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critter moved a good  feet to the left then
right back to its original position. This gave
Lundberg his immediate exit strategy. He
popped out of the dig like he was sitting
on a spring.
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
 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  yards. Both animals were less
than a -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 ." 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." ah

The party recovered its phase fox from
a deadfall den, but not without a lot of
digging and cussing first.
  ❘

 ❘  .

Photo: D. Robert & Lorri Franz / WindigoImages.com

"Well ... ," he hesitated, "that's a perfectlooking bear den. If you see anything big
move, get out! I mean fast!"
At that, I exited with a sense of purpose
to get some air and lower my blood pressure. Lundberg, completely undeterred
by Wes' comment and determined to get
the fox, dove into the hole with a shovel
and the light.
"I see him. I think I can grab his tail. ...
Oh, it pulled back!"
The comment created a whirlwind of
digging to enlarge the hole. Then Lundberg
squatted down, discharged a couple of
rounds from Wes'  and reached in with
a folding shovel. In a snappy response, the


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