Fox Control

Patience is a powerful tool where foxing is concerned, writes Patrick Hook.

Here are his top 10 tips for foxing in the moonlight

  1. Be stealthy, take your time and become part of the fabric of the landscape
  2. Don’t smoke while you’re out (better still, don’t smoke at all)
  3. Don’t wear aftershave or use pungent toothpaste
  4. Put your mobile phone on silent
  5. Avoid things that will give your presence away – noisy gates, brittle sticks, etc.
  6. Wear quiet clothing – no swishy materials, no clumpy boots
  7. Don’t carry anything that rattles – ammo, keys, etc.
  8. Don’t allow yourself to become skylined.
  9. Learn your ground, but be aware that your quarry probably knows the terrain better than you.
  10. The moon will reveal any light colours or reflective surfaces, so check your kit over for anything visual that might give your presence away. If in doubt, put some matt tape over it.
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