[quote=paradork]We are down to a few inches with bare ground here and there. Been in the 40s so it's nothing but ice. We run hare in the north and cotton tails in southern Michigan. I average 150 miles a month on my beagle if the snow is decent. Lots of wind and freeze thaw this winter made it an interesting year for the Beatle. Season ends March 31 here. We can run till April 15th so I'll maybe get a bare ground run in. I don't shoot the hares, they should be protected. The population is in a 28 year down cycle. Still able to find one or two to run for the season. Did pick up a spring hare the other day. Ended up catching the dog 1.5 miles from where he picked it up. [/quot hey I have spots like that I DO,NT HUNT JUST RUN
Have you tried improving your favourite hunting spots? Brush piles feed lots planting feed crop or trees?
I live in northern Michigan. We have hare. There is a cotton tail here and there. We hunt in swamps. Not like running cotton tails that go hole to hole. Dog picks up a hare and runs it for 16 miles. Hunting cotton tails is a whole different game. MSU did a study, our hare population is down over 25 percent based on 134 spots. 25 percent of those once populated swamps with hare are void of rabbits. If you find a hare, you keep your mouth shut and hope people don't figure out what your doing. People still go and shoot them on Saturday and spend Sunday in the bar complaining there is not rabbits.