Predator calls: how to call a fox in close

Updated March 23, 2017

When hunters go out in the wild to hunt for foxes, there are often steps required before the foxes come out in plain sight. Since foxes are curious but immensely careful and timid, hunters must use predator or imitation sounds to attract the foxes into the preferred range. While some hunters prefer to sit and let nature call the fox using small animals and berries as bait, others invest in predator-call whistles that make the sound of hurt or dying prey.

Put on your camouflage clothing before going into the woods to call the fox in close. Even with the newest and most expensive predator-call whistle, you won't be able to call a fox in close if you stand out in the woods.

Find an ideal location in the woods to attract foxes. Locate some berry bushes and hide behind a tree log or large rocks nearby. You will be out of plain sight of the fox, but near its food supplies.

Pull out a variety of whistles that produce different sounds. The sounds should mimic small animals, such as squirrels, chipmunks and rabbits. These are the primary food choices for foxes.

Blow two to three times in one whistle so that it produces loud shrieks. The foxes will think the animal the whistle represents is injured or dying. If it is windy, the wind will carry the sound farther away from your position.

Be silent for a minute or two. Listen for the sound of a fox moving closer.

Blow the selected whistle again, but use less force to create a lower-pitched sound, as the fox may have come closer. It may take time for the fox to feel confident enough to come close and investigate the sounds.

Repeat the procedure in another location with a different predator-call whistle if a fox doesn't appear.

Things You'll Need

  • Long-range predator whistles
  • Camouflage clothing
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Based in Toronto, Mary Jane has been writing for online magazines and databases since 2002. Her articles have appeared on the Simon & Schuster website and she received an editor's choice award in 2009. She holds a Master of Arts in psychology of language use from the University of Copenhagen in Denmark.