Just got in from 4 days of seriuos hare harassment up north.
We had a super fun trip
Our group this year consisted of 2 senior citizens (80+ yo) and 4 young hunters one of which had never seen a hare before.
Our first two days we were on frozen dry ground with lows in the teens and highs in the upper twenties.
Our first day spot held loads of hare.
It started off on the first run with a HUGE run.
The dogs went out nearly a mile on the first hare and then split on the far side hill.
We got on em and split our forces. But as things got deeper and deeper into the swamps, We made the call and pulled both packs,
We went back to the trucks and restarted the hunt at about 11 AM.
We still took 9 hare for the day despite our North Woods delay. The garmins earned their money on that one. !!!
While the second day spot was down but had a decent amount.
We managed a half dozen a few grouse and young Grady found a fresh moose shed. Pretty cool.
The third day we got hit with a surprise snow storm that dumped about 7 or 8 inches of powder on us throughout the day.
We hunted till about 2PM anyway but only managed 4 hare and a grouse in the nasty conditions. Man were we wet.
That did set up the fourth day though. Fresh snow, the north woods and a spot with hare everywhere.
We had one of those memorable days with a dozen hare on the tailgate and the shot of shots being pulled off by Jimmy Welliver - 69 paces on a running hare crossing a log road with a .410. That's right a .410, Holy crap. !!!
So we ended with just over 30 hare in 4 days and made some great memories.
Here are a few pics. Myself or Bobcat will add more when we can.
Sam with our 4 young guns,
Bobcat and his two sons Deven and Doug
80 year old Don Ward and his grandson Jimmy Kearns on Jim's first hare hunt
Day 2 - Hares and moose shed and some feathers
Day 4 on the snow. Critters everywhere and smiles all around
Can't say enough how much fun this hare camp is.
Even though myself and my hounds go on many hunts each year, this is the big one, Great fellowship, Hunters at the beginning of their journey and others at the end.
It is a privilege to be a part of something like this, that brings old and young together,
These people exemplify what the outdoors is and should be about.