Several communities authorize the control of foxes during the summer period. At this time hunting is relatively simpler and ‘comfortable’ than in winter, since we can simultaneously locate several young specimens from the same litter, born during the spring, and whose inexperience will make them less suspicious. With our intervention we can prevent them from feeding on the partridge chickens, getting more red-legged to reach October safe and sound, and we will reduce accidents on the roads, since these ‘newbie’ foxes roam without taking precautions and even prowl near the asphalt in search of animal victims of a run over, a quick way to find food.
What is the best way to hunt the fox in summer?
Modalities such as burrow hunting will not be effective in these months, since due to the heat our prey do not frequent them. This change in behavior responds to two reasons: first, that the dens are usually infested with insects such as mosquitoes, flies and fleas, which makes the foxes not feel comfortable in them; second, is that the dry summer environment causes a lot of dust to be raised when they enter the interior of the shelter. If we have a more or less wide ‘stain’, the best thing to do is to organize a hook, closing the area well, so that they do not vanish between the posts without being able to be thrown. It is the most used option during the summer, since it allows to cover a lot of ground in a short time.
The more hunters the better
It is often difficult to gather a good group of hunters for these mid-seed hooks. Not everyone is willing to lose a day of quails or turtle doves to go to the fox, so you will have to synchronize agendas and dates so that the greatest number of shotguns come. The lack of troops is usually a problem both to beat the ground and to fill the posts. The partners must be involved in this management, since it is of great importance in the face of the general closure. And, as in any ‘mass’ hunt, you must exercise extreme safety standards and wear reflective clothing. It is better for the fox to discover us than to have an accident.
To try their hook hunting, the first thing you should do is try to gather as many shotguns as possible –something that is not usually very feasible in preserves whose partners are not aware of the importance of management–, although it will vary depending on the size of the the stain: if you are going to beat big zarzones you will need less effective than in a hook to use. Once ready you will have to reach the preserve as stealthily as possible. The fox is tremendously clever and distrustful and will take advantage of any sign of danger to sneak away and disappear.
Where to look for foxes in summer?
They tend to prowl in the undergrowth near the foxholes that they use in spring for breeding, and not in excessively closed mountains, since they will choose the coolest places to spend the central hours of the day. Large bramble bushes will be good places to try to locate them, as well as areas of brooms and thyme bushes where the ‘air flows’ and you find protection from the harsh rays of the sun.
Take a look in the meadows that have not yet been mowed, especially if they are fresh, since they also tend to make their beds in the tall grass, from where they can flee unseen if they feel threatened. And as with any hook, controlling the direction of the wind at all times is a fundamental factor in guaranteeing the success of the hunt.
Do we use dogs?
If their competition is allowed, they are not essential but they are very useful to get the foxes out of their shelter or out of the thorns. It’s important to keep them away from the slick long enough for the shotgun line to set up, as their barking from the trailers will put the foxes on notice.
It will not be necessary for them to be specialists, except if the preserve has areas of closed scrub or brambles where they will have to fight face to face with the ‘owners’ of the house. If we find a litter entrenched in these areas, it may be difficult for them to break and they will flee without going out into the open. That is when the role of your faithful companions takes center stage: if they are veterans and have already hunted foxes before, they will follow the trails and take you to their refuge, making the search much easier.
In the hooks, the ones that give the best results are the rabbit hunters, as they are used to hunting in more or less dirty bushes and entering the brambles, and they will know how to act if during the general season they have already come across a fox.
‘Slut’ your dogs
The burrowing races, even if they are not specialists in trails, will follow the emanations and if they locate any fox they will fight relentlessly until they are within range of the shotguns. If you have young dogs, give them time and bite them when the first fox drops. It is essential that they smell it and bite it so that little by little they pick up the vice. Starting them off with fur and setting up trails for them to locate are good training techniques, and pairing them with other veterans will make them learn fast.
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Fox hunting in mid-season: tips and tricks to hunt them in summer
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