Urban fox

#1
Just in case you missed it although Mr Talbot evidently didn't :)

Large Fox linky
 
#2
I'd like to see hundreds, thousands, more like that one, roaming the streets and lurking in every suburban garden. Three cheers for dribbling animal sentimentalists. May they fill my diary for years to come.
 
#3
German foxes are on average 30% larger than the UK variety, but 26 pounds is a good Roe deer and not a fox. Some modern parents have obviously been ramming vegan chappie down it's neck since it weaned.
 
#4
I've just checked the sizes on record here, vixens weigh in normally between 5 and 6.5 kilos, dogs between 6 and 7.5. They speak of rare heavy foxes of up to 14.5 kilos, I've shot a dog fox which was easily nine, now I wish I'd kept it.
 

ugly

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#5
I tend to get called to urban gardens to trap and despatch. Its usually because they make a mess or break in and make a mess! Charlie Jacoby at Fieldsports TV is running a competition to fing the largest. I just wish I could catch the heron thats cleaned out my pond now its thawed!
Never had a really big fox yet although the traps are big enough!
 
#6
I often harpoon them with a .17HMR from an upper window, using the lawn as a backstop. I did have to shoot one whacking great and very wary/nimble one a while back, that i used the .222 for, but it never crossed my mind to weigh it.
 
#10
I tend to get called to urban gardens to trap and despatch. Its usually because they make a mess or break in and make a mess! Charlie Jacoby at Fieldsports TV is running a competition to fing the largest. I just wish I could catch the heron thats cleaned out my pond now its thawed!
Never had a really big fox yet although the traps are big enough!
Do you have a ticket for Heron? It's quite tricky to get permission to deal with grey heron apparently and under the 1982 Wildlife Act it's a hanging offence to upset them in any way.

I've lost a lot of grass carp to the beaked blighters; one method of dissuasion that did work was to drive stakes around the edge of the
pond and then loop fishing line at about 10 inches height around the stakes. However, after while they started landing on tree stumps in the water rather than the bank.
 

ugly

LE
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#12
So do I but that said there's nothing wrong with a spot of trophy work is there?

I always keep the brushes unless they are mangy!
 

ugly

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#13
If you see a heron with a broken wing you can shoot it as a humane dispatch.
Oh I know that, its just that the buggers take off before I can get the gun out!
 
#14
Oh I know that, its just that the buggers take off before I can get the gun out!
The secret is to stake the pond out with a .22CF, then should one break its wing whilst fishing, you can be on hand 100yds or so away, to ensure it doesn't suffer too long. One can take a laptop to post drivel on ARRSE, or peruse internet grot, whilst waiting to perform this task of mercy.
 
#15
I just wish I could catch the heron thats cleaned out my pond now its thawed!
We used an electric fencer unit around the pond. It worked well on Herons and even better on the neighbours cats :)
 
#16
Just a point of order, water slows a bullet down pretty quick but from my own experience: .22lr + dead heron + 4' of water + butyl pond liner = half empty pond + loads of bailing, digging and high costs. .22lr shot is my man from now on.
 
#17
I was in the pub last night with a group of old German guns so I raised the issue of humungous foxes. One of them, (a retired Forstamt professional hunter who now pads out his pension by training gun dogs for other people) had a theory. He said that in his experience the really big foxes were always rogue males and only ever got to be so big through cannibalism.

Now he's talking about wild foxes and not the city slicker urban reynard, but he may have a point.

I've had my own experience of fox cannibalism. Some years ago I was sitting in a field of stubble for a pretty desultory wood pigeon shoot. The woodies were sadly whooping it up elsewhere but the handfull I shot I left out as decoys. A scrawny young fox cub took an interest in them which all went sadly wrong for him. I moved the cub's body as it makes a very poor decoy for woodies and threw it into a nearby hedge. About an hour later I espied a largish dog fox crossing the neighbouring field dragging the cub. Now I don't think that he was taking it to the vets. Fortunately I always tool for pig and just so my old Baikal didn't get all lonely in the hide I had a Mauser 66 in the rather vindictive and politically incorrect fox calibre 8x68S. The application of a thick coating of Norma Vulkan to his once rusty sherrif's badge had the desired effect.
 
#18
The latest video on the Fieldsports channel has a fox of 34lbs from Somerset.
I saw a fox a few days ago near Semer in Suffolk and it did seem much bigger than what I am used to mullering; unfortunately the Audi couldn't accelerate quickly enough to get it :)
 

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