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Video: Fox Hunting in New South Wales

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YouTube user Zubtec shows a video clip that runs above the 2-minute mark on his fox hunting experience one winter day in Sydney.


Reference: Zubtec on YouTube


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As a background: red foxes in Australia are said to pose a serious conservation threat in the country. Like rabbits, they invade and damage many land areas in Australia. They have also contributed to the extinction and population decline of some endemic animal species. This is the reason why fox hunting is allowed in Australia.

In this video, the hunter uses a Remington 541-S Custom Sporter Rifle in .22LR with Winchester Bushman 37.5 gr ammunition. The bolt-action rifle is known for its accuracy, and it does show in this hunting clip.

At the first few seconds, the audience will hear a sort of screech. This is the hunter using a whistle to lure out the fox. As Zubtec says in the comments, he used a Scotch Predator, an Apex Fox Whistle, and a standard button whistle, all of which mimic the cries of a rabbit in distress. He adds that he used a whistle because he was positioned by a dam, which was directly behind them, and that he figures the foxes won’t go towards their direction.

“In this video, the hunter uses a Remington 541-S Custom Sporter Rifle in .22LR with Winchester Bushman 37.5 gr ammunition.”

Four minutes after, the shooter spots the red fox in between two posts. He sets the rifle on a tripod and carefully aims at the target, which he further lures out with the whistle. Once it was out of the bushes, he was able to make a clean shot to the chest from 70 yards for an instant kill. He also was able to put down a second fox an hour later.

The hunt was quite impressive as the single shot was effective in killing the fox. Zubtec notes that normally, a head shot is needed for an instant kill. This time was a good change, being able to take down the animal by hitting it at the chest with his .22 LR rifle.

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