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Foxes recently ?

Discussion in 'Firearms Certificate (FAC) Guns' started by jonesy185, Jun 2, 2014.

  1. jonesy185

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    Hi guys just wondering if anyone has shot some foxes lately ? got my new batch of ammo for the 243 in now and ready to rumble ! The new 75 gr hornady sst ballistics :)
     
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    Had a big old dog fox on Saturday night. Shotgun though. ( using a Tenterfield fox call)

    We are mostly arable so stuck with shooting them mostly in the woods, tram lines, and sheep fields up until harvest time. Should be a hay field or two down soon though. Plus the cubs should be getting around on their own in the next couple of weeks. We have a couple of litters to catch up with. Before our young game birds arrive in July.

    Do you still have plenty of open land to go at.? What calls are working well for you at the moment? Are you on NV or lamp?

    We are going to switch to electric rodent distress and wam soon as they seem to be best on cubs around here.
    Good luck with the foxing.
    Andy
     
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    Called one in last night to about 20 feet :)

    Spent a while watching it through the 3-9x50 Nikon Prostaff on my little .22 rimfire.

    Biggest dog fox I've seen this year by miles.

    I could have shot it easily enough if I'd wanted to.

    Frankly, I enjoyed watching him stalk and just miss a young rabbit, and I had a giggle when I called him right in and then stood up and blew a raspberry at him - he scooted off at a fair rate of knots :D

    I know, I know, I need to get out more...

    ;)
     
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    Yea mate have plenty of land , mouse squeak on my.electronic caller seems to be pretty effective and the best fox call which is practically just like the tenterfield. I use the old fashioned lamp don't want it too easy
     
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    Lol :) I like them easy.
    What are you shooting over to get a .243 at them this time of year, sheep grazing ??
    Cheers Andy
     
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    I've not gone out yet mate , hopefully get a decent day rate zero in next couple days .. what NV are you using ?
     
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    Watec DIY add ons. Also a a 4x4 roof mounted camera and illuminator that goes to a screen in the car for spotting. You can see foxes at 1km. ( when there are no ******* crops in the way) lol
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    Cheers Andy
     
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    Jesus lol . Prepared there . What's the rifle ?
     
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    It's my mates .22 hornet. It's the same NV unit though. As you don't need to get the gun to your eye you can shoot nearly 180 degrees as long as you have a window mount or bag.
    Cheers Andy
     
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    Nice one . What's your average distance on despatch
     
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    (.243) 95% sub 200 yards 50% sub 100 yards. A few long shots to 300 yards a year mostly daylight shots. (15-20 foxes a year )

    (.22 hornet) 95% sub 150 yards 50% sub 100 yards (10-15 foxes a year)

    22 Rimfire .17hmr [few a year] less than 100 yards.(1-5 foxes a year)

    We kill some with shotguns around game areas from high seats and while the crops are up in all the scrubby corners, tram lines etc. Below 75 yards.
    (20-25 foxes a year)

    The land I shoot over although very big 4000 acres is not very centre fire safe. Many roads, footpaths / bridle ways and houses scattered around.

    There are few places to shoot a long way safely so the night vision works well for us. Enabling us to watch areas where there is a backstop rather than driving around scanning.
    After many years of using a lamp the night vision is so easy to bring the foxes in with.
    Often you can just let them go about their business and watch them until they walk into range with no need to squeak, and squeaking is so much more effective on a dark night when you have no need to scan with the lamp.
    Cheers Andy
     
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    Andy, I wish I had that much land to shoot over. Wowza!
     
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    Yea that's a lot lol ! I've only got 1300 on my land
     

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