We recently sent a GC300 to Robert Bucknell – if anyone was going to give us an honest opinion of the caller, it was Robert!
Here’s what he had to say about it…
About Robert Bucknell
Robert has been interested in foxes for as long as he has been aware of them.
He grew up on a farm so has always had foxes to study. The idea of the hunted fox being able to evade all that was set in its way, to often escape, intrigued him.
This early respect grew in spite of the many tales about the fox that often seemed false when viewed against his direct experience of the animal. The fox was a threat to farmed stock and to the game shoot that was run on the farm.
To try to outwit or catch or kill this intelligent animal only increased his respect for the fox. The more knowledge he gained, the more he realized how little he knew about the clan fox.
Foxing with Lamp and Rifle
Foxing with Lamp and Rifle was the distillation of many years and much hard work as Robert is very dyslexic. But as Johnson said, it is a poor man that can only spell a word one way.
The book is an overview of the subject and for the first time a book is available spotlighting this area of vermin control or sport, depending on one’s view. It has become a large success in its small pond.
The book’s success has taken Robert out and about to give talks to many different wildlife or shooting groups. He also helped with the peer reviewed scientific paper on rates of wounding by the use of firearms against foxes.
This was with the All Party Parliamentary Middle Way Group. Being asked to be an expert witness and to help where foxes were involved in cases in law has also broadened his experience.
He hopes that any decision about the fate of the fox is taken with the best knowledge of the animal.