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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 12-15-2012, 09:36 AM Thread Starter
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snowshoe hares

Do any of you have any luck hunting snoeshoes without a dog? If so, what are some good techniques?

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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 12-15-2012, 10:32 AM
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Re: snowshoe hares

I have run across there tracks a couple times hunting late season grouse. If there is no snow they should stick out against the background since they should be white when the season opens. If there is snow on the ground I don't think you will find them. The ones I know of use very thick cover. Good luck.

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Re: snowshoe hares

Thats tough. Find tracks and droppings and the tunnels and runways they use, put a shooter well ahead of you, and walk through cover and hopefully drive them out to ur posted shooter. Good luck.

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Re: snowshoe hares

Im very intrested in snowshoes, i was thinking ANF up past cooks forest? iv never seen one before, they are bigger than a rabbit? I would love to tan that hide. any help would be apriciated

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Re: snowshoe hares

Hare are larger than a normal cottontail and have much larger feet. Their tracks are easily identifiable in snow. They typically run larger circles when pursued by hounds as well.
They stick out like "light bulbs" when there is no snow cover on the ground and tend to sit alittle tighter.
As far as tanning the hide that might be difficult. The hide is very thin and tears easily.
Here's one I had freeze-dried about ten years back.


And one I had a skin mount done along with a grey.


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Re: snowshoe hares

Wow those are big its almost as big as that fox! or so it looks. do you think the area i mentioned would be worth a shot? im sure i can skin one i can do a nice case skined cotton tail, and yea i agree there skin is like paper im just careful id probly spend 20 mins or so doing it right where i got it... thanks

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Re: snowshoe hares

Yes the ANF is a good area. A bunch of us from the east are heading over there for the hare season. We got some good info on some prime spots.
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I've been on Google Earth all morning. Starting to get excited.
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Re: snowshoe hares

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Yes the ANF is a good area. A bunch of us from the east are heading over there for the hare season.
How long of a ride is that from our way?

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Re: snowshoe hares

What a stupid decision for the PGC to close it down in the eastern counties.... Now the hunting pressure will double in the ANF and the hares will be hurting there too.... How idiotic.
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