Fieldsports Britain – Rabbiting with ferrets and lurchers, foxshooting and gundogs, episode 170

Fieldsports Britain – Rabbiting with ferrets and lurchers, foxshooting and gundogs, episode 170

[Music] Welcome to Fieldsports Britain. Coming up
forget Starsky and Hutch, Cagney and Lacey, Crockett and Tubbs – we have our own fox shooting
double act it is Gilchrist and Lupton. Tweedle Dum and Tweedle Dee. We’ve got more gundog training tips thanks
to Skinners Pet foods.We’ve got news stump, we have got hunting youtube, but first we’re
after some trade secrets from ferreting aficionado Simon Whitehead. Simon Whitehead is a professional ferreter
– that’s part pest controller, part clown, part poet and part transportation engineer.
When he’s not sorting out the local rabbit population he’s writing for Shooting Times
or keeping us entertained around game fair arenas across the country. Today we find him in Norfolk on a new piece
of ground that needs the Whitehead touch. It’s not crop damage they’re worried about,
it’s people breaking their ankles in rabbit holes on these overspill car parks. And he
takes the job very seriously. You have got to be clinical, you have got
to be single minded and a bit selfish, because all I want to do is catch these rabbits. So
if it means putting 100 nets down, 200 nets down, if it means getting the dogs out, if
it means me shooting at night and staying here all night or trapping it. That is what
I will do to get the job done. Because at the end of the day we are working for a reputation
and that reputation will take decades and decades to build, but if you don’t do your
job you will destroy it in about 30 seconds. Joining Simon today are Digger, Torchy, Sean,
Milly and, of course, Simon’s patriotic ferrets. Like all working animals they have their strengths
and weaknesses. Simon chooses which ones to work depending on the ground. But with ferrets it is your glass half full,
your glass half empty, because if we are working under roads you don’t want a ferret that is
going to stay there all day with a rabbit where as I do here. So you tend to know how
the ferrets work. Some work and some don’t work no matter how well the brain. So you
are continually having a turn over of stock to pick the best one to breed from. After a couple of cappuccinos (all media ferreters
drink cappuccino these days – didn’t you know?), we’re caffeined up for the first assault of
the day – a bank riddled with holes. Simon directs the troops. All escape routes are
covered in purse nets – and woe betide anyone who lets a rabbit escape. Simon does not like
runners. The rabbits start popping out and some get
a helping hand – with ferret still in tow. It seems to be a point about there where you
press which seems to make their jaws open. You have got to be humane with the rabbits
and deal with them and then sort the ferret out. Milly is supposed to be on Simon’s side of
the fence for any mopping up, but seeing all the fun’s on the other side, she gets involved
… Milly has got it. She has got it. Another healthy rabbit is added to the tally
which will be about what today Mr Whitehead?? Well, I want every rabbit here really, but
I know it is not going to happen. But we are going to try. Don’t know … what do you reckon
Shaun, 40? Between 30 and 40. Then you might see Whitehead smile. Any less and you will
see a grimace. Is that about right? I don’t mind. How ever many we catch the important
thing is they don’t escape. We don’t mention that word, not escapees. Oh dear, spoke too soon and we have an escapee.
Digger gets a yellow card. Simon knows, however, that nets work both ways. Back netted. It has come out of there, slipped
digger and come down there, so … get him out dispatch him. We will have to tell Digger
now that we have recinded his yellow card so he is safe for another day. Having worked the bank we cross to the hedge
line. With so many holes we play the numbers game hoping to film that bunny rocketing out
of the the bury. This one has a quick peek – and decides the other way is better. Oops.
Bad decision. Having had some bolting bunnies to start with,
they now seem to be holding tight. The ferret finders work brilliantly. Simon locates the
ferret then extricates the rabbit. He is well known for his Inspector Gadget-like arms,
reaching rabbits others fail to grasp, though even he needs some extra length now and again. Yeah … I am going to try in there … let
me get a stick. So that stick will go under and you will feel
the fur and when you draw it out you will have a bit of fur on the stick so you will
know there is a rabbit in there. Your arm will reach that far, with a stick you can
reach that far, just in case there is another. With a bit more digging Sean offers to have
a quick go at the bank but soon regrets it. We lose a rabbit and he gains a golf club. He is grumpy now because he missed a rabbit
so he has got his golf club, second rabbit, God forbid it, will give him a golf ball,
then a T and if he does it four times we will get his membership and he won’t be ferreting. Lunchtime and Torchy show us his swing. Look at this. Yes. That is what happens when cousins make love. Because of the government’s lack of care. That is the result, that is the result. What this is the government cut back of the
