cautiously. They only breed during electrical storms and hail.
In Douglas, Wyoming they issue hunting licenses to tourists. These tags are only good during official Jackalope season, which is June 31. (Okay what is wrong with this??!)
Size: Males to 24". Females to 20".
Weight: Avg 6-8 lbs. Binge up to 12 lbs.
Horns: To 12 inches across. 2-3 points common.
Coat: Tawny-brown, lighter on chest & underside.
Disposition: Secretive. Easily agitated.
Habitat: Grasslands & KOA Campgrounds.
Range: Western North America into Canada.
Diet: Grasses, beenie weenies, smores.
Mating Ritual: Only during intense lightning strikes.
Population: Less than 10,000. (2000 Census)
Predators: Taxidermists, Tourists, Wall Drug.
Status: Endangered to threatened
Sure footed and agile. Nocturnal. Opportunistic. Crude ability to mimic campground chatter. Fondness for whiskey and Harley Davidson oil lines. Will attack if cornered or provoked. To avoid injury, quickly fall to the ground, remain calm and still while humming the Roy Rogers song, "Happy Trails to You."
They are a lot easier to catch with the help of Jackalope juice, or Jagermeister. So, if you listen very carefully late at night, (especially on a leap year) you might just hear them rustling and twittering in the meadows and beneath the trees. But don't expect to see anything other than a fleeting shadow for they are artists of disappearing into the surrounding countryside.
Full moon on a leap year Definitely looks like a rabbit with antlers!
Do they exist? Are they truly mythical or real? Well, you will have to find out for yourself, for we do believe they are real!! We will be looking very, very hard for a sight of them on our land up in North Dakota and perhaps we will be rewarded with the stuffed head of one to adorn our cabin walls!!
Mounted head Mr and Mrs Jackalope Peek-a-boo!
The Jackalope Ranch will be our last home, we hope, where we will build a small cabin, plant organic vegetables, have some goats, chickens, ducks, perhaps an alpaca or two and to just slow down and enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside. We hope to live in harmony with nature, and in partnership with our land and nature.
Where are we going and why?
Endings and Beginnings.....
We have decided to give up trucking around the 48 states of the USA. The economy has really hit industries hard and because no one has extra money to spend, there are few goods being made and therefore few loads available to truck. We have been very fortunate and trucking has been very good to us. It has been an honor and a privilege to be able to see the US of A, and we have visited all 48 states. Excepting Hawaii, to which there are no roads as of yet! Alaska we would dearly love to visit, and although we never got any freight heading in that direction, we fully intend to plan a visit on our own in the future.
We have had a wonderful time living and working in a truck, and we saw the US of A through many different roads and byways. We have visited many wonderful places and seen so many eye opening sights, met amazing Americans throughout this glorious land. We have seen sunrises coming up over snow covered mountains and foamy ocean waves. We have seen sunsets go down on hills, rivers, lakes and all four seasons and no matter where we were it was a truly beautiful sight.
But, the time has come to make some changes and now it is time to slow down, take some time away from the hustle and bustle of the road, and start to work on our dream homestead away from the bright city lights. We own some land up in North Dakota where it is truly beautiful, peaceful, slow moving and so very quiet. We have the opportunity to build a cabin with our own hands, to a design which suits only us. We have lots of trees, a big meadow, ponds with beavers, lots of wildlife such as deer, elk and moose and many others that we have yet to meet. The wildlife have been living without any human hindrance for the past 15 years, and so we hope to persuade them we can all live harmoniously together. Note to anyone who wishes to come and visit us, there is NO SHOOTING of our wildlife on our land for sport. We will only take what little meat we need to eat.
The purpose of this web site will be as a diary and photo journal of our journey – the challenges, laughter, pain and joy of building a lasting homestead for us to share with all of our friends and family. We hope you enjoy the journey as much as we plan to!! So please come back often, bookmark this page, and share the journey with us!!
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"I swear, by my life and my love of it, that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine. " -Ayn Rand