I've hunted snowshoe hares a few times this year but I haven't been out after cottontails yet. I decided to go look for some today. I brought "Thumper" my .22 cal Hatsan 95 airgun along. I gave it the name Thumper because its put many cottontails and snowshoes in the pot. I went to one of my favorite cottontail spots where a creek and river come together. It has a lot of cover and a good cottontail population. Just as I arrived a guy was pulling out with two dogs in his truck. I don't think he'd been hunting but everywhere I went tracks in the snow confirmed that his dogs had been all over. I think they drove most the rabbits into the heaviest cover since they were hard to come by today. I started slowly working around heavy cover and eventually a cottontail made a small change in position and gave himself away. Thumper did his job, slipping a pellet through an opening and I had my first rabbit. At least I wouldn't get skunked! As I circled another patch of cover I saw a cottontail in an opening. I could see his whole body and had a clear shot. I put the front sight just behind his eye and fired. The rabbit did a startled jerk at the shot and that was it. The shot felt perfect. I couldn't believe I missed such an easy shot! I broke the barrel and loaded another pellet knowing he was going to blow out any second. To my surprise he stayed put. Once again I put the sight behind his eye and fired. This time I saw a branch I hadn't noticed before quiver right in front of his head. The rabbit had seen enough and blew out, never to be seen again. I examined the branch and sure enough both shots impacted it. The picture makes the branch look much thicker than it really is. It was thick enough to save the bunny! I kept slowly working around cover and wound up taking two more cottontails. The third one made up for hitting the branch earlier. I caught a glimpse of a rabbit slipping through some cover. I had the gun up and ready when he paused long enough to give me a shot. All I could see was the top half of his head silhouetted against some snow in a small opening. Thumper did his job and connected, dropping the rabbit on the spot. The cover made recovering the rabbit a chore. This pic is where I shot from. I circled the spot where the rabbit stopped and was shot. I was more surprised by this pic zoomed in on the spot. There was a lot of cover that could have stopped or deflected the pellet. Thumper continues to impress me! Here's the days take along with Thumper.