Fox & Coyotes:
Fox and coyotes can be lured to within camera range by the use of a predator call that mimics the sound of a rabbit in distress. The use of leaf-o-flage as a blind allows mobility so that we can try several areas. Both coyotes and fox use dens to rear their young. These dens are often nothing more than enlarged woodchuck holes. In spring, their youngsters will become uncontrollable with curiosity, exploring the immediate area around the den entrance. At this young age, the pups have yet to develop the same fear of humans that the adults possess. I try not to overstay my welcome at a den because the adults must be allowed to feed and care for their pups without unnecessary disturbance.
Squirrels & Chipmunks:
Squirrels and chipmunks can be handled much the same as feeding birds. Cracked corn or nuts placed in natural settings will provide some excellent portraits. Autumn will find both squirrels and chipmunks busily preparing for winter and this increased activity can be exploited. Chipmunks burrow in the ground and will repeatedly return to their den carrying food and leaves to line their winter home.
Rabbits & Hare:
Snowshoe hare are brown in the summer and white in winter. I assume that it is a false sense of security and confidence in their natural camo which makes them quite easy to approach. In early winters when there is little or no snow, these hares will still turn white, making them quite easy to find. Take note of the exact spot where the hare is because it will quite likely be found here again in the following days. I have found snowshoes at the base of the same tree day after day. Once located, a patient zigzag approach will often close the distance. Cottontail rabbits are sometimes content to remain motionless, much the same as the snowshoe, and they have some tendencies that provide excellent photo opportunities. Cottontails of spring and summer tend to avoid tall dew covered grass of early morning. If you spot one in a yard or along a dirt road they will be much more apt to hold tight before scooting into the brush. Cold, calm, and clear winter mornings will find the cottontail warming itself in the early morning sun. Check hedgerows and the edge of small wood lots at this time.
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