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Old 01-16-2020, 01:45 PM   #1
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Got out of bed real early before work and headed out to where my buddy saw a red fox yesterday. He's seen it a few times already so I was hoping to see it and get a shot. Almost exactly where he'd seen it there it was in the field mousing. I used what cover I had available (which wasn't much) to get within 100 yards or so. It must've saw me at some point and crouched down like a cat would.

It took me a minute to pick it up again but I only had a head shot available because it was crouched down behind a clump of grass. I had it in the scope and was about to squeeze the trigger but held off because I didn't want to hit it in the head with the .223 because I figured there wouldn't be nothin left to it if I did that. I had no more thought that and it turned to run. I was already on it so it didn't take me long to react when it did. The bullet hit it just behind the shoulder and exited through its chest because it was quartered away from me when I shot. No pelt damage whatsoever.

I saw two more but I don't think I'm gonna shoot anymore. I've been after one for a really long time now and I did what I set out to do so I figure that's good enough. I'll post a picture when I have more time.
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Old 01-16-2020, 01:49 PM   #2
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I say it was the same one my buddy saw yesterday. That's just speculation. There's other ones around so who knows really.
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Old 01-16-2020, 01:50 PM   #3
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We don't have many reds this far South, but a mature Red Fox is to me one of the prettiest animals God made! Congratulations on getting one!
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Old 01-16-2020, 01:51 PM   #4
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We don't have many reds this far South, but a mature Red Fox is to me one of the prettiest animals God made! Congratulations on getting one!
Thanks bud, I agree. Very handsome creatures. I'm definitely gonna get a full body mount done when I find a taxidermist that does a good job on predators.
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Old 01-16-2020, 01:54 PM   #5
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I want to see pics. Been high on my bucket list for a long time. Only seen one while calling and 2 in the wild from the road. May have to head up north one of these days just to kill one.

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Old 01-16-2020, 01:56 PM   #6
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You have time to post up a three paragraph write up but not enough for an extra 15 seconds to post the pic? Come on man?
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Old 01-16-2020, 02:09 PM   #7
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You have time to post up a three paragraph write up but not enough for an extra 15 seconds to post the pic? Come on man?
Well I mean I'll have to take pictures of it I should have said. I've been going out huntin for coyotes in the morning here lately and lose track of time so I probably need to quit doing it. I was cutting it close this morning and was a little late for work so I didn't take any pictures while I was out there. Just loaded it up and hauled butt.
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Old 01-16-2020, 02:14 PM   #8
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I want to see pics. Been high on my bucket list for a long time. Only seen one while calling and 2 in the wild from the road. May have to head up north one of these days just to kill one.

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Yeah they're pretty scarce here too except close to towns and stuff. Coyotes will kill them so I think they've learned to stick closer to areas inhabited by humans more. I've noticed any area I've seen red foxes in, that there aren't as many coyotes. They steer clear of them.

Which I guess in a way probably helped me this morning because I know the foxes out there are used to seeing people. They're still afraid of people but I think they tolerate them just enough to be careless.
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Old 01-16-2020, 02:17 PM   #9
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Hell yes congrats !
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Old 01-16-2020, 02:33 PM   #10
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Hell yes congrats !
Thanks man I'm psyched that I got one. It's pretty awesome when you get to check a critter off the bucket list. Been waiting on this one for a long time.
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Old 01-16-2020, 03:56 PM   #11
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99% of tbh clicked for a picture
99% are disappointed
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Old 01-16-2020, 03:58 PM   #12
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We have a bunch on our lease in Erath Ct. I'll try find a pic of the one I shot last year. I saw two this year or the same one two different sits. Get them on game cameras too.
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Old 01-16-2020, 03:59 PM   #13
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So no pic..,


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Old 01-16-2020, 04:00 PM   #14
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Old 01-16-2020, 04:02 PM   #15
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Looks like a grey to me, been watching to see the pic of a red.


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Old 01-16-2020, 04:04 PM   #16
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That’s a grey.
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Old 01-16-2020, 04:05 PM   #17
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It's a pretty fox either way!!
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Old 01-16-2020, 04:06 PM   #18
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That is a grey fox....... Good looking fox though.
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Old 01-16-2020, 04:07 PM   #19
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The reds on top.
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Old 01-16-2020, 04:08 PM   #20
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It’s like a grey squirrel with a dog face
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Old 01-16-2020, 04:09 PM   #21
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Congrats....in for pics
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Old 01-16-2020, 04:11 PM   #22
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Red has a little more orange color! Gray fox are definitely the most common around here. I have seen one red fox in my life near San Angelo TX. I am 53. Have seen numerous gray fox all over Texas! I believe I read the Gray can climb trees also.
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Old 01-16-2020, 04:22 PM   #23
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Gray for sure!
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Old 01-16-2020, 04:25 PM   #24
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yea dakotes that's a grey okrattler lets see your red!

