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Jack Rabbit Hunting Journal
Up to now ... these where my favorite jack rabbit pictures that I've taken in the field ...





Today myself , Greylag and his neighbor Joe headed out into the blizzard to get some walking time in ... exercise our dogs and seek out some Jack rabbits ... here are some pictures from today .... very foggy due to the wind and snow , but still pretty cool ...

You can see how visability was from this picture .... hard to get crisp pictures with that wind and snow , but they still turned out OK .



We saw some young turkeys in the distance at the 1st farm we stopped at ...



I got a couple of pictures closer up before they flew off ...




We concentrated on the fence lines ... Greylag works along in the blowing snow ...



We were not the only hunter's out ...



Greylag carried a .222 for the long shots .... Joe a 12 gauge and I had a 20 gauge for camera back up in case I got charged by a wild Jack rabbit !  Laughing

Well we ended up moving this one between us .... He busted from the base of a fence post .... only to stop about 40 yards out and stand up to assess the situation ....




He headed towards Greylag and Joe so I yelled out " in coming " and watched him run towards the North East fence row ..... Joe moved into position across from me ....



Next thing I know he is back at me ... I went for the camera as he passed at approx 20 yards ... got some cool frames of him going by ...






Then he turns and heads towards Joe ... perfect !




He crosses in front of Joe , but out of range for his 12 gauge ...




Then he stops by Joe and looks around again ... finds a safe exit between the 3 of us and he is gone ... ( cool frame with hunter at right and jack rabbit stopped standing up at left )



I know , I know ... I should have shot Embarassed But I was hoping to get a frame of him getting bowled over by one of the other guys  Laughing

We ended the afternoon ... in a woodlot ... Greylag moved 2 jacks and I tracked one to it's bed ( same as 1st picture in this thread ) ... only to get pictures of the tracks , bed , and tracks across the field for my efforts ... still great to be outdoors for the afternoon !



 



Had a hearty breakfast ( steak and eggs ) with Greylag and his neighbor Joe ...

Using some tips I picked up from Outdoorz ... we headed out to scout out some Coyote cover , chase Jack Rabbits , and scout the geese flights for the late season in Feb .

Ist property we headed into had some rolling terrain with some creek bottom deep cover .... similar to the cover I saw in the Winter Magic DVD I got from Outdoorz ...

Well things heated up in a hurry !   Laughing

Greylag and Joe are working a fence line to my North ... and I head down to the creek bottom cover , when out of the blue approx 10 mins into the adventure , I see deer moving West to East ? ... the wind is good for me so I pull out the camera and snap a few pictures as they pass between us ...





The deer stop and look back ? I continue to snap frames of them with my 200mm lens until they pass by...... I'm thinking " what spooked them ? " Surprised





Then , I put the camera away and start to walk again I look in the distance and see two shadowy figures slinking thru the next fence line approx 200 + yards away ... I look thru my 12 power scope and see they are coyotes tracking the deer ... ( question answered ) ...

No time for the camera ... they are coming hard , so I track them in the scope and as soon as the 1st one starts into the field he locks on to me and starts to turn ... too late I smack the trigger of my Remington 700 and bowl him over with a shot in the chest ... he leaps about 5 jumps back thru the fence line and crumples ...

I snowshoe the 200 yards and see the blood trail on the other side of the fenceline....



I snap a picture of him lying in the field while another deer watches in the background ( see her in the top of the frame ? )... it is a small doe and she sprints off to catch up with the others ...



It turns out to be a young male .... mangy from just behind the shoulders to the end of the tail ( it looked like a possum tail ) ... I took a couple of quick frames of the head and teeth since they were the only healthy looking part of him ... and waited for the guys to come down my way ...




We continue on .... move some Jack Rabbits off the fenceline and Joe connects with a beauty !




Hat's off to Vern and Joe .... they are both 68 years old and can still run most guys half their age into the ground on snowshoes !  Laughing

We had a great day out .... the fresh air will make us all sleep easy tonight !

PS : Outdoorz wasn't kidding about that creek bottom cover ! .... seems to be where the yotes were today !  Laughing



Randy S. had seen how much fun I was having during the midweek hunts for coyotes and jacks ....

He said to me last week ... " If I take a day of next week do you think we could get into some Jack's ? "

I figured ... no problem , so he took today as a Vacation day and we headed out for his first Jack rabbit hunt !

We started the morning off with our usual steak and eggs at the " Drift Inn "

We spent time on the snowshoes ... hunting fencelines and bush lots .... I got some cool pictures ... and Randy got his first Jack Rabbit !

Some shots of Randy and his dog Abby ...




Randy was carrying his favorite Remington 870 pump and I tried my Remington 552 Speed Master 22 LR .



There were some good trails in the bush , but I couldn't get on the Jacks quick enough with camera or scoped 22 for a decent shot ...



