Fox hunting with a lantern
In a number of Russian regions, due to a sharp increase in the number of livestock and the danger of spreading rabies, Fox hunting is open. It is clear that the fur component is not in question in this case, but the hunt itself loses a little from this. About its non – traditional version-the story in the proposed article.
The Fox was an important game animal in the past, but now it has become more of an Amateur hunter’s trophy than a professional’s prey. But this Fox skin has not lost the value for which you can wait for hours at the red privada, unwind kilometers of flags, listen to the voices of hounds, trying to guess the right hole of the beast, eagerly follow the hole in which the brave Fox Terrier was sent, … or crawl across a snow-covered field, in an attempt to get a long shot
To deal with the description of traditional Fox hunts, after N. A. Zvorykin in his book laid out” on the shelves ” all methods of Fox production, it is not only not necessary, but also ungrateful. After all, all subsequent “treatises” about Fox hunting are more or less a repetition of Zvorykin’s “Fox Hunting”.
Therefore, this material, of course, does not claim to be exclusive, will affect those methods of Fox production that, due to the technical development of the classic hunting practical literature, could not be covered.
Lit in the literal sense, from the word “light”, because then we will talk about hunting a Fox with a lantern.
When it comes to shooting at night, people usually think of night vision devices, laser designators, and last of all, flashlights. But if we exclude hunting over bait, where it may be preferable to a nightlight, which is for city hunter often inaccessible for reasons of remoteness from land, the lighting device 1 will rifle hunting light.
Podstvolny – a conditional name, because the installation of the illuminator can be from the bottom, side and top, and in some cases on the head of the hunter.
In order to exclude possible misinterpretations about poaching, let me remind you of an excerpt from the rules that say that hunting with lighting devices is prohibited, attention is PAID to feathered game. Those who want to find something similar in relation to hunting a Fox with a lantern, I do not recommend spending time on it.
The first domestic hunting lamps of the Baltic production appeared in the late 70s with very mediocre characteristics, the main disadvantage of which is the large mass and negligible battery life.
There is also a searchlight hunting PO-1B (headlight “Boar”). Designed for installation on smoothbore shotguns, mainly 12 and 16 calibers, and is used during hunting at dusk.
Much more convenient were the under-barrel lights, the choice of which according to price and technical characteristics may well meet various requirements for the conditions of night Fox hunting.
They are usually equipped with a remote button, and a xenon lamp gives a range of light beam up to one and a half hundred meters. And they have a continuous working time of at least an hour with a weight of just over 100 grams.
Almost all hunting lights can be used on guns of various designs, both smoothbore and rifled. For this purpose, mounts are provided individually, and more often universally suitable for different models of weapons.
Now directly to hunting a Fox with a lantern. It is useless to look for a Fox in the forest, and it is not necessary. Starting in late autumn, the Fox is more drawn to housing, you can meet it much more often at villages, farms, haystacks, granaries, and even at places where garbage and manure sediments are stored, in a word, where the expanse of mice will be something to profit from a long-tailed predator.
At night, the animal is less cautious, hoping for darkness, can let the hunter close enough to the correct shot of a smoothbore gun. The hunter should move as far as possible without excessive noise, bypassing the intended habitat of the Fox on the beaten paths, and not on virgin land, which does not cause the Fox to be too wary.
Certain convenience in detecting the beast will provide an additional lamp with a sufficient range of illumination, to Shine on the sides of the lamp installed on the gun, not only inconvenient, but also quite tedious. After all, you can detect a Fox at night only by the reflection of the eyes, and the wider and farther the lantern shines, the faster the green Fox’s eyes will flash in the dark. Seeing the reflection, depending on the distance, they shoot or, without taking the beam of the already under-barrel flashlight away from the target, trying to move without noise, reduce the distance to an acceptable shooting distance.
On moonlit nights, the animal is more cautious, and young animals are more likely to be shot. The Fox behaves quite timidly on the mown stubble, where there is no shelter. Often illuminated by a lantern, the Fox hides behind a tuft of dried grass, between rows of ploughing, believing that it has taken cover, but not realizing that the green lights of its eyes are a good guide for a targeted shot.
The animal is usually active at the onset of complete darkness, and directly near the housing-closer to midnight. The most successful are hunting on chernotropu, in a thaw on a soft and wet trail that allows the hunter to move without unnecessary noise. Once, on a warm autumn night, the illuminated Fox, after a shot, or rather a miss, continued to walk among the low weeds, while approaching the hunter for the right shot.
Snowfall overnight makes the Fox population much more cautious. Increasingly, animals stop “holding” the light. You can no longer count on a shot from a comfortable distance. On moonlit winter nights, if the sky is not overcast, it is better to stay at home.
A gun for such hunting, in addition to a strong fight, should take a large fraction well, giving the maximum accuracy possible. Here, you can not do with a light cartridge, the maximum weight of the shot is preferable, with the appropriate charge of gunpowder and the necessary set of wads. The shot, despite the fact that the Fox is weak enough for the wound, it is better to use a larger one, about 2/0 (4.5 mm). After all, you often have to shoot far away than close. And regardless of how the animal behaved after the shot, you should check the trail or the direction of the Fox’s course, when there is no snow, the consequences of shooting. Often, it would seem, a clear miss after a hundred steps turns into a coveted trophy.
Choosing a flashlight, in addition to the light characteristics, you should pay attention to the duration of continuous Gorenje, taking into account the fact that in the cold, the battery capacity decreases. But in any case, in order not to remain “phoneless”, have replaceable batteries.