Any Rabbit Hunters out There??

Any Rabbit Hunters out There??

PostBy: coalder On: Fri Mar 04, 2016 4:39 pm

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.
Cheers
Jim
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Re: Any Rabbit Hunters out There??

PostBy: freetown fred On: Fri Mar 04, 2016 5:33 pm

Ahhhh man, you guys kill them thar wil' wabbits??????????????? :cry2: :whistle: Nice on the dogs Jim. :)
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Re: Any Rabbit Hunters out There??

PostBy: rubicondave33 On: Fri Mar 04, 2016 7:52 pm

Wow! Great story, and what a fantastic memory! A 13-1/2 Y.O. dog running like that is incredible! Rabbit hunting is a great sport but it seems that not too many people around here still do it. I'm going to be squirrel hunting with my coonhound this year. Long story...
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Re: Any Rabbit Hunters out There??

PostBy: coalder On: Fri Mar 04, 2016 8:18 pm

Thanks, FF, & RB Dave. I've been very fortunate over the many years thanks to Beagle Bum Fred who will turn 66 in April. He is to beagles as our Mayor is to coal. Thanks to him I have had many a good dog. Once had a son of Buchshots Mr Bill The most achieved field champ in recent memory. However my Blackie Bitch is right up there. The reason I made this post is that in all reality it is highly unlikely that at 13 1/2 yrs old that I'll enjoy another season with her. However, just wanted to share a glorious moment!!!
Regards
Jim
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Re: Any Rabbit Hunters out There??

PostBy: coalder On: Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:24 pm

Flyer, you have stupendously outdone yourself!!! I humbly apologize for starting this thread, Just thought some with some ancient values could possibly appreciate the merits of this old hound. Apparently your knowledge of the great outdoors leaves a lot to be desired!! Tis a very sad thing that your mentality will boast the future of this great land!!
Blackie.
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Re: Any Rabbit Hunters out There??

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:26 pm

coalder wrote:Flyer, you have stupendously outdone yourself!!! I humbly apologize for starting this thread, Just thought some with some ancient values could possibly appreciate the merits of this old hound. Apparently your knowledge of the great outdoors leaves a lot to be desired!! Tis a very sad thing that your mentality will boast the future of this great land!!
Blackie.



I was just adding a little humor. I enjoy rabbit and all hunting. If it bothers you I will remove it. It was not meant to hurt feelings.
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Re: Any Rabbit Hunters out There??

PostBy: scalabro On: Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:30 pm

Rabbit "Stifado" ..... Greek style rabbit stew, you will never want to cook it any other way after you prepare it this way .


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Re: Any Rabbit Hunters out There??

PostBy: waldo lemieux On: Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:34 pm

Geeze, Im glad you posted that Dave .I was just gonna go surfin for some Elmer Fudd clips myself...... :oops: And for the record ,I like rabbit huntin and Beagles as long as they are someone elses :D
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Re: Any Rabbit Hunters out There??

PostBy: Flyer5 On: Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:38 pm

waldo lemieux wrote:Geeze, Im glad you posted that Dave .I was just gonna go surfin for some Elmer Fudd clips myself...... :oops: And for the record ,I like rabbit huntin and Beagles as long as they are someone elses :D



Every time I go small game or rabbit that clip always comes to mind. Adds to the enjoyment for me. :) But its Colders thread and I respect his wishes. And give my apologies.
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Re: Any Rabbit Hunters out There??

PostBy: coalder On: Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:49 pm

Flyer, very much appreciate your clarification!! Kinda did take it the wrong way; However ya gotta respect my sympathies, realizing that this ol girl will most probably have experienced her last hunt. As much as it warms my heart, it also brings a tear to my eye. Sorry for the misinterpretation.
Regards
Jim
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Re: Any Rabbit Hunters out There??

PostBy: KLook On: Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:58 pm

Nice post about having the Beagles and the fun. We got a mongrel, mostly beagle and dachshund when I was little and I learned to hunt behind that fantastic dog. He outdid all the purebreds we hunted around and any dog we had after that. Don't give up on the old dog, we killed 60 rabbits the last year I hunted with him and he was 17. I went off to the oil fields when I was 19 and never saw him again, my dad had to put him down. Many, many great memories with old mongrel......

Kevin
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Re: Any Rabbit Hunters out There??

PostBy: Ky Speedracer On: Fri Mar 04, 2016 11:07 pm

The bond between hunters and good dogs is special.
I had an uncle that spent is life raising and training dogs. The bond he developed with some of them was amazing.
I'm not a small game hunter but I can appreciate the relationship.
Thanks for sharing Jim.

Steve
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Re: Any Rabbit Hunters out There??

PostBy: coalder On: Sat Mar 05, 2016 3:08 am

Thanks to everyone for their comeback.!! I'm a hoping to just maybe to get one more year out of that ol girl. On another note , a little typo; my buddy Beagle Bum Fred is not 66, but 76 going on 16. :D Looking forward to at least another year of hunting with good dogs & good fellowship.
Cheers
Jim
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Re: Any Rabbit Hunters out There??

PostBy: samhill On: Sat Mar 05, 2016 9:03 am

I always enjoy the barking as they chase, often have them run past my dogs & myself on our walks, they take a quick glance & keep on trucking. Mostly coon & coyote hunting here, the eagles, hawks & owls keep the rabbits thinned. ;)
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