The majestic fox has been a prized sporting animal for centuries. It’s size is generally that of a small dog, about three feet in length. They have a large bushy tail. With it’s bright, yellow red overcoat and white undercoat it strikes a beautiful image.
The red fox has multiple color phases, black, silver, and cross and possesses black feet with five toes in the front and four in the back. They posses sharp retractable claws and use them for catching prey.
Fax Habits and Habitat
The red fox has been hunted and trapped for it’s highly prized fur for many centuries. It is a cunning animal and makes for a great sporting hunt. To better trap this target it is important to understand it’s tendencies. This will allow you to make better placements and improve your success on the trapline.
The red fox mates from February to early April in most regions. They tend to produce litters of five to thirteen pups. Mothers birth their young in fox dens.
When first born, the pup’s eyes are closed and remain that way until eight or nine days old. The pups will stay in their den for about four weeks.
By the beginning of September the pups will be near full grown. They will remain with their parents until the coming winter, at which time they head off on their own.
Fox can be monogamous and mate for life. Yet some males are known for having multiple mates.
Some non mating females will help in the care of another females young at times. They are called nannies. While not always the case, this does happen relatively frequently.
All adult fox caring for a litter will reside in the same den.
Fox are carnivores and their diet consists primarily of rodents, frogs, woodchucks, rabbits and other small game. When residing near farmland, fox are known for taking chickens, but they prefer their wild caught prey when it is available.
The majority of fox live in wooded areas throughout the United States. They can also survive in grassland, mountainous, and desert regions.
Fox make their homes by digging dens or burrows. Their dens provide protection from the elements and potential threats from predators. Fox dens can be complex with multiple tunnels and exits and entrances. This allows the fox means to escape if a predator enters their den.
The fox is one of my favorite trapping targets. Each season I spend a lot time getting my fox trapline prepared and by better knowing their habits and habitat I have improved my harvest significantly. Be sure to pay attention to your area and keep your eye on areas prime for fox, focus on these areas and you will certainly improve your harvest as well.
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