Prostaffer Steve Upham was enjoying an uneventful Sunday morning when his son called him over to the window: skirting the yard was a red fox.

His son grabbed a video camera and Steve began squeaking at the fox, getting it within ten yards of the house. Never one to let a hunting opportunity go to waste, Steve grabbed his winter camo and boots and darted out the door, Benjamin Marauder .22 in hand.

“For all the folks out there that have killed just about every animal with just about every weapon, some might ask, ‘what is the next challenge?'” Upham explains. “I can answer that with a single line: find yourself a cold and nasty winter day and go predator hunting with a high powered airgun.”  The .22 caliber Marauder is his weapon of choice for several reasons, beginning with the 10-shot magazine that provides for follow-up shots if needed and a shrouded barrel, “this gun is more quiet than a bow.”

A hundred yards into the woods behind the house he spotted the fox sneaking through the pines. “He was fifty yards out and as he started coming in, I went to one knee.  He never saw me and I dropped him at 18 yards,” said Upham.  “When the crosshairs of the CenterPoint 3-12×44 scope rested on his ear, I squeezed the trigger.  He immediately dropped out of sight and with no movement I knew he was down for good.  One of the great things about hunting with an airgun is there is no recoil. You can watch the pellet hit the target through the scope and it feels like watching it on TV.”

If you live in an area where you do not feel comfortable using a firearm, or just looking for a great challenge, get yourself a high powered airgun.  Then head out for predators during the hottest time of the year: the deep of winter.

9 Responses

  1. Tommy Ellis

    Nice fox. I have been looking at the Marauder. I will have to get one of those in the future and see what I can do with it. Impressed with how quiet they are.

  2. Joseph Marotta

    I held one at the shot show the wooden stock looked as good as it felt in my hands and the bluing on the metal was so nice! It is truly a functional work of art.The action is so smooth and quiet they prey isnt going to know what hit them.My opinion of this weapon compared to others on the market .Nothing in its caliber and power class can compete with it.No plastic like GAMO and the trigger pull is crisp like a fine hunting rifle.Dont buy crap buy a crosman a real mans rifle!

  3. Trevor Stanley

    Hey nice kill! Do you think the Benjamin Trail NP XL 1100 would be able to do this? I’m getting one very soon and I was hoping it would.

  4. Dennis E

    Hi will a Benjmin Nitro XL 1100 or725 take A racoon or a coyoate?
    And if so how close would you have to be?

    Dennis E

  5. marko

    what would be a better choice for fox hunting from 15 to 25 yards a benjamin trail np xl .22 or .25?
    please respond ..thanks