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Treacodactyl
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 6:00 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Another question, if taste isn't a reason why you don't eat them would you eat farm hare?

Bodger



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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 6:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Rory
You need to get out into the countryside and take sometime to watch them .
Once you had observed them, you wouldn't have to ask what the big deal was.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 7:44 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

RoryD wrote:
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?


Hare is a much bigger animal, different in behaviour and appearance to a rabbit. Much darker meat, more intense, and butchering it is quite a job, compared with butchering a rabbit.

In my opinion both are beautiful animals. I'll eat either, though, if I know they're wild and from a sustainable source (farming rabbits, I mean to say, why?)

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 8:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A rabbit is a beautiful animal and I have the utmost respect for it as quarry and that respect should carry on when it comes to butchering it and finally cooking it.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 8:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

From an ethical perspective I have no problem with shooting and eating Hare, IF the population can support it.

However, I would be much more wary about shooting one than a rabbit as they are far larger, faster and IMHO harder to kill cleanly unless you have the right tools for the job.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 8:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jonnyboy wrote:
From an ethical perspective I have no problem with shooting and eating Hare, IF the population can support it.

However, I would be much more wary about shooting one than a rabbit as they are far larger, faster and IMHO harder to kill cleanly unless you have the right tools for the job.


A full power legal limit 12ftIlb Air rifle will easily bowl over a Hare if hit behind the eye and below the ear. After all they are just a big bunny. But would not risk a shot over 25-30 yards.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 8:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

If you can get within 25yards of a hare then your fieldcraft isn't poor by any means.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have never placed the cross hairs on Hare's head but have watched them and sooner all later playing hares will come close enough for a shot. Its basically a waiting game. Stalking a Hare I would not even bother as his early warning systems are top notch plus he has the added bonus of height.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 8:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Jonnyboy wrote:
If you can get within 25yards of a hare then your fieldcraft isn't poor by any means.


you've been drinking. its ok its friday night after all but you've definitely been drinking

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 8:49 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Snap Cap wrote:
A full power legal limit 12ftIlb Air rifle will easily bowl over a Hare if hit behind the eye and below the ear. After all they are just a big bunny. But would not risk a shot over 25-30 yards.


BASC advise a centrefire rifle only, not even a .22LR rimfire, http://www.basc.org.uk/content/riflescalibreland

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 06 9:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

RoryD wrote:
Jonnyboy wrote:
If you can get within 25yards of a hare then your fieldcraft isn't poor by any means.


you've been drinking. its ok its friday night after all but you've definitely been drinking


eh?

dpack



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 06 12:01 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

once 10 ft ,yum ,not again .

Snap Cap



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 06 5:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

10ft! was you invisible? or was the hare already dead?

RoryD



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 06 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

RoryD wrote:
Jonnyboy wrote:
If you can get within 25yards of a hare then your fieldcraft isn't poor by any means.


you've been drinking. its ok its friday night after all but you've definitely been drinking


Sorry. In retrospect that looks a bit rude. I've never seen the word fieldcraft used in polite company before. My apologies. I think it was I who had been drinking.

@Calli



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PostPosted: Sat Aug 12, 06 7:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hares are plentiful here, but wouldn't shoot/eat as not as numerous as bunnies. As to getting close to them you can walk right past them and hardly move but our border terrier gives them a run for their money - took him 4 hrs to get home the other day!!

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