Foxes can climb trees!!??

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  1. BigPhil_H

    BigPhil_H Die Hard Bowhunter

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    As I'm in the stand this morning, I heard what I thought was a squirrel climbing a tree, although a bit louder which is why it caught my attention. To my surprise, it's a grey fox. I watched him climb up maybe 15 feet, poke his head in a hole, scurry back down and continue on his way. Did anyone else know that foxes can climb? That has been the highlight of my morning so far.
     
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    Yep Gray fox will climb a tree, reds not so much.
     
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    Never knew that...
     
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    Thats how I got in to trapping as a young boy. I was walking through our farm and saw what appeared to be a dog hanging in a tree. As I got closer I realized it was a red fox hanging upside down in the fork of a branch with a #2 trap on his foot. I climbed up the tree and retrieved the fox and the trap. Since whoever was trapping did not put their name on the trap (which is the law in Ohio), I had a new trap and a fox! My grandpa and I took the fox to the local dealer and I got $80 for him which I gave right back after buying a dozen #2 traps! Grandpa took me out and taught me how to catch fox and coon and the rest is history. What I wouldnt give to walk that trap line one more time with my grandfather.
     
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    I'll bet that was fun to see. That's why I love bowhunting I get to watch nature in a natural, undisturbed setting. That is so enjoyable to me
     
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    Yes I knew grey fox climbed trees, never seen it though. Red fox don't. would be cool to see.
     
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    Yup. Ground hogs climb trees too. Same thing for me I was sitting in the stand and watched a ground hog run across the field and scurry up an oak tree like it was nothing.
     
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    Gray Fox is the only canine with the ability to climb trees (not talking about trees that have low branches that dogs and staircase up). Gray Fox is a interesting critter, more cat-like than dog in my opinion.
     
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    My grandfather had an irish setter that could climb trees to get the apples off( he lived for playing ball and thought the apples were his toys) I'm talking about 15-20 feet straight up the thing like a cat.
     
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    Can they climb a tree that's straight up and down or does it have to be growing at a slant or something? This is really interesting to me
     
  11. grommel

    grommel Die Hard Bowhunter

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    Nope, they say you learn something new every day so!!!!!!!
     
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    I have grays around me, had a pair I used to see a few years ago I watched them hunt a few times from my stand.
     
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    I have them around my neighborhood as well, I had a pair that would show up on a trail camera in my back yard regularly. Jus this past week I had one run across the street in front of me by my house.
     
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    I too never knew that until one morning when I was sitting in my stand just as it was breaking daylight. I saw a fox coming through a stand of pines and the next thing I knew, up the tree he goes. It was a pretty cool sight.

    Blessings...........Pastorjim
     
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    I have been feeding them chickens all summer I only have 1 hen left, sure better than a coyote.
     
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    Lol ! While bowhunting last year , I had a GROUND hog cross a field climb an oak tree 30 feet went out on a big limb chewed the end off , dropped it to the ground ( full of acorns ) went back down and drug the limb acoss the field inside a brush pile !
    Crazy huh ?
    The tree he climbed was 10 yards from the tree I was in .
     
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    It was bad enough one time at dusk when a raccoon came out the middle of the tree next to where I was climbed up.(5 feet away)
     

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