I know we've all read the threads concerning ethics and moral obligations to then animal and wanton waste etc. I am sure most of us on the forum would do everything possible to track and harvest an animal that we have wounded. I know for myself, I have tracked wounded deer, bear, moose, sheep, and even a wounded wolf once. I know my own personal morals ethics requires that I won't give up on tracking an animal until I have found it, or if I am certain that I have lost the ability to track an animal because I have done everything I know possible to track the animal but have lost the ability to due to a lack of blood or sign. But how about small game? How far would you track a wounded grouse, ptarmigan, or hare? Yesterday I was presented with this question and I must admit I had to do some soul searching. I was rabbit (hare) hunting, and I wounded a rabbit and it went down a tunnel under a HUGE pile of snow. Normally I let me beagle go down the hole and chase or drag it out, but I didn't have my beagle with me (what good is a beagle in 3-4 feet of snow anyhow?). So, I proceeded to dig by hand. After about 15-20 minutes of digging with very little success, I began to wonder, how far should I continue this futile effort? Well, to make a long story short, eventually I managed to chase the wounded rabbit back out the hole (luckily), and dispatch it. But I thought I would post this thread to see what other people's opinions are on the subject. Is it really worth it for a rabbit? Is the value of the life of a small game critter any less than a large game animal? Where should we draw the line if there even is a line?