There are lots of wild animals in the desert. One of them is the desert hare. It is occasionally hunted for sport and for its gamy meat. During the hunt outlined below, two adult hares were shot. Their meat is delicious: dark and gamy, and has a unique flavor, reminiscent of wild fowl.
The technique of the hunt is quite challenging for such a small quarry. It has to be done in complete darkness. The 4-wheel drives wander in the desert until a hare is spotted (via the headlights), then the chase begins. The hunter uses a regular shotgun to shoot the hares. Because of the sand dunes and the rough terrain, there is an element of danger and risk always looming.
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|Like most desert parties, rice and meat must be served.|
|And a camp fire is also customary. You can see my uncle Ahmed Y. AbouYoussef, a veteran Egyptian hunter and fisherman in their midst (the one with the Jeans).|
|This is one of the hares that were caught alive. It was exchausted after a chase and picked up after it is fatigued. The desert locals call it: "Ghreinag" in local Arabic slang. It is a juvenile.|
|Another photo of the same cute bunny. I am sad to say that this guy (and another adult that was caught along with it) died in captivity. First, the young one passed away for an unknown reason. The adult didn't last long after it.|
|My brother (middle) with his Landrover.|
|The other Toyota Landcruiser in the safari, belonging to one of the semi-Bedouin hosts.|