I think I'm getting old and soft.
I run a little semi wild bird shoot on the farm at home. Buy in a few cock pheasants each year to shoot but more than half the stock is wild and it's cocks only. My vermin control has always been pretty hot.
A few days ago I found signs of a fox about so set up a bait point with a train cam as usual. Sure enough, along came Charlie. Got some great pics and over the past few days she has been getting earlier and earlier. Tonight should be just after dark.
Now here'e the dilemma. The pictures show that she is definitely lactating. Cubs at home. I seem to have got all soft about them starving to death.
Don't get me wrong, I'm all up for shooting foxes and have a full understanding of the damage they do to game birds, especially if they get into a pen, I have suffered it first hand in the past. But I like to kill them swiftly. I've shot plenty of vixens at this time of year before, but this year I'm just not sure I want to do it.
Am I mad or just getting old?