Foxes are a very cunning and smart animal so having a rifle and being able to shoot 200 metres+ with it is a handy thing. Some places however don’t allow rifles or they are just not practical and that’s where the whistle and shotgun come into play.
There is a whole different art required when whistling in foxes to a humane killing range with a shotgun. The patience and skill required differs greatly from that of just shooting them from afar with a rifle.
A few things that can help and are almost critical for shotgunning foxes are
- good camouflage.
- wind direction (preferably towards you)
- A good whistle (I swear by the original bestfoxwhistle to get the real close)
- the right shot size in your shotgun (I use shot size 2)
- and most of all you need patience and perseverance.
If you can combine all of the above you are well on your way to shotgunning foxes.
Using a shotgun is also a great way of dispatching foxes and preserving the skin for tanning and making that beautiful floor mat or wall mount.
The majority of foxes I have taken out with a shotgun have been with my old Eley model 402 single barrel 12g, no chokes or second chances with a follow up shot from a second barrel. I have however now upgraded and brought myself a under/over Akkar Churchill 12g and will be out in the field with it very soon SO LOOK OUT MR FOX.
Anyway guys and gals I hope you enjoyed this quick read and if you have any questions feel free to ask on the Bestfoxwhistle Facebook Page or on my Facebook Page – Pest B Gone.
Happy hunting everyone.