On Monday, Feb. 25th, I took Matt, Louisa, Elsie, and Clara out on a rabbit hunt.
Matt, Louisa, and I were the hunters. Elsie and Clara were along just for the fun.
We went to some property owned by Rod and Cheryl. We saw a lot of tracks: rabbit, fox, wolf, sharp tailed grouse, mouse, and even pheasant. Many of the rabbit and mouse tracks were fresh: that is, they were made in the previous 12 hours.
But we didn't find any rabbits sitting out and shouting, "Hey, I'd make a great roast!"
We moved over to Dean H.'s land. And we found a jack rabbit.
We were really out of shape for hunting rabbits.
Clara is lying down here at the edge of the snow in frustration for our missing a rabbit that was only about 5 yards away from us.
Matt shot at it with his shotgun. I shot several times with my pistol.
We tracked the rabbit to the woods. We saw it and it ran. But Matt, Louisa and I didn't have a good shot at it. So we didn't shoot.
So we took to the snow. Matt and I tracked the rabbit for a quarter of a mile. Mostly because tracking it was fun.
But we didn't get to see the rabbit again. Matthew was carrying his Remington single shot 20 gauge shot-gun. I was using my Springfield XD-9.
For those who are interested, the Springfield XD is a polymer based frame pistol with steel rail mounts. The slide consists of a striker assembly, barrel, and recoil spring.
This photo shows my Springfield XD-9 field stripped for cleaning.
But on Monday, Feb. 25, it didn't need cleaning.