Predator hunting Fox calling basics

Fox calling basics

Fox calling is exciting form of hunting and often very effective. Keep reading and learn the basics for fox calling and how to be an effective fox caller.

Fox calling at winter

Fox calls

There a number of fox calls to begin with. Most fox calls are distress calls, usually rabbit/ hare in distress or bird in distress. Some make also rodent sounds. Choosing the right call is a summary of various things those are related to the hunting area. Most important things are requirement for sound volume and hunting pressure. In open and windy areas you need more volume and same applies if there is low density of foxes. What you imitate affects also to what comes for the calls. The bigger the prey and presumably the predator in present, the bigger and stronger fox will come. If you go overboard, no fox will come, maybe a bear or wolf or coyote, but not a fox.

In areas with high predator hunting pressure, it is better to use different calls than others. Probably a big portion of the foxes are so called educated predators. It is also good to change your own calls too from time to time. You should rotate your calls if you often in hunt in the same area.

Fox calling

Everyone seems to have their own calling style, but here are two basic styles to begin with: call 15-20 seconds, wait 30 seconds and call again. Or call 15-20 seconds, wait 2 minutes and call again. The calling style affects to how fast the fox will come and how directly it will come. The more you call the better the fox can locate you and the more directly it will come. If you are positioned unfavorably regarding the wind, it is better to call sparingly, so that the fox won't bust you as quickly as otherwise. Put some emotion to the calling when you use distress calls. Make it sound like there is a real deal going on. After all, the predators coming for the distress call are going to steal the prey from another predator. Make it sound like there is another predator holding the prey between its jaws.

Stay on one calling stand about 15-30 minutes. If the foxes come from far away, then you have to give them time to come, they won't fly, they jog or run. In dense forest you don't have to stay as long as in open terrain because the sound wont' reach as far in dense forest and the foxes come from closer distances. Leave enough distance between calling stands: from few hundred yards to a mile or so. Move less in dense terrain and more in open terrain.

Choosing the right place and time for fox calling

Best places to find foxes are the ones that offer food and shelter. If you find foxe's bedding place, you might try nearby field for hunting. When hunting with rifle, choose a place that has at least 50-200 yards worth of open shooting lane. Use the advantage that the rifle gives to you. Position yourself so that it is either cross-wind or wind is directly towards the foxe's anticipated approaching direction. For more tactics, read the article about tactics for fox and coyote hunting. Fox tries to approach the sound source (in this case the hunter) from downwind, so the fox can smell what it is up to. The idea is to shoot the fox before it can smell the hunter. This can be done before the fox is enough close to smell the hunter or is quartering to downwind. Remember to hide yourself well and stay motionless. If possible position yourself to a slightly elevated position for a good visibility, but don't silhouette yourself against the sky.

Best time to call is during dusk and dawn and if your optics and other gear allows, a night is also a good time to hunt fox. Hunting at day isn't usually as productive because foxes are more cautious and less active, but during extreme cold weather foxes have to hunt at daytime to get enough energy.


Besides the fox call, you need also some sort of camouflage clothing that includes camouflage for face and hands too. If you use rifle, remember to bring some shooting rest with you. Other useful gear includes some compact chair and fox decoy. Fox decoy attracts the fox and draws its attention away from the hunter.