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bodger

We have some action.

Most of you will know from the trail cam thread  that I've had a fox visiting and that following on from me getting my fox pictures, I've set my fox trap this last couple of nights.
I've baited it up with a frozen Maran chicken but due to high winds and terrific hail storms, I'm not ashamed to say that  I didn't venture out to set it last night but this morning? You can plainly see where the fox has attempted to dig under the trap to get at the bait.
The trap will definitely be set tonight and the area where he's been digging will have some nice prickly gorse guarding it, so that hopefully he'll have to go into the trap. Watch this space.
Dave C



Good luck mate
12Bore

Go for it!
bodger

If I can get him, he's a pretty 'biggun'

We were pretty lucky last night. One of the ducks didn't get put away last night and this morning she was quacking at the duck shed door waiting to be let in. It was very close last night to being too late for that. The middle orchard just 50 or 60 yards away absolutely stunk of fox.
hughesy

I've found fox tracks around our place this morning. Strangely they haven't been around the poultry houses but they're fresh this morning.
bodger

You hear about new born piglets being taken by foxes from free range piggeries, have you ever had any problems of this nature?
hughesy

No, never. We've not lost many chickens to be honest. I know the foxes are about but they haven't been too much of a problem so far.
bodger

I may very well have the fox in the morning.

Here's the old fox trap set out in the fields.









Last night, the stinky old bait definitely got its attention. It was pretty windy here last night and even though the wind had managed to set the trap off, the fox still managed to skin the manky old chicken and drag it to the corner from outside the trap.









He'd dug underneath the trap to get at the bait.









So the first thing that I did was to move the chicken back to where it had started from and then block the tunnel with some nice prickly gorse.














I've set my trail cam so that I can see what happens tonight.









and also reset the fox trap.













The trap and the trail cam in situ.









Depending upon if you're on my side or the foxes, its fingers crossed for tonight.




12Bore

Best of luck
sandrar

Looking forward to the next set of photos.
bodger

I'd say there's a 100% chance of getting some pictures but I can't guarantee catching the fox.
hopefullbry

Any soil on the trap floor Mr B ?  bit of soil to cover the mesh and maybe a bit of that dead fern , also chuck bit of that fern over the bait  

Remeber the Gloves  
bodger

Dave C

Good luck mate  
bodger

Fox one.     Bodger nil.
sandrar

Oh I came in straight from doing the poultry, logged on and scrolled down slowly expecting to see photos of a fox and nothing......bad luck....next time
12Bore

Ar5e!
bodger

Here are the cam pictures from last night. Bry might be right and I may have left some scent around the trap. The fox certainly didn't go towards the entrance but looked to be eating something. I don't know what you think, but I don't think that its the same fox from earlier in the year.





























Here come the ducks, it was good job they didn't arrive a few hours earlier.














Border

Some good images there mate.

I always use the same pair of leather Work gloves when setting traps, I rub the bait with the gloves and then rub around the enterance to trap and anywhere else I might have touched.

Has your trap a wire mesh or a wooden bottom?

I make all my traps with wire mesh used for mink Cages and most of them have wooden bottoms with wire underneath. I have an idea that wire mesh bottoms puts foxes off going into the trap.

In the summer I might throw a Little sand or soil in the bottom.
bodger

Mesh. I've had the trap for years and caught a few in it but it has seen better days.
bodger

Nothing this morning either.
12Bore

hopefullbry

Try this, put some bait out near the trap each night. Not to much so he comes and has a small feed then goes.

Each night put it closer to the trap, as long as its taking the bait leave no bait 1 night  then bait trap up following night.

Is the trap stable ( not wobbly on uneven ground )

