So up until about 3 months ago I would leave the hen house open all the time. We never had any issues until something killed 4 of my mature laying hens! At first I thought is was a possum that I caught coming out of the chickens yard. I dispatched that guy and decided to put up a game cam to see what was going on. It was quiet for another couple weeks until 4 more of my girls were killed. This is war!!!
So after after the second massacre I decided to get HighTech! and got an automatic door opener. Off to Amazon I went. It was a bit pricey but well worth protecting my girls. Low and behold with in a few days I checked the game cam and there it was big as life……
Well I knew the girls that were left were safe so I ordered some snares. I really wanted to try them out since the spot it was coming in would have been a perfect spot. So off to Bruce “Buckshot” Hemmings site https://www.snare-trap-survive.com/ to order some. While I was anxiously waiting for them to arrive my wife says “I am surprised your not out there waiting for the fox!”. That was all the prodding I needed…. Off to the war room to kit up!!
I broke out the 300AAC blackout with the AAC 762-SDN6, NVGs, and my0241 Tactical Operators Smock lite zipup in #m81 Woodland. Off I went to set up my hide site (Which consisted of laying in the grass about 75 yards from the Chicken Coop) and proceeded to feed the mosquito’s. Surprisingly within 30 minutes of the sun going down and getting pretty dark he appeared from behind my shop. Unfortunately my 1-4×24 scope was sorely lacking in the darkness. The 24MM objective lens just doesn’t gather enough ambient light like a scope with a much larger objective lens. So the only thing I could do was hit it with some white light…. the fox looked in my direction and froze. His last mistake!!! I aimed for the eyes and pulled the trigger! At first I wasn’t completely sure I had made contact until I got to where it had been standing.
As you can see it was a solid hit but I was unsure of where the fox went. I did a walk around the shop and couldn’t find anymore blood. I came back to the initial blood spot and looked around some more to find a trail. It took a few minutes but there is was…
The fox had run around and dragged itself through a small opening in some 8×8 posts I have. It was still alive so I got the .22 I keep in the chicken coop to put it out of its misery. I am here to tell you the 110 gr Barns TAC-TX bullet is devastating.
It did some pretty serious damage….
In all is was a good night! A predator was taken care of and my girls are now safe for now. We still have a possum problem. I think I have killed 5 or so at this point. I even had two eating the chickens food one night… they were getting fat and happy.
So what DOPE have I gained from this experience? Complacency kills! I am the only one to blame for the death of our 8 chickens this spring. I got lazy…. plain and simple. If I had taken the time to close the door to the coop this wouldn’t have happened. Security is paramount! If this had been a grid down situation I would have been up S#!T creek without a paddle! Without a rooster I would have had no way to replace my losses. Lesson learned!