My 1st trip to NY for Hare for 2 days this past weekend.Day 1- I was solo the 1st day with my 2 veteran Beagles Anchor(13) & Shadow(11). I got into the woods around 11am saturday and Not 50 yds in I see hare tracks . The dogs bark here and there but no fresh tracks yet. Temps were low 20's with a dusting of snow on top of 3-4 feet snow. (Snowshoes required).The dogs could run on top and eventually found fresh tracks and jumped a Hare; but slow trailing out to 200 yds. 10 or so minutes later a re-jump or different Hare and they come within 50 yds. but no Hare sighting. Lots of tracks but just ther cold nose beagle Anchor barking here & there. I decide to head to the truck and hunt across the street. Well that's when things turned ugly. I walked aside a swampy area and what I thought was solid ground was actually an ice covered water hole. I broke through 2 inches of Ice and both snowshoes went under up to my knees I didn't panic and eventually freed my snowshoes but water had seeped in and it was darn cold. I got outta there and checked my garmin..650 yds to the truck . By the time I arrived my feet were numb. It was 3pm so day over Could day 2 be any worse ? On the drive to my motel room I saw some good looking cover and decided to walk in a bit. I find Hare tracks from the previous evening so I decide to hunt there the next morning. Day 2 - I awake at 5am to 4 inches of fresh snow and 28 degrees w/ 78% humidity. Fellow HPA'er Jlane35 arrives at 6;30am with 3 young beagles and we head out to the newly found spot. We aren't in the woods 5 minutes and my Beagle Anchor Barks a few times on fresh hare tracks and then all ---- breaks loose with all dogs in full cry sounding like a runaway Beagle train. The dogs were outta hearing in less than a minute. I look at my garmin and Anchor's at 400+ yds. The hare turns and heads on a big loop right to the trucks . I try to get within sight of the Hare crossing but it's already past me and way ahead of the dogs (150+ yds.) The Hare lines out again and loops shorter but I still don't see it. I hear a shot and close to where Anchor Opened up barking Jlane35 puts an end this balls to the wall hare chase . That set the bar for the rwst of the day as the dogs jumped & chased 8 more hare and at one point had 2 Hare going at the same time. We ended up with 3 Hare shot outta 9. Considering there were only 2 shooters and the cover and the sneakiness of the hare I think we fared Okay. ( I missed one flying by me with 4 shots ) Enjoy the Pics !
nice pictures , but roxy is no young dog , shes 7-8
7 is young compared to my 11 & 13 yr olds. Roxy was soloing a hare at a nice pace while the other dogs were on another hare. She looks older but had absolutely no trouble moving that Hare by herself. I'm old but can keep up with guys 20 yrs younger than me :-)
I had my doubts that I would even see a Hare after saturdays slow running and my errant fall into the icy covered waterhole. What a difference 4 inches of snow with a higher humidity level will do to scenting conditions. The running actually got better after noon on sunday. When that hare cruised by me and evaded my shots : I walked over to the tracks and the dogs ran 2-3 feet to the right of them. That was some heads up running right there. Buddy was way upfront ; kicking butt & taking names !