Headed to Hare country this morning at 4:45 am .
Lots of guys & beagles out ; but everyone seemed to be cordial and try not to run close together.
The first 2 hours were a bark here and there ; and a short but slow run for maybe 50 yds....then silence 😕
We moved to another spot and found lots of Hare sign .
As we walked in to nearly 700 yds from the road; my 12 yr old male opens up.
The other 4 dogs help out and slowly track the Hare for close to an hour.
It loops out and back several times slowly but not a glimpse of the white ghost 🐇
It lined out again to 300 + yds and then a check .
They picked up the track again; but this time at a much faster pace.
I and one other from our party decided to close in and see if we could get a shot off.
The vegetation was super thick.
Laurel, tamarack, ferns, weeds, etc...and almost impenetrable some places.
We finally get in front of the dogs and find out they've harked in to 3 other beagles running another Hare ; but much faster and steadier.
After meeting the owner ( I know this guy! ) ; we let our dogs down .
They continue to just hammer the Hare at times with few checks.
One guy misses twice ; then later the other hunter connects.
His first Hare ever.
He's got a huge grin when we catch up to him.
I don't know his name ; but what a great chase and I'm so glad I didn't pull the trigger on the Hare.20191228_134323_1577587994366.jpg
My one slower beagle logged 14 miles today.
Thankful for garmin tracking collars.
The dogs were outta hearing after 300 yds in that thick stuff.
What a beautiful day outdoors 🌲🐾20191228_134323_1577587994366.jpg