Fox Hunting-Chasing With Dogs
Fox Hunting-Chasing With Dogs- Will you please explain fox hunting with hounds, and what will a fox do if started and there are no dogs after him? Will the gray foxes hole up in winter?
When a fox is started by a dog he usually makes a circle or two at once, then runs off a half mile or farther, and when the dog gets too close he circles again. When chased foxes usually have certain routes to travel and the hunters try to reach these places ahead of the fox, or get a shot at him while he is circling and try to throw the dog from his track. No matter how far he goes he always returns to near the place from which he started. When a fox is routed from his bed, he runs a short distance only and then gets up on a stump, log or rock and watches back to see if he is being followed. If he sees nothing to alarm him farther, he trots off a short distance and looks for another place to finish his rest. If “jumped” late in the day he may not lie down again.
Harding, A.R.. 3001 Questions and Answers. Columbus, Oh: A.R. Harding, 1913.
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