Hare hunting trip

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JeffinNZ posted this 24 August 2019

Went up country today and scouted out a new area.  Took the 12g o/u SKB and the Zastava Hornet.  Only downed three hares but had a good look around and it was a grand day out.  Load for the Hornet was a NOE 225107 over 7gr Lil Gun for 2250fps lit by a Win small rifle primer.  Tack driver load and two from two.  First was approx. 70m and a neck shot (could only see its head over the tussock grass) and the second a measured 106m with a slight R-L breeze I allowed for. 

Cheers from New Zealand

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Maven posted this 24 August 2019

What?  No purple tights, Jeff?

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RicinYakima posted this 24 August 2019

Sounds like a lovely day out. Country looks like around eastern Washington.

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Duane Mellenbruch posted this 24 August 2019

I had the same thought as Maven when I looked at the photos.   Some folks will always be remembered for something in the past.  Better something good, than otherwise though.  Nice shooting.

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gpidaho posted this 24 August 2019

Like Ric said, looks a lot like our part of the country.  Southern Idaho and northern Nevada look a lot like that.

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JeffinNZ posted this 24 August 2019

Maven/Duane: Exactly the same question from my friend in IN.  Yes, I'm slipping.

Cheers from New Zealand

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Ross Smith posted this 25 August 2019

Who in the heck infested you'all with Utah jackrabbits?

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offhand35 posted this 25 August 2019

What?  No purple tights, Jeff?

 

Ha!, I was going to ask the same question!

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BigMan54 posted this 27 August 2019

Look like Mohave Jacks to me.

Long time Caster/Reloader, Getting back into it after almost 10yrs. Life Member NRA 40+yrs, Life S.A.S.S. #375. Does this mean a description of me as a fumble-fingered knuckle-draggin' baboon. I also drool in my sleep. I firmly believe that true happiness is a warm gun. Did I mention how much I HATE auto-correct on this blasted tablet.

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Brodie posted this 28 August 2019

They look like the same Blacktailed Jadckrabbits found all over the south west.

B.E.Brickey

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Ross Smith posted this 28 August 2019

Jeff: You call these hares. Do they change color in the winter?

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JeffinNZ posted this 28 August 2019

Jeff: You call these hares. Do they change color in the winter?

It is winter here. That's their all year colour.

Cheers from New Zealand

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Reese posted this 31 August 2019

What was the alloy for the 22 hornet?

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JeffinNZ posted this 31 August 2019

What was the alloy for the 22 hornet?

50/50 lead/WW. Quite soft.

Cheers from New Zealand

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SkinnerD posted this 01 September 2019

Nice Work! Not bad photos either. I used to hunt those fellas with a .22 with standard LR HPs as a school boy in the Willow swamps around the 'Black Lake' at Ohiniwai, Huntly, in the Waikato -which is upper centre Nth Island of NZ for our Northern Hemisphere friends. I discovered that hares are very territorial. If startled they would run off but circle back to where they started . If they could not see you. I would cut across the 'circle' and wait for them. The swamp was semi dry and open with lots of willows and clumps of rushes etc so plenty of cover. It was grazed through by cattle. Range was typically 15 to 30 meters, occasionally out to 50. 22LR did the job and I regularly took hare home for dinner. This was late 1960's.

John - New Zealand

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JeffinNZ posted this 01 September 2019

Made hare jerky over the weekend.

Cheers from New Zealand

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tlkeizer posted this 02 October 2019

Greetings JeffinNZ,

Nice hunting report.  I may do some hare hunting around here this fall/early winter (south-central Alaska).  I counted 17 snowshoe hares between the highway and my garage a few days ago, about 1/3rd mile.  The population is up this year.  Now to decide which lead launcher to use when the time comes, decisions decisions.

     There are a couple that stay near the house that are almost tame enough to touch.  I hope they stay out of the raspberry patch (fenced) as I agree with my late grandmother: they have all the land around here, EXCEPT the garden and raspberry patches, they enter they die.

    Some years back when I was shooting cottontails and jackrabbits my wife would fix an R&R dish, rabbit and rice.  Brown the meat in bacon grease, then cook in diced tomatoes, and put over rice when serving.  Writing this makes me think I really should get some later this year.

Would you share your jerky preparation please?

TK

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