A few lines to tell you about last nights little foxing adventure,I went out to one of my permissions as it possesses a fox that is very lamp shy and will hold for only a few seconds (plenty of dog men and wanbee lampers my way) .
It was a great night to be out dry & cold this area I was concentrating on is a good deep and wide V shaped valley ideal for shooting . My father has been asking for a few rabbits as well for the pot.
This was going to be lazy boys lamping to begin with my truck was only 50m away so into the field with coffee in thermal mug rifle all set up and started calling .
Within 5 minuets a set of eyes showed at 350m away even at that range the fox didn’t like the lamp and anything over 2 seconds on it and it would turn and walk away. So with intermittent calling I dragged it into the valley opposite me about 220m away. Ive called this fox before and it will not come in any closer .
The fox was sat in the field I was watching it by just dipping the lamp onto it to get the faintest eye shine by doing this I got a fix on its location .
Rifle ready on bipod I got all set up behind it preparing for the quick shot , got the zoom and parallax sorted lined up where I thought the fox would be , took a deep breath flicked on the lamp knocked off the safety in one motion . At this range there is no real hold over on my .204
My guesstimate was almost smack on , I drop the X-hairs onto its chest I’m counting down in my mind I’m on 3 seconds and I can see the fox is going to flee with x-hairs on its chest I fire.
There is a puff of smoke from the mod (little bit of oil from cleaning) and I loose sight I hear an impact of some kind , have a scan with lamp and see a set of eyes 50m from where I shot at the fox fleeing .
I’m gutted I’ve blown the shot made the fox even more lamp shy , I was sure the x-hairs were on its chest when I fired . I consider myself a competent shot at these ranges and was puzzled at this miss. I scan the area with scope but see nothing down where I shot.
My mind was still thinking about the impact noise , it wasn’t the normal solid hit noise you hear just a dull quite thump , in the opposite direction were a few bunnies. So lined up the first at 180m --bang--flop and the 2nd at 230m the same , so the rifle is shooting spot on .
I go collect the bunnies then go to check the area I shot at the fox to check, I found the fox right where I shot it hidden in the grass , it just collapsed not showing its eyes or lighter underside. The fox running off must have been a 2nd fox.
He was a nice big dog fox weighing in just shy of 16.5 lbs in great condition even at that size he was really leggy .
Moved locations and bagged a little vixen before calling it a night as the rain came in. I don’t know why the impact noise was so quiet the fox was hit side on H/L shot may be I’m getting old.
Hope you enjoyed the little write up…..Neil