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    ebigham1
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    So here is the dirty low down. I have a fox getting into my hen house. He has taking out about half my flock in a little over two months. The only equipment I have is a laser designator. No other night equiptment. I have made a fox whistle. Any bait that I should be using or any tips that I should know? I have never hunted fox before. 

    I will be using my Airforce Escape SS in .25 caliber. 

    Thanking ya’ll in advance.

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    I bait them with table scraps so that they have to stand in one place to eat. I do not use a squirrel or a rabbit or something else that they can just pick up and run away and eat elsewhere. The last fox I took was sitting on her butt while eating my table scraps. One shot well placed was an easy task that didn’t need to be rushed. I took her with a heart/lung shot to make it quick, lethal, and sure. She only ran 25 yards before the end.

    I use an Airforce Condor in .25 cal and 37 gr. hollow point slugs. My scope is an ATN X Sight II in night mode in pitch darkness. I also use infrared flood lights to illuminate the kill zone all around.

    With the X Sight II in night mode, there is a 1/3 to 1/2 second delay between real time and what you actually see in the scope. That’s why it is essential to force the fox to take a stationary bait that must be eaten in place. That requires the fox to remain stationary longer than the delay of the X Sight II. To hit a fast moving fox on the run with a squirrel in his mouth requires the shooter to lead the fox at least 1/3rd to 1/2 second. In most cases, this means the shooter must lead the fox so far that the fox isn’t even seen in the scope when the shot is fired. Placing a lethal shot in such circumstances is by chance only, not to mention extremely dangerous and ill-advised. But if the fox can be lured into a stationary posture over a bait that he cannot simply run away with, it’s like taking candy from a baby.

    That’s my offering

    BeemanR7

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    Thanks Beeman. That’s some great advise. I will try that tonight. I might have to get the night scope. At least that’s what I will tell my wife. We have to spend the money to save her chickens. Right?

    Thanks again.

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    Just get a red or green hunting light. I have one it is called a wicked light. Much cheaper. And i dont think the wife is gonna ok $600.  But if she does please tell me how you did it. I will try for one also

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    Build a box trap(live trap) out of scrap plywood, virtually free and very simple to make. Their mainly nocturnal so the trap works while you sleep and safe for neighbors pets, plus you can decide to dispatch cleanly,(if law prohibits, )or relocate.

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    “Barbarian”Build a box trap(live trap) out of scrap plywood, virtually free and very simple to make. Their mainly nocturnal so the trap works while you sleep and safe for neighbors pets, plus you can decide to dispatch cleanly,(if law prohibits, )or relocate.

    
I have a live trap also. We will see if they will get in it.

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    I use the green hunting light, works great, they don’t shy away from the green light. Use a rest to stabilize your gun and you shouldn’t have a problem with a head shot out to 50 yards, night shots are a whole lot different than day time shots.  Go get ’em!

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    Well so far nothing! They haven’t come around the past couple nights. I have been leaving my barn light on so I can see enough to shoot. I also have been leaving food in the lit area. I think they will come around in a day or two. Can anyone confirm that? Trail camera verifies that they haven’t come around. I will be moving my traps further out in the wooded area. 

    I hope I am not getting out foxed! Pun intended!!!

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    I don’t know where you live but maybe the extra baiting will draw in more predators. (could be fun) but not what you want. I would go to Harbor freight and get a driveway alarm. Like $10.00 This way you just keep the gun close by, watch tv and when you hear the beep…. lock and load and get him. Also he may be afraid with the light on. Give him time to get adjusted to it. Good luck. Let us know.

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    Call me and I will fix your problem :)

     http://www.airgunnation.com/topic/fox-vs-gladiator/#post-194677
     

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    “reeleone”

    Call me and I will fix your problem :)

     http://www.airgunnation.com/topic/fox-vs-gladiator/#post-194677
     

    
I would call you but you seem to be across the pond. A little far to travel for 3 fox. I will get the job done if it takes my last dollar and my last chicken. LoL.

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    This chicken thief was taken at 25 yards with the Air Arms TX200 MkIII using an H&N Baracuda Green .22 caliber, 12.65gr pellet. The muzzle velocity was 790fps at 17.53ft/lbs. I used a raw chicken leg placed next to the coop.


     

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    I want to thank everyone for emasculating  me by showing me your kills of foxes. Lol. Anyone want to take it further and tell me about the time you took a fox with a blowgun?   Lol. 

    Yes I am being out foxed by the fox. There are three of them by the way. I call them and they come but not close enough. Taunting me!  When I have the barn light on they don’t come around at all. When it’s out they don’t come close enough. 

    I think I am going to get another trap and maybe I can trap them. 

    I was able to get a shot off last night but pulled it. So he just pranced off. Yes pranced like a gloating ballerina in the night. 

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    Well while out walking the property today I stumbled upon this critter. Turns out I didn’t miss after all. Although This must have been my shot from the other day. I had lined up my cross hairs and squeezed the trigger and I saw here bolt off so I figured I missed her. she was about 30 yards from where I took my shot.. Next time I will scout around after I shoot. I was hoping to mount her or at least get her pelt. Oh well there are two more out there. They are the cubs.

    Thanks for all your tips. 

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    Ok We got another one. I think there is only one more. I was able to skin this one. I am going to tan the hide tomorrow.

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