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« on: May 08, 2022, 10:34:37 AM »

Discovered this family living almost under the feedpoint of my 75m loop. So far they haven't complained about any TVI. (they're big Fox News fans, of course)


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« Reply #1 on: May 08, 2022, 11:54:19 AM »

Cute as a button until Mama-san decides that the household kitty would make a fine meal for the family.  I have twice seen foxes make a strange squalling sound that seems to hypnotize cats into standing still so the fox can attack.  Both times I was able to drive the fox away.  It's an eerie sound.
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« Reply #2 on: May 08, 2022, 01:12:20 PM »

   No cats here, but a few neighbors' cats roam pretty freely, apparently with no fear of the foxes and have been doing so since the foxes moved in, so I guess they coexist. I suspect that the typical fox diet is more along the lines of mice and chipmunks and the like - which they're very welcome to in my yard - as well as insects, frogs, and snakes. Larger prey like rabbits and woodchucks, and maybe cats, are probably lower on the list because they're faster, and might fight back. But, I'd be keeping my cat inside for a while, if I had one. Actually, I've seen what look like feathers around the den, and neighbors up the road have chickens. I really hope Mom doesn't get herself shot doing that.
   I noticed the den earlier last fall, but I've often had woodchucks up there so I figured it was more of them, and I'd planned to set myself up a sniper blind and add a little lead to their diet. I was so surprised when, arriving home from work one evening, I saw three little pups romping around up there, wrestling and biting each other's tails while Mom looked on. But, once the little ones are older and the family moves on - probably mid summer - I'm going fill in the holes with rocks to discourage them from coming back. As adorable as they are, I don't want my yard to become their year-round abode.
   And yes, I've heard their weird calls at all hours of the night, sometimes waking us up. My wife will be glad when they're gone.

Cute as a button until Mama-san decides that the household kitty would make a fine meal for the family.  I have twice seen foxes make a strange squalling sound that seems to hypnotize cats into standing still so the fox can attack.  Both times I was able to drive the fox away.  It's an eerie sound.
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« Reply #3 on: May 09, 2022, 07:29:58 PM »

   I use CCI Quiet .22LR 40 grain segmented hollow point, 710 FPS. It's quieter than many airguns yet still powerful enough to hydroshock a can of (spoiled skunky) beer to expolsion.
I've taken tons of rodents of all sizes with it and rarely need a second shot to induce the desired condition. Only drawback is it won't cycle in a semiauto. I use a levergun.
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« Reply #4 on: May 09, 2022, 10:34:45 PM »

Ahh subsonic rounds. No crackle best for use with a sound suppressor.
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« Reply #5 on: May 10, 2022, 08:32:49 AM »

   I live in a rural area, but with neighbors. Given the current attitudes, I don't shoot any "internal combustion" stuff on the property. For woodchuck sized pests, my high-powered air rifle - 1100 fps, almost supersonic - is like a ball-peen hammer to the head at anything up to 50 yards.
   One of the most depressing reminders of the inevitable creep of time was when I discovered that I could no longer shoot with open sights. Even with my glasses I can longer focus on the target and front and rear sights at the same time. But with a good scope, woodchucks beware!

   I use CCI Quiet .22LR 40 grain segmented hollow point, 710 FPS. It's quieter than many airguns yet still powerful enough to hydroshock a can of (spoiled skunky) beer to expolsion.
I've taken tons of rodents of all sizes with it and rarely need a second shot to induce the desired condition. Only drawback is it won't cycle in a semiauto. I use a levergun.
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« Reply #6 on: May 10, 2022, 12:10:00 PM »



Some how, i've come to the conclusion that one shot goes unnoticed.

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« Reply #7 on: May 10, 2022, 01:28:28 PM »

   I use CCI Quiet .22LR 40 grain segmented hollow point, 710 FPS. It's quieter than many airguns yet still powerful enough to hydroshock a can of (spoiled skunky) beer to expolsion.
I've taken tons of rodents of all sizes with it and rarely need a second shot to induce the desired condition. Only drawback is it won't cycle in a semiauto. I use a levergun.

I love my Marlin 39A lever action. Smooth for subsonic.
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« Reply #8 on: May 10, 2022, 10:07:14 PM »

Good looking litter. It's sad that so many try to figure the best way to kill them. I'm honored to have a Bobcat family close.
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« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2022, 07:30:45 AM »

   I will readily shoot woodchucks, when they start digging huge holes in my lawn; squirrels when they start chewing my feedlines; chipmunks when they start eating holes through my basement door, but I've got a soft-spot for the predators. Far more intelligent and sophisticated creatures than the plant eating rodents - it doesn't take a lot of mental horsepower to sneak up on a turnip. Those foxes are beautiful creatures and I wouldn't hurt them for anything. But, if I were a farmer whose chickens were being decimated, I might feel differently.

Good looking litter. It's sad that so many try to figure the best way to kill them. I'm honored to have a Bobcat family close.
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« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2022, 05:45:26 PM »

nasty squirrels despoil and waste every peach on the tree.
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« Reply #11 on: Yesterday at 02:07:11 PM »

Other than mice, squirrels are my least favorite rodent. I hope my fox family eats those things like popcorn.

nasty squirrels despoil and waste every peach on the tree.
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« Reply #12 on: Yesterday at 08:24:40 PM »

Other than mice, squirrels are my least favorite rodent. I hope my fox family eats those things like popcorn.

nasty squirrels despoil and waste every peach on the tree.

I wish that massive fox in my neighborhood would take out some squirrels, but instead he consumed all the bunnies that liked to eat clover under my dipole.  It will never be the same!
The squirrels still chew on the feeders and dig holes in the yard.  (Maybe we should not call them feeders?) 
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« Reply #13 on: Today at 12:07:02 PM »

   Okay, having previously said that I'm not fond of rodents, I will admit a soft-spot for bunnies. I can't help but feel something for a cuddly little critter, all helpless and meek, that seems to serve mainly as food for other critters. I doubt many bunnies die of old age.
   Chipmunks, on the other hand really annoy me. It's almost like they're thinking, "hey, I can get away with anything 'cause I'm so cute you won't shoot me."
   Hah! Watch this you little striped rat!


Other than mice, squirrels are my least favorite rodent. I hope my fox family eats those things like popcorn.

nasty squirrels despoil and waste every peach on the tree.

I wish that massive fox in my neighborhood would take out some squirrels, but instead he consumed all the bunnies that liked to eat clover under my dipole.  It will never be the same!
The squirrels still chew on the feeders and dig holes in the yard.  (Maybe we should not call them feeders?) 
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