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  • Treed Fox

    Hunter's Rest took a fabulous picture of a gray fox that the Old Dominion Hunt treed on January 3rd. I certainly didn't know that fox could climb trees, but her picture shows us that fox can indeed climb trees.

  • #2
    I believe the album is public:



    • #3
      Yup. Greys are tree climbers.

      Really shocks the heck out of the hounds!
      Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
      Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
      -Rudyard Kipling


      • #4
        can't see the link.
        i'm afraid to ask--what happened to the fox?


        • #5
          A second "yup" to the fact that Grey Fox are terrific tree-climbers - almost like they're part cat.

          We've seen them several times climbing up into our peach trees to better get at the fruit.


          • #6
            Originally posted by suz View Post
            can't see the link.
            i'm afraid to ask--what happened to the fox?
            Nothing. He was treed. The field moves on and the fox goes about his day.

            Fox 1
            Hounds 0

            Like usual.
            Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
            Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
            -Rudyard Kipling


            • #7
              Nice looking fox.


              • #8
                My facebook page is 'open' so please feel free to go there.
                I am so sad that Suz, and others, have this mistaken notion of foxhunting.
                It is hunting, yes, but, in reality, it's more of a little harmless fox *harassing*.
                I feel like it is a fair price to pay for a fox to provide a little gallop around his 'hood in return for AN EVER-EXPANDING GROUP OF DEVOTED LANDOWNERS AND OPEN-SPACE SUPPORTERS KEEPING HIS HABITAT OPEN AND MAINTAINED/UNMAINTAINED FOR HIM AND HIS BRETHREN AND HIS PREY.
                Note who are the BIGGEST BY FAR **conservationists***????
                Ducks Unlimited members, duck HUNTERS. Followed closely by fox HUNTERS.
                (stepping off my soapbox.)
                Gray foxes are good climbers. Related more closely to the cat family than the red fox, which is related to canine, not feline. (something to do with their claws.)
                The fox in the tree was frowning, sort of annoyed, but more bemused than anything. Part of me wanted to hide behind a tree after the others moved off and watch how he was going to extricate himself from the very slender sapling he'd selected to dash up!
                * www.huntersrest.net -- Virginia hunt country's best Bed-and-Breakfast-and-Barn.


                • #9
                  I'll go even further than Hunter's Rest.

                  This form of hunting actually benefits this predator. When a predator becomes overly comfortable around humans, and loses its fear of humans and their dogs - that's when he's likely to start preying or hanging around too close to farms and humans.

                  That sets the fox up for a human/wildlife conflict that usually ends up being lethal to the predator.

                  The same problem can be seen when animals like bears become too habituated to humans; bothering campers, raiding trash cans, etc. It's not good for them.

                  Hunted foxes stay wild. They remain wary of humans and their dogs. They stick to natural prey and live a natural life. They engage in natural behavior - evading a higher order predator (fox are not an apex predator - and a dog or hounds can emulate the role that apex predator plays in an ecosystem)

                  The same goes for coyote - many hunts do not chase coyote but I'll tell you what - those chased coyote are far less likely to be shot than one who is hanging around your house and eyeing your dachshund.
                  Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
                  Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
                  -Rudyard Kipling


                  • #10
                    We treed a fox a few years ago. He hung out for a little while and then did a big leap over the hounds and ran off again. We ran him for another 30 minutes before he went to ground.
                    A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky dangerous animals and you know it.


                    • #11
                      I wish I had pictures from a day w/Bull Run in the late 70s or early 80s- a red fox 'went to ground' in an abandoned car and staff and hounds were swarming over the car. They'd open the trunk, fox would pop into hood, and vice versa. About the third time the hood was raised, Charles James used the back of a whipper-in as a springboard and jumped over the pack and took off. We watched him distance himself from the pack, they started in hot pursuit of course but it was such a hot, poor scenting day that as he ran out of the little stand of woods and across a pasture, hounds had nothing to follow.

                      As a preface to the above, we were actually paused and relaxed to let the hounds get some water from a pond (as I mentioned, it was a hot day) before proceeding to draw the next covert. We were of course 'at ease' and coffeehousing/flasking, and Warren Harrover, late MFH/huntsman, looked behind us and saw the fox and uttered his famous 'tally-ho, gxx dxxx it!' The abandoned car in question was only about a half-mile away, and like all foxes, this one was no dummy, knowing just exactly how good or bad scent was.


                      • #12
                        In case no one here knows it, a red fox will also climb a tree, but only under a few limited circumstances.

                        Where a gray has amazing abilities to climb; I have seen them 20 ft. off the ground in a very slick poplar tree, a very difficult climb, a red has to have a few things going for him.

                        A leaning pine.

                        A leaning tree propped against another tree.

                        A tree with lots of limbs close to the ground.

                        And most surprising of all, a hollow tree.

                        I have seen one red looking out of a big hole 12 or 15 ft. above the ground, in a hollow tree.

                        I have seen one lying on a limb high above the ground where the hole was above the limb, also a hollow tree.

                        Apparently the hollow tree allows the fox to use his feet in a manner not available to him otherwise.

                        All of this over 71 years of foxhunting, so it is not very common.


                        • #13
                          Could someone post a link that works to the picture? I'd love to see it


                          • #14
                            hey don't be sad on my account! we have a drag hunt here and i've actually ridden with them (if you can call holding on for dear life at 100 mph while peeing my pants riding).
                            however i assumed most hunts actually do hunt their quarry,as i know some hunts out west hunt coyote and i believe those animals are killed.
                            thank you for your explanation, i rather like fox when they are not stealing my pets.


                            • #15
                              I'm most fascinated that the huntsman has a unique "tune" to blow for "fox in a tree" as opposed to gone to ground.


                              • #16
                                Most hunts absolutely positively (in the US) do NOT kill their quarry with any regularity. Not even remotely.
                                Yes, occasionally the quarry is killed. But I've hunted four decades east-south-north-west, all of them give the game a fair chance and it is only through *hunting* that they are accounted for.
                                Regardless, we all "actually do hunt" in every sense of the word!
                                But a sly stealthy woodland creature in his own 'hood outfoxing a bumbling band of slobbering foxhounds?
                                That's easy!
                                Ditto a crafty coyote.
                                To say "... those animals are killed" is simply incorrect.
                                *Sometimes*, of course.
                                * www.huntersrest.net -- Virginia hunt country's best Bed-and-Breakfast-and-Barn.


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by MaybeMorgan View Post
                                  Could someone post a link that works to the picture? I'd love to see it
                                  Yes please!


                                  • #18
                                    Try this.
                                    * www.huntersrest.net -- Virginia hunt country's best Bed-and-Breakfast-and-Barn.


                                    • #19
                                      Originally posted by Hunter's Rest View Post
                                      I still get "This content is currently unavailable".


                                      • #20
                                        Just be my 'friend' on Fb and that should let you in.
                                        It comes up for me when I click the link!
                                        * www.huntersrest.net -- Virginia hunt country's best Bed-and-Breakfast-and-Barn.