The fence lines proved the best ! But I missed this guy after I took his picture ! Embarassed



Another fence line shot and the Jack running away ...




Here is one that didn't get away ... and ended up being Randy's 1st Jack Rabbit ...



Randy came up on him from the opposite side of the fence line , and some heavy # 4's out of the 870 did the trick ... here is the walk up ... and the happy hunter !  Laughing




The wind and sky got fowl and closed in on us later on ... I got a picture of the changing weather as we headed back to the truck ...



Later in the day ... we came apon what at 1st we thought was a Jack Rabbit hiding in the snow ... but turned out to be a scruffy looking Hen Pheasant .... I got to within approx 6 feet of her before she flew off ...






Anyway .... Randy addmitted ... " it was worth the Vacation day ! " ....

The things we do to put meat on the table !   Laughing 


Got permission on a new property ... dropped Vern and Joe at one end to walk the fencelines while I came up the middle from the other end ...

Vern at the North line ...



Joe at the South line ...



We moved 4 jacks and got 2 of them ... , Vern got his on a dead run with his .222



And I got my 1st of the day on a crossfield fence line at approx 95 yards with my .223 ( I snapped 1 quick picture before I ironed him out on the 2nd shot Embarassed )



Of the 6 Jacks we got today 5 were big males ....



Back to the truck to warm up ...



Headed to another property .... I dropped Vern and Joe at another fence line and I went to the other end to work a small bush lot ... but I got a little too far to the RH side when I went to park !  Embarassed



Never moved any Jacks at that location , but did see deer and I found my 1st shed of the season ( a LH side with 6 points ) ...




Vern dropped Joe and I off at the next property and drove the truck to the end of the concession ...

Joe got a beauty big male on the run with his 12 gauge after a long chase that nearly got Joe drowned in a snow drift !

Here are 5 of the Jacks before field dressing ...



On the last snowshoe pass , I had a Jack come screaming out of the cedars on a dead run from Joes direction ... at first I couldn't pick him up in the scope , but he crossed the creek and I bowled him over when he crossed an opening at approx 85 yards .... I felt " right on " when I shot buit was surprised to see him come out of the sumersault and run like his hair was on fire ? ( I figured I must have blown the snow from under him ?? )

I snowshed over the creek and found blood at the sumersault site .



Snowshoed approx another 65 yards and found him down the bank and on the creek ice ...



Had a great day , with the guys ... and almost forgot .... 2 pictures of a little cotton tail .... he was too small for the big guns , so he got a pass ! Laughing




I was on the gun more than the camera today , but here are some of the other Jack pictures ... 2 on the run and one sitting ...





Vern brings up the truck and we head back to eventually get super at KFC Tuesdays two pices of chicken for a toonie in Listowell ( something the retired guys knew about ! )  Laughing



Notice the slight bow in the RH side running board Embarassed it's been misparked a few times .... Laughing



The plan was to walk some fence lines this a.m. and take advantage of the mild weather today ... then scout for geese to role in the late season goose opener tomorrow ...

We were going to be 4 men strong today , but Keith couldn't make it ( came down with a last minuet ailment ) ... so the 3 of us headed out at 8:00 am

The Plan was to drop 2 guys in the fence line at one end of the concession walking with shotguns , and 1 guy would drive to the other end and snipe with the rifle ...

Sniper Adams , picks off the first Jack of the morning with his .222



Joe hussles up a fenceline after a long " but successfull " snowshoe push , and grounds a Jack with his Browning Auto 5 and VA's custom heavy # 2 handloads )



Later , I managed to ground a Jack with my full turkey choked Remington 870 SP ... also with VA's heavy # 2 's ...





The last Jack of the day , made the mistake of coming out on the wrong side of the cedar row for him .... I snapped a couple of quick shots ... switched over to my Remington Model 700 BDL and chased him down with 55 grains of Federal HP's ...




Here are some shots of the other misc wildlife we encountered today ...

A cock and hen Pheasant that made it through the season ... they are travelling on the same trail the deer have packed down to a bird feeder ....




A possum that woke up early and was eating apples ... I got a couple of good close ups and one of VA getting some of his own shots ....






The only deer we saw were real spooky and hussled up the fenceline ... I manged to snap 2 quick frames ...




Two cotton tails that " got a pass " because we had the heavy artilery again today !



Back to the truck .... whick doesn't stay clean in this kind of weather .... but that's the way it looks most of the time anyway ! ( mental note ... pick-up new driver side front mud flap ... must have got knocked off when VA was driving !  Laughing )



Hello Keith ~ ... are you out there ? .... here are a couple that ran to " your side of the fencerow "   Laughing





To bad you were not there to fill the gap !  Laughing 

As for the geese .... .... no decent flocks spotted in any area we could hunt .... Kendo Kid called later and we have an appointment with some longnecks , tomorrow afternoon !



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