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#6117280 - 01/07/18 05:25 PM Re: White Death strikes again! [Re: Tactical.20]
Bruce T Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 25718
Loc: Northern Maine
Red fox always look pretty on the snow.

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#6118656 - 01/08/18 07:53 PM Re: White Death strikes again! [Re: Tactical.20]
Tactical.20 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 13274
Loc: N.W. Iowa
I sure miss hunting them. Used to drive country roads spotting fox, it was neat to see a bright red spot out on snow covered field, half mile fence drifts another great spot. Really bites the mange wiped them out.
My best day spot-stalking I shot six singles, now probably don't see six in a season


Edited by Tactical.20 (01/08/18 07:59 PM)

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#6118701 - 01/08/18 08:09 PM Re: White Death strikes again! [Re: Tactical.20]
Badgerman50 Offline
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Registered: 10/27/14
Posts: 1469
Loc: Meridian , ID
Nice job. Iíve driven right past them curled up sleeping on hay bails. Not the smartest things in the world.
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#6118716 - 01/08/18 08:16 PM Re: White Death strikes again! [Re: Tactical.20]
gwc Offline
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Registered: 09/22/09
Posts: 1658
Loc: eastern shore of Maryland
Nice.I enjoy fox hunting too.
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#6118829 - 01/08/18 09:20 PM Re: White Death strikes again! [Re: Tactical.20]
Tactical.20 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 13274
Loc: N.W. Iowa
Lol, well they are color blind! They used to den on a hill top, take over a badger digging, almost always curled up by 8am, some times you can walk straight out to them in the open, I usually stayed low, crawl a lot

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#6123174 - 01/12/18 10:09 PM Re: White Death strikes again! [Re: Tactical.20]
Tactical.20 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 13274
Loc: N.W. Iowa
We were supposed to get 4-5" couple days ago, we got a inch maybe, was hoping for enough to spot coyotes

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#6141782 - 01/29/18 08:14 PM Re: White Death strikes again! [Re: Tactical.20]
Tactical.20 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 13274
Loc: N.W. Iowa
I shot a fox today, good red color, then shot a male coyote on the way home.
There was a pair of fox in a cornfield, I think the coyote I missed at 30 yds in 4' tall weeds n grass yesterday probably hid in that field, I lost his tracks due to the wind erasing his tracks in the second section, I knew it would be a fast hard shot, his days are numbered!


Edited by Tactical.20 (01/29/18 08:15 PM)

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#6142192 - 01/30/18 11:03 AM Re: White Death strikes again! [Re: Tactical.20]
Trapper7 Offline
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Registered: 12/27/06
Posts: 6032
Loc: MN, Land of 10,000 Lakes
Nice job! Great looking fox! Maybe I missed it, but what are you shooting for a rifle?
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#6142269 - 01/30/18 12:59 PM Re: White Death strikes again! [Re: Tactical.20]
Tactical.20 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 13274
Loc: N.W. Iowa
I had my Browning .223 made into a tactical.20, not a good gun for fox, I normally don't shoot fox because I want coyotes dead to help fox.
Should have pictures later today


Edited by Tactical.20 (01/30/18 01:00 PM)

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#6142274 - 01/30/18 01:04 PM Re: White Death strikes again! [Re: Tactical.20]
Tactical.20 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 13274
Loc: N.W. Iowa
My tactical.20 shoots 1.5" high at 100 yds, dead on or inch low at 300, I shot yesterday's coyote between 375-400 yds, bullet drops fast after 350 yds.
First bullet I used was a vmax 33 gr, it would blow up on the fur going in sometimes, not good for coyote, it was moving @4375 fps, I now shoot a 35 gr Berger @4100 fps


Edited by Tactical.20 (01/30/18 01:05 PM)

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#6142276 - 01/30/18 01:06 PM Re: White Death strikes again! [Re: Tactical.20]
Trapper7 Offline
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Registered: 12/27/06
Posts: 6032
Loc: MN, Land of 10,000 Lakes
Same thing has happened around here. Used to be a lot of fox. Now, we have lots of coyotes and little or no fox.
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#6142282 - 01/30/18 01:11 PM Re: White Death strikes again! [Re: Tactical.20]
Tactical.20 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 13274
Loc: N.W. Iowa
Southern mn? Ya 25-27 years ago mange took most of our fox, coyote moved in and exploded in population, first five years here I averaged 120-125 fox, then mange hit, I used to get 4-8 coyote then, now in last 25 years I've only killed 15? Fox, 5 this year, most I caught in 25 years
Coyote I shot yesterday was #55, four years ago I got 74 on fewer farms, this year 5 of my farms I got 0-2 coyote, usually get 5-10 on those five farms


