It would not be until the early 1980's before I would again encounter a fox squirrel. Again it happened while I was squirrel hunting and this time I took it with the scoped .22. Since this was only my second sighting of a fox squirrel I took the animal to a local taxidermist and the mount hangs in my den to this day.
Fox squirrels habits differ somewhat from that of grays. Fox squirrels prefer more open forest and are often seen rummaging about in open fields whereas the grays show a propensity for denser forest and seldom venture far into the open. Compared to gray's the fox squirrels are huge; frequently weighing two pounds or more, nearly twice that of a gray. The grays and foxes seem to co-exist quite well as both are populations are flourishing. I noted on an earlier post that the local gray squirrels are busy feeding on black walnuts and as you can see in this photo the foxies are doing so as well.