care in the community. They would be locked up with duvet wall paper, but now we have
got to take him out. Aunty Dr and Uncle Ken. OK Sean lets leave it there. Now we said we were going to bring you a few
tips and tricks of the trade. Here’s one to play with. The Donk Board. It’s a bit like
pinball for rabbits. If successful, it keeps the bunnies in play. Especially if we are shooting the … rabbits
it makes sense because we can’t get a stock net through there. So the rabbits are going
to feel safe. So with this board hopefully, they will run up, hit it, it goes dong. Two
seconds later we know it is going to come out. It is going to come out that side or
this side. We are going to put a lovely great stock net along there across the top and the
bottom to try and persuade them to come out and get Milly to stretch her legs. The Donk Board is ideal for this hedge as
netting would be a real pain. Anyway, let’s give it a go. And, for a but of fun, we’ve
put a camera on Milly. Our first rabbit does bolt but hits one of
the few nets and Milly soon hits it. Catching a rabbit in a net you have got to
be careful of the back claws. You can get a claw through and will cause serious damage
to your hand. So make it quick and make sure you keep an eye on those claws. Because those
claws are razor sharp. They are razor sharp those claws. Then we get a couple that give Milly something
to chase – the rabbit is out in the open field and beats Milly to the fence. This is similar
to baseball. It heads back down the fence, hits the Donk Board, knocks it over and makes
a home run. The second runner follows the hedge – is turned
back by the Donk Board – comes back again and finds a hole… So close … and exciting stuff. Milly loses the camera and finally makes contact
with a rabbit. It has the scars to show that it’s been trying to wait it out at a stop
end. It is in a dead end that is what is being
presented to the ferret and it is trying to get it to turn. The boys persist. Each dig delivers a rabbit.
It’s labour intensive but that’s the way Simon operates. For him, this is not sport. He needs
to disrupt the population dynamics of these bunnies and that means a multi-pronged approach. Country people have proved it time and time
again. By hiding, ferreting, shooting and other methods together, what you don’t get
with one you will get with another. It is about upsetting their natural cycle, their
balance, their breeding stock their numbers. It is about destroying their territory because
otherwise they are going to regroup and start over again. In all we bag 31 rabbits with the ferrets.
Simon’s now going out with the night vision and air rifle to upset things even more. Simon Whitehead: he takes no prisoners, never
plays golf, and always gets his rabbit. Well we have of course made lots of ferreting
and lurcher type films if you can see that screen up there on youtube and you click on
it you can go through and watch some of them. Now it is over to David on the Fieldsports
Channel News Stump. [Music] This is Fieldsports Britain News. Shooters are helping the Red Squirrel Trust
in Wales. BASC has hooked up with the organisation to shoot grey squirrels in Gwynned. The two
organisations already work together in Anglesey which now contains the largest and most genetically
diverse red squirrel population in Wales with more than 500 animals Squirrel Nutkins living
a grey-free life. Staying with squirrels and there are more
than fifty shades of grey, with this one from near Edinburgh at one extreme of the spectrum.
The albino squirrel has had an outing in the Daily Mail, which reported that it is called
Albert. At the other end of the scale, black versions of the grey squirrel, common in East
Anglia, may recolour grey squirrels permanently, according scientists, because the black gene
is dominant. George Digweed has kicked the new clay season
off in style with a hard-fought win in South Africa. He won gold after a sudden death shoot out
against fellow brit Mark Marshall. After the win George said that this season looks set
to be one of the most hard-fought ever, and he’s relishing the challenge It’s bad news for duck in the USA. A state
game & parks commission is expecting a population crash because duck hunter numbers are falling.
From a high of more than 2 million in the 1970s, only 1.3 million duck hunting ‘stamps’
– as the licence is known – were sold in 2012. This means less money for conservation of
waterfowl habitat. Police are investigating after a fox was attacked
by hounds on a busy main road in the Carmarthenshire Hunt country. A passenger on a bus took this
photograph and posted it anonymously to the Spotted Carmarthen Facebook group. The Carmarthenshire
Hunt was 20 miles away at the time, with police protecting it from antis. The Zambian hunters organisation says it welcomes
the country’s one-year ban on hunting in the country. The Resident Hunters Association
of Zambia says the ban will ‘bring sanity to the hunting industry’ after what it calls
‘a lot of confusion in the wildlife sector’ And finally, Daddy-O’s Frozen Yoghurt store
in Medford, New Jersey got a shock this week. A deer crashed through the window, knocked
over some chairs and then crashed out again. You are now up to date with Fieldsports Britain
