Not a fly post but I figured you guys might enjoy the picture. I was ice fishing for walleye and pike the other day and this local fox came out for a visit. It has definitely been fed by anglers before or cleaned up after them, as it wasn't very afraid of us. In the picture you can see my ice fishing sonar to the bottom left and the hole I'm fishing out of at the bottom of the screen, so you can get an idea how close I was able to get to it. The fox sat on the ice patiently waiting until my dad caught a small pike, then it got very energetic and we could clearly tell it wanted the fish. The pike was too small to keep for ourselves so he let the fox have it. I've never had the chance to get that close to a live fox before so it was a pretty cool experience.
What a cool experience Cory. I’ve actually seen this several times (fox begs for fish). I keep wondering how hungry the fox must get to overcome the fear initially.
We have a lot of red foxes around my home and they seem totally acclimated to humans. I don’t purposely feed them but they do go for the suet cake residue left from the bird feeders. I enjoy watching the kits play once they are old enough to leave the birthing den.
Two of my friends have had run-ins with bears while salmon fishing but I’ve no desire to share that adventure. 😉
@trublubug I don't think this particular fox was especially hungry, just very tame and a tad greedy LOL. It took the pike to its den and came back about an hour later looking for more, before making rounds to some other anglers.
I can't say that I've had any close bear encounters either, and would probably prefer not too. A curious fox is nice, but a curious bear is a dangerous situation. I always at least carry my spray when I'm out walking and wading in bear country.
I have had some close experiences with a couple of foxes. At my old house years back, my neighbors cat would baby sit the pups while mom and dad hunted food. At my aunt and uncles house they had one that would set right next to you while sitting on the deck and also didn’t mind being petted. Seemed very tame for sure. Seems like they also know more than we think.
I have never been lucky enough to be that close to a fox ice fishing. My son and I had a persistent muskrat come up the hole in the ice while in our ice tent. He did not seem to be worried about us and kept coming back.
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