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Snap Cap



Joined: 16 Apr 2006
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 3:18 pm    Post subject: Hares Yes or No?  Reply with quote    

As Hare season is upon us I would like to know your politics on trapping and hunting them?

I would not generally take a Hare because Essex dosn't have that many of them. And the prep side of eating one fills me with dred.

So what are your opinions on this.

Mary-Jane



Joined: 13 Jan 2005
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 3:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Gervase and I never shoot hares. They're too rare, precious and beautiful to bag for the pot in our opinion.

Snap Cap



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 3:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

They are quite numereous in many places. But on the farm I shoot on the farmer tells us to leave them alone because he likes to see them playing in the fields so that is what I do leave them alone.

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 3:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Personally hares have a symbolic relevance to me, so whearas I'll happilly eat bunny, I wouldnt willingly eat hare even in those few areas where they are common. Uncertain how I'd feel about a roadkill one even. So in my own opinion, not an animal for eating, but I know others here who cheerfully do.

Mary-Jane



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Snap Cap wrote:
But on the farm I shoot on the farmer tells us to leave them alone because he likes to see them playing in the fields...


Aye. The farmer we bought our smallholding from asked that we do exactly the same thing, which of course we were more than happy to do.

Like Sally, I have no problem with shooting and eating bunnies - but a hare, no.

cab



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

The hare population in parts of Cambs., Suffolk and Norfolk is pretty high, so I do buy the odd one for the pot. Bloody good value, excellent eating. Around here it isn't hunting them for the pot that limits their numnbers, its habitat and space, so I don't see any major problem in eating the odd one. The ones that make it to the butcher and the farmers market tend to have been shot by farmers who want to keep the number down.

If I lived in an area with less hares, I might be a lot less happy to eat 'em.

Snap Cap



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That is the main thing that puts me off is the hanging and all that goes with it.

I have no probs at all with shooting and eating coney's in fact got bunny piella<sp> tomorrow!

Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 4:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Look after their habitat, do as much as you can to help them, which includes good legal predator control, and take the odd one for the pot. I tend to think if they don't have much of a purpose then people will not look after their habitat.

Anyone know what else eats hairs, do foxes get them?

Snap Cap



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 4:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It would be a clever a fox to get one as they stay mostly out in the open and once notified of incomming danger have an impressive turn of speed.

I would imagine the young ones are fair game for the flying hunters. But even a Harris hawk would struggle with a full grown hare.

So would say their most succesful enemy is man.

judith



Joined: 16 Dec 2004
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 5:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

We don't shoot, but have quite a few friends who do and share their proceeds. Hares don't come our way very often at all - perhaps one a year or less. That is enough for me. It remains something special to be savoured that way.

Silas



Joined: 29 Oct 2004
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mary-Jane wrote:
Gervase and I never shoot hares. They're too rare, precious and beautiful to bag for the pot in our opinion.



Absoloutly.

Agree 100%

Silas



Joined: 29 Oct 2004
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Location: Staffordshire
PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 5:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

sally_in_wales wrote:
Personally hares have a symbolic relevance to me, so whearas I'll happilly eat bunny, I wouldnt willingly eat hare even in those few areas where they are common. Uncertain how I'd feel about a roadkill one even. So in my own opinion, not an animal for eating, but I know others here who cheerfully do.


Yep.

You are 100% right!

Wombat



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: SW Cheshire
PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 5:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

BASC ask members in Cheshire not to shoot Hares.
We have a shoot in Cheshire and there are lots of them, but we dont shoot them.

Wombat

Bodger



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 5:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

In my youth I took plenty but not for twenty odd years.
Firstly I love them as creatures and secondly I don't like the taste of them.
I could still go out and take dozens very easily but I just don't.

Modern farming and too many sheep are responsible for the decline in hare numbers.

RoryD



Joined: 02 Jun 2005
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Location: West Yorkshire
PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 5:54 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I don't a. do any shooting b. want to offend anyone c. have any strong view either way.

Is a hare not just a big rabbit? Why is a Hare beautiful and a Rabbit not?

Scarcity aside whats the big deal?

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