Patrick Hook

Patrick Hook

Motor racing engineer and author, Dr Patrick Hook grew up in the south Devon countryside, where he cut his shooting teeth using a BSA Meteor air rifle. A keen wildlife enthusiast, he is an advocate of managing predator numbers – specialising in foxes, although when asked he also takes on ratting, stalking, rabbiting and corvid control.

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Choosing a foxing rifle

Choosing which foxing rifle best suits your needs is not necessarily straightforward as varying circumstances will dictate different choices. The first basic decision has to be whether you intend to…

cleaning a stalking rifle

Thinking about getting your firearms certificate? If you already have a shotgun certificate, it makes sense to apply for what is known as a “coterminous” certificate. This basically means that…

permission to shoot land

If you have a pressing need to stop one or more foxes from killing your livestock you probably already have somewhere to shoot, but let’s suppose that you don’t know…

FAC air rifle

One of the perennial issues facing the air gunner who wants to move up to something bigger is where to go next. Likewise, there are also shooters who already have…

Fox control safety tips

One issue with shooting is often overlooked and that is safety. Hunting at night has its own risks, so let us look at what they might be. Shooting from a truck…