Well now’s the time of year to capitalise on calling in young dumb foxes.
Last seasons pups have left the dens and they are out after an easy feed with not much life experience so they just follow their stomach rather than their instincts so it allows beginners to make small mistakes whilst still achieving results. The time from November to March in my opinion is the easiest time of year to get good numbers of fox whereas late winter to early spring can provide a lot of frustration to even the most experienced fox callers. Continue reading →
Gone are the days of lugging heavy sealed lead-acid batteries that last 30mins around in a backpack to power a spotlight. That is how it was done when I first started hunting of a night on foot. It was great for bunnies and foxes close by the farm house but you couldn’t stray too far away for fear of the running out of batteries.
LED Torches have revolutionised hunting of a night time, they offer extremely bright light that lasts for hours in a very light weight and tough torch.
I am constantly amazed at how LED Torches have changed my hunting, with a couple of spare batteries you have hours and hours of night time hunting that you needn’t worry about having enough battery to make it back home, you don’t need to carry around a backpack just to power your lights and there are no cords to get in the way whilst trying to take a shot. LED Torches let you just get on with the hunting.
One thing I have never liked when hunting with firearm mounted torches or spotlights is the fact that you are waving around the rifle to find game, it is not the safest of methods of hunting as you should always have your firearm pointed in a safe position unless you are about to fire and on top of that fatigue sets in quite early in the night when you are waving the rifle or shotgun around.
I have eliminated this issue by using two LED torches to hunt. I use a LED Lenser M7R to spot game and then once I spot the fox I turn the light off and prepare to take my shot. At this point I turn on my 1000 lumen scope-mounted Wolf Eyes Sea Lion Hunter to take the shot. This torch is very bright with a very very tight square spot which is great for shooting with a scoped rifle as it allows you to see your target clearly through the scope to out past 150m.
When hunting with a shotgun I use a fairly similar setup except I mount my M7R to the shotgun using the same mount that I use to mount torches to scopes and use a Wolfeyes Sniper 260 to spot foxes.
The one other thing that is essential to a night time fox shoot is a good fox caller. You can use all sorts from electronic callers to button whistles to home made folded tin fox whistles which is what I use, You may have heard of it by it’s commercial name of the Tenterfield Fox Whistle.
I have had the same whistle for a few years now and it is amazing how effective it is, particularly at night. I have called in 4 foxes at once with this whistle. Whilst they are a challenge to learn how to use once you learn how to use it you will be amazed at it’s effectiveness once you get the hang of it.
Combine a good rifle/scope with Modern LED Torches and a fox caller of some kind and you have one of the most effective fox shooting set ups I have ever known.
If you keep the wind in your face, follow these basic rules of fox shooting and cover enough ground you will find this method fun, effective and you even get a bit of exercise!
Hunting foxes with LED Torches is also the easiest way to lay the smack down on foxes when hunting by yourself and you don’t need to worry about camouflage or taking in cover, I often am standing in the middle of the paddock on a dark night with no cover and have foxes that would run up to my feet if I let them get that close.
So there you have it. LED Torches will change the way you hunt and whilst it is growing this will soon become one of the most popular and cheapest forms of night time hunting in Australia.