Hares!

baguio

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The fact is that if you're on top of your vermin control hares will likely do well so will need removing or they become a pest themselves. As long as it's done humanely then get on with it. I've been on some massive hare shoots in the past which are done very well and involved 40+ trusted guns using 4 shot catridges. Refrigerated lorry on stand by. Estate makes money. Keeper get a tip. Hare numbers reduced. No problems at all.
 

gixer1

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Never shoot them here as don’t see that many…I was always told on a shoot that if you shoot one you carry it yourself….that would put you off shooting another one!
 

jall55

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🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣!!!!!!
Best joke I've heard for a long while. Still waiting, the long dog men have probably died of old age, it's 3 years since call. I prefer to leave ours alone, they can't run dogs if different hares keep getting up.
More fool you sir if you have waited 3 years and not chased it up !The majority of our local force is superb !
 

Pelyma

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Sir Mark Prescott said before 2004 hare coursing needed to change, as in hounds with muzzles as in Ireland could carry on to course. My understanding is the UK coursing club didn't accept this and whe now have one aspect of our country pursuits that's lost forever. On a personal note don't shoot hares please.( if I'm asked why.
They deserve better than that)
The reason most were against it was if a dog catches the hare it pummels it to death rather than killing it quickly. It is also another thing to injure the dog. Unfortunately most don’t distinguish between coursing to rules and hare poachers.
 

Covert

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Also ymost of the coursing in Ireland is park or enclosed coursing, completely different to the coursing clubs in England.
If the hares knew the ground and the slipper was good at his job it made a huge difference
 

Jon P

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Leave some rusty old farm machinery in the middle of the fields, looks unsightly but they won’t want be so keen to run there dogs once one gets wrapped around an old plough.
 

Bowland blades

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It's looking like I am going to take some hares off.
I will do it if I can find an outlet and if, and this is where you come in, I can see them! I only want to take the Jack's.
Any tips on seeing them?
best to wait till the shooting season proper imho. its very hard to sex and shoot accurately and although hares are common in places nationally there aint many .
got to say i have Hares all over regular / daily in my gardens and i cannot accurately sex them with certainty
 

Farmer Geddon

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best to wait till the shooting season proper imho. its very hard to sex and shoot accurately and although hares are common in places nationally there aint many .
got to say i have Hares all over regular / daily in my gardens and i cannot accurately sex them with certainty
Extremely difficult, I would say a sally is slightly bigger/deeper heavier than a jack, but its a long time ago, almost impossible to know in the field. Young or old???
 

mudman

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I need to shoot some soon, after two years the farmers new hedgerows are the same height as the spiral tubes protecting them, hares have nipped the tops off everyone. Shot a few hares in the winter but not enough. I will wait a couple of months until the harvest and hit them then.
 

Bowland blades

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I need to shoot some soon, after two years the farmers new hedgerows are the same height as the spiral tubes protecting them, hares have nipped the tops off everyone. Shot a few hares in the winter but not enough. I will wait a couple of months until the harvest and hit them then.
under said circumstances i have just shot the hares . They are a specialist in nipping off the growing bud. Replants are the one time i will really hit the Hares hard out of the game shooting season
 

flatliner

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It’s absolutely thick with them round here, I counted 28 in one field during lockdown when I walked with my binos
Zero tolerance on my plantation perm, causing damage to stock and i‘m expected to shoot everyone I see.
Counted 14 in one small drilled field on another perm, sent the vid to the land owner and he’s happy for them to stay.

I saw 8 sitting together in a bunch a few weeks back. I've never seen that many before.
 

Ratel

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More fool you sir if you have waited 3 years and not chased it up !The majority of our local force is superb !
Lucky you!! In our area, try finding someone to chase up, we did try, not enough staff. Mate has same problems, they sent a lady PSO. Our Last lot got shifted by a couple of visitors/workers, up from the East end.
 

Bowland blades

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The fact is that if you're on top of your vermin control hares will likely do well so will need removing or they become a pest themselves. As long as it's done humanely then get on with it. I've been on some massive hare shoots in the past which are done very well and involved 40+ trusted guns using 4 shot catridges. Refrigerated lorry on stand by. Estate makes money. Keeper get a tip. Hare numbers reduced. No problems at all.
4 shot certainly aint required , they die just fine with 410 and 6 in lead ( so long as you dont shoot them in the rear).
 

baguio

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4 shot certainly aint required , they die just fine with 410 and 6 in lead ( so long as you dont shoot them in the rear).
They can be killed with an air pistol if you're close enough I'm sure. However I was a guest for several years (They get shot with rifles now) and the rules were 4 shot and that's what I used. On one occasion 1 of the guns used 6's and was sent home when he wounded 2 in a row that had to be finished by other guns!
 

Bowland blades

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They can be killed with an air pistol if you're close enough I'm sure. However I was a guest for several years (They get shot with rifles now) and the rules were 4 shot and that's what I used. On one occasion 1 of the guns used 6's and was sent home when he wounded 2 in a row that had to be finished by other guns!
just saying its a myth they need big shot , what they need is an accurate shot and not rear ended. you need to see the chest and the head and not at silly ranges that's about it in my experience
 

baguio

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just saying its a myth they need big shot , what they need is an accurate shot and not rear ended. you need to see the chest and the head and not at silly ranges that's about it in my experience
I have shot plenty on trials with 6 shot too and you're obviously 100% correct that at close range and in the head end they go over no problem. The 4 shot was for assurance as not all were shot running straight towards or across us. 4's certainly dealt with them.
 
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