i dont think you can control the speed the bunnies run at, true you could probably make them go faster but the skitty ones that are always going to sprint and wont slow down no matter how slow and steady you are..
now the bounce off is imo a bit more controlable although in netting game nothing is a given..
in the video if i remember was hemp net well for a start i would get rid of that and have sheet neting or engels if it was possible. 4z, double knitt and a correct set net with ample bagging will limit this as the bunnies ball up and if its of a good size mesh the head of the rabbit is going through the mesh..
all you can do is move slow and set the correct net the best you can..
you can control the speed and direction rabbits will travel just by your own actions. Obviously not every rabbit but as a general rule you can.
thats my point. you can get them all to go fast but some sprint and you can not slow them down.. i just don not write/ explain myself very well
i have seen a bunny (full moon out wi mr wilk) run down a banking for 50 yds and through a gate then sprint a thurther 100 yds to hit a net.. absolutly no way i could have slowed that down unless i had sat mr wilks near the gate and got him to stick out his foot as it ran past
but a good net set right will im sure cause less bouncers that a 6z set half arsed with too little bagging.. we do are best to do our best
Smithie, the object is to get the rabbits moving back to thier place of safety, then intercept them with the long nets. Most rabbits that bolt have been spooked by some one getting close to them before the rabbit winded or heard them. Give the rabbit enough notice that you are coming and they usually hop away infront of you, same as they do during the day, walk into a field of feeding rabbits during the day, what happens? The rabbits who were feeding close to you bolt for saftey those that are further out in the field will usually make their way to the hedge and then stop to re-asses the situation. That is the type of scenario that you want to repeat when night time netting.
As an example say a field is 200yards wide from where you have set the net to the opposite hedge. You place the net then walk round to start your bant.you are then walking with the wind at your back or coming from a side blowing your scent infront or to the side of you. The rabbits in that field could be anywhere from the opposite hedge to the net to a couple of yards off the net. Any rabbits that are feeding close to the hedge will have a shock when you turn up to start the bant, and as a consiquence will bolt for home. yet if you had bypassed the hedge and I know it is not always possible, gone into the field above the rabbits feeding close to the hedge would have more time to hear / smell you and not feel so pressured.
The problem is we are dealing with unpredictable wild animals all we can do is make the odds more in out favour, it will never be 100% in our favour but with a little thought you can reduce the odds somewhat.