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    My buddy and I are going on a hunt late next week and he decided to bring a 12 gauge for his bear protection. I figured while we are out there we might as well try and call a fox in or possible a wolf or wolverine. Neither of us have ever been predator hunting so we are clueless when it comes to what kind loads to bring. I figure I would use my rifle for any wolf or possibly wolverine, but what about foxes? Any info would help! Thank you!

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    I would use #4 or #2 buck. They also make some Cotyote loads that might be nice to have, don't recall what shot size is in them.

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    Lead #2's will do fox a long way out...maybe 60 yds with a full choke. Depending upon your pattern, #4 buck can get a little thin sometimes so you really should pattern the loads you choose to know what they will really do in your gun.
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    Dead coyote T-shot

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    Awesome and thanks we will try all of the above. Next question and ill add that ill be checking past threads after asking this but we will be hunting dc618 also at the time (fox river/clear creek area by Tustumena lake). Anyone know what I might expect to see in this area? And yes I know about the bear problem and we are not taking it lightly. Thanks again!

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    another vote for 2buk....

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    We'll be going by Clear Creek on Monday to take a look but the last time we were there the browns had trails pounded in along the creek for a short distance down to dirt though they never stepped out for a patiently waited photo.

    Clear Creek reds 2012
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    Good luck on your trip kingman.

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    Thanks Tustumena! Good luck on Monday and pm sent!

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    Did a lap around the lake today. The water level is high and the entrance to Clear Creek loses its clearness and takes on the color of the lake.
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    Should be easy to tie your boat off up the creek if thats what you decide to do, on the right hand side. Didn't see any bears at Clear Creek but thats probably because we didn't see any fish either stirring the water up, but there is bound to be a handful of spawners left lurking under the current glacier silt laden waters in this drainage. Only a few eagles here now too. Some years I have seen a hundred eagles in Devils Bay. No boats at Clear Creek and really the traffic on the entire lake was very light. I used to see 3 or 4 moose camps set up on the Homer side of the lake out of the trophy permit area but none were there this year.

    I don't see foxes around here. Through the years the trappers have brought in lynx, wolverine, wolf and coyote and so they are more common furbearers.

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    Thanks for all the info! Lynx won't be in season so I guess all those others will be free game! Wouldnt mind getting a chance at one of them.

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    I use the Hevi Shot "Dead Coyote"...loaded with their heavy weight 'T' shot. They are hell on fox and coyote.
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    Roger thanks! Should be trying each before I head thursday!

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