75, Day 1
Where to Look for Foxes and What Calls to Use
NOTE: My longtime friend, Tad Brown, the product-development manager
for M.A.D. Calls in Columbia, Missouri, a subsidiary of Outland Sports
in Neosho, Missouri, enjoys hunting all types of game, particularly varmints.
Brown trapped to earn part of his living at one time.
Question: Tad, where do you look for foxes?
Answer: Although red and gray foxes are different, most of the
time you'll find them in the same areas. A gray fox is more like a cat
than a canine. Gray foxes like to hide in areas that also may hold bobcats,
such as thick cover and little draws. An adult gray fox weighs 7 to 10
pounds at the most. They're fairly small, and you may be surprised that
a lot of critters out there will prey on them. So, they scare very easily.
I usually call in thick cover, and I like to get close to the foxes I
try to call.
What calls do you give them?
Answer: Since foxes will eat anything, rabbit, baby rabbit, rodent
and bird sounds all will work and call them in to the hunter. For gray
foxes, I like to use bird sounds. A turkey poult distress sound is very
effective too because foxes know what a turkey poult in distress sounds
like. You can get all these sounds on the 2000 Electronic Wildlife Caller
made by Lohman's, another subsidiary of Outland Sports.
If you use a hand-blown call, which one do you like?
Answer: The Circe MVP 4 has three calls in one: an in-close coaxer
call and a medium- and long-range cottontail rabbit calls.
For a copy of "10 Free Tips for Calling Foxes," write
Tad Brown, % Outland Sports, 4500 Donovan Drive, Neosho, MO 64850, ATTN:
Tomorrow: The Best Places to Find Foxes