For some time now I have been asking my good friend and fellow SD community member bobjs to take me out to see and learn how he goes about the art of getting wise Mr Fox.
Finally after a lot of begging(many know bob has been un lucky with his health and finances recently) bob gave in and last evening we headed out to my permission at which the owner had been telling me they had been making a mess of his estate.
To paint the picture the area is 1500 acres of farming and woodland and during my years shooting there only ever put eyes on a 1 or maybe 2 an evening even with the NV unit but as I had been given to task to sort it by the owner I had to try and who better than my good friend bob!
So we trundled in to the estate passed the road side houses and got kitted up some 100m in from the road... still dubious about our chances of success as I know first hand they are extremely lamp shy and with the cubs getting ready start learning from Mum the vixens would be even more retiring... but shouldering my newly purchased Sako 75 in .222 I was happy to give bob the chance to show me how he works, Still expecting to spend all night waiting for a fox that wouldn't turn up.
Anyway to keep the story short!
We pulled up in an area that I wouldn't have ever expected to pull in a fox and Bob got to work with the caller(fox pro) and some home made callers and even some just from his mouth.
I thought to myself I couldn't cypher what the call's were meant to be imitating but let him continue.
About 5 minutes in listening to the rain get ever closer my mind started to wonder about how the lamp with different colour lenses could maybe give us an advantage when bob shut the lamp down and told me to get ready he had a charlie sat on the hedge line about 300m's out. With the lamp off bob called while I made my way to the front to get a better position. Un fortunately in that time Bob had readied the superb 20 tactical put the lamp back on to find charlie about 150 yards out CRACK - THUD - Darkness... Turned out to be a Vixen that travelled that distance in what seemed like seconds and bob being on the ball got the job done!
Following on from that we took 3 more than evening in 2 hours in 3 different spots over the farm and I learned that years of experience and possibly slight insanity made for a great night and we finished with a few bunnies take up for the land owner to keep him happy!
My Sako performed like a dream and the new load we had put together for the task worked brilliantly!
We all know what a shot fox looks like but I will be adding the photo's to my gallery if anyone should want a nosey
Hopefully a short and sweet review of a good evening.