If you are a passionate hunter, making your own liquid fox attractants is advantageous. The process will save you money and provide a sense of involvement within the hunt. Learning to create natural attractants often is time-consuming, yet the pay off is worth the effort, as you will be able to attract a fox to a location to more easily capture or kill the animal. Additionally, with the use of natural baits such as live animals and a homemade artificial decoy, you can dramatically increase the chance of luring a fox to your location.
Natural Fox Scents
Make a liquid compound from the glands of the female red fox. Obtain a fox's tarsal glands. Look for road kill or check with your local state Department of Animal Control, the branch that removes carcases from the roadways. A fox's tarsal glands are encased in skin; they need to be carefully removed before you can create a liquid attractant. Wear rubber gloves. Store the glands in a sealed glass jar filled with alcohol, such as vodka, for two months. After this period, the tarsal glands' hormonal scent will have filtered throughout the alcohol or vodka mixture.
Human Food Attractant
Some human food appeals to a fox and arouses its curiosity. Use peanut butter, fruit such as apples, and even corn in any combination you think may work. Trial and error is a way to find the best concoction that works with a given area. Pour syrup over the entire mixture to ensure the mixture stays together. Add water, which will dilute the mixture and make it easier to spread.
Decoys are uncommon when it comes to luring foxes. However, in the correct setting, a decoy can lure in a fox. Making a fox decoy is not difficult, as you can utilise a wood or stuffed toy fox. When setting up the decoy, use gloves, as your sweat can rub off and taint the decoy. Ensure your decoy is scent-free; spray the stuffed fox toy with spray that eliminates human odour prior to set-up. A fox will avoid any human smells and will stay clear of a decoy if it catches whiff of a human smell.
Place live animals within a small metal cage; position the cage within a local parameter where you can observe it. Nothing is more effective than a live mouse, chicken or rabbit. Unable to flee, the animal sits as an inviting target for a fox. Because the fox is unable to get to the animals, it resorts to slapping and gainsaying at the cage in an attempt to get to the creature inside.
Old-fashioned Cage Trap
Cage traps are designed to capture a fox within a cage, allowing you to transport and release the animal a considerable distance from your home. A cage trap is useful for a wide assortment of small animals, especially foxes. Using a cage trap to capture a fox is more humane than using snares or pesticides. When setting up a cage trap, attach a large cut piece of chicken to a wire trigger within the centre of the trap. A fox will come by, see the chicken, enter the cage and gnaw or tug on the chicken. The movement from the pulling of the meat triggers the trap door, which closes and seals the fox within the trap.