Hares, Damned Hares, and Statistics

I love hares. I love them fried, boiled, roasted, stuffed, and even wild being fruitful and multiplying. If I had a yard full of mature trees and they visited to nibble on a few seedlings I wouldn’t mind. If I lived further out in the bush, I’d deliberately plant desirable food sources for them and provide some protection from predators so that hunting them would be more productive.

However, I’m trying to go from zero to my own small forest of productive fruiting/flowering/beautiful trees and a hare has moved in to mow seedlings down. I went out to chase him off and could not even find fresh tracks the other day but today, I found his fresh tracks in fresh snow right up on my veranda. Apparently, the local foxes, owls, cats and dogs have not discouraged him. Clearly, he’s not getting the message. Perhaps he’s not living in my yard but merely visiting from the wild bush a couple of hundred yards in two directions.

Either way, I’m going to discourage him. Trapping and shooting are forbidden here but wild men with clubs are not yet banned… If only I had the energy…

About Robert Pogson

I am a retired teacher in Canada. I taught in the subject areas where I have worked for almost forty years: maths, physics, chemistry and computers. I love hunting, fishing, picking berries and mushrooms, too.
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4 Responses to Hares, Damned Hares, and Statistics

  1. Today, the weather was conducive and I went out to try to fix the damage. The winds had pretty well desiccated the chewed region, so I just cut it off to a fresh surface and pruned what I could to soak and chill for a while hoping some will take root in pots… It’s kind of a defeat but I just can’t work outside anymore in chilly weather and strong winds. My body doesn’t make enough heat. The dwarf apple was still in an icy snowbank so I left it alone. I’ll try the same procedure on it in a couple of days of warm weather. I also pruned some apples that were not chewed. They had twisted offshoots due to a killing winter with no snow cover the winter before last. By pruning to a central leader I should get more growth where I want it up high instead of in the grass. The hares may have won the battle this winter by setting back two of my best trees but I’m going to increase my numbers in the long run.

  2. ram wrote, “Chicken wire cylinders around the seedlings should do the trick.”

    A neighbour uses a coiled plastic around his trunks. The problem with that is that his hare goes after the branches rather than the trunk. He prefers the tender stuff… I suppose I could buy a roll of chicken-wire and put a cylinder around each tender tree, all two hundred of them… It just seems more efficient to eliminate the hare. Perhaps I can live-trap him and invite him inside for dinner… 😎

  3. ram says:

    Chicken wire cylinders around the seedlings should do the trick. Alternatively there are those cheap Chinese plastic “green houses” that would shelter the plants from both browsing wildlife and harsh weather.

  4. dougman says:

    “Trapping and shooting are forbidden here”

    Socialist paradise!

    I have shot deer in my field out of season, why? I wanted deer meat. Before anyone goes Holy Joe, the deer was tramping my garden, so I was ridden myself of a nuisance animal.

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