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Fieldsports Britain – Teaching ducks to fly + fox and pigeon shooting


[Music] Welcome to Fieldsports Britain. Coming up
it is lights out time for foxes. Roy Lupton tries out the new TAC light torch, which goes
from green, to amber, to red and he even tries infra red. Simon Barr has got a pigeon problem,
well that is ok he has also got Realtree UK Pro-staff to sort it out. First staying with a feathery Fieldsports
Britain this week, the wildfowl season started on the 1st September across the UK. George
Digweed is teaching his ducks how to fly. Despite the glorious September sunshine, George
Digweed is armed with an umbrella. Is it a parasol to protect his delicate complexion,
nope it is an essential part of this morning’s fitness training. Mr Motivator is here with
a band of helpers to get his birds on the wing. Like reared game birds all over the
country, if they have wanted for nothing they will soon become lazy. Losing fitness and
they won’t be bothered to fly. Now non shooters may be appalled, but for
George it is straight forward. He wants these ducks to fly and fly well making them a sporting
bird, but also giving them a sporting chance. We are making these ducks as wild as possible,
so that they have every chance. Once they start shooting if they want to go they can
go. Because we train our ducks to fly we shoot a far less percentage of the ducks than we
would do if we didn’t train them to fly. A lot of people that don’t fly their ducks,
but shoot them very low in an unsporting like manor, probably shoot 70 or 80% of the duck.
For me it is not about that, it is about sport, it is about the fact we want to shoot high
ducks. We want to shoot sporting birds and by making them wild and making them want to
fly and if they want to leave of their own accord they can. That is my loss. George has been flying these ducks for 10
days now, building up their stamina over that time. As with truly wild birds, some will
be stronger than others giving all abilities a chance at a shot on the day. And we build up from getting them off the
pond and then doing a circuit, 2 or 3 circuits perhaps of the pond then letting them straight
back in to keeping them up to 5 minutes. Then today we will hopefully be keeping these ducks
up for 5 or 10 minutes, so that now they are fitter and fitter and fitter. You will see
that the fitness level of the ducks, because the weaker ducks are still doing a couple
of circuits and then coming back in to the pond. The slightly more fit ducks will stay
up probably for 5 minutes no problem and the really fit ducks will be 200 yards up in the
sky which is completely out of range for a shot gun. The second important part of this exercise
is timing. A duck would predominantly would like to fly
first thing in the morning or last thing at night. Hence the reason for morning flights
and evening flights. But a day’s shooting takes place in the middle of the day. So if
a duck is not used to flying in the daylight as well as morning or darkness, it is going
to be very embarrassing to turn up on a driven day and turn up there with a duck not taking
off at all. George is happy with the duck’s fitness and
fully expects that a number of these birds will live to fly many days. However, making
fat ducks fit is not George’s only job. Predator control is another vital part of getting his
shoot days right. We have to tonight get out and look at the
foxes in this area specifically, because if we don’t, when the duck are coming back to
the pond they will be on top of them. It is not just coming here today flying ducks, teaching
the ducks to fly, we have then got to go out tonight and get on top of them. These are the sorts of results George got
that night on the foxes and this film will be part of a DVD we are currently putting
together with George. We move on to a second pond and on route enjoy a different sort of
flying display. Again George directs the troops to ensure the birds stay in the air. The birds
do look fit and healthy and they put on a tremendous display. As with any shoot you
only get out what you put in. Now from ducks that won’t fly to another sedentary
bird, it is David on the Fieldsports Channel News Stump. [Music] This is Fieldsports Britain News. And we start this week with a scoop. Prime
Minister David Cameron has at last shown his support for field sports. While on holiday
in Cornwall, Mr Cameron and his family were walking on the Cornish cliffs when they spotted
a ferreter at work. They went over to have a look. His wife came down with his entourage. He
obviously introduced himself, said what are you doing. They were good as gold, really nice. Simon Barr from Realtree TV Pro Staff will
be reliving the priministerial experience and goes ferreting with Scott and Richard
in a future programme. The Badger Trust has lost its court of appeal
challenge to government proposals to kill thousands of wild badgers. It clears the way
for the start of culls in parts of Gloucestershire and Somerset. The pilot culls could begin
within a few weeks if official licences are issued. The government says action is needed
to help combat cattle TB which costs the UK more than a hundred million pounds per year.
