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post #21 of 63 (permalink) Old 01-08-2020, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Hare hunting isn't about a harvest

So in other words, a harvest is neither Hare nor There ?
It is never about the harvest.
The day Our dogs ran with others was enjoyable to see the hunters 1st hare shot .
If my dogs have a chase ; and both they and I return home safe and sound; its a great day in the woods.
I was solo most of the day on New Years .
My dogs hunt their hearts out and live for the chase.
The 12 year old might not make another year and he just howls when I put on hunting clothes as he knows it is whst he's bred for.
Hopefully I can get to NY for Hare in the next month where the season is long and open every day.


I've only shot 3 rabbits this season and now 1 hare.

New Year's day hunt was an exploration of different areas too; and some beautiful scenery as well.
I do make a great casserole out of hare .
Broccoli , cheese, and hare.
Found it in the GC cookbook .
Actually meant for squirrel but any game meat will suffice.
I've probably driven over 5,000 miles in the last 15 years just scouting and running Hare.
The woods they call home is like nothing around my area.
I've met a few great people on here and locals too in the northeast woods.
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Are you guys serious? More hare than any point since the 80's. If that was the case do you think the game commission would have reduced the daily bag limit from 2 hare to 1 hare? The population is by far at it's lowest point in my years of chasing them and I know this side of the state has a higher population than you guys have out east.

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Stop drinking the koolaid john.
The GC is clueless sometimes.
The fisher reintroduction?.
Yeah and I've seen tracks where the hare are .
Guess what they're eating?
Hopefully they disappear .
They don't eat every hare but do take some I'm sure.
Jimbridger and another on here probably run more hare year round than anyone.
I find the population the same as 15 years ago ...or in some areas better.
Come on east sometime and I can show you .
There are some places a Hare never sees a human or dog.
If you take one guy's viewpoint on here seriously well...
Nobody posts pics either but a few.
There's so much untapped gamelands where they exist it's unreal.
Granted some are close to houses and busy roads.
The hunting pressure was /is still very low.
The cover is different from the Alleghenies too.

I've only seen one other guy with beagles on New years day in 10 years or so.
It's a dying sport.
Just go to any spo or trail .
Those guys hunt too or at least some.
And their numbers are down I'm sure.
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The population in the east is hanging on by a thread. You can hop around from spot to spot and get jumped, but try hunting one swamp or cover a day. You are going to get one, maybe two jumps if you are lucky. Anyone that considers that good hare hunting hasn't done much hare hunting.
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First off I go to a ton of field trials and the numbers aren't low there, the sport of beagling is far from dying. I understand the cover is different out there, believe it or not I've run hare out east a few times in my life. I could post pics of dead hare on here too but I won't do it. As far as not seeing people hare hunting, they must all come out here for the season because it is crazy the amount of people I see every year. For years we never saw another group of guys and now you see 4 or 5 groups per day. I know a lot of guys from out east from the field trials that come over here hunt now because the population is so low out there. You would be surprised at the amount of people I know out your way, I even know a few of your spots just from guys I know running into you while out hare hunting.

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So let me get this right the sport is growing because there are less and less hare? "they must all come out here for the season because it is crazy the amount of people I see every year. For years we never saw another group of guys and now you see 4 or 5 groups per day." Interesting. Waugh!

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The population in the east is hanging on by a thread. You can hop around from spot to spot and get jumped, but try hunting one swamp or cover a day. You are going to get one, maybe two jumps if you are lucky. Anyone that considers that good hare hunting hasn't done much hare hunting.

You need to get out of the state forest and find new cover. Heck even SGL 127 has more than two hare per swamp. But you know that just keeping it quiet. Waugh!

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Where do you see that I said the sport is growing because of less and less hare? Duke said "the sport is dying, just go to any spo trial". I go to a lot of them and I said the sport is not dying. It has nothing to do with the wild hare population in PA. I'd come out and run sometime but I don't think our dogs would be a good match for each other, it would be a real mess.

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I meant Hare and rabbit hunting is a dying thing.
I haven't been to a trial in 2 or 3 years but in the east side of Pa ; I believe the dog numbers are down and very few new trialers are entering the sport.
The majority are hunters I think.
I've seen less people out on gamelands with beagles .
Bird dogs guys are out though .
Just my observation.
I did find a trialers dog collar in the St. Forest .
It might have been there a few years.
I know him as active in the trials here in Pa.
I wouldn't care if your dogs would be faster than mine.
That's never a problem with me.
Unless mine are 100 yds behind.
The slower dog gunner actually keeps up with fast dogs .
He's usually in the back though .
I run for fun ; dont give a rats behind if my dogs are slow or slashers.
I only have 2 that hunt anymore.
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Let's do it then. One thing I promise is I'll never go back to a spot you show me.

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