Bunny Boom?

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  1. fisheater

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    I had a dog that was a stud to a patch female a guy from around Green Bay owned. She was Lesage breeding. I got a male pup from that breeding. As he was approaching 2 he was maturing into a nice hound. However that was 2009. I spent the next 3 years working on the road, and no more beagles.
     
  2. reddog1

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    Do you recall the guys name in Wisconsin? Or the name of the female?
     

  3. Whitetail_hunter

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    Wont ever stop those dogs from catching rabbits. There legs are too long making them too fast to hunt. There is a reason a beagle has to have legs of a certain length to be registered. Never had my beagles catch any rabbits that were full size, the smaller ones were in trouble though.

    Nice dogs by the way.
     
  4. sureshot006

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    Not really a good indicator but saw 2 snowshoe up in Alcona Co this summer where we haven't seen so much as a track in years.
     
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  5. Martin Looker

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    Snowshoes seem to come and go. When I was a kid we had to drive to find them but we had lots of cotton tails. Then one winter right after deer season on the first good snow there were jack tracks all over in the swamp. About ten years later they were gone. I haven't seen one around here in probably thirty years.
     
  6. sureshot006

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    We went from boom to bust with rabbits on the property. Been close to 20 years since there was a targetable population of either Cottontail or snowshoe.
     
  7. Martin Looker

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    I still have lots of cottontail but no jacks.
     
  8. fisheater

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    My wife isn’t sure where my beagle records were “put away”. My dog (sire) was Motor City Merlin Patch
     
  9. sgc

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    Dont care if they're fast or slower, but a dog that can circle a rabbit all day is a desirable beagle, imo. I've seen too many that can't keep a run going when solo'd.
     
  10. Martin Looker

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    The neighbors have a beagle and basset cross that runs like my old dog but she's really gun shy you better get the rabbit the first shot because she's going home.
     
  11. throughtheice88

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    Yep, a dog will run to it's genetics and physical attributes. Unfortunately, you generally will not be able to alter the way a particular dog runs a rabbit. I must add though, that after spending most of my life raising and running beagles, when it comes to cottontails the last kind of dog I wanted was a fast one! Medium, maybe even medium slow speed was perfect. If you pressure a cottontail too hard they will surely hole up and in a hurry. Now for hare that's a different story. The faster the dog the better.
     
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    Yep slow is good for me i only hunt with .22 so having a bunnies stopping looking back make for a perfect shot like the five on my profile !
     
  13. Martin Looker

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    It looks like I have a bumper crop of them little buggers this year.
     
  14. throughtheice88

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    Agree about the bunny numbers seeming high also. Though we are always overrun with them, so it's hard to say. Had tons of little ones running around my house this past spring. 20200414_175600.jpg
     
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  15. Martin Looker

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    I usually have a nest on a high spot in the back yard if I don't keep the grass short.