I have only see them in two locations up in CO and oddly enough in Dallas one time park cities area near creeks and park.
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Old 01-16-2020, 04:35 PM   #25
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Thatís a gray fox......reds are very rare.
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Old 01-16-2020, 04:36 PM   #26
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When I coached in Hillsboro about 25 years ago, there was a pair of reds that raised a family each year in a culvert behind the field house.Those are the only reds I have ever seen in the wild. My brother had 3 greys coming to a feeder last year in Crawford. We watched them for about 45 minutes one night from his shop
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Old 01-16-2020, 04:42 PM   #27
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Only seen one red fox in my lifetime and that was in Calvert,Tx
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Old 01-16-2020, 04:44 PM   #28
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Tagged for pic
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Old 01-16-2020, 04:55 PM   #29
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I saw one before, his stand up.
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Old 01-16-2020, 05:02 PM   #30
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When I coached in Hillsboro about 25 years ago, there was a pair of reds that raised a family each year in a culvert behind the field house.Those are the only reds I have ever seen in the wild. My brother had 3 greys coming to a feeder last year in Crawford. We watched them for about 45 minutes one night from his shop

I've seen only one red fox here in tx, and it was just a couple months ago. Brilliant red, black, and white markings. Bud Adams, owner of the Oilers, lived just to the west of here/Field Store. In the 60's he brought them in and released them for fox hunts on horseback.
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Old 01-16-2020, 05:02 PM   #31
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nice
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Old 01-16-2020, 05:10 PM   #32
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In for the pic of the red


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Old 01-16-2020, 05:19 PM   #33
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Youíll know a red from a grey when you see it


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Old 01-16-2020, 05:35 PM   #34
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I’ve been wanting one forever too! Congrats!
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Old 01-16-2020, 05:37 PM   #35
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Pretty gray!
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Old 01-16-2020, 07:13 PM   #36
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Ok guys sorry for the wait. I clicked a quick picture of her before it got dark on me. Not a bad lookin fox.
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Old 01-16-2020, 07:17 PM   #37
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Awesome. Mount or pelt ?
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Old 01-16-2020, 07:23 PM   #38
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Awesome. Mount or pelt ?
Full body mount. I have a gray fox I got down in Texas already so I need me a red to go along with it.
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Old 01-16-2020, 07:31 PM   #39
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Ok guys sorry for the wait. I clicked a quick picture of her before it got dark on me. Not a bad lookin fox.



Hell I thought the pic of the gray above was yours......Skimmed too quick to look at the name!!

Nice red! congrats!
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Old 01-16-2020, 07:53 PM   #40
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Hell I thought the pic of the gray above was yours......Skimmed too quick to look at the name!!

Nice red! congrats!
Thanks bud!

No, no grays in this part of Oklahoma just reds and swift foxes but swifts are off limits. They're protected here but not in Kansas or Texas. I seen quite a few swift foxes last Winter but no reds. I haven't seen any swifts this Winter but my cousin saw one up in Kansas a week ago. They're wirey actin little boogers.
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Old 01-16-2020, 08:17 PM   #41
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I want a red bad, only see one in the wild, and I missed it while deer hunting.
Congrats sir!
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Old 01-16-2020, 08:17 PM   #42
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The only thing I'm kinda bummed about is it was a female. Kinda wish it had been a male because they're bigger and that would have given this one a chance to have pups. Thinking about it that way kinda sucks.

But then again I read that female foxes will often kill a litter of another female foxes pups. So maybe it wasn't all that bad. I really don't know.

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Old 01-16-2020, 08:19 PM   #43
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I want a red bad, only see one in the wild, and I missed it while deer hunting.
Congrats sir!
It'll eventually happen for ya. If there's one around there's bound to be more.

Thanks man I appreciate it.
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Old 01-16-2020, 09:29 PM   #44
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Old 01-16-2020, 09:41 PM   #45
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Very nice, congrats!
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Old 01-16-2020, 10:00 PM   #46
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Awesome Red, I've only seen one in Colorado...
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Old 01-16-2020, 10:19 PM   #47
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Thanks y'all. I'm looking up taxidermist at the moment to see what my best option is.
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Old 01-16-2020, 10:21 PM   #48
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Pretty fox though
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Old 01-17-2020, 12:39 PM   #49
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Pretty fox though
Definitely a pretty animal. One of the other ones I saw the same day was smaller than it. The last one I saw was a little bigger or maybe just fluffier fur. I had already shot mine or I'd have probably shot that one.
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Old 01-17-2020, 04:42 PM   #50
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