I don't know if its just my area but I believe foxes are getting BIGGER every year . I found an old note book of mine that covered my shooting from 1988--1994 I weighed most of the foxes shot over this period (then my scales broke)
It showed the weight & condition of the foxes i bagged during these yrs i didn't bag as many as now but still quite a few the weights of them were
Vixens 10-14 lbs range
Dog fox 11-17 lbs range
I wrote comments next to the foxes the diary showed a 16-17 lbs dog fox I would comment on it being " very big fox" and the same for a 14 lbs Vixens.
I have also noticed the overall condition of foxes is improving I cant remember the last time I bagged a thin mangy fox they all now seem to be in very good condition. the diary showed that about 1/5 of the foxes bagged would be
" poor" condition
now most foxes bagged are in A1 condition I am finding the biggest we are getting are on the Urban/ Rural divide where I believe they are feeding off
bin day, people feeding them ,bird tables ,take away food dropped by the lucky drunks (Thurs-sun) more people are now keeping chickens/ducks etc then if needed having a mouch about off a sheep carcase or pick up some rabbits.
Over the last two yrs I have shot some really big specimens but not having any scale I could only estimate the weight ,here is a picture of one we bagged last night my new £3-40 scales came into play
The picture is of my father holding up the fox he is 6 feet tall & 14.5st . The dog fox weighed in at 21 lbs 03 oz and in A1 condition but compared to others I have shot recently they were even bigger and estimate them to be 22-26 lbs range i did deduct the 32gr .204 bullets weight from the fox.