Finally, it happened, my long anticipated trip to the Upper Peninsula in pursuit of Snowshoe Hares. Last Tuesday after work, I dropped my dogs off at the folks’ house and headed north from there to St. Ignace for the night. Driving conditions were less than ideal but I made it safely to the motel after about 6 hours of driving. I’ve been spending a lot of time poring over onX maps and MI HUNT looking for likely public land hare spots (based on my limited knowledge). After some advice on this forum, I decided to spend my first morning hunting a little 40 acre parcel of the Hiawatha National Forest north of the bridge. I strapped on my snowshoes, grabbed my shotgun and headed into the cedars. After a short 20 yards of travel, I saw a slight movement in the thick undergrowth, my very first snowshoe hare sighting! Unfortunately, I was too slow and despite my attempts to stop it, it disappeared as quickly as it appeared. I spent several hours on that little parcel, crawling on hands and knees following track after track through low hanging cedar boughs. I ended up removing my barrel about 10 times due to paranoia over a snow-blocked barrel, this gun’s original barrel already falling victim to that fate when my now 69 year old dad blew it up grouse hunting as a teen. My first day ended without a shot fired but my excitement was definitely high!