If you’re going foxing, perhaps for the first time, and you’re wondering what kit you might need, well we have the ultimate guide for you.
ATN X Sight 4K PRO
The ATN X-Sight is a state-of-the-art digital day and night scope, and the new 4K Pro model has been almost totally revamped. The appearance is the first thing you’ll notice – it’s been slimmed down to more closely resemble traditional glass.
And the eye relief is now far closer to what you’d get on a daytime optic, at 90mm. Plus, the battery life has been extended. Gyroscope, accelerometer, rangefinder, ballistic calculator and video out all make this a super-advanced scope.
Prices: 3-14x £849, 5-20x £949
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Wicked Lights A67iC Predator
Foxing technology just keeps on advancing, and lamps are no exception. The A67iC hunting torch from American brand Wicked Lights is centred on a rotatable 3-in-1 colour LED to allow you to select between red, white and green beams, with a super-high-power light throw to make foxes visible out to all ethical shooting ranges and beyond. Designed in the US using precision machined T6 aircraft-grade aluminium, it also allows you to adjust power in a second.
Price: £249 (kit price)
A revolutionary product and winner of the Great British Shooting Awards’ NV/Thermal Product of the Year, the Thermion is a thermal imager that fits into a standard day-scope design, unlike the bulky thermal units we’ve been used to.
Across the five Thermion models in the range, you’ll find maximum detection ranges up to 2300m and magnifications up to 22x with 4x digital zoom, depending on the model. All Thermions have a built-in video recorder, wifi-connectivity and ability to stream to a device, 10 electronic reticles and 16GB of internal memory.
Hugely popular since its arrival in the UK, the Breach is a military-looking unit but more than applicable for civilian foxing use. It’s built for the rigours of the outdoors, and weighs only 7.4 ounces (210 grams) – in fact it’s small enough to be concealed in a pocket.
Additional features include onboard video recording and seven colour palettes for fast detection of animals, day or night.
A super-powered lamp from Clulite, the Trailblaser puts out a massive 4500 lumens from a single 45-watt LED, capable of pushing light out to 1,000 metres – easily covering any night-shooting use and more besides.
Optimised for vehicle use, it’s fitted with a 12V plug, and can also be powered by battery pack for walk-and-stalk use. It’ll wring two hours of continuous use from a typical lithium ion battery.
Price: £90.50 (kit price £248)
Nitesite Night Pearl
Spanning handheld units, dedicated scopes and even front-mounted add-ons (one of which – the Seer 35 – is pictured here; it can also detach and be used as a monocular), the Night Pearl is a dedicated range of thermal imagers now brought into the UK by NiteSite. For thermals, the price is refreshingly affordable, starting at £1,000 and ranging up to £3,800.
New from Yukon is the Sightline, a series of digital NV scopes available with either 4x or 6x magnification, with a four-factor digital zoom on top. The devices will manage up to 400-450m detection range dependent on the model, as well as a 5.5° field of view on the Sightline N450 and a 4.1° field of view on the N470.
Other features include six electronic reticles including three FFP reticles, high-calibre shock resistance, long eye relief and three zero profiles. You get four hours’ runtime on one charge of the DNV battery pack – and all for under £900.
Price: N450 £789.95, N470 £889.95
This new digital day/night scope could be about to start a revolution – with an HD sensor, it provides clear, full-colour images in daytime that stay incredibly bright as light falls.
When it’s night, simply switch to NV mode and keep on shooting. Affordable, versatile and easy to use, it’s already in the regular kit rotation of many of Sporting Rifle’s contributors, including Chris Parkin, Mark Ripley and Mike Powell.
Price: From £699
Night Master Trident
As its name suggests, the Trident lamp incorporates three switchable LEDs. Not only that, it’s also got a quiet switch, low-battery indicator, beam lock-out function (to prevent accidental activation), and active light indicator on the tail cap.
But what will excite many night hunters the most is the powerful amber LED, which replicates street lighting in terms of intensity, making it less spooky to quarry and easier on the eye. Sporting Rifle’s Mike Powell is a fan – and you’ll surely be one too if you try one of these units out.
Spypoint Force Dark
One of Spypoint’s new additions to its trail camera range, the Force Dark is a good choice for tracking vulpine movements without being detected, thanks to its 42 black LEDs that won’t be visible to wildlife when they fire.
With an 0.07s trigger speed, it can be relied on to capture 12MP imagery before your quarry has fled, while a detection range of 33.5m maximises its chances of ‘spotting’ a fox. There’s also a high-resolution 1080p video recorder built in. The camera comes with a 16GB SD card and reader.
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