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Thread: Why do hares come in to a squeak?

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    Why do hares come in to a squeak?

    Hi all

    The land I stalk over has an abundance of hares, and I am intrigued by one aspect of their behavior. Why oh why, upon me beginning to squeak for foxes after a fruitless evening stalking, do hares feel the need to come running in?!

    I understand that hares have an inquisitive nature... but surely if the whole idea is that the noise is an imitation of a dying/distressed rabbit/hare, there is a good chance that danger is in the area so they should want to stay away?? It just seems a response not very conducive to their survival... Maybe their curiosity outweighs fear of any potential danger.

    On Saturday night I called one in from around 150 yards to about 3 feet from where I stood!

    Any ideas?

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    I was always led to believe the squeak sounds like a distressed youngster and that's why they come in to it so readily
    A Man should be wise, but never too wise. He who does not know his fate in advance is free of care

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodsmoke View Post
    I was always led to believe the squeak sounds like a distressed youngster and that's why they come in to it so readily
    +1 maternal/paternal instinct is strong

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    Quote Originally Posted by srvet View Post
    +1 maternal/paternal instinct is strong
    As above the does are very protective of leverets

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    And leverets are none to smart sometimes! I found this wee fella sitting in the middle of my lane one afternoon. Absolutely no fear of me whatsoever
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Leveret.jpg  
    A Man should be wise, but never too wise. He who does not know his fate in advance is free of care

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    Mackenzie Thorpe "The wild goose man" used to call them to shoot them for the pot , The book of the same title is a cracking read.
    atb blue

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    Quote Originally Posted by Woodsmoke View Post
    And leverets are none to smart sometimes! I found this wee fella sitting in the middle of my lane one afternoon. Absolutely no fear of me whatsoever

    Great pic bet you see a lot laying flat pretending there not seen till you almost stand on them. I think there great creatures and love seeing them in the lamp. We suffer from dog men though and the poor hares take a beating.

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    http://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&rct...k6qlY4ZsXAPPtQ

    Kenzie Thorpe squeaking...!!

    Tim.243
    Last edited by Tim.243; 21-07-2015 at 19:13. Reason: spelling
    Stalking is very much like going to the night club

    You can always tell an Essex Boy, just you cant tell him much...

    An hour in the field is worth a week of typing trash.....




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    I once met him at the CLA in the 70's.

    atb blue

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    Quote Originally Posted by gr1ffer View Post
    We suffer from dog men though and the poor hares take a beating
    I don't shoot hares any more. I haven't for about 30 years now, ever since I wounded one and had to follow it up. Poor thing screamed like a baby all the way & it left a scar. I don't like seeing Puss shot these days. We have a lot in these parts, but they cause remarkably little damage
    A Man should be wise, but never too wise. He who does not know his fate in advance is free of care

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