Mike Powell’s masterclass on how to make the most of the various foxing methods available in late summer and autumn
As an experienced fox controller, I’ve probably got every piece of kit that a foxer could ever want. During my time fox shooting, I’ve amassed so much equipment to help me in my chosen trade I often wonder how I ever managed to shoot foxes in the past.
For the ever-increasing number of shooters who are out after the sun sets, there seems to be an equally mounting number of items to aid them in their quest.
For several years I have been using a variety of night vision equipment. I find this is an intriguing insight into the way nocturnal wildlife carries on when it is undisturbed. To increase one’s knowledge, it is sometimes better to watch than shoot.
Over the last 10 years, my main tool to keep fox population down in my area has been a Heym SR30 straight bolt in .25-06, loaded with Hornady 75-grain V-Max pushed out at around 3,600fps by VarGet powder. I knew if the fox presented itself at 300 yards it would go down. However, hot loads have taken their toll on the barrel, and its accuracy isn’t what it was, so I invested in an Antonio Zoli rifle in .243 Win.
When the midsummer growth obscures much of the countryside, I spend a substantial amount of time sitting out and waiting for the quarry species to come to me.
Top foxer Mark Nicholson offers his advice on calling difficult foxes during the mating season while getting to grips with the latest Xenon HID lamp from Lightforce
Nick Latus gets his hands on a popular rimfire from CZ and soon fills his boots on a rabbiting mercy mission for a local lady landowner