Any tips for hunting Fox?

Discussion in 'Predators and Pests' started by Bammony, Dec 10, 2008.

  1. Bammony

    Bammony Red-dress-less

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    I have a fox that has killed my cat and 7 of my birds so far. He killed my biggest and favorite Rooster. I'm not too mad about this, i understand a fox has to eat and that this happens. I just don't know anything about hunting or trapping fox. Any tips would be appreciated. Most traps won't work because I have my own dogs on patrol and don't want to have to go out to the field to release my own dogs all day. Baiting isn't gunna work either because my dogs would eat it. I was told that fox like to hunt at dusk and dawn....anything else I should know about the sly little suckers???
     
  2. cubalaya

    cubalaya Overrun With Chickens

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    get an electric caller.[ it sounds like a baby rabbit screaming] go out at night with a flashlight with red lens, foxes cant see this light. after calling start looking for 2 glowing eyes and aim your rifle right between the eyes. this works for coyotes too.
     
  3. Mesa

    Mesa Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We have foxes behind my house, an entire family of 'em! They are quite small... how small are your dogs? I'm wondering if a trap would be small enough for a fox but not small enough for your dog? "Our" foxes actually go out of their day around midday as well. Thats when we see them the most, but I'm not sure if they are hunting at this time???
    Good luck catching it. We've lost 2 cats to the stupid fox. Our neighbors lose chickens left and right to them but they havent done anything about it as far as better fencing for their flock.
     
  4. Buster

    Buster Back to Work

    Good luck Laura- I hope you get him soon!
     
  5. jofos

    jofos Out Of The Brooder

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    I lost several birds this summer. One night I take my dog out and see a fox. Naturally I assume that this is what is happening to my birds. The fox would comeback almost every night. Everytime I would see him I would go back inside to get a gun and comeback and it would be gone. Then I got a trap. I figured this might have a better chance than shooting him. About three hours have I set the trap I looked out and saw that it had been sprung. I quickly went out and checked it. There was a possum in the trap trying to chew his way out. I took the possum on a long ride and dropped him in a nice area. The fox comes back from time to time, though it usually stays under the lights in my front yard digging for moles. Since I caught the possum I have not lost any birds. I still have rabbits in my yard and the neighbor's cats come over almost every night. My guess is that the fox was not my problem.
     
  6. Buckguy20

    Buckguy20 OKIE MOSES

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    I have caught two foxes in my live trap.
    Believe it or not, I was using some old pastries for bait. They seem to like the sweet stuff. I guess a good jellyroll is hard to find in the wild.
     
  7. jvls1942

    jvls1942 Overrun With Chickens

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    I can not tell you how much I dislike foxes.. I have lost easily 80 chickens,ducks, guineas and turkeys to foxes in the past two years.. probably other predators also.. but I saw a fox run through my yard at high noon and snatch a duck within 50 feet from me.. that shoots the theory that they hunt dusk and dawn.. my brother set up a turkey blind a coupe of times and shot 2 foxes.. we both shot at foxes and missed a couple of times each.. the best deterrent is a dog who actually chases the fox.
    they do not like any interferance where they feel they can get hurt.
    ever since my youngest dog chased a fox a couple of times, they seem to be steering clear of here..

    I would set live traps at night and lock up the dogs at night if I wanted to trap one..

    I cannot tell you how many chickens I have turned loose out of live traps.. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  8. ams3651

    ams3651 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Quote:thats exactly what I was going to say, my cousin used to use these and they work. They will investigate if they think the rabbit is injured and screaming.
     

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