I know this thread is super old. I also live in Bakersfield and I was curious if you’ve ever hunted cottontail near Mojave or Ridgecrest, CA.I live in Bakersfield, CA and I usually hunt on private Ag. land ( when I get permission of course). Have hunted a little on public land, want to try Carrizo Plain but don't know any spots. I hunt both rabbits and ground squirrels with Savage 17HMR, .22 cal air rifle, and 12 gauge semi auto. Used to hunt tree squirrels in Oregon years ago but have not tried for them here.