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tacklejunkie

Hare hunting opportunity

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I was invited to join some folks for a hare hunting experience behind beagles this winter. I’m not much of a hunter except grouse only but I’m thinking of accepting their offer. I used to hunt snowshoe hares with a 22 rimfire as a teen. Right now I just have a 20 gauge for small game hunting would that be OK in that situation or should I go buy a 22?  

 

Has anybody done this and what did you think of it? 

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A 20 gauge will be fine.  The rabbit will be moving a fair amount of the time being chased by beagles.

 

Chased rabbits tend to go in a large circle....weaving of course. Beagles always letting you know where the rabbit is as they chase.

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I use to hunt Snowshoes a lot with a .22 and scope but they seemed to have declined over the years with the raise of so may predators and the decline of fir sales.  Thanks PETA! 😕

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1 hour ago, leech~~ said:

I use to hunt Snowshoes a lot with a .22 and scope but they seemed to have declined over the years with the raise of so may predators and the decline of fir sales.  Thanks PETA! 😕

 

 I don’t see as many as I did during around the late 70s early 80s. But there still out there

A few years ago, I strapped on my snowshoes and decide to go for a nice walk in the winter woods one warm February day and towards the evening I started seeing a few

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On 1/16/2020 at 8:46 PM, Duffman said:

Good luck!!

And enjoy the experience.

 

Thanks. I’m not a big hunter but I have to admit my predatory instincts must be surfacing because I’m actually looking forward to it.

Looks like a mild weekend next weekend to boot

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Saw a few hares. Got none. Fast little buggers when chased by dogs. But it was an enjoyable way to spend a mild winter day outdoors. Hopefully, an invitation will come for next year. Next weekend the Mrs and I are invited for a hare dinner

 

Way different way to hunt them than as a youth plinking sitting hares with a .22. Does anybody snare them, anymore?

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I’ve never hunted rabbits with dogs but it’s always been one of those things I always thought would be a blast. My dad has told me plenty of stories about hunting them with dogs down south when he was young. I’ve shot a few but they were always shot when I was younger and sneaking through the woods squirrel hunting. 

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53 minutes ago, tacklejunkie said:

The hare was good. I wish I was a better shot and contributed at least one rabbit to the meal. Not like wingshooting a flushing grouse

Nothing like a straight line running rabbit that darts at sharp angles everytime you take a shot. 😳🙂

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I'v put a lot of miles in the woods chasing these little white critters. It can be a lot of fun, also stressful when you have wolves about.

 

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