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Quick Pennsylvania Fox Hunt

Six-GunSix-Gun Senior MemberPosts: 8,155 Senior Member
I brought the family home for Thanksgiving to the Philly suburbs Wednesday night, had an amazing family dinner on Thursday and had a great date night with the wife Friday night. A neighbor friend from way back invited me to come help him, his son and his buddy rid his sister's property of a few red foxes. Her dogs were attacked on more than one occasion, saved only by the fact that her husband was there to chase them off. Her last words to us before we hit the field: "there's no valor in missing!" Roger that!

I was solo in a tree stand and the three of them hunkered under a large cedar tree about 50 yards away. It didn't take long. I don't think we were out there 5 minutes when the first dog came into a mix of predator hand calls from me and Mike's buddy, Tom. Mike's son smoked it at about 40 yards with a load of #5 lead shot.

Not 3 minutes later, I hit my Buck Gardner 2-fur hand call mixed in with a Primos Catnip hand call. Another fox came in almost immediately but hung up at about 100 yards. I waited about 30 seconds, hit the 2-fur again and the fox closed into about 70 yards. He took a Winchester 555 bulk pack .22 LR from my CZ-452 American in the center of his chest and dropped where he stood. Quick hunt - great results!

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Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.

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  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,192 Senior Member
    Wow, quick results! Going to the taxidermist or the tanner with either one? A double fox mount would be cool!
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    I should add that not only was this my first red fox, it was also the official blooding of the CZ-452 bolt gun. Definitely fun to take a fox with a rimfire.
    CHIRO1989 wrote: »
    Wow, quick results! Going to the taxidermist or the tanner with either one? A double fox mount would be cool!

    I'm strongly considering getting the one I shot done in a full-body pose. I have always wanted to get a furbearer mount done and a fox in full winter coat really is pretty. If it's too expensive to stomach, I may go with a tanned flatskin, but I really feel like I'd be wasting a really beautiful opportunity for a full-body.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • BigDanSBigDanS Senior Member Posts: 6,992 Senior Member
    A .22 at 75 yards? It can't be done! :rotflmao: :jester:
    "A patriot is mocked, scorned and hated; yet when his cause succeeds, all men will join him, for then it costs nothing to be a patriot." Mark Twain
    Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.... now who's bringing the hot wings? :jester:
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,456 Senior Member
    Excellent! That's a beautiful fox. Bot of them, really.
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • ZeeZee Senior Member Posts: 27,456 Senior Member
    BigDanS wrote: »
    A .22 at 75 yards? It can't be done! :rotflmao: :jester:

    :up:
    "To Hell with efficiency, it's performance we want!" - Elmer Keith
  • orchidmanorchidman Senior Member Posts: 8,364 Senior Member
    Get a full body mount done with one...............and get a hat made from the other skin.

    That way, when you are heading out hunting to a new place and your wife says 'Wear the Fox hat' you can chide her for swearing at you............:roll:

    Good hunt by the way.
    Still enjoying the trip of a lifetime and making the best of what I have.....
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    It feels like quite a poke when you hear that little mouse fart muzzle report and see a tangible delay between the sound and the critter reacting to the hit. BUT, even that bulk ammo clearly packs plenty of wallop at that distance to drop a good-sized fox. Definitely an eye opener if you've never believed it possible.
    orchidman wrote: »
    Get a full body mount done with one...............and get a hat made from the other skin.

    That way, when you are heading out hunting to a new place and your wife says 'Wear the Fox hat' you can chide her for swearing at you............:roll:

    Good hunt by the way.

    You crazy Kiwi :roll2:

    Seriously though, a full-body mount walking on a diftwood habitat is extremely tempting.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,125 Senior Member
  • CHIRO1989CHIRO1989 Senior Member Posts: 14,192 Senior Member
    Six-Gun wrote: »
    It felt like quite a poke when you hear that little mouse fart muzzle report and see a tangible delay between the sound and the critter react to the hit. BUT, even that bulk ammo clearly packs plenty of wallop at that distance to drop a good-sized fox. Definitely an eye opener if you've never believed it possible.



    You crazy Kiwi :roll2:

    Seriously though, a full-body mount walking on a diftwood habitat is extremely tempting.

    Need to add a rabbit/pheasant/grouse/duck.
    I take no pleasure in the death of the wicked, but rather that they turn away from their ways and live. Eze 33:11
  • JermanatorJermanator Senior Member Posts: 16,244 Senior Member
    So.... what does the fox say?
    Reason obeys itself; and ignorance submits to whatever is dictated to it.
    -Thomas Paine
  • NNNN Senior Member Posts: 25,125 Senior Member
    I'd get banned if I told you that!
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    Jermanator wrote: »
    So.... what does the fox say?

    *BANG*


    *flop*

    ...that's a direct quote.

    One other thing to note about using a .22 LR on furbearers. If you want to keep a pelt, I don't know if you do much better and still kill effectively. At closer range, maybe a .22 short might do just as well, but for a practically available rifle chambering, the .22 LR really did wonderfully little damage.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
  • Diver43Diver43 Senior Member Posts: 12,138 Senior Member
    Now thats a Family get together!! congrats :applause:
    Logistics cannot win a war, but its absence or inadequacy can cause defeat. FM100-5
  • Six-GunSix-Gun Senior Member Posts: 8,155 Senior Member
    Mike and his son have been hunting together since his boy was old enough to go, but since I went in the service, we never managed to all meet up. It definitely ended up being one of the coolest predator hunts I've ever been involved in. We were literally laughing at how fast things got done as I climbed down from the treestand. It was simply amazing to see foxes respond that readily despite gunfire.
    Accuracy: because white space between bullet holes drives me insane.
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