Ok we have all been there, you are out stalking when a fox is on, do you shoot it and risk ruining your stalk or let it walk on by?.
I was in this position this morning, I was stalking though the new plant towards a small hill that is in the middle of several thousand acres on spruce plantation, this is a good natural high seat and from it you can see the roe in the small trees allowing for a shot that you could not get when on the same level as them. Working towards it the dog went on point, OK we could be on here I thought, moving through the trees I spotted movement only 40 yards away, that’s no deer, it was a fox. As he moved though the trees I had time to give it some thought whether to shoot or not if the opportunity presented itself, sheep farming on 3 boundaries and the farmer is a good bloke, roe kids about this time of years as well went though my head. OK if I get the chance he gets it, he reached the hill I was heading for which has no planting on it, he stopped in the clear to look back, a quick free hand shot and he slumped down dead on the spot. A quick check of the range, 86 yards free hand, good enough for me. I sat the dog down and walked over to the fox. Yep shot placement was as good as the reaction indicated; looking over the other side of the hill f**k me a buck and a doe feeding just off the tree line, I didn’t expect that, I thought that I had ruined that stalk.
I guess shooting foxes at least with a moderatored rifle does not spook the deer as much as you might think, the deer were 160 yards from where I shot and 80 yards from were the fox fell.