Best time for Rabbits and Foxes

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Best time for Rabbits and Foxes

Post by xDom » 09 Apr 2019, 8:12 am

If I’m spotlighting after rabbits and foxes is there any times they’re more likely to be around? If it’s dark at say 8pm, is there just as much chance as seeing them as at say, 3 am?
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Post by Bruiser64 » 09 Apr 2019, 9:06 am

In my experience if there is a population of rabbits they start to become more active from dusk on. If they are prolific and abundant it really doesn’t matter if is day or night. You will see a shed load at any time. Where I shoot they seem to be around all through the night. Obviously if you really hammer them they get pretty gun shy.
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Post by womble » 09 Apr 2019, 9:17 am

Full moon
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Post by southwest shooter » 09 Apr 2019, 10:26 am

I go before it gets to late and try to be in bed by twelve , I can't be bothered being out at three am ! I still see plenty of rabbits , hares and foxes .
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Post by bigfellascott » 10 Apr 2019, 10:04 am

Still calm nights are pretty good for rabbits I've noticed, foxes well they get about all through the night really, it's not like fishing where the tide has an influence, these things are about all night as a rule, depending on what the weather is doing more so than anything else I reckon.
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Post by womble » 10 Apr 2019, 12:55 pm

Good point, no wind
Foxes i only see in the mornings here, pre dawn
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Whenever i spot a possum in a tree there will be a fox somewhere nearby waiting for it
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Post by Oldbloke » 10 Apr 2019, 6:11 pm

No expert here. But generally for traditional hunting i think morning is better than evening. But i dont spotlight.
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Post by SCJ429 » 10 Apr 2019, 9:10 pm

If it is drizzly rain during the day you can get lucky.
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Post by Crash77 » 13 Jun 2019, 6:16 am

G’Day All,

New fish here. I haven’t shot anything for over 30 years after growing up on a farm in the Otway’s. I am just about to help myself to a few pot bunny’s..... once I’ve finished jumping through the mandatory hurdles required these days.

After many years of chasing foxes on our farm as a young fella, I learned a lesson about them about ten years ago that would have helped and that you most likely know.

The smart ass little buggars can’t run very far before they seize up with what looks like lactic acid pump.

I was flying along low level in a chopper when I decided to chase a fox from the property I was working on. It ran up over the hill and half way up the next hill until it just seized up.
It was trying to move it’s limbs but they were slowly moving all sparatic and uncoordinated.

At a couple of grand an hour I didn’t hang around that long but it was left there pretty much rooted as I moved on.
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Post by Jon79 » 14 Jun 2019, 12:27 am

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But na seriously rabbits and foxes and most things you’ll find them anytime of night,

The only thing I like to go out later looking for is pigs I grew up dogging and shooting them and more often I came across them in the early hours before daylight up til day break especially the big old cunning boars even more so if it was an area where they were under heavier hunting pressure
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Post by on_one_wheel » 14 Jun 2019, 9:50 am

As already said, Dawn's usually the best.

During the cold months they like to sun themselves (if it's sunny) when the sun's high and it's not blowing.

Any time during the night when it's not wet or windy.

I find that they don't like wet or dewy grass, I think they don't like to get their bellys wet.

They don't like wind, rain or the hot weather.

Basically if it's nice enough outside that you want to be out, they like to be out to.
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Post by xDom » 14 Jun 2019, 11:40 am

I've been told from a few guys that if there're foxes in the area, there's just as much chance of whistling them up in daylight hours as there is at night. Would you agree to that?
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Post by on_one_wheel » 14 Jun 2019, 6:55 pm

xDom wrote:I've been told from a few guys that if there're foxes in the area, there's just as much chance of whistling them up in daylight hours as there is at night. Would you agree to that?


I personally haven't bothered during the day, I'm normal too busy while the sun's up but I have watched a VHS called Whistling with foxes by Andre Georgescu, a local SA "hunter"
He has loads of footage of broad daylight fox shooting. It's a good thing to watch if you can find his stuff.
I wonder if he's doing it on CD now?
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Post by marksman » 14 Jun 2019, 7:11 pm

I like to get out in the afternoon and plink them on their burrows from a bit of distance then hit them while walking around under light
morning is ok but they will go underground mid morning
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Post by flutch » 14 Jun 2019, 10:16 pm

Ok so didn't read everything above but here is my 5c, I have shot rabbits all day long in winter, more so in the dusk and Dawn and early evening but when they're in good numbers you will find them all day, windy nights not so much as they can't trust their nose, but frosty dead still nights are just the ticket. Foxes are very active with a lot of moonlight, which is great when spotlighting with others but not so great if you're on your own as they will not sit for long during a full moon nor get as dazzled by the spotlight, they have brilliant eyesight with help from the moon and can make you and your car out clearly across a paddock and if they're slightly on edge will just walk off, even if they're not toey they will still be ratting around making keeping the light on them a pain in the ass. If you happen to be going it alone a new moon or overcast night is better, you may see less foxes, but they will sit better. Daytime fox shooting depends on a lot of things, how under pressure the population is, how shy of people are they, have they been whistled or driven before etc and etc... Best bet is to have a couple of different whistles, I use a tenterfield and a button and practice till ya start getting their attention but learning the nuances with older clueier foxes takes time, also wind and concealment and scent and noise and movement etc, best bet with this is wait till around end of July onwards and cut your teeth on Fox Cubs instead... They're idiots for the better part, bit still not stupid if you're being obvious
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Post by grandadbushy » 14 Jun 2019, 10:41 pm

I don't hunt rabbit or fox like you blokes but I find with ferals I've had anything to do with there's only 2 things they don't like it's heat and wind but on saying that you do get the odd one that moves around in those conditions I find still dull days , still days, light drizzly days, early morning, afternoon through to early morning things slow down from 11pm to 4am then fires again till 8am ish but like I said I don't hunt rabbit or fox wish I could though
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Post by xDom » 15 Jun 2019, 8:30 am

flutch wrote:end of July onwards and cut your teeth on Fox Cubs instead... They're idiots for the better part, bit still not stupid if you're being obvious


This brings in my next question. Do you find different calls work more effectively at different times of the year.
I bought an electronic caller which I’m gonna put to use on my next trip in mid July.
Would an injured cub sound attract more attention?
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Post by flutch » 15 Jun 2019, 11:20 am

xDom wrote:
flutch wrote:end of July onwards and cut your teeth on Fox Cubs instead... They're idiots for the better part, bit still not stupid if you're being obvious


This brings in my next question. Do you find different calls work more effectively at different times of the year.
I bought an electronic caller which I’m gonna put to use on my next trip in mid July.
Would an injured cub sound attract more attention?



Not really on the sounds for time of year, a whistle works almost universally, have never had any luck with fox distress sounds on Australian feral red foxes, have however had them come into a coyote pup distress, I have a 2012 model primos alpha Dogg and a icotech g300 and find that the parrot distress, rodent, cottontail, coyote pup distress, crow distress all work well enough as long as they're not played too loudly. I also have a distress from a 28 parrot that brings foxes around here in like it's nothing, but for the most part good technique with a whistle is better
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