Quick call last night discovered that grass mowing was underway so quick cup of tea and out, picked up number one son and off to a farm we haven't been arround for a while. I was surprised at 8.20pm not to see a fox on 60 acres of mown grass, we parked up under an oak tree and awaited events. I'm not sure why but something caught my eye and the bins revealed a very dark roe buck on the opposite hedge row but before I could get on him he melted away through the hedge, typical.
Anyway was all very quiet, then had a quick sweep with the thermal and hey presto faint glow on the hedge row opposite us. My son caught a glimps of a fox with the Leicas, I was on the back of the truck with the Leupold up on x14 and could just make out the back of a small fox as it worked its way in a tram line by the hedge, it was hunting down the grass and I tracked it , unfortunately it stopped opposite a gap in the swath so a 60 grn V max went through its shoulders, slightly strange strike but it went down. We waited for another 30 mins but nothing else to be seen.
The fox turned out to be a tiny barren vixen in good condition bullet straight through front shoulders. So well pleased 189yds on the rangefinder.
We checked out another couple of fields of mown grass saw two foxs but both unsafe to shoot, but by 10 pm clear, still and very bright moon and freezing so we called it a night.
Must say its the earliest I have seen grass mown.
I expect another foray tonight and Sat am.