Out Foxing The Foxes

Published 5 years ago

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As with most shooting, reconnaissance is important when foxing as it is hard enough to catch the foxes out in the first place. Scent is one of the big...

As with most shooting, reconnaissance is important when foxing as it is hard enough to catch the foxes out in the first place. Scent is one of the biggest giveaways to a fox's recent activity. The musty aroma is one of a kind and easily recognised. I also always keep an eye out for animal prints. Tracking is a relatively easy skill to learn and will give you an idea of what animals are moving around, as well as their numbers. The best places to pick up footprints are in soft mud, normally around areas that concentrate movements, like bridges and gateways. By far, the easiest time to track is in winter when there is a blanket of snow on the ground, but it is possible to track all-year round, even in the dry heat of the summer, if you look in the right places.

As well as footprints, it pays to keep an eye out for trods, or runs, which are routes that animals such as foxes and deer use on a regular basis. There are numerous types of runs, but they often look like the grass has been parted...