Meanwhile the media battle continues with Brian May interviewed on TV by Rod Liddle
who lost his job at the BBC because of his anti Countryside Alliance bias. I will be advocating totally peaceful resistance
to this, but resist we must because it won’t stop at badgers. They will be killing everything.
They have already started talking about killing other wild animals. Our largest carnivore, a beautiful animal. Trail cams in India have been used to spot
a man eater. This is NHT 222, also known as the man eater of Nagera Hole in southern India.
Park officials used trail cams to work out from its pattern of stripes which tiger had
killed first livestock and then at the end of August a woman working in fields. It was
this young male which they have now tranquilized and sent to Mizore Zoo. And finally, the Countryside Alliance’s Game
to Eat Promotional Campaign has signed up TV cookery presenter Greg Wallace. Greg only
tried game for the first time in 1990 when he dined at Rule’s Restaurant in London. Famous
for game and opted for a pheasant dish. He is now a convert and eats it regularly throughout
the season. Recipes are available at www.gametoeat.co.uk You are now up to date with Fieldsports Britain
News. Stalking the stories. Fishing for facts. [Music] Now something to light up your life. Not so
good for the life of a fox however. Roy Lupton has got his hands on a new torch. Lamping foxes is an art and everyone has their
own way of doing it. There are the calls, the transport, the shooting rest and of course
your lamp, strength of beam, colour and the way you throw it around the place. Well, tonight
fox shooting fan, Roy Lupton, is trying a new lamping system which is on the market.
The Night Master 800 is designed to make life that little bit easier, especially for the
lone foxer, delivering a strong beam from a tiny unit which can be hand held, or attached
to your scope. The good thing about these torches is that
not only are they obviously very small, ergonomic and easy to use, but they also come with different
coloured LED’s. So just for ease of use to show you with the camera we have got a few
different torches set up with the different colours, so with this one this is set up to
mount on top of the rifle and this is with a white light. If we have got an area where
we are going out and the foxes are reasonably easy, not over lamp shy, we will go straight
in with the white light and see what we can do. This one is an amber light. Just to show
you the difference we have also got a red and a green. So we have got the red light
there and then we have got the green light. Obviously the one thing I cannot show in here
is that these units can be used as an IR illuminator for night vision. And again it gives you exactly
the same beam. You we get out to about 800 yards with one of these TAC like torches. So no filters just a change of LED gives you
the colour of choice and the manufacturers say the small rechargeable battery is suitable
for a 4 to 5 hour lamping session. All looks pretty promising. We are also going to play
with a Night Master infra red unit this evening. And we will have a very cute digital night
vision prototype on Roy’s rifle to show it off to its best. Anyway in order to get a
charlie’s perspective, Roy is going to throw the beams from the Night Master and a conventional
lamp on to a very accommodating fox 120 yards away across a field. We will start off with the white light and
we have got a fantastic result there, you can see the eye shining through and if you
were looking through your binoculars or a scope then that would be illuminating the
target really well. Then we have got the red LED in this torch and again fantastic illumination,
there is no mistaking you have got the eye reflection there, eye shine. We have got the
green LED in here. Not quite as strong, but if you have got a tricky customer, tricky
fox then that could work quite well. Really good illumination from the amber. So the green
not quite as strong on the illumination by the looks of it. Right, time to throw some light onto some
real foxes and our first customer is in the second field Andy takes us to. The white light
gives Roy plenty of scope for a shot. We have opened the count for the night, young
dog fox of the year. So for me that was superb because we spotted the fox out in the field,
he then bolted back into the wood and then we had the white light on it, did a little
bit of squeaking on the hand and then he crept out and again he was fully illuminated and
he actually sat down and had a look us and I managed to squeeze a shot off. So yes I
am thoroughly pleased with that so far. A great start, but then we have a barren hour
and half which means time for a refuel at a little place Andy knows and we didn’t even
need to book ahead. With the blood sugar levels restored, Roy keeps working the Night Master
with the red LED, a slight change in technique brings a young dog fox in close. With the silver fox whistle that can be a
little bit harsh I am finding for early cubs and just after the harvest, but it works very
well later on in the year. With the young cubs it is worth toning it down a little bit
and trying a few different squeaks. Andy did a fantastic job there with the polystyrene
and the glass. He came in at a beautiful pace, really, really well. Roy now swaps to the other unit he has on
test. The Night Master 800 IR. What we have got now is the infra red unit
fitted to the rifle and we are going to just put an IR illuminator obviously within the
TAC light on top and that should give us the perfect combination for getting fox number
3 for the evening, hopefully as long as we can find another one. We are going to try
and film through the actual scope unit and see what results we can get with that. Right
let’s give that a go and see what we can do. With this unit we have no idea if this fox
we are calling is lamp shy or not because it doesn’t matter. A camera attached to the
Night Vision unit picks it up and Roy takes his 3rd fox of the night. We finally came
across this lad working along the bottom of the hedge row here. We had to move in to about
