Jump to content
  • GUESTS

    If You  want access  to member only forums on FM, You will need to Sign-in or  Sign-Up now .

    This box will disappear once you are signed in as a member.

Rabbit and Snowshoe Hare Hunting


Topwater Scott

Recommended Posts

Topwater Scott

We, my sons and I, are looking for public land with rabbits or snowshoes and any other small game to hunt. We are in the south east metro. We have hunted Vermilion hills area and a couple other pieces of public land but have not come across many bunnies. We are willing to go just about anywhere in the state for a day of hunting. Any help would be appreciated.

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 2 weeks later...

Gotta head up North, further the better usually. Pick a state forest. I would say with all the snow and cold stay somewhat south, like Nemadji or Chengwatana for the rest of this season.

Link to post
Share on other sites

Amazing how few rabbits I see deer or grouse or pheasant hunting. Hares even fewer. Dogs love 'em around the house, but they ignore them bird hunting or just not many around.

Squirrels are hunted relatively hard within an hour or so of the Twin Cities.

I would think your best bet might be up the I-94 corridor ... look for woodlots near cornfields.

Link to post
Share on other sites
leech~~

I did my best on Snowshoes in thick low new growth pines. Try and find some tight pine areas. It's a ways up north but Badoura State Forest is just about all state planted pines and we use to do well up there. Look for the smaller new pine areas. wink

Link to post
Share on other sites

We typically head to the Minnesota/Iowa boarder for cottontails and this year we did ok, it was slow and slim pickings as most of the farmers cleaned up their groves when the scrap steel prices sky rocketed ,along with trying to get every inch of available ground for crops by getting rid of all the brush plies.

Cottontails still to be had though all you have to do is finds a farm with a good grove on it the thicker the better and stop and ask for permission. I have only had a few farmers say no.

Snowshoes are a up north thing and there is some good tracks of puplic land around Hackensack that hold a few yet.

Good luck

Link to post
Share on other sites

I plunked a cottontail this weekend and will be going out this weekend to try to get more. We traditionally marinate and crockpot a batch of rabbit and squirrel super bowl Sunday so I had better get going. There is not much better eating than marinated and crock potted rabbit in my opinion. I hunt the groves around the farms and most farmers are happy to let you as long as you stay away from their live stock. I used to hunt rabbit with the good old .22 but in recent years I've started to hunt them with birdshot behing my shotgun as all the rabbits I've shot in the last few years are running at mach 7 and I've got zero chance with the rifle. I think its because of the increase in coyote numbers in west central minnesota, I might be wrong. At any rate a sitting still rabbit is something I don't see where I hunt anymore. Rabbit in the crock pot not too many things are better for sure.

Link to post
Share on other sites

I'm with Brittman kinda, snowshoe hares ? We used to have them and we haven't seen any since the late 80's the same time the ruffed grouse vanished in the same place. 0 rabbit tracks, we did notice like thick warts on the ears of the last few snowshoe hares we ever got, then haven't seen one since then and we still have this same land so idk kinda sad, no wonder the grouse,ducks,turkeys,pheasants are a bit more wanted by our hawks,owls,coyotes,fox,etc.We used to call hares food for the fox etc. You know what, have hardly seen a red fox since the hares died off or whatever happened, actually not seeing much for Jack Rabbits either. Hmmm. idk.

Link to post
Share on other sites
delcecchi

Both snowshoes and grouse have big cycles in their population. They fluctuate for reasons somewhat unknown, although of course there are theories...

Link to post
Share on other sites
  • 3 years later...
Ken Riviera

What snowshoe hares? They are in a cycle? I don't think they disappear when they cycle. They are gone!

 

The question is what happened to them. They were around for 100 years im sure. Now good luck finding one in northern Minnesota.

 

 

 

 

Link to post
Share on other sites
Cliff Wagenbach

I have seen very few snowshoes for many years here in N.E. Minn.

This summer I took a short  evening ride on my 4-wheeler into an area that was logged over then replanted a few years ago.

I saw at least 100 snowshoes of all ages in a 1/2 mile stretch of gravel road!  To say the least, I was amazed!  I saw more rabbits in 1 hour then I have seen in 10 years!

Maybe they have finally started to make a come back? 

Way less fisher ,martins and fox here now then there were a few years ago.

Cliff

Link to post
Share on other sites

Join the conversation

You can post now and register later. If you have an account, sign in now to post with your account.
Note: Your post will require moderator approval before it will be visible.

Guest
Reply to this topic...

×   Pasted as rich text.   Restore formatting

  Only 75 emoji are allowed.

×   Your link has been automatically embedded.   Display as a link instead

×   Your previous content has been restored.   Clear editor

×   You cannot paste images directly. Upload or insert images from URL.



  • Your Responses - Share & Have Fun :)

    • smurfy
      Drove by pleasant lake today coming home from st cloud.  99% of that lake is wide open yet 
    • CigarGuy
      Got up today. You're correct skunked. It frozen solid as far as I can see in front of me. Snowmobile tracks are running along our shoreline 🤔
    • SkunkedAgain
      Thanks for the input. I wish that were closer to the west end, as that's a bit of a hike for me but will always be an option.
    • SkunkedAgain
      From the White Eagle webcam, it looks like only the wings are iced up but the majority of Head O Lakes is open water still.   Therefore I likely won't be heading up there until the holidays.
    • JerkinLips
      Darrell - thanks for the information.  I also heard some scary news about premature ice fishing on Vermilion.  A couple of guys fishing in Stuntz Bay on 2.5" of ice.  Another couple fishing in narrows close to open water.   Weather doesn't look great for making ice, and the snow cover will slow it down.  Will consider all information and use maximum safety IF I decide to try going out Wednesday.  It is a long winter so there is no rush to get out.
    • Darrell Larson
      JerkinLips, I normally don't post about hear say!! but I did hear from a reliable source that a couple of fishing people went through walking out from McKinley. For what that's worth, this was earlier this week.
    • smurfy
      anybody???? anything??????????
    • JerkinLips
      Heard some people were out fishing at McKinley Park today.  HotL Bay is still open, so now I think it will be about November 29 before Vermilion ices-over.  I am hoping to make it out December 2.  Looked back at previous forum reports and came up with the ice-over dates below:
    • IceHawk
      Happy Thanksgiving to all !
    • leech~~
      If you think about it. With all the hunters, trappers, guides and people just living off the land up in Canada and Alaska. You have to wonder how many Ski-Doo Skandic's even make it down to the lower 48? I would even bet being so close to the boarder a lot more Arctic cat Bearcat's and Polaris Wide tracks head that way north then down here. Not trying to discourage you but it's kind of the hot time of year for sleds. You may do better picking up a used one at the end of the season this spring or very early next fall.  Good Luck. 😉
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. We have placed cookies on your device to help make this website better. You can adjust your cookie settings, otherwise we'll assume you're okay to continue.