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Fox Squirrel getting a pass this season.
« on: September 21, 2022, 05:59:54 PM »
For the last (a-hem) several years Squirrel season has been welcomed with open arms here.
BUT the last few years Fox squirrel was slim, then none to be seen.
 Reds are always open and those little buggers are my target all year.
As you know, Reds chase off and even neuter Fox Squirrel.
 Well it appears my efforts at the Reds has paid off. I now have at least 3 bushy tailed Foxs in the front and back yard oak and walnut trees.
  While they drive the Dawg crazy I am glad to see them return.
  Think I will give them a pass this season and let them regain population again. I have neighboring property some 50-100 acres away to stomp if I truly desire squirrel meat...
  But still no bunnies here for years.

Hunter Management is something we need to consider when population runs low. Don't just shoot everything in sight... You may not see them for a while. ::)
« Last Edit: September 21, 2022, 06:09:41 PM by Hoosier Daddy »
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Re: Fox Squirrel getting a pass this season.
« Reply #1 on: September 21, 2022, 06:15:28 PM »
Management is definitely the key to sustained numbers. Kill too many and they dissappear. The more aggressive species make this problem worse as they compete for dominance. Glad to hear you are getting more fox squirrels back in the area. I enjoy watching the larger squirrels play and won't shoot the foxes here. The grays are everywhere but the foxes are slimming out pretty bad. May have to put a bunch of grays in the freezer this year.
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Re: Fox Squirrel getting a pass this season.
« Reply #2 on: September 21, 2022, 06:27:41 PM »
I think it is good to give them a break to regroup.  I have been giving mine a break this year and last year after thinning them out heavily in previous years while trying to get some pecans.  This has been a dismal year for the pecan, pomegranates, grapes, blueberries and fig trees I have with none of them producing due to the heat and drought.  The squirrels which are at a good number now are going to have a hard time as it is this year and I doubt the acorn trees are going to yield much for them this fall either.

My garden is on a seven-year rest this year, but it did have some volunteer tomatoes and watermelons that came up.  Something got at least thirty melons, but I did get a couple and the squirrels got most of the tomatoes, but I didn't care.  The garden is for the critters this year anyways.

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Re: Fox Squirrel getting a pass this season.
« Reply #3 on: September 21, 2022, 06:31:43 PM »
 Fox Squirrels get a break here also, way too many Greys though  ;D
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Re: Fox Squirrel getting a pass this season.
« Reply #4 on: September 21, 2022, 07:44:29 PM »
I have no grey's out here.. they seem to be "City Squirrels"... Walking the utility lines and such in town.
The town I work in 25 miles away has a TON of Blacks... though none here in the country.  :o
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Re: Fox Squirrel getting a pass this season.
« Reply #5 on: September 22, 2022, 12:21:23 AM »
Scott you know me, it's a never ending battle against those red devils, I got three more out on the state land this morning 8)
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Re: Fox Squirrel getting a pass this season.
« Reply #6 on: September 22, 2022, 07:39:02 AM »
Better dead than red...except for the Red Dog of course!
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Re: Fox Squirrel getting a pass this season.
« Reply #7 on: September 22, 2022, 11:54:53 AM »
I don't think I've killed a fox squirrel in 50 years or more.  They are rare here in central Fl.  The In-Laws in Alabama must have at least half a dozen.  I don't bother them as they are "pets" and Ma loves to watch them run around the large oak trees chasing each other.  They had one that was a pet and he would eat raw peanuts from your hand.  I say was because he got ran over on the road last year.   They put out peanuts and sunflower seeds for the birds and squirrels still, but none have tamed down like "Mr. Peanut".
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Re: Fox Squirrel getting a pass this season.
« Reply #8 on: September 22, 2022, 12:14:12 PM »
That reminded me of this....


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Re: Fox Squirrel getting a pass this season.
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2022, 12:56:55 PM »
Do Over... I want an Alt Ending
I hate squirrels since they steal 99 % of my pears for 30 years
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Re: Fox Squirrel getting a pass this season.
« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2022, 05:50:25 PM »
Toot the horn and gun it.  What will be, will be!
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Re: Fox Squirrel getting a pass this season.
« Reply #11 on: September 22, 2022, 11:29:33 PM »
That reminded me of this....




Yep, remember that one as well! ;D  I just now remember the wife telling me that the last time she was there she heard a noise outside her window and when she looked out one of the fox squirrels was chewing on the trim around the outside of the window.  She told her mother and Pa.  Hopefully they will have forgotten about it by the time we go back up. :o  He declares war every spring on the wood borer bees, swatting them with a badminton raquet. ;D
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Re: Fox Squirrel getting a pass this season.
« Reply #12 on: September 23, 2022, 12:59:12 AM »
I see a few fox squirrels now and then. They seem to prefer the ground to trees sometimes. There was one that would make the long haul from the nearest cottonwood to the bird feeders once in a while but not seen him for a bit. I suspect a hawk got him while making the traverse. There are so few they are welcome. But the rabbits that dig about my foundations, they do not fare well or should I say farewell to them ;).
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Re: Fox Squirrel getting a pass this season.
« Reply #13 on: September 23, 2022, 08:25:16 PM »
I've never seen a fox squirrel.
We only have grays and a few chippers here.
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Re: Fox Squirrel getting a pass this season.
« Reply #14 on: September 23, 2022, 10:45:00 PM »
around here fox squirrels are primarily in little patches or rows of trees surrounded by corn fields or along rivers.  The gray squirrels are in the bigger forests.  Fox squirrels are never too far from a field.  Little red squirrels are only up in the mountains and primarily in the spruce forests.  Chipmunks are everywhere. 

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Re: Fox Squirrel getting a pass this season.
« Reply #15 on: September 24, 2022, 04:05:25 AM »
Chips are out in droves right now hoarding for the upcoming winter, I did manage to get three nice red squirrels yesterday though.
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Re: Fox Squirrel getting a pass this season.
« Reply #16 on: September 24, 2022, 05:32:56 AM »
Tonight, when I got home from work, there were two playing in the yard, never seen that before.
 I just sat in the truck for about 10 minutes watching... one chase the other, tumble, then the other would take chase... and repeat.
I had to google when their mating season is, but that is back in June-July.
It was almost comical.
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Re: Fox Squirrel getting a pass this season.
« Reply #17 on: September 24, 2022, 05:56:07 AM »
Scott I give the fox squirrels in my back yard free reign when I'm out there sniping for reds with my C362. This year I've been seeing a regular brood of white tailed fox squirrels that were born last year, there's probably 4 or 5 of them.
There were two white tailed one and a regular fox squirrel playing around my back yard just like what you described.
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Re: Fox Squirrel getting a pass this season.
« Reply #18 on: September 24, 2022, 06:57:19 AM »
It was better than watching a football game for sure!
I think I actually LOL'ed a couple times. ;)
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Re: Fox Squirrel getting a pass this season.
« Reply #19 on: September 24, 2022, 11:01:28 AM »
I have never seen a fox squirrel around here.  I have seen them in FL and NC where I lived before.  This is typically the grey's that I see.  This one is fairly brave. Pic taken 9/17/22.
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