I have been shooting for about 10 years now since i was 16 but only shotguns. I have also been shooting the same land for that time which totals around 1100 acres.
In all those ten years i have only ever seen 5 fox's but this year there's something in the water and they'v been breading like, well fox's.
A few weeks ago i was out on some rape stubble in a nice comfy hide on a lovely warm day shooting a few pigeons, i had 15 shell decoys out and also 10 dead birds on cradles and maybe 15 dead birds that i had already shot. Obviously out pigeon shooting i was looking in the sky for incoming grey missiles when i noticed something in the pattern, to my shock it was a fox slinking in between the decoys having a good look about.
I didn't react very quickly probably more out of shock than anything and just watched him sniffing about, but then he made a big mistake, he headed straight for the dead bird on a cradle closest to me and the cheeky bugger picked it up turned and started walking off. BANG goes the Escort and splat goes the fox. My first Charlie!
Fast forward a few weeks;
Out lamping some bunnys with a friend of mine we had already seen 4 fox's but none of them falling to the squeek and none within range as we only had the .22.
We pull onto a field that has been cut for a couple of weeks, the same field a guy last week shot 3 fox's on and at the end of the field in the 'safe zone' was a shining pair of white eyes. FOX i shouted almost too loudly.
So out with the squeeker. I bought a Acme Predator Call a while back and if im honest its rubbish (or more like im rubbish) it sounds more like Donald Duck after a particularly hot vindaloo. So after a few farts with that i decided to just use my mouth to squeek since i have been practicing while driving.
'squeek squeek sqeeeek' the eyes start charging towards me! To say i was calm would be a lie so i got comfy and waited. She was still coming from 300yards, 250yards,100yards,50yards, BARK, she stopped still looked straight at me and squeeze the trigger POP goes the .22.
Cr*p i'v bloody missed it how the hell have i done that i have been head shooting bunnys all night and been shooting well and now a bigger target perfect range and i'v missed. Or have i??
What i didn't realize was she had dropped exactly where she was stood behind some straw and lay there motionless with a small hole just above her eye and a much bigger hole on the back of her head. What amazes me is how beautiful they are, its almost a shame to have to kill them but i understand completely that they have to be controlled. Stunning creatures both of mine were in tip top condition.
Sorry if i have bored anyone just thought i would tell my tale of the first fox's i have shot one with shotgun, one with rifle.
Thanks for reading