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Join Date: Sep 2002
Location: mouth of the Susquehanna
Re: Caught A Wounded Fox This A.M. (Graphic Pics)
I once had a coon in a trap that when I was approaching it noticed it was trying to groom a spot on its neck, and was more concerned with this than with me walking towards it. Once I was close it acted as a coon normally would in a trap and I shot it in the head as I always do. When I removed the dead coon from the trap I saw there was an entry and exit wound on the neck from a .22, and realized that is what it was trying to groom. When I skinned it, I saw the wound was a through and through in muscle, no bone had been hit, no windpipe damage, and obviously missed the arteries/veins. It was a fresh wound, so I concluded someone must have been squirrel hunting or bunny hunting early at sunrise or so, and didn't realize the coon was in a trap till after they shot it. They probably thought they missed the shot as well, but seeing it was in a trap, they did the proper thing and left it alone at that point. I know the landowner lets some people small game hunt, and goose hunt.
I've also seen foxes with broadhead holes where the arrow did not go through into much, and must have fallen out, or the fox jumped around or pulled at it and it fell out. By the time I've caught the fox they have been licking it and it's scabbing up. It gets to me when these are early season foxes, which means the bowhunter shot at a fox out of season. Overall I hate it as it totally messes the pelt up= low value.