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#2911959 - 01/12/16 09:43 PM Barebones hunt
Doc25 Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 10/12/14
Posts: 516
Loc: Saskatchewan, Canada
Figured I'd try to get a couple of stands in today after work. My drop off for the FHA auction is on Sunday so would like a few more coyotes.

Went across the road to the neighbours. Stand one, I was just running my 870 and was blowing a soft rubber remington wood duck call. This call makes a high pitched wine and I figured I would give it a try. I was in deep bush and produced nothing.

Stand two was in a gravel pit at the neighbours. Like I stated this was a barebones hunt. Left the electronics at home. Had two calls, the remington duck call and my new Carver open reed. To top it off on this stand I was only going to howl. Had both the 870 and the 700 in 204 with me.

I start with my best greeting howl. I wait a few minutes. Give a second howl. Wait. I look around and see a fox over my left shoulder. Bloody shotgun is in my lap! Get the 204 turned around and can't find it through the scope. I see it dash across a little opening and loose sight of him behind a pile of gravel. I grab the shotty again in case in rounds the corner on the pile but it doesn't show. Turn back around after giving up on him and let out another howl. I'm scanning the ravine I'm in and see something up at the top. It's the fox! Bang! Fox drops in it's tracks.

I start a jack distress sound after the shot and wait a while. Scanning the area. Nothing else shows. Recovery time.

Now I didn't have my range finder on me but from the amount of effort it took to climb that hill I would guess that shot must have been 1-2 miles! Lol. I could not climb that hill straight on and was half hoping I would just fall to my death so that I wouldn't have to continue. Even worse was that pit is in a ravine so I had to climb back down to the pit and walk back uphill along the pit road to get to my truck.



There is a fork pair of trees in the middle of the picture (looks like a V) that is about where I took the shot from. So that is how to howl in a fox.




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#2911973 - 01/12/16 09:54 PM Re: Barebones hunt [Re: Doc25]
Dewey NY Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 02/24/12
Posts: 1641
Loc: New York
Cool looking country.. Nice fox.. Congrats..

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#2911981 - 01/12/16 10:06 PM Re: Barebones hunt [Re: Doc25]
Sask trapper Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 07/02/15
Posts: 241
Loc: Saskatchewan, Canada
Nice fox!

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#2911984 - 01/12/16 10:13 PM Re: Barebones hunt [Re: Doc25]
Kollincoyote Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 11/17/05
Posts: 1484
Loc: Southern MN
That's funny and awesome

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#2912050 - 01/12/16 11:56 PM Re: Barebones hunt [Re: Doc25]
Lodgepole Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 12/16/15
Posts: 620
Loc: montana
Doc, give us your thoughts on why the fox responded to the howl or was he running away from the howl ? Has anyone on here ever saw a fox and coyote encounter ? If so what was it like ? Thanks for sharing your adventure Doc.
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#2912053 - 01/13/16 12:02 AM Re: Barebones hunt [Re: Doc25]
reaper4 Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 02/25/14
Posts: 1938
Loc: maryland eastern shore
I have called in both reds and greys only to have a coyote come in on their heels. In both cases as soon as the fox turned and saw the coyote they bolted and the coyote kept his pace....never did seem like he wanted to catch the fox. Just to run it off
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#2912110 - 01/13/16 04:26 AM Re: Barebones hunt [Re: Doc25]
gumboot458 Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 11/16/08
Posts: 896
Loc: Copper Basin Interior Alaska ...
Good going Doc !
As has been said , beautiful country and fox .
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#2912208 - 01/13/16 10:47 AM Re: Barebones hunt [Re: Doc25]
Silent Hunter Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 12/03/10
Posts: 126
Loc: Wisconsin, USA
Love that deep red/orange color on the snow, very pretty. One tough fox to come to a howl, lol.
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#2912330 - 01/13/16 03:33 PM Re: Barebones hunt [Re: Doc25]
canvasback Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 01/28/11
Posts: 114
Loc: indiana, usa
Good looking fox congrats!

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#2912440 - 01/13/16 07:13 PM Re: Barebones hunt [Re: Doc25]
Lodgepole Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 12/16/15
Posts: 620
Loc: montana
Thanks Reaper , that is what I had expected but had never seen it.
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#2912449 - 01/13/16 07:26 PM Re: Barebones hunt [Re: Lodgepole]
Snowshoes Offline
Die Hard Member II

Registered: 12/04/04
Posts: 1277
Loc: Central Alberta
A good read Doc.
What a guy puts himself through to retrieve his prize! thumbup Well done!
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#2912505 - 01/13/16 08:38 PM Re: Barebones hunt [Re: Doc25]
Doc25 Offline
Die Hard Member

Registered: 10/12/14
Posts: 516
Loc: Saskatchewan, Canada
Thanks guys.
Lodgepole I was only howling when it came in. Maybe it was in the area? Maybe there were two and the first one headed out of town (the one I saw coming downhill). When I shot it it was on top of the ravine so maybe it was just curious.

Went out today as well. I was doing some howling and distress on the hand calls. Brought a coyote in. Missed the coyote though. Think the bullet hit a branch. Boy was I pissed.

Snowshoes thank god it wasn't a moose. Neglected to bring my tow rope as well. Had to cut the waist string off my winter whites. Lol. Good thing I have suspenders on them.

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#2914105 - 01/16/16 12:49 PM Re: Barebones hunt [Re: Doc25]
Saskcoyote78 Offline
Seasoned Member

Registered: 09/03/14
Posts: 465
Loc: Saskatchewan, Canada
With coyote numbers down in my area I have called in a number of fox, its nice to see them.

Congrats on the success of your hunt!!


Edited by Saskcoyote78 (01/16/16 12:49 PM)

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#2914526 - 01/16/16 10:42 PM Re: Barebones hunt [Re: Saskcoyote78]
Saskabush Offline
Junior Member

Registered: 12/19/15
Posts: 35
Loc: Saskatchewan
Nice work. Haven't even seen a fox yet this year

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#2914540 - 01/16/16 11:05 PM Re: Barebones hunt [Re: Doc25]
Infidel 762 Offline
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Registered: 04/04/14
Posts: 6917
Loc: Okie
That looks more like a 3 mile shot w00t

Some nice looking country you got there.. Very nice

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