It is very important for a novice hunter to distinguish the tracks of a hare from other animals, as well as to trace the trajectory of its movement, because in winter the hunt for a hare is more accessible than for another beast. The entire path of the hare, laid during the night, from the place of the lair to the fattening (feeding place) and back to the bed, is called Malik. Malik hare is much easier to track, unlike the white hare: its trails are very tangled, the trail winds, tangled with other trails, and when tracking a hare it is difficult to notice because its white wool merges with the snow. Therefore, in order not to waste time searching for the hare, the hunter needs to distinguish his prints from the hare, which is more affordable as a prey.
- What does the trail of a hare look like?
- 2 Hare trails in winter
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What does the trail of a hare look like?
Hunting rabbits along a poroshe is a fascinating exercise that allows you to fully uncover the abilities of the hunter, observation and caution. In the hunting sense, the powder is the snow that came from the evening or the night before, on which in the morning you can see fresh prints of the animal. A good powder is considered such a depth of snow, which allows you to see clear prints. In this regard, tracking the hare trails is very convenient, since the hare is an animal with a predominantly nocturnal lifestyle, which moves at night to the place of fattening, to the place of the new lair, leaving its tracks in the morning. In most cases, hunting can be carried out in most cases only by hares, because in late winter the hare hides in deep more often, where, sometimes, even an experienced hunter finds it difficult to deal with its many intricate trails. In contrast, the hare almost always emerges from the forest to the edge, closer to shrubs, ravines, etc.
The front paws of the hare leave approaching to the circle, prints, located in one line one after another. The hind legs leave elongated prints arranged in parallel or slightly setting one after another. In the white hare, the tracks on the snow leave a more round and wide imprint than the brown hare, whose footprint is narrower and oblong. But on the less friable snow you can see that the hind legs of the hare are still much wider, with visible fingerprints.
In order to correctly determine the direction of movement of the hare, it is necessary to remember: traces of the back hare legs always leave their imprint in front of the imprints of the front paws, and not at the back.
Traces of a hare in winter
The hare print on the snow may look different depending on its behavior. A normal, normal footprint looks like this: large jumps with simultaneous (or almost simultaneous) pulling out of hind legs, while the front ones are in series one after another. If the jump is large, then the front legs are also together. The usual trail left by the hare, going to feed, or returning from it to the lair, is called the end. In addition, there are other prints:
- The footprint of a sitting hare looks like this: the prints of the front paws are parallel, unlike the hind ones. At the same time, his puzzles are imprinted on the snow, as the hare sits, bending the hind limbs until the first joint. Therefore, the imprint of the hare’s hind legs in the sitting position is always longer than the imprints of the normal course of movement of the animal. With the exception of the sitting position, the rear hare prints always maintain parallelism. If prints are seen in which the rear traces are clumsy or are far ahead of each other, then they belong to another animal.
- Fat hare tracks are the imprints of his movement near the place of feeding, with frequent sitting on the snow. They differ in that the individual tracks almost merge, while the others are located very close to each other.
- The animal leaves a footprint when it is frightened from the place of the lair, and it moves in large jumps. Such prints are similar to the end, but with the opposite direction, because the front prints are near the prints of the hind legs of the previous jump.
- When an animal tries to hide or tear its mark, it searches for a place to lie down, and for this leaves discounted, or sweeping prints. They are left to the largest jumps, which are made at an angle to the original direction. The hare usually makes such jumps from one to four, then its trail again becomes terminal. Often, before the discount trail starts, a double imprint of hare paws can be seen in the snow.
- Loops – is rounding hare with the intersection of their previous prints. Such a trace the hare leaves when it begins to seek refuge. It can leave loops over a large area, which presents difficulties when a hunter determines the hare path. Rarely there is more than one loop, but soon it begins to double and suffer with the imposition of one trace on another. This also creates certain difficulties, since it is necessary to distinguish a double track from an ordinary one. After the winding tracks, the hare usually rolls off to the side, or dodges on the ground where there is little snow. The length of a double loop can reach 150 steps in one or several maliks. Making a discount to the side, the hare tries to break its mark, getting rid of possible pursuers both in the form of animals and people.
Thus, the path of movement of the hare is as follows: from the lair, you can follow the usual gait trailing trails to the place of feeding (zhirovka). At the place of feeding, he leaves fat marks with prints of a sitting position, which after some time turn into hounds. Having properly refreshed and playing enough, the hare moves in search of a new place of the lair with trails. This behavior does not always happen: often the hare moves from one fatty place to another, or leaves it and returns only in the morning.
So, having found a string of hare tracks, it is first necessary to determine the direction of its movement. This has already been mentioned above. However, if the prints are not clear, the direction of its movement can be recognized by other signs, in particular, by the distance between the prints of individual tracks. Many other auxiliary features are described in special hunting literature that will help the beginning hunter. An experienced hunter who has developed an eye for more than one season will easily determine the direction of the hare.
After the direction is determined, you need to follow the same, trying not to trample footprints in the snow. If malik leads to the place of fat, you should not waste time on unraveling the fat and hounds of the prints, but go around them, finding traces of the hare’s exit from the fat places, and follow further parallel to it. Further, there are several options: fat traces can lead the hunter to new places of fat, and then the previous action should be repeated. Or the hunter will stumble on looping or double tracks, which means finding a nearby animal’s bed. The loop must be unscrewed regardless of its area, otherwise there is a risk that the hunter will attack the trail of another hare crossing the traces of the first, then he will lead him to new places of fattening and have to start tracking from the beginning. It is necessary to turn off on a new trace only when there is full confidence that this is the imprint of the same beast. It is necessary to unscrew all the loops in the path of pursuit. After a loop is usually followed by a deuce, after which the hare lies nearby. Therefore, here you need to be prepared to shoot the beast: carefully examine the shrubs, snow plans, stones, ditches and ravines. Particular attention in the forest should be paid to the low Christmas trees, snowdrifts and snow plans at the roots of trees. The hare may lie down inside a hole dug in the snow, after which it will be swept away by snow. If the weather is windy, the animal lies in shelters that protect it from the wind with its face. If you are lucky, you can shoot the hare directly on the bed, with white hair such cases are very rare.
If you notice where the hare is, you need to waste your way without losing time. If he is far away, you need to bypass the place of laying by the side, approaching that distance from which you can make a sure shot. When approaching, you should not constantly look at the animal, he will definitely notice and run away.
A novice hunter may be advised to begin tracking the hare from the place of fat, where it is easiest to trace the hare by the prints heading to the landing sites. Following one path, without transferring from one malik to another, as a result, the target will be tracked down and mined.