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post #1 of 54 (permalink) Old 01-01-2018, 11:54 PM Thread Starter
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My Pa Hare Hunting Experience

Made it out hare hunting the first day of the season. This was only my second time hunting hare. The first time was back in 2006. This season my son and I headed north and tried it again. Didn't get anything or even see one, but I had a good time. We saw some beautiful country and even saw some fresh tracks. My beagle ran a couple but they never made a full circle. One was on it's way back, but then she must of lost it. She isn't quite a year and a half old yet and this was her first experience with hare. She is getting used to cottontail, but I think she had some trouble with the distance between those hare tracks. I was hoping to get out another day or so, but it didn't work out. I still enjoyed just being out there with my son and having the dog actually get to run one.

Also, I was surprised how fast she got out of hearing while trailing. Made me a little nervous being in unfamiliar territory and so far from home. I wasn't sure how I would find her if she got lost. So, I pulled the trigger and bought a track and train collar. I have only tried it once around home on bunnies, but it seems to work fairly well. It will be better once I get all the features figured out.

Took a couple pics and short video of some tracks we saw. Probably not very exciting to a lot of folks, but considering I never saw any in the wild before I was pretty happy about seeing them.

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post #2 of 54 (permalink) Old 01-02-2018, 09:59 AM
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I think it's a great post. It brings me back to when I first started chasing them. Careful, they can be addictive.
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That's awesome that you got out after them. I have the same pictures in my photo album when I went to NY a few years ago. Just finding tracks in the snow was exciting to me. Lawdog is right about it be addictive, all training season I found myself running snowshoes instead of cottontails.
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Keep at it, you'll eventually get one to come around for a kill.

Plenty of scouting and good habitat makes for a great hunt.

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post #5 of 54 (permalink) Old 01-02-2018, 07:03 PM
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That's awesome that you got out after them. I have the same pictures in my photo album when I went to NY a few years ago. Just finding tracks in the snow was exciting to me. Lawdog is right about it be addictive, all training season I found myself running snowshoes instead of cottontails.
Lots more fun running them instead ofcottontail....however if you keep killing them in your running area the fun will end.
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Good post...Iíve never seen one in Pa. Iíve always wanted to hunt them, wouldnít matter if I killed one. I saw tons of them in Maine whilebear hunting, but they were still brown. I saw some in November in Newfoundland that were 50/50 white. Iíve never seen an all white hare. In Newfoundland, the locals set snares on the trails in the snow. Youíll see surveyor ribbons everywhere along the roads marking the snare locations. Itís a big deal up there, snaring hares.
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You may not have harvested a hare but it still sounds like you had a great time outdoors with family. Great post.
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Lots more fun running them instead ofcottontail....however if you keep killing them in your running area the fun will end.
I said nothing about killing them, but even if I wanted to shoot a few during the season my dogs or I aren't good enough for that.
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I am glad you found the right areas to get into some hare activity. Those areas have been good for well over thirty years now and I expect them to remain good for many more years.

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Lots more fun running them instead ofcottontail....however if you keep killing them in your running area the fun will end.
I said nothing about killing them, but even if I wanted to shoot a few during the season my dogs or I aren't good enough for that.[/QUOT

Lol.,.you canít lie to me. Rumor has it you buckled under the pressure and hunted the best and easiest training spot around. The old timers that run there posted your picture on the trees to run you out.
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