Hope this helps
Jaycee

You need to make a pile of old bushes, logs and rubbish near where they are. Leave a small tunnel. Take a bucket with you and fill it with whatever is on the ground in the tunnel you have made. Give the foxes about 3 weeks or so to get used to the rubbish being there. They will start to hide in and around it.
When you notice that happening get your shoes on gardening gloves, the bucket of dirt and your trap. Take newspaper with you to kneel on. Handle the cage with gloves then there is no human scent. Fresh roo meat I find best or chicken meat, dead fresh road kill that was on the side of the road, anything. Tie it in the trap. I wrap it in wire netting to make it really hard to get at. The longer they have to muck around with it the better chance of setting of the trap. Make sure it is secured to your trap inside at the back and high up. Put your trap in the tunnel of rubbish, put the newspaper down in the front of the trap door and put your contents of the bucket over the floor of the cage. You must not be able to see the floor or stepping plate. Don't get anything under the plate. I also have a piece of spare wire to tie up the door while I am doing this.
Ok set your trap lightly, when finished stand back and look at it. Cover the door with branches and rubbish till you cannot see any of the trap. The branches can hang down over the front as then they cant see the back of the trap till they are in it. Remember if you can see any of the trap they can too.. Pick up your newspaper and go. When you check the trap do not walk up to the trap entrance you need to do it from a distance. I use my binoculars to do this, you leave no scent around that way.
Normally about a week after this there is no signs you have been near it and then it is a waiting game. These traps you need a lot of patience with, but it does work. The only fox you wont get in this trap is one that has had a run in with a trap like these before and got away.



Pinched from elsewhere but I found this handy for the real cunning, older ones. The fresh roo meat might be problem
hopefullbry

Any updates Mr ?   have you put a plan into action or  just waiting ?
bodger

We were away over the weekend and the fox managed to get all the chicken by digging under the trap. I've turned the trap around and put a fresh chicken in as bait. The fox hasn't visited for the last two nights.
bodger

Got him!       As I started to walk across the fields to feed the pigs a few minutes ago, I could see that I had a fox in the trap. I've just nipped in to phone my mate to bring the gun.    
Dave C

Oh Well Done mate  
Digindeep

good news.....
12Bore

Well done!!  
bodger

He's now swotting up to be a rug.  A dog fox in good condition and weighing in at 14lbs.
Its nice to think that the trap was working for me as I slept last night.
colour it green

how many chickens did you lose? oh wait - just reread it - that was chicken as bait that the fox got?

glad the trap worked
bodger

I used Maran cockerels as bait,  that much to Karens disgust had been in the freezer in full feather for the last 18 months or so. I kept on telling her that they'd come in handy.
hopefullbry

   some just take more time than others, Weldone
Border

Bodger 1 foxes 0

Well done mate.

Get it skinned, tanned and make yourself a Davy Crockett style hat with brush of course.  
budgie

good work!! one lest to worry about!
bodger

I took some photos but being the techno idiot that I am, i'll have to wait for Kaz to put them on for me.  The trap is a home made one and the treadle, which is a wooden one, has been trashed and will need repairing.
bodger






12Bore

Border wrote:
Bodger 1 foxes 0

Well done mate.

Get it skinned, tanned and make yourself a Davy Crockett style hat with brush of course.  

Brilliant idea - I demand pics!!
hopefullbry

He looks a healthy fox ,  not  now thou   .

That trap needs major refurb  Mr

Another will be along at sometime
bodger

A new bit of ply and some bailer twine and it will be as good as new. I don't know about you Bry but I much prefer the treadle design, rather than the one where the fox has to pull the bait to set the trap off.
hopefullbry

I use/ Make the pull type , mine are heavy gauge and i can set them as fine as i'd like.

Rural trapping is  more difficult that urban ,  with rural the trap can stay in position near the fox route to the intended prey of the fox. Its like part of the landscape then and mr fox does see it as a danger.

I no longer have use of a welding shop any longer, bigger and longer the trap for fox the better ( in my eyes anyway )   Had my traps for years , only trouble is  lend them out and never see them again  
Border

hopefullbry wrote:
    Had my traps for years , only trouble is  lend them out and never see them again  


After years of loaning Things out and never seeing them Again, I now have a saying " The man that loans his Things out is here tomorrow".

There is also a large sign on my workshop door stating the same.


If Things are returned then generally they are bent or broken.
bodger

We're back in business tonight. I noticed this morning that the left over bait from the last fox had disappeared. I've done some running repairs to the trap and rebaited it with a couple of chicken heads and necks from the cockerels that I dispatched today, so its fingers crossed again.
Rena

12Bore wrote:
Border wrote:
Bodger 1 foxes 0

Well done mate.

Get it skinned, tanned and make yourself a Davy Crockett style hat with brush of course.  

Brilliant idea - I demand pics!!


Oh yeah~big time DITTO!!!

Eta~good job there Bodger! (....an I'm with Kaz....)

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