The running season on hare in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan opens on July 8. I will be there and I am excited. I have been thinking about running hare ever since the last time I ran the big rabbits in February when I went to Wisconsin to the The Hunted Hare. I have been thinking about running hare since our hunting trip in October when 9 of us headed north for five days of hunting. I have been thinking about running hare since last August when . . .
If it seems like I can't get enough, you get the picture. Nothing beats a great hare chase. Dogs will sail across the swamp and back. They will be running head high, grabbing scent out of the air, and screaming like they are on fire. At times they may look like car chasers and they will have no mercy on a hare that makes a wrong turn. Slotting up is only for the dogs that can't get to the front.
Making this trip even better is the fact that Mike Vigar and Jeff Kerns are going up with the old man and me. They will make the trip fun and enjoy the hound music just like us. They have been north several times and we have had many conversations about the great running since our last trip together in October.
So Monday morning, imagine me, leaning back in my chair on a sand two track in the middle of a swamp in Hiawatha National Forest. The dogs will be pounding, with the roar of a big pack of hounds pursuing a long legged hare giving them the out of hearing and back tour through the swamp. I will be smiling for sure.