How To Hunt Fox
Have you ever wondered how to hunt fox? Foxes inhabit large portions of the North American continent, and fox hunting seasons are held in most U.S. states. Both red and grey foxes are doglike in appearance and, when fully grown, are 22 to 29 inches long and weigh around ten pounds. Foxes are clever and wily creatures, so knowing how to hunt fox is invaluable before you begin.
You Will Need:
- .22 or similar small-caliber rifle
- predator call
- fox or small game permit
- hounds (optional)
Where to Hunt Fox
- Look in the brush. Both grey and red foxes like the bushy undergrowth of forests and rimrock country. Foxes often burrow in hollow logs and areas beneath boulders, or will dig a ground burrow in a pinch. Red foxes are occasionally seen in open fields as well. Keep an eye on the trees as well; grey foxes are known to occasionally climb trees to avoid pursuit.
- Ask local farmers. Often, a local rancher or farmer will give you permission to hunt fox on his land. Approach a rancher or farmer one to two weeks before you want to hunt and explain your plans. This gives you time to build a rapport with the landowner and presents you as polite and competent. When hunting on another person's property, take care not to shoot toward any buildings or livestock.
When to Hunt Fox
- Check your state's hunting seasons. Most states have a specific open season for fox hunting, which may or may not overlap with seasons for other animals. These states specify dates and times for fox hunting through their natural resources or wildlife departments, which can also tell you if a particular license is necessary.
- Hunt at night. Foxes are nocturnal; they're busiest after dark and particularly in the early morning hours.
How to Hunt Fox
- Use a predator call. Predator calls or fox calls can be found at any sporting goods store. They're designed to imitate the sound of distressed prey animals, such as rabbits or mice; the sound piques a fox's interest, as he thinks it means dinner.
- Use hounds if desired. Many states allow hounds to be used in hunting fox. If hunting with hounds on a ranch or farm, make sure the hounds do not harass livestock. Farm animals that are upset by hounds may stop producing milk or eggs, which will sour your relationship with their owner.
- Use a .22 or similar small caliber rifle. Since foxes are generally hunted for their pelts, a .22 rifle is a good choice because it kills foxes cleanly while leaving only a small hole in the pelt. Trapping or snaring foxes is also legal in many states; check your state's rules for specifics.