200 yards and luckily we made a count for him and that was number 3 for the night. So
very impressed with the lights. All of the colour modes worked really well and the infra
red illuminator is spot on as well. So fantastic bit of kit and I think a must have for anybody
who is heavily into their foxing. Prices for the Night Master 800 start from
£119.95 and if you want to find out a bit more visit www.nightmaster.co.uk Now Realtree UK Pro Staffer, Simon Barr, is
out after pigeons. For me one of the joys of field sports is
that they are sociable and today it is a family affair. One of the happy things about pigeon shooting
is that you can do it on mass. So today we are going to have 3 hides set up and I am
actually going to have in the hides my cousin, my cousin’s husband, my best friend and my
wife. So it is going to be a complete family affair today. The other thing is that we are
shooting on my uncle’s farm. He wants to see if we can put a big dent into the pigeons
before he starts drilling the fields. So if everything goes well we can help him out today
as well. Uncle Rob appears right on cue. Uncle Rob thank you very much for letting
us come to shoot today. Why is it so important that we control the pigeons at this time of
year. Because the pigeons eat all the seed that
we sow. When are you starting to drill? We already have. So it is a key time of year to keep the pigeons
down. Absolutely. So we will try and do a good job for you today. And it is also reducing the numbers that breed
next year. Which is very important. So that they don’t eat the crops in the spring. Excellent. Sage words from Uncle Rob though I feel like
I am 10 years old again as he lays down the law. Under my regime of no till, it is absolutely
forbidden to set foot on, or wheels on my fields, because of the compaction. Well we will make sure we stick to the headlands. Right. I promise. You better. With clear instruction on what to do we study
flight lines for a while and then of course stick to the headlands in fear of a
proper grumpy farmer ticking off. I was here a couple of weeks ago and this spot had been
pretty fruitful with a constant passage of quality birds. There are certainly one or
two crows about. What is different today is the wind. I am hoping my puffed up pigeon
decoys will do the trick. These things are called silo socks and were
a game fair special a couple of years ago. As you can see they pack completely flat and
when the wind gets them – I’ll demonstrate it – it sort of bellows out and fills the
body out. So they are pretty handy for storage. The other thing is that they have enough white
on them. I am no expert on these things, but I think pigeons see white in ultra violet
light. So they stand out pretty significantly when the pigeons are flying over and as you
can see now when the wind gets them, they completely fill out and move on the wind.
So they look pretty realistic because they are actually bobbing about, not static like
plastic decoys. I quite like them. I think they are pretty handy. As I continue building my pattern, Selina
and Gary are already up and running. I have the feeling that they are going to be the
ones to beat today, but it is certainly not about big bags. This farm is a special place
for me where I clocked up many of my field sports firsts as a boy. I always really enjoy coming back here. It
is where I spent a lot of my childhood. It is where I shot my first pigeon, my first
rabbit, my first fox. As I developed as a shooter and got into shotgunning and then
got into rifles. So there is a lot of nostalgia here when I come back to shoot and I really,
really enjoy it. I don’t suppose there are many marriages where
the common ground is both guns and game shooting, but Selina and I are both hugely passionate
about our sport. We even had a 250 bird shoot on the morning of our wedding. From experience
for marital harmony one thing that needs to be avoided is shooting in the same pigeon
hide, which is why Selina is a good 400 metres away. Simon and I are extremely competitive when
it comes to our sport. So I have been listening to him banging away across the field over
there, so I might have to steal some of Gary’s birds and make out that they are mine, because
I think at the moment he might be winning. With the stakes now high I manage to get some
birds on the floor, but they are pretty rangy. I can also keep tabs on what is going on in
the other hides, not that I am competitive. Quite a slow afternoon. Ooh hopefully he will
go over to Gary and Selina. It is a challenging afternoon. It is quite windy, but I am loving
it. It is so nice to be out with your friends. Really having a great day. What is nice is
that I can see both of the other hides and see what they are getting up to. Ooh look
he has just had a shot, he is going to shoot it. No, no, it is coming back this way. No
it has fled away. It is a great afternoon regardless of the bag size. It isn’t always
about the bag, but it is nice to get a good bag. They are actually starting to turn back
on again. So perhaps we will get a few into the pattern. The flight line has been over
my head. So everything that has been coming over has seen my pattern, slows, dips and
then flies over to the other two patterns. So if they haven’t shot some birds, they have
got something to answer for. The rainbows are a wonderful backdrop as we
tidy up. I even have what is becoming a bit of a trade mark. A token crow. We have probably
had about 50 pigeons between us. Not massive, but great fun and 50 fewer for Uncle Rob when
the next phase in the farming cycle starts. Come on slow coach, we have been here for
ages. Archie has picked all our birds. Ok, well that is my pile, how big is yours? I would say double that at least. That is impossible I didn’t hear enough shots
for that this afternoon. Well Archie can vouch for me. Well we will see in a minute. It has been
a good afternoon, but the birds haven’t properly committed and it has been a little bit of
a shame, but we have had an excellent time. For me it has been about some long range practice.
