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Predators Above the 62nd Parallel (Page 2)

If you can call a coyote or fox in the Lower 48 you can call one in Alaska. The problem is the weather, and the terrain, and the difficulty of moving in waist-deep snow, and … 

After a brief discussion that included comments about never leaving without our fox, Wes jumped into the hole, pushed the critter with the shovel and gingerly pulled him out. The fox had been dispatched. He was in hand, and he was remarkably intact despite the final shots at close range.

The Goods
The following three days of hunting were broken up by a whiteout that dropped 12 inches of snow, which kept us resting comfortably in front of the fire. When we regrouped, Wes had other commitments that left Lundberg and me on our own. Although we traveled into the wilderness along the Intertie power line trail, we did not reconnect with our quarry until we moved to the Parks Highway. There, we took a coyote and another fox in two setups over 200 yards. Both animals were less than a 10-minute walk from the highway.

Although our hunt wasn’t a huge success, it was an extraordinary adventure.

When we found tracks, we set up and called—it was that simple. Electronic calls are in their infancy in “the AK.” Our experience proved that if you can get near an animal, it will respond. The terrain is magical, and the views in the North Susitna Valley below Denali are life-altering. This is a hunt you’ll never forget, even if you only take a couple of critters.

A week later I ran into a local trapper. Just two weeks prior to our hunt, he said, he took more than a dozen foxes and four coyotes on two of the trails we covered. “But I didn’t get a phase fox this year,” he said.

I smiled. “It took three grown men for us to get one,” I said, “but we’re pretty okay with that.”

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