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Title: Red Fox questions
Post by: GSF on May 22, 2015, 04:37:43 pm
Have any of you ever caught a red fox, if so how?

A friend of mine said he caught one that was pregnant and it gave birth in captivity. Shortly thereafter it ate the legs (feet?) off of the pups.

We have a red fox that's been enjoying a  bountiful spring, about six or more chickens so far.
Title: Re: Red Fox questions
Post by: Geoff on May 22, 2015, 07:57:46 pm

    What do you want to do with it when you catch it GSF ? ?
Title: Re: Red Fox questions
Post by: GSF on May 24, 2015, 09:01:29 am
dirt nap
Title: Re: Red Fox questions
Post by: biggraham610 on May 24, 2015, 06:32:26 pm
Simple, squeal like a injured rabbit. Loud kissing sound with palm of hand to mouth. If it is comfortable enough to come in around the chickens regularly, it will likely come running for an injured rabbit. Are you sure its a red? magnum #6s or any small caliber rifle bullet will do the rest. Good Luck. G
Title: Re: Red Fox questions
Post by: OldMech on May 28, 2015, 12:23:43 am
Where is it getting into your chicken coop?
   A 220 conibear at that opening will catch and kill it, but beware if you have cats or dogs of your own, it will kill them as well...  Next best, is a #1.5 leg hold. You will have to de scent it, settle it into the ground and cover it, making the cover look natural, without leaving anything that will hinder the trap.
   Fox are nervous and sly. If the trap smells like metal, or you, it will not catch the fox.  We used to boil our traps in walnut hulls and hang them out to weather. When set, we used fox urine to cover any scent left behind. Set the trap where the fox has to walk, preferably where it might jump, or land to access the coop.....
Title: Re: Red Fox questions
Post by: GSF on May 28, 2015, 09:06:19 am
Old Mech, We open our pen up early in the morning from the back side. That side is also in the goat pen which is apx 14 acres fenced in wooded area. We keep them in the pen at night. It's fenced on the sides and top as well as extra fencing to prevent digging under. We open the garden/house side an hour or two before dark. They mess up my pine bark mulch too much to open it first thing. In the goat pen most of them are too fat to get through or over the fence. The fox has no set pattern except running the bottom when we go after it. The way it happens is we hear a "distinct" squawk, then the chickens goes crazy, and I have to sprint about 50 to 70 yards, go through a gate, and shoot at a moving target through foliage about 40 yards away.