He has worked well this afternoon and I think she has worked quite well and it has been
a great day. A healthy marriage thrives on trust, but I
need to find out how many birds Selina is hiding in her great wall steed. Right I am going to check this bag that is
double the size of mine – double yeah right! If you have enjoyed this film, why not check
out Teamwild TV and see what my hunting buddy Ian Harford has been up to. [Roar of stag] From the world of pigeons to the universe
that is fieldsports across the globe. It is Hunting YouTube. This is Hunting YouTube, which aims to show
the best hunting, shooting and fishing videos that YouTube has to offer. Let’s start overseas. This is an Icelandic
film about ‘fishing for one in the air’. Sorry – the warp and weft of Icelandic humour
is often lost on me. It’s actually about seagull shooting, which looks a lot like wildfowling,
except those Icelandic folk must be a lot hungrier than the rest of us. There are lots of desperate, angry animals
charging people on YouTube. This one was taken up and used as a promo for French hunting
channel Saisons. Appalling gun safety but quite a spectacular shot. Fans of behind-the-scenes stuff will lap up
‘How the new Citori 725 Commercial was filmed’ by BrowningVideos. I guess they got through
a few pheasants. Of course, all Fieldsports Channel films are made with the same production
values and large staff. Ahem. Bow fishing is a stretch for British imagination
but if you ever wondered how to do it, here are some Americans to show you. The Leatherwood
guys (two cameramen and four shooters) take their recurve bows to Mahoning Creek, Pennsylvania,
in search of carp, sucker and catfish. One thing YouTube does well is how-to films
and you don’t get more how-to in the world of fishing than flytying. Davie McPhail’s
channel is a good one. Here he is tying a Teal Blue & Silver on a size 12 Kamasan B175
hook. Much is made of the new .30 calibre airguns.
We reviewed one in Fieldsports Britain last week. Now CountryPursuitsTV is pitting a John
Bowkett-designed .303 against a .177 Daystate MK4is in a ratting contest. Malc is joined
by junior HFT superstar and winner of the RSN10 memorial cup 2012 Alex Honeywell. Watch
the film to see which they prefer. TweedsandPheasants is off shooting pigeons
on a field of wheat in the mini heatwave that hit parts of the UK at the start of September.
The day started slowly as it was far too hot, but as the weather cooled down the shooting
warmed up. Duck shooting in Essex does what it says on
the tine. GuyBaxendale is out for an early season bird and filming the event using a
Drift HD headcam. Many wildfowlers don’t believe they have achieved much unless they leave
their fingers on the march but this is a beautiful way to start and end a day. 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] Well, If you liked that, you will love the
Shooting Show. In this week’s episode, Orion Hunting Tours
guide Nick Latus joins guide Tommy Hynes as he takes two English hunters out to an island
on one of southern Ireland’s many lochs for a feral goat stalk. The Englishmen eventually
get their chance with a pair of billies. Nick follows up the story at the Irish Game
Fair at Birr Castle, where he catches up with taxidermist Kurt Ecker. The Shooting Show
also features news, including a look forward to the Midland Game Fair, a Scottish boar
warning, and a shooting magazine that has raised more than £10,000 for charity. If you are watching this on YouTube, click
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