News. Stalking the stories. Fishing for facts. [Music] Thank you David. Now that crazy, limey shoot
boy Mark Gilchrist tends to fly solo when he is out at night with a gun, but this time
he is taking with him legendary ace Roy Lupton. You ever get that feeling it’s going to be
a long night? – it doesn’t start well – low fuel in the Argo means a trip to the nearest
petrol station. Then Mark starts talking about fashion and fabric conditioner. Billabong or something like that, apparently
it is the height of fashion. Really, where? Apparently it has that lovely Lenor fresh
smell. Then they just get covered in … Shit. Something disgusting that stinks. It’s so cold tonight that it’s all about layers.
A promising night’s foxing can quickly be ruined without proper thought and consideration
for one’s attire. But it’s amazing what a fox in your sights
can do to shut the cold out. One down. Perfect shot. Look at that. Perfect. That
is that dog. I thought there would be a dog here. There we go. One down. We’re pretty exposed out here on the marshlands.
With no night vision or urban light pollution, we could be on the moon. Happily this moon
has foxes. Roy gets on to another. Two foxes. Mark marks it using the latest version of
his app. Every fox and rabbit we pick tonight will get logged: the date and location will
not only be added to the database but the info will also automatically be sent to the
farmer. It’s a shame it doesn’t record size as well, as it’s a big dog fox. Another dog. I am not surprised at that size.
He’s huge isn’t he. Farmer complained that he could hear them
the other night and I managed to miss one the other day. A spot about 800 yards from
here which is where we are going to go next. So I think we might stand a chance of getting
another three or four. Onwards and upwards. Our next call produces a great response. A
vixen comes charging in. She’s too close for the rifle and yet a change of position keeps
her in the game. Roy is chuffed and Mark is genuinely impressed. That vixen just would not stop she came steaming
straight in. We even shouted at her to try and stop her, but she wasn’t having any of
it and literally just passed in front of the argo about 15 yards off. If we had a shot
gun we could have easily dealt with her as she ran past us. But luckily she ran passed
and just over the brow. We pulled the argo back round and came just over the brow and
caught sight of her again and just gave her a little bit of squeak and where she was so
curious and obviously very hungry she gave us a second opportunity. Brilliant, yes absolutely
brilliant especially with the white light. I love going out with the night vision and
it is great going out with the red filter. When you have got foxes which are not lamp
shy what so ever and they are coming in and when you have got the white light out. You
just can’t beat it because you see so much more. As soon as you put in your mouth I thought
… well you have got more toys than me. I don’t want to come across as all jealous,
but I thought another gimic but no I am pretty impressed with it. Midnight comes and goes. It takes a while
before our next fox, but it’s another nice one. And now it’s surely time to call it a
night? Shall we see if there are any more on the
way back. Oh yes, we are not letting David go to bed. He is bleating on though isn’t he? It is childish – you are in the wrong job.
You are in the wrong job. I want to work in an office. At ITV we clocked off at five o’clock.
I need a tea break, my bottom hurts. Can I have a sandwich? Come on David. David has asked for it to be known that Gilchrist
finally dragged himself out of his pit the following day at 11am when Roy phoned him.
Roy was crying inside the whole time – and they had a proper seat with leg room. Right. On with the film and, well, that’s
where it pretty much ends: four foxes on the deck with some cracking shooting from Roy.
Gilchrist taking out a few extra bunnies with his night vision when the opportunity presents
itself. A good night really. There are a few more
we are going to have to come back and get another time that just wouldn’t play the game.
I think we need to get a rest and there were a couple of chaps there where just need to
go up and bang. There are definitely a few more foxes out
there to go and play with. As I say there are one or two there who are lamp shy. We
will get the night vision set up for those and hopefully account for those without too
much bother. I am absolutely bloody frozen. Let’s get home. Didn’t they do well and if you want to see
more foxing films, click on the screen up there behind me. Now we are off to look at some kit with Kit
Special. Kit special this week looks again at sporting
guns that we love the most. Here’s a quick review of the secondhand guns on the new website that its users have viewed most often. Starting with fullbore rifles – and it is
not the rifle so much as the price. It’s a Parker-Hale in .243 screw cut for moderator
for just £200. Founded in 1880 on the promise of delivering more accurate rifles, Parker
Hale was for much of the 20th century a mighty of the Birmingham gun trade. Most popular shotgun is a £150 AYA. The Spanish-made
boxlock non-ejector with 28-inch barrels is choked 3/4 and 1/4. There was a time when
the Birmingham gun trade blamed Spain for its decline. Top airgun choice on is,