Edited by Tactical.20 (01/30/18 01:14 PM)

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#6142286 - 01/30/18 01:17 PM Re: White Death strikes again! [Re: Tactical.20]
Tactical.20 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 13274
Loc: N.W. Iowa
I say white death cause my truck is white, white coveralls, white facemask, white rifle, white snow shoes, on white snow

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#6142290 - 01/30/18 01:20 PM Re: White Death strikes again! [Re: Tactical.20]
Trapper7 Offline
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Registered: 12/27/06
Posts: 6032
Loc: MN, Land of 10,000 Lakes
More central MN. I guess I didn't realize it was mange that killed off so many fox. Thought because there were so many coyotes they must have run off or killed most of the fox. But, mange makes more sense.
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#6142295 - 01/30/18 01:24 PM Re: White Death strikes again! [Re: Tactical.20]
Tactical.20 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 13274
Loc: N.W. Iowa
Saw dnr report from mn, they estimated over 85-89% of fox died from that mange epidemic, it hit nearly every state, except pa, only place I've heard fox are still in good numbers

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#6142440 - 01/30/18 03:59 PM Re: White Death strikes again! [Re: Tactical.20]
Mike Joe Offline
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Registered: 11/12/13
Posts: 377
Loc: NW Arkansas


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#6142451 - 01/30/18 04:20 PM Re: White Death strikes again! [Re: Tactical.20]
goldy Offline
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Registered: 12/31/07
Posts: 7025
Loc: minnesota
Nice looking critters for the end of January. I sure do miss stalking red fox. The same years mange hit North Dakota and Minnesota must have been about the same years it hit Iowa too. It was amazing how fast it happened too. In North Dakota we saw over 100 animals in one week of hunting back in the late 90's, the next year we went back to the same area and saw only a couple. They are starting to come back, but I'm sure the influx of coyotes has hurt the recovery.
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#6142671 - 01/30/18 07:12 PM Re: White Death strikes again! [Re: Tactical.20]
Tactical.20 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 13274
Loc: N.W. Iowa
Yup, coyotes let them live on the road and in town, not good,
I never thought my fun would end like that, I lived for fox hunting, started trapping fox to add to my numbers before snow fell, I would leave before Dawn, get home after dark
Shot 78 singles one year, trapped 35 more, year before while in college I snared 131, shot 10, found one killed by car 5' from a snare in road ditch,
I was good with snaring method I came up with, but wanted to do better with footholds, so I spent 2 days and 650$ at ogormans, that really helped
Two years later I started trapping in sheep- cattle country in wy, that helped me learn more, then trapping here last 7 years I refined foothold and snare methods, so glad I took instructions, loved Mt, wy from the moment I arrived


Edited by Tactical.20 (01/30/18 07:19 PM)

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#6142673 - 01/30/18 07:17 PM Re: White Death strikes again! [Re: Tactical.20]
goldy Offline
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Registered: 12/31/07
Posts: 7025
Loc: minnesota
Originally Posted By: Tactical.20
Yup, coyotes let them live on the road and in town, not good,
I never thought my fun would end like that, I lived for fox hunting, started trapping fox to add to my numbers before snow fell, I would leave before Dawn, get home after dark
Shot 78 one year
That's a lot of fun
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#6142682 - 01/30/18 07:23 PM Re: White Death strikes again! [Re: Tactical.20]
Tactical.20 Offline
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Registered: 12/24/06
Posts: 13274
Loc: N.W. Iowa
Was, lol, I felt bad I shot the female, I planned on shooting the dog and watch her run off, I was 10' ft from spot I could lay down n shoot, he gets up and starts walking off, I was 100 yds away, at 150yds I took unsteady shot missed, they weren't laying where I last saw them, I shot female not sure if she was male I looked at,

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