About Foxbusters

“FOXBUSTERS” The name, concept and website domain name established February 18th 2012

Foxbusters are addressing the Australian Red Fox (Vulpes vulpes) problem. Aiming to curb the increasing numbers by better understanding fox behavior, damage to habitat, den sites where pairing dog fox and vixen mate and raise their cubs or kits. Fox diseases, (e.g. Mange, distemper and potential carriers of rabies and tape worm). Addressing and improving control methods (e.g. Hunting, shooting trapping, baiting and biological control).

Collecting and sharing known, new and innovative ways to reduce fox numbers.


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16 thoughts on “About Foxbusters

  1. Thanks for your feedback Mandy. I enjoyed meeting like minded people that share a concern for the species under threat from foxes.
    The more responsible Furry Feral hunters, the better.

  2. Hey Graham, what a great workshop session you presented today at the Elleker Hall in Albany on behalf of Torbay Catchment Group. We are so pleased with the outcomes – we are forming a furry feral (and other nasties) control group, and also a group to support endangered species e.g. ring tailed possum, red tailed cockatoos and phascogales.

    Thank you, and keep up the good work! I am keen to become a furry feral hunter!

    Mandy from TCG

  3. I would like to thank Graham for putting on the Fox Busters event at the Gosnells Pub yesterday (Sunday 22nd) is was very encouraging to hear others experiences chasing the game we all love to hunt.

  4. Hi, I have just retired and moved to the country for a more stress free life, ha ha.
    It turns out that this is real fox country and I now live in what the locals call fox alley.
    In my younger days I used to hunt on a regular basis so now that I have more time I am taking it up again.

  5. Great to hear about all the efforts Foxbusters are putting into reducing fox numbers in Australia. Both landholders and wildlife including the critically endangered Western Ground Parrot benefit.

  6. Thanks for that Ken. I hope we are providing some good strategies for fox hunters. On the properties we hunt, more foxes are found within a kilometer of the homestead than further out. I often say “you never know where you might see a fox”. Safety First yes, check out our Code of Practice.
    I have no experience with ‘Silent Dog Whistles’ with foxes. Worth investigating.

  7. Fox shooters should work out the good strategies as well as the bad plans, and keep the bad plans to an absolute minimum. One bad plan is to start looking for foxes once you get well away from the house (if you have a bush setting, I dont mean in Pitt street!)) I’v found fox scat on the back veranda, and seen many a fox run off into the dark because I haven’t started looking for them yet. Expect to see one as you leave the house, if you are looking for them. Safety first through, as all ways!

    And does anyone know if ‘Silent Dog Whistles’ work on foxes? curious to know if they are what they say and if they work.

  8. Thanks for the comment Alan. Did those old bushies use a GPS collar on those foxes I wonder? Those who have, claim foxes travel about 15km a night. Logically, if food is plentiful they wouldn’t bother to do even 15km. If food is scarce, they wouldn’t have the energy to do 60 MILES a night.
    I’ll be interested to try the 30 degrees. The shotgunners on the back might complain, but I’ll tell them it’s not my idea.
    In our experience, wind has a bigger influence on fox behavior than moon phase.

  9. When I first started to study foxes, I sat and talked to half a dozen old bushies in the Willow Tree area of N.S.W.
    I was told that foxes travelled up to 60 MILES a night. So needless to say we spotlighted them on about 12000 acres we had at our disposal. Over the years we found foxes on a hit or miss basis as I was forced to shoot school holidays. I eventually realised that we saw more foxes consistently in the DARKS(straight after the FULL MOON). Has any body else noticed this?
    Ps Foxes are normal-drive straight at them and they WILL break BUT drive at 30degres and keep them in the EDGE of the light and they will sit and watch you-TRY THIS!

  10. Would love to get some information on any fox hunts in nsw. I live in s/w sydney. Currently chasing foxes about once a week. Any information would be great guys.

  11. Hi Graham, You sent me a copy of the secret weapon last year, recently I loaded it onto an Icotech 350 electronic caller, which I usually place about 50m away upwind. This combo is proving devastating to ol’ brer fox, especially when the usual Tenterfield whistle is not on the menu. It is something else to watch the fox from a short distance approaching the call at speed or stalking, having no idea he is about to wear a 50gn ballistic tip.

    Thanks again.

  12. Is there any similar group focused on foxes in NSW?

    I shoot foxes whenever I see them and got one as recently as yesterday but I’d like to concentrate on hunting them. Most friends aren’t interested and I need a good hunting mate to cover my back when calling.
    Thank You,
    Barry Stephenson

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