like last week, a BSA Mercury in——– .22 for £145. BSA, one of the titans of the Birmingham
trade alongside Parker Hale, is now owned by Spanish company Gamo. Aha! Or as they say
in Birmingham these days ‘Ole’. That is it. Feast your eyes, fish into your
pockets. Thanks for watching. This is Kit Special. From hardware to our furry friends. We are
learning gun dog training tips thanks to the experts sponsored by Skinners Petfoods makers
of the Field & Trial range of dog food. A pheasant gets up, the shot goes off, the
bird is down, your dog completes a perfect retrieve but then it all goes wrong. How much
displeasure should you show to a dog? Spaniel, Micky, decided he was going to help
him with his lord and unfortunately went to grab it. Den being the sensitive dog that
he is gave it up very, very easily. It is not what I wanted because I have got a wounded
bird I want it back quickly I don’t want dogs mouthing it. So as a result Micky got a ticking
off. He is quite a sensitive dog. You tailor your ticking off to your dog. Some dogs need
a firm hand. Some dogs a growl would be more than enough. So the art in training a dog
is knowing what type of dog you have got and what level of pressure it requires. Too much
pressure and you will get the dog worried. Not enough pressure and you are always ticking
the dog off. Now I would say that Micky had a really big
ticking off there from the outside. So that is not a big ticking off particularly. The question is, if it is a serious ticking
off the dog is worried when off you go again. If you can see in the video Micky then hunts
on quite happily afterwards. So actually hopefully it is lesson learned, but I haven’t squashed
his drive or enthusiasm I have got him that upset. A little bit later on, like a naughty child,
you gave him his retrieve. I gave him his retrieve. The thing is he worked
hard all morning he watched the other dogs having retrieved he is a capable retriever
so I wanted the reward for his efforts was a nice straight forward little pheasant that
he went out and picked very nicely and brought to hand. Ricky Moloney runs Ribblesdale Labradors.
This series on gundog training tips is brought to you by Skinners Petfoods, maker of the
Field & Trial range of gundog feeds. Visit From dogs to all kinds of hunting on Youtube.
It is Hunting YouTube. This is Hunting YouTube, which aims to show
the best hunting, shooting and fishing videos that YouTube has to offer. Viewer Laif Mearns contacts us from Australia
to recommend a video by Ben Smith that, he says, speaks for itself and embodies what
most Australian hunters experience. He’s bang on there. Outback Hunting Trip 2012-2013:
Pigs and Goats is a cracker. Thank you Laif. Back to the old country, The Decoy Boys, two
friends in the north-east of Ireland (Co Monaghan and Co Louth), are out in this film at the
end of the pheasant season with a red setter. Staying in Erin, James McKiernan of CountrySportsCavan
sends in his latest film showing crows, jackdaws and sheep, and revealing that he isn’t actually
allowed to shoot here – but he is proud of his new scopecam, so that’s all right then.
He says he is not going to put up another film until we feature this one in Hunting
YouTube. So here it is. Fishing in Iceland, what better company than
the remarkable entrepreneur, angler and environmentalist Orri Vigfússon? Icelandic Angling Club by
Fish Berserk takes us to his four rivers: (once again, forgive the accent) Selá, Hofsá,
Fljótaá and Laxá in Adaldalur. Now we’re off to the USA for TN Wild Side
– PJ’s First Fish. This is a story about a little boy who gets a surprise on a summer
morning. It just took a few minutes, but it may have changed his life and his parents
say it may have changed theirs too. Wild Side Guide Craig Owensby takes us there. Let’s go arty. Shotgun impacts in slow motion
by TheSlowMoGuys•is the result of one of their subscribers who wanted to see slow motion
clay pigeon shooting. With the help of Barry the farmer and his shotgun, it is amazing
to see the spread of the lead shot, and the speed that it moves even in slow motion. And
it is a shocking waste of fruit. More arty stuff here. Jan Renaer sends in
a Dutch documentary about shooting, shot in HD at 7,000 images per second. Fieldsports
Channel generally manages a best of 5,000fps. It’s only a trailer for a longer documentary
but it’s beautiful. Finally, viewer Angel Sancho recommends his
own film which he calls “a nice video about hunting without guns”. We are in Spain, hunting
perdices rojas (red-legged partridges) with a halcón peregrino (peregrine falcon) and
an azor (a goshawk). You can click on any of these films to watch
them. If you have a YouTube film you would like us to pop in to the weekly top eight,
send it in via YouTube, or email me the link [email protected] Another film you could watch is the latest
in our new series, School Challenge TV. This week, it takes a look at Schools Challenge
events coming up in 2013. And there is a feature on clay pigeons, clay pigeon traps, and the
technology behind them. It is a YouTube Show, alongside shows such as Top Gear, and there
is a link to it on the screen. Well we are back next week and if you are
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Comments (49)

