Knowing the hare's habits will pay off now. Snowshoes feed only at night, on the buds, twigs, and bark of woody shrubs and tender saplings like aspen, willow, birch, maple, sumac, and alder. They'll also eat the needles of conifers, including cedar, hemlock, fir, and spruce. Unlike true rabbits, varying hares do not take refuge in underground burrows when pressured. They hide during daylight in shallow depressions or "forms" in the snow, concealed by overhead blowdowns and the low-lying boughs of young evergreen trees.