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Hares with a Springer?

Hi guys: PA hunting opportunities are getting slim this late in the season. I have a young springer that I started training on pheasant a few weeks ago. There don’t seem to be many birds left on the game lands. I am thinking about driving north for some kind of hunting opportunities.

I have hunting licenses in NY and VT already. I have put hares out over the years in VT and I know there are a lot of hares in upsatate NY. Grouse is closed in VT but hare is open through March. In NY, grouse and hare are open for about 2 more months. New York gives me the option of both but I’d have to camp.

I have a place to stay in VT but I’d be limited to hare. Unfortunately, I don’t have a beagle. Anyone here ever had success on hares with a bird dog? Thanks
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No idea withe springer on hare thing, but maybe created a post or thread to try to do a hare / grouse combo hunt? Team up with some beagle guys, hunt hare one day, then grouse the next day? I'm down to 1 beagle, but if you setup trip I would love to give it a try.
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Hi guys: PA hunting opportunities are getting slim this late in the season. I have a young springer that I started training on pheasant a few weeks ago. There donít seem to be many birds left on the game lands. I am thinking about driving north for some kind of hunting opportunities.

I have hunting licenses in NY and VT already. I have put hares out over the years in VT and I know there are a lot of hares in upsatate NY. Grouse is closed in VT but hare is open through March. In NY, grouse and hare are open for about 2 more months. New York gives me the option of both but Iíd have to camp.

I have a place to stay in VT but Iíd be limited to hare. Unfortunately, I donít have a beagle. Anyone here ever had success on hares with a bird dog? Thanks
The reason people use beagles to hunt rabbits and hares is because they are slow. Springers are a lot faster and you would probably loose a lot of shot at hares because your springer would be too close for a safe shot. In addition, Springers are bred to find and flush birds not run them out of gun range. You could really mess up your dog running it on hares where it flushes birds out of range of your shotgun..

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Have you tried Beltzville evry time I go by I see a cock or hen. I am up there pretty often and see quite a few.
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My springers would jump a bunny then site chase for a bit till they lost site; hare are big runners and a springer is not designed to scent track long distance. You want springers to hunt close so when they flush you are in position for a shot. Possible to get a shot at a hare on the jump but you put the dog in a dangerous position doing so.

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Can't eat soup with a spoon. Don't know if hunting hares with a Springer will work.

If you are looking for training opportunities, check out dog clubs in your area; look for NAVHDA (North American Hunting Dog Association). There are a lot of people who love to hunt and train with their dogs. They are friendly and helpful with others.

Another route to take is a preserve. They are scattered around. There is one in my area. It is a pay-to-play game but it may be less than the cost of going out of state to hunt.

Good luck with the new hunting partner.
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Thanks for the suggestions guys. I asked because I have put out a few hares over the years while grouse hunting. It does make sense that a springer wouldn’t be much help. I would only want to flush them from cover, not have the springer chase.

Thanks for the tip on Beltzville. Maybe I’ll give it a try.

If anyone with beagles wants to meet up for some hare hunting, let me know.
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I use my springer for rabbit hunting all the time. She goes right in the brush pile and out come the rabbit out the other side. 9 times out of 10 if she goes into the pile a rabbit comes out. But i have never hunted hares if they hold up in brush piles ya you can use your springer. If you are going to try to use her to bring it back around thats more for a beagle.
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