Patrick Hook

Patrick Hook

Patrick started shooting at around the age of 11 and continued doing so until he moved away to follow a career as an itinerant motor racing engineer, travelling all over the world and working too many hours.

On returning to his roots in rural Devon, he resumed his passion for the countryside and helping out local farmers – before long, he found himself doing night-time fox control over something like 60,000 acres. During the day he does technical consultancy, ranging from the computerised control of agricultural machinery to establishing sustainable methods of reducing phosphate and nitrate pollution in vulnerable environmental locations. During his ‘spare’ time, he has also established a small nature reserve on a friend’s farm.

General qualifications and training

Patrick holds a doctorate in Engineering and has written for various shooting magazines over the years, but these days concentrates on Sporting Gun. He also writes books, most of which have been on natural history and the environment, but has also penned other titles covering such diverse subjects as military history and photography.

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When I first started foxing it was for a very good reason: there were a number of vulpines causing serious problems for the local sheep farmer by ripping the tails…

I looked at the subject of fox calling last summer, but as there’s only so much you can say in one article, I thought it worthy of further examination. In…

how to call a fox

When it comes to useful foxing equipment , there’s so much conflicting advice around that I thought it would make sense to look at what’s actually used out in the…

Fox in rubbish bin

If you do much foxing you are doubtless aware that most farmers are worried to some extent about ‘drop-outs’ — urban foxes dumped in countryside, trapped foxes released on or…

how to call a fox

HOW TO SQUEAK A FOX: Here the Nataional Gamekeepers Organisation tell you how to call in a fox.

Fox Control

Foxing tips If you’ve been following my series on how to add rifle shooting to your skill list, with the specific intention of controlling foxes, you should be ready to…

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…