African Fox Hunting

African fox hunting is generally not a priority for most hunters but done when the opportunity arises. You do not need a horse or red jacket for this type of fox hunting.

There are 2 huntable fox species in Africa.

African Fox Species

  • Bat-Eared Fox - Otocyon megalotis megalotis in southern Africa & Otocyon megalotis virgatus from north-east Africa
  • Cape Fox - Vulpes chama

Where To Hunt An African Fox

There are 2 completely separate populations of bat-eared fox at each end of the continent - so you can hunt a bat-eared fox in Ethiopia and also in Namibia and South Africa. They do occur in Botswana and Zimbabwe but are not hunted in these countries.

You can hunt a Cape fox in some provinces in South Africa and Namibia.

Which African Fox Is Which?

These foxes sometimes go by different names...
  • The Cape fox is also known as a silver jackal or silver fox.
  • The bat-eared fox is also known as the big-eared fox, black-eared fox, cape fox or Delalande's fox.
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Bat-Eared Fox Bat-Eared Fox

Cape Fox Cape Fox


African Fox Hunting Prices

  • In Ethiopia, you can hunt a bat-eared fox for between US$150 and US$300.
  • In Namibia you need a special hunting permit to hunt a bat-eared or Cape fox to be obtained well in advance of your hunt. There are large differences between outfitters on the trophy fees for both foxes. The bat-eared fox trophy fee is between US$350 and a hefty US$2300. The trophy fee for a Cape fox is between US$500 and US$2850.
  • In South Africa you can buy special small predator hunt packages which may include a fox. The trophy fee for a bat-eared fox is between US$400 and US$2000.
    The Cape fox is a protected animal in South Africa and may only be hunted with a TOPS permit obtained before the hunt. The trophy fee for a Cape fox ranges from US$750 to US$2000.

African Fox Hunting Methods

  • As Cape foxes are mostly nocturnal, usually sleeping in a hidden spot during the day. You can get lucky and spot one in the early morning or late evening while out hunting something else. If you are doing a specially permitted night hunt for a range of small predators in South Africa, you can use a spot-light.
  • Depending on the season and the availability of termites, bat-eared foxes can be both nocturnal or diurnal. Again early mornings and late evenings are the best times to spot one.

A Good Fox Trophy

  • Any mature fox will be a good trophy.

Fox Hunting Shot Placement

  • Aim at the chest area with a small calibre.

African Fox Vital Statistics

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Fox Vital Statistics
  Bat-Eared Fox Cape Fox
Body Length
exc.tail
21.6"
55cm
17-24"
45-61cm
Weight6-11lb
3-5kg
8-11lb
3.6-5kg

African Fox Habitat and Requirements

  • Both the bat-eared fox and Cape fox prefers bare or short grassland, particularly in more arid areas.
  • The bat-eared fox is mainly an insectivore and needs a good supply of termites. The Cape fox will eat anything - from rodents to eggs, beetles and carrion, as well as most insects or fruits.

Afican Fox Social Structure

  • Bat-eared foxes are very social animals, often living in pairs or groups of up to 15 individuals.
  • Cape foxes are more solitary only forming mated pairs. They tend to forage separately.

African Fox Gestation Period

  • The bat-eared fox has a 2-3 month gestation period and usually 1 to 6 young are produced.
  • The Cape fox has a 1-2 month gestation period and usually 1 to 6 young are produced.

Fox Gender Identification

  • There is not an easily discernable gender difference in foxes. Females are generally smaller than males.

African Fox Trophy Permits (2015)

All Huntable Foxes
CITES
USF&W
EU
AUS
N/A N/A N/A N/A

African Fox Trophy Taxidermy

Most hunters have a full mount of their bat-eared for or Cape fox trophy.

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Bat-Eared Fox Full Mount Cape Fox Full Mount
Taxidermy photos courtesy of Life-Form Taxidermy

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