Long Range Foxing with the Pulsar Apex XD75 Thermal Riflescope

The Pulsar Apex XD75 Thermal imager provides a 1600m max detection range (man sized object) with a 3-6x magnification and a 50hz refresh. Using a state of the art thermal microbolometer the Apex XD75 sees the infrared heat energy from objects up to extreme distances, allowing you to use picture in picture mode to accurately identify quarry to extended ranges.

Leading professional pest controllers Mid Wales Pest Control take to the hills to track down a wiley fox who has been making an impact on a local chicken farm.

The Pulsar Thermal Scope Range

We (my brother and i) took a couple of friends out last night to show them the new Pulsar Apex 75 thermal scope, which is mounted on my Sako 85 .222 pushing out 50 grain v-max home loads.

Alongside this I also took my Pulsar Quantum thermal and my Pulsar range finding binoculars. 

It was a pretty cloudy night with a few light showers. We first checked zero to confirm that it was on, which it was, and then we went out to a couple of our local permissions, which is farmland. 

Despite trying a few different calls we only saw a couple of foxes but they would not commit and stayed well over 400 yards away. The terrain is such that reducing the distance by vehicle or foot was not an option so they will have to stay for another day.

We then headed to one of our other permissions that has a large chicken unit that had been losing its stock, we have been trying to catch up with the wily old fox there for a couple of weeks but he had so far eluded us. This time it was going to different. 

This time we had the new Pulsar Apex 75 thermal scope added to our armoury (which I very recently purchased from Scott Country).

Using the Pulsar Quantum HD50S thermal spotter, we identified the fox sitting in some marsh ground around 500 yards away. 

We drove the truck to as close as we could get (we estimated this to be 250 yards judging from previous experience in this this location) and got the rifle ready and into position. 

We gave a few squeaks to see if he would commit. He moved about 10 yards towards us and even at that range we could easily identify him as a fox with the Apex 75 thermal scope. Being cautious though, he seemed to sense that something was amiss and at this point he turned to put more distance between him and us. I told my friend Peter (who was on the rifle) that if he felt happy with the shot then he should take it. He squeezed the trigger and he dropped the fox with a neck shot.

When we went to collect the fox it turned out to be a 280 yard shot.  We used the Pulsar range finder to confirm the actual distance.

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