  1. Another great episode team 🙂

  2. brill show lads well done

  3. Great show. I always look forward to your show!! Thank-you!!

  4. Great episode,best ferreting video yet,thanks

  5. cant they just take countryfile off and show this instead???

  6. I like the patriotic ferrets.

  7. thanks lads for posting up my video,
    i didn't say i wouldn't put a norther 1, i just asked to put it up any way as it would take a few weeks for me to get a hunting 1 up.
    but any way THANKS

  8. Awesome vid as usual. How about some more "Crow Man" vids shooting pigeons.

  9. Rumor has it that that Dog fox had bigger balls than Lupton

  10. Great video. Any videos coming up from Ireland?

  11. what are the statistics of people breaking an ankle in rabbit holes each year?

  12. Who knows Palmer3977 but as a business in a claim nation is it worth waiting for somebody to hurt themselves when it can be prevented. Cheers

  13. Nice shooting Roy, but there is only one living legend in the UK, the legendary Frank O'Connor, nephew of Jack !

  14. really enjoyed this one, will the gundog clips be merged into a long section, as you did with the ferreting episodes you've filmed?

  15. can you get a gundog video lesson on how to get a dog tpo let go of game

  16. Ferretting is positively brutal but as said in the video it's not hunting it's pest disposal. Anyone one know what is done with rabbits that are killed?

  17. Either 2 things – 1/. They are sold to a game dealer. 2/ Used for ferret food!

    I wished FSC would answer these questions!!!!!

  18. Thanks for stepping in. There too many questions and they are mostly the same. This week we have assured viewers we eat rabbits, pheasants, partridge and boar, that we don't eat foxes and we ignored one viewer who is angry we don't eat squirrels.

  19. I guess we'll all have to live with the suspense. I'm thinking they sell them for fur.

  20. Alan Partridge :]

  21. What kind dog is that?

  22. It looks like a collie greyhound . I've got 4 . Fantastic dogs .

  23. That's a great idea to get the grey squirrel out, wish we did that in Ireland.

  24. Very professionally executed video and channel, you just earned a subscriber!

  25. hahah the 2nd deer ate shit xD i couldn't stop laughing after seeing that lol

  26. LOL. Ferrets have a release button?
    Yes the back legs of a rabbit can tear you up.
    9:38 That's funny, I thought all the left wing commie whack jobs got all the guns seized in the UK. Glad to see there are at least a few left.

  27. The Americans eat squirrels all the time why not give it a go ?

  28. You cant see your selves the way I can are you would not be doing this. Get your kicks some other way.

  29. If you don't like it, don't watch

  30. I dont like & I did not watch but that does not make it right.

  31. Does 20,000 viewers make it right then?

  32. Austraila ha ha ha

  33. streching their necks

  34. I hope this guy get bitten by a snake . Killing rabbits or anything else with a purpose or a just reason is not the right thing.
    trying to kill 30-40 rabbits just for fun is not my idea of fun

  35. Hes not doing it for fun although he myself and millions of others do its his job and what he is doing is necessary and however you feel about it it has to occur and I think he deserved respect for the clean and humane way all the animals were dispatched

  36. We might be doin this when they take our guns away nets, ferrets and tea. I prefer good beagles and my 870 wingmaster

  37. What do you do with the foxes?

  38. Hi,

    That's a good looking dog, do you know what mix she is?

  39. it's not your idea of fun yet you are here watching a hunting video ??
    you're obviously curious

  40. you seem to have no clue whatsoever. i suggest you keep your opinions to yourself otherwise you will make yourself look even more like an idiot.


  41. comic reply. i value your feedback.

  42. not to mention how dangerous they are to people and livestock that break legs/ankles in the holes! seen enough horses shot in the fields thanks to a rabbit hole…

  43. you are obviosly blind if you think that

  44. what a heavy mouthed dog

  45. gunhappy brigade,need to get the gym

  46. I spent most of my teens out with ferrets and a lurcher, it was terrific fun.
    I even had a go at trying to get him to work a long net, although that was a complete disaster, so we'll say no more about it.

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