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The heat of the night

Credit: Richard Spiller / EyeEm / Getty Images In between foxing outings, Robert Bucknell remarks on how to get the most out of thermal imaging and how this technology has opened up a whole new world. Once again there’s little

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Sporting Rifle 168 is out now!

The latest edition of Sporting Rifle is now available. As spring turns to summer, Sporting Rifle magazine is there with all the tips, tricks and kit you need to make the most of the long days – no matter what

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Sporting Rifle 166 is on sale now!

April means only one thing in the sporting calendar: It’s the roebuck season, and as always we’re here to help you prepare for it, get the right kit and avoid the dreaded buck fever. First, we’re out with Paul Childerley

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Scent Sense

I recall an occasion when I was clearing up a litter of fox cubs around a nine-acre field on the farm.

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Suck it and see

Some experts will tell you there’s no point calling foxes in the spring. The adults have heard it all before, and anyway they’re busy looking after the cubs, which are generally born around mid-March.

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Hiding out

Robert Bucknell is putting in the time out on his ground to make sure that any resident foxes won’t be causing too much trouble for the wildlife come spring

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A Clever Sett-Up

When is a badger sett not a badger sett? It’s not a joke; it’s a serious problem for people like me who need to control foxes.

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Foxes aren’t what they used to be

Foxes have become more wary. It’s something that I realised when I had a year where I noticed far fewer foxes over my land than usual. I remember speaking to Mike Powell, and he agreed – foxes were becoming harder to shoot using traditional lamp and calling techniques.

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A Weighty Problem

It can be hard to tell one fox from another at distance, but I felt confident I would recognise one my neighbouring keeper described to me a few years ago.

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Harvest Foxing Tips

Your first chance to get after the foxes during the harvest is when the combine starts into the oilseed rape or any winter barley. As the combine works across the field in ever narrowing strips, a fox can find itself marooned in a shrinking island of cover. Eventually it will have to make a run for it.

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