Foxes can cause a significant impact on agricultural production and the environment. The annual cost of foxes to the economy and environment has been estimated to be $227.5 million. Foxes are predators that harm and kill both livestock and native animals. They are a primary cause for the decline and extinction of many small- to medium-sized native rodents and marsupial species. The main methods of fox control include baiting, trapping and shooting.
Shooting as a method of pest control is undertaken by a wide range of people. This includes government vertebrate pest control officers, landholders and licensed shooters.
Shooting is humane and very target specific. It is a method that can be used to control foxes. It can work in collaboration with other pest control techniques to reduce the impacts and populations of foxes across larger areas.
Shooting can be conducted both during the day and night. Various techniques of shooting such as the use of spotlights, decoy calls and organised flushes can be employed to increase the efficiency of fox control activities. Fox control can be undertaken by individuals or groups.
Shooting can be an expensive option if landholders need to employ a full-time, part-time or contract professional shooter/s. If shooting is conducted at no-cost by accredited volunteer shooters, it then becomes one of the cheapest pest control techniques available. Landholders can then use costs saved by utilising volunteer shooters to fund other complementary pest management tools.
The SSAA Farmer Assist program enables landholders to find licensed, accredited and insured volunteer shooters to assist with feral fox control. We have thousands of qualified members across the country ready to help landholders and managers with feral fox control.
It only takes a few minutes to register for the SSAA Farmer Assist program so you can find friendly and willing volunteers to assist you with your feral fox problem.