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    Hares

    I know its controversial but I have been asked to reduce the number of hares on a piece of land and I am needing some advice. So far I have had one buck in 3 outings and I am getting a little frustrated. The land is open very flat farmland - no hedges, its only cleared for .22rf and you can't get a vehicle on it other than a sprayer on the tramlines so I am limited to walking around the headland ( about 12" wide max!) and every hare seems to understand that they need to stay at least 200yds away - Gah. I see groups of 8+ watching me from the neighbouring farmland slap bang in the middle of a 100acre field waiting for me to go so they can go back to eating the sugar beet tops.

    Has anyone else had experience of shooting this type of conditions, I will welcome any advice.

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    are you lamping them or trying in daylight? I've never found them shy in a lamp? Controversial, not if you live in east anglia! The place is crawling with them! They might be a BAP species, but they aint rare round here. Have you got a good outlet if you do manage to overcome the problems, Bambridges in Watton were paying 5 per hare last time I took some in, guts in, whole animal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by deerstalker.308 View Post
    are you lamping them or trying in daylight? I've never found them shy in a lamp? Controversial, not if you live in east anglia! The place is crawling with them! They might be a BAP species, but they aint rare round here. Have you got a good outlet if you do manage to overcome the problems, Bambridges in Watton were paying 5 per hare last time I took some in, guts in, whole animal.
    I was trying to stay away from lamping them, also I have the vehicle access issue so it would all have to be on foot.

    5 each sounds good. Don't particularly like the taste myself but I managed to get the family eating it minced with rabbit and beef and in a chilli! still got a 1kg bag of hare mince I need to find a use for before I resort to giving it away as cat food.

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    Nice post, brought back some memories of when I lived in Watton some years back (even had to get a Game License) and went out on a shoot. Nice flat open farm land, we shot about 100 in one day but then again there were shed loads of us in the line and an equal amount walking the fields with dogs. Used to shoot them elsewhere up there with just a couple of us but only ever had very limited success.

    Sounds like you need to get more people on the ground to get the better of them, or clearance for a .17hmr with lamp

    Mel
    Last edited by mel; 16-05-2012 at 21:34. Reason: crap speelling
    A pat on the back is often just a recce for the knife.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PointBlank View Post
    I was trying to stay away from lamping them, also I have the vehicle access issue so it would all have to be on foot.

    5 each sounds good. Don't particularly like the taste myself but I managed to get the family eating it minced with rabbit and beef and in a chilli! still got a 1kg bag of hare mince I need to find a use for before I resort to giving it away as cat food.
    I know their a problem in your area , i saw 250 shot on one drive down there this year . You cant sell hares between 1st April and 1st Sept , if you must shoot them do it during the winter as theyre worth more than mere cat food
    Last edited by trouble; 17-05-2012 at 00:06.

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    I know it probably needs a hare drive to sort it out but honestly I like to see them about and I am only shooting them due to being asked expressly.

    It is frustrating trying to stalk them but in some ways its a nice challenge (plus I have seen some nice Roe on this same land)

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    Is there a closed season for hares in Englandshire like there is in scotland ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by weejohn View Post
    Is there a closed season for hares in Englandshire like there is in scotland ?
    nope, general licence

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    Quote Originally Posted by deerstalker.308 View Post
    are you lamping them or trying in daylight? I've never found them shy in a lamp? Controversial, not if you live in east anglia! The place is crawling with them! They might be a BAP species, but they aint rare round here. Have you got a good outlet if you do manage to overcome the problems, Bambridges in Watton were paying 5 per hare last time I took some in, guts in, whole animal.
    .although there is no closed season for Hares they cannot be offered for sale between 1 March and 31 July inclusive.

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    Quote Originally Posted by re'M'ington View Post
    .although there is no closed season for Hares they cannot be offered for sale between 1 March and 31 July inclusive.
    That's what I thought.

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