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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 11-20-2018, 05:43 PM Thread Starter
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Fox squirrels on game lands

I live in Chester County, and I'm looking for a huntable fox squirrel population on game lands. I've read that they're around in PA, but I've never seen them around me. I'm willing to travel a few hours to try it. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.
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post #2 of 44 (permalink) Old 11-21-2018, 12:28 AM
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Usually fox squirrels are found in little pieces of woods atleadt thatís the only places I ever seen them and I only ever seen a couple in my life.
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post #3 of 44 (permalink) Old 11-21-2018, 08:30 AM
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I have seen fox squirrels at the base of mountains, where it opens up into fields and fence rows. Had two one spring run down a driveway at the base of a mountain. These two were slow moving and just stayed in front of the truck, I was worried I would run over them, they were that slow moving. I would imagine easy pickens for hawks. Also saw a few down the road from there, that were hit by cars crossing the road. Seem less cautious than greys and move slower. This was up in Perry county.
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post #4 of 44 (permalink) Old 11-21-2018, 09:04 AM
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In Maryland where I used to hunt they were common. That was in the mountains and I'd see them up on the ridges where my stands typically were, which was also where the oaks were. They are much calmer than greys.
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Washington county tons of them. Some places its hard to find a grey.
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Washington county tons of them. Some places its hard to find a grey.

Yep, they are a southern to western species. To find good populations in Pa the OP will need to try extreme southern Pa counties along the Maryland line, the further west the better. Or far west Pa counties along the Ohio line.
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I rarely see them around my area of northcentral PA, it's mostly all grays and blacks. When I lived in Chautauqua County, New York we saw lots of them and a daily bag of squirrel nearly always included at least some fox squirrels.
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I see fox squirrels in Mercer County.
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post #9 of 44 (permalink) Old 11-21-2018, 09:49 AM
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Map of distribution of Eastern Fox Squirrels:
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The fox squirrels in MD are the Delmarva fox squirrels which are a different color than the Eastern Fox squirrels. The Delmarvas are grey and white and have no red on them and have white bellies not orange. Back in the early 80s there was an effort by the PGC to release captured wild fox squirrels in areas where they no longer existed. I got some to release and Middle Creek got quite a few released on the area. They squirrels came from western PA and I do not remember if any came from other states. Fox squirrels were more creatures of small woods and long tree lines than the grey squirrels that like big deep woods. When I was a kid we hunted fox squirrels in Lebanon Co where they coexisted with greys. We had about a quarter mile of hickory trees on a tree line fence row that produced a huge number of squirrels. It was not unusual to come home with a mixed bag of greys and fox squirrels. The are gone now along with the hickory trees. Any way, at first the fox squirrels that we released seem to be doing well, there were lots of sightings and hunters were bagging some where before they did not. However they seemed to have disappeared now.

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