I've just watched this video and thought just how thought provoking it actually was!
I've heard many a shooter say "The only good fox is a dead fox"! I personally (And maybe very contraversially) don't entirely agree with this line of thought. Don't get me wrong, I have no reservations about shooting a fox (Or any other pest species come to that). However, I will only shoot them if the landowner states that any fox I see on his land must be shot or if there is a reasonable risk of losses of poultry or small livestock but I will not go out and shoot a fox purely for the sake of shooting it!
I have had many situations where farmers/landowners have lost poultry and small livestock and have asked me to "sort the rogue fox out", and I have had no reservations about doing just that! - Even if it has resulted in me having to go out on numerous days and nights to watch and observe in order to find out what the "rogue" foxes timetable and pattern of movement/routine was -Yes it can involve a lot of time and effort on my part but to me this is an important part of having the permission in the first place - Helping to protect the farmers/landowners interests! The way that I see it is that when we are given permission we are basically appointed (To a certain extent) as "custodians of that land"!
Just like Mike Powell I believe that a great deal can be learned by just sitting and watching, and to me this is a big part of the pleasure of being out and about in the countryside, you can always learn or see something new rather than just going out and shooting everything (Legally shootable) that you see.
In my opinion the video is well worth watching and listening to Mike Powells opinions then offering your points of view - Even if it does completely disagree with my thoughts and opinions!
What are your thoughts?
p.s. I should add that I can also see the other side of the coin where keepers etc who breed pheasants etc have a completely different (And justifiable) opinion of foxes as pheasants and other game birds (Especially young ones) make easy picking for foxes!