Will try and tell some of my experiences fox hunting. I am a great lover of foxhounds, of which I have had the best; but living as I do next to a forest inhabited by deer, I could not use them, so have turned to be a still hunter of them. Although it is not so much sport as hearing the good old hound giving tongue after them, I get more foxes than when I had two good hounds and I do not travel near as far in a day as I did then. On two occasions have I shot three in one day and many times have I got two in one day on the still hunt. I have shot nine so far this winter; last winter I shot fourteen.
I hunt them only in the big forest on mild or rainy days, as that is about the only time one can get close to them. On rainy days they will go under logs, or turned over trees and do not get out so quick as when they lay out on a snow bank on a clear day. We get very nice red foxes here and well-furred. I sold six to a fur buyer at Kenwood a short time ago; he said they were the best he ever saw and of course I took great pains to put them up nicely, which makes a big difference when you put them on the market.
Foxes are quite plentiful here this winter, they seem to be about the only thing to hold their own; all other fur bearers are getting scarcer, such as mink, otter, 'coon and marten are extinct for the last six years here, but I can remember say twenty years ago on the first snow in the fall the woods would be so tracked up by marten that one could not trail rabbits. Well, this is getting long, so will ring off; some day I may tell of some of my experiences hunting black bear, of which I have shot 27 in these woods. I enjoy the letters in Fur News very much and if anyone finds any interest in this may try again.
M. M. Schue,
Lewis Co., N. Y.
Fur, News. Fur News, January 1916.
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