How to Hunt Fox

by Contributor

Foxes are known for their cunning, and so have been a quarry for hunters for hundreds or perhaps thousands of years. You can hunt fox in many U.S. states, since they are considered varmints.

Track Fox

Look for fox tracks. Be sure to distinguish between fox tracks and dog tracks. Foxes are smaller than most dogs, so their tracks are smaller, too.

Avoid populated areas, even in rural locations. This is because dogs can be mistaken for fox. You really don't want to spend your day tracking someone's pet--and you certainly don't want to accidentally shoot it.

Keep your eyes out for small tracks in soft ground. Because foxes are so lightweight and have pads on their paws, you will usually only see their tracks in damp or very soft ground.

View photos of fox droppings before you go out to hunt fox. Fox droppings are unlike dog or cat droppings, so knowing what they look like can be invaluable in tracking fox.

Inspect any dropping you find while tracking. This can tell you where a fox is feeding. If the fox's droppings contain fruit seeds, you know to look near fruit bushes.

Choose the Correct Gun

Hunt fox with a .22 caliber rifle. This is especially recommended for those who wish to later collect the fox pelts, since .22 caliber ammunition will leave only a small hole in the pelt.

Try a shotgun when hunting to eradicate nuisance foxes on your land. These weapons are more powerful and are usually fatal. They will disfigure both the fox and his pelt, however.

Choose a lightweight shotgun that you can use quickly. Fox will often jump out from behind bushes as you are hunting them, so you must be able to act quickly and accurately.

Lure Fox With Whistles

Purchase a whistle. These are available at game and rifle shops. They mimic the sounds made by wounded small animals such as rabbit, which fox eat.

Find a large rock or fallen tree to hide behind. Ideally, there will be nothing behind you.

Blow 2 or 3 loud shrieks on the whistle. This imitates the sound of a small animal just being injured.

Wait for a moment or two without whistling.

Continue with slower, lower pitched whistles to simulate a weakened, suffering rabbit.

Wait once again. You want to give the fox time to come and investigate.

Items you will need

  • Rifle or shotgun
  • Fox whistle

Tip

  • Fox pelts can be valuable if well-skinned and cleaned.

Warning

  • Fox meat cannot be eaten.