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11-1 is usually the toughest times that I've noticed. Not sure what it is but I assume its the morning afternoon scent changing and mainly just hard to find rabbits during those times. We usually break for lunch around 11-1130 and don't get back at it until after 1 if possible. It's not always the case and I've had days where it seemed perfect all day but on days that I've struggled no matter the conditions it happens during those times.

We hunted today starting at 10:30. Dogs jumped a rabbit and after about 10 minutes it went to crap and they lost it. We didn't jump another rabbit until 1:38 and they hammered him.
 

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I work afternoons so I usually turn loose around sunrise. Seems like I get a good share of tracks early. During vacation time I still start early and if I have had good running all morning it seems to just continue. On days when I solo I usually work one from sunrise until noon and then the other from around 2 until dark. If there is going to be rough times to get one going or keep it going it does seem to happen between 11 and 2, for my pot likers anyway
 

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Usually start when sun is coming up. Ran in powder, 0 degrees, wind chill minus 13, crusty, iced over, blowing drifting snow, rain, dry leaves.

Never worried about time when to run or what the snow or bare ground was like. Dogs better do it in all types of weather. Some day were better and some not as good but the dogs need to be able to run in all types of weather.
 

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I always start around noon or 1. Never had luck with good running in the mornings. The guy that really got me going in rabbit hunting after high school always wanted to start around midday. I asked him why and he said it just has always seemed like the rabbits needed time to wake up and enjoy the warmth of the day.
We went early-woke them up and they got warm running from the dogs. JMO
 

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90% of the time we kill bucks by going later in the day. It has always served me/us well but I'm not opposed to trying early morning hunt as long as the frost is off. Seems like there are more of you guys that agree that mornings are better but we hardly ever shoot a female therefore our populations don't seem to get affected year to year
 
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