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#1842487 - 02/13/11 09:29 PM Morning calling story & pics
vicfox Offline
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Registered: 01/21/07
Posts: 380
Loc: Australia
With this last Saturday morning being my turn off work Jarryd and I had arranged an outing calling predators along a fenced creek line that runs the length of a property wee had organized . We have done well there over the last couple of years and had high hopes of a successful mornings calling being the first visit for over 6 months.

We were in place on our first stand by about 6.50AM with a very slight breeze drifting from upstream which suited our intentions but we needed to work the right hand side to best take advantage of the elements.

We placed the FoxPro Spitfire between the creek 30yards out from the fence and another 30yards to where Jarryd and I sat together for this first calling session.
The idea was this would be the best chance to attract whatever may have been down stream before we worked ahead. Using a hand call first to punch out the volume to the outreaches then switching to playing the jackrabbit distress.

Out from the creek line offered little cover but with a well-placed FoxPro we should have been fine with a degree of long grass and us seated wearing full camo.

A pair of ears was spotted well downstream to our left with us confident that our approach was good enough that our scent would remain undetected. At 200+ yards we lost sight of the fox as it followed the cover of the creek line but we needed another sighting.
Jarryd’s younger keen eyes picked up the ears again coming through the long grass so I switched the FoxPro to a mouse squeak to entice it in closer.


Stalking a little from left to right it closed the gap to the caller set on a little lower volume. The whispered instructions were given not to shoot the Spitfire but to wait for the predator to scent the human element on the caller and take the shot with the 12g as the fox departs.


I was manning the camera trying to capture all this on film and read the situation right as once the fox nosed towards the FoxPro it scented human odour and spun retreating at speed. Jarryd was up to the task with a clean running shot rolling it stone dead. Although only 30 yards out from a seated position and the fox partially obscured by the grass it was a neat shot and a pat on the back followed.


The first stand of the morning had served us well. I held up my end of the deal taking some footage to relive the moment latter.


In total we would have put 1.5 miles of country behind us and we finished with another fox trying to come down wind but the cameraman couldn’t match it with Jarryds sharp shooting this time when the lip squeak stopped the fox in its tracks.

Not far from the second fox we had a stand that attracted a fox in but rather than show itself it stayed in the cover and barked at us. No doubt in my mind that it had directed its bark at us rather than the call. I had never witnessed this behaviour before and think it will be some time before I will see it again. I have witnessed a pup being called to safety by an adult fox some time back but never barked at to the same extent as this last Saturday morning.
A very enjoyable hunt and has us eager for our next adventure.

With a few photos and the satisfaction of a productive hunt we headed home to work through the allocated jobs that waited on our return. YOUTUBE LINK TO FOOTAGE.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-1tBsM3x5U


Edited by vicfox (02/15/11 06:02 AM)

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#1842514 - 02/13/11 09:36 PM Re: Morning calling story & pics [Re: vicfox]
WvYotehunter65 Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 01/13/11
Posts: 1304
Loc: West Virginia
Congrats, good looking pelt
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#1842818 - 02/14/11 12:59 AM Re: Morning calling story & pics [Re: WvYotehunter65]
junglekat Offline
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Registered: 01/19/11
Posts: 269
Loc: kentucky
congrats great job

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#1842831 - 02/14/11 01:15 AM Re: Morning calling story & pics [Re: junglekat]
bigsky_songdogs Offline
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Registered: 10/28/10
Posts: 5295
Loc: Big Sky Country
Awesome, good job. Nice shotgun smile
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#1842832 - 02/14/11 01:17 AM Re: Morning calling story & pics [Re: junglekat]
Seabiscuit24 Offline
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Registered: 01/27/11
Posts: 81
Loc: West Virginia, barboursville
Good story and pics. Congrats
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#1842918 - 02/14/11 05:51 AM Re: Morning calling story & pics [Re: Seabiscuit24]
Mi-redsquirrel Offline
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Registered: 02/02/10
Posts: 873
Loc: Northern lower MI
Congrats as well thumbup1
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#1843116 - 02/14/11 10:23 AM Re: Morning calling story & pics [Re: Mi-redsquirrel]
jkruger Offline
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Registered: 01/13/11
Posts: 295
Loc: western, ny
very nice story and pics.

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#1843269 - 02/14/11 12:22 PM Re: Morning calling story & pics [Re: jkruger]
ARDave Offline
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Registered: 03/17/10
Posts: 1064
Loc: Arkansas
Good deal!
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#1843349 - 02/14/11 01:39 PM Re: Morning calling story & pics [Re: ARDave]
300magman Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 01/07/11
Posts: 791
Loc: Alberta, Canada
So theres red foxes in Australia? Coyotes too?? Nice fox and great Pictures and story!

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#1843844 - 02/14/11 07:53 PM Re: Morning calling story & pics [Re: junglekat]
beagler Offline
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Registered: 12/22/02
Posts: 8809
Loc: lackawanna county,PA
Great Pics!
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#1843947 - 02/14/11 08:54 PM Re: Morning calling story & pics [Re: beagler]
jhines Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 12/11/10
Posts: 207
Loc: Yorktown,IN
Nice job;.....great pics too!!

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#1843966 - 02/14/11 09:03 PM Re: Morning calling story & pics [Re: jhines]
Vaughan Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 08/20/10
Posts: 1772
Loc: Kingston NY, FL
Awesome I think thats the first over-under I ever saw for predators
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#1844346 - 02/15/11 12:31 AM Re: Morning calling story & pics [Re: Vaughan]
vicfox Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 01/21/07
Posts: 380
Loc: Australia
No autos allowed over here so u/o are the best option when it comes to shotguns IMO.

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#1844355 - 02/15/11 12:36 AM Re: Morning calling story & pics [Re: vicfox]
Kevin2 Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 12/03/09
Posts: 341
Loc: michigan
fun story. Love the photos, that last one with the gun, fox, and foxpro is really nice, would look great on the wall...
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#1844381 - 02/15/11 01:07 AM Re: Morning calling story & pics [Re: beagler]
22guy Offline
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Registered: 01/04/08
Posts: 184
Loc: USA
Great story and pics, thanks for sharing!

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