Well, last Saturday was the last hunt for us; as the season closed Feb.29 in the Southern zone. And what a memorable day it was. The week before my buddy "Beagle Bum Fred" & I went to an area of Schoharie county that was State land & a thick spruce patch. Apparently clear cut & reseeded about 10 yrs ago. Well, that day the dogs started & ran a Hare 3 hrs & 15 min. Fred saw the hare but couldn't get a shot; but at least we could intercept the dogs & call it a day. This place had so much promise that the following Saturday, which was the last weekend, saw Fred & I there along with Fred's son & nephew. When we "dropped the tailgate" it was 18 deg with a breeze & that damn sparkly snow which has a huge ice content & can freeze up a dogs nose. Anyway it took a couple hours for the sun to finally start a melt; then " all hell broke lose". As all 4 hounds were pounding this hare. After almost 2 hrs Fred & I heard a shot a couple of hundred yards away; & later discovered that his Nephew has shot his first snowshoe hare. What makes this such a memorable hunt, is not only somebody shooting their first hare; is the fact that Blackie, the dog in the photo is 13 1/2 yrs old & led the pack!! Fred took the photo & left it on my porch with a note " a tribute to a fine old dog with the heart of a lion". After 49 yrs with beagles, it was one great day.
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