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.
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.
I'm really going to miss hunting them this year. At least I can still run them with the hounds at least. That's the best part after all.
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