Fieldsports Britain – Crowman’s biggest day

Fieldsports Britain – Crowman’s biggest day

[Music] Welcome to Fieldsports Britain. Coming up
bang on time, Roy has a fox problem that is regular as clockwork. We have more top gun
dog training tips brought to you by the experts from Skinners Petfoods. First it is a red
letter day on corvids with the appropriately named legion in his own crow hide, Andy Crow. [Music] We’ve never managed to have a good day on
crows with the Crow but today the sun is shining in crowsville and there’s plenty of corvids
in the air. As normal, Andy has had his beady eye of the
flight lines and what these birds are up to. He has seen the numbers build over the past
week and today is the day to put all that prep to the test. Just over the back of this shore we have got
here, he has just cut about 50 acres of silage and he has got quite a lot of crows and jackdaws
going on there so I am going to stick a few crow decoys out and see if I can decoy a few
of those in for something to do this afternoon. They tend to follow this hedge line down and
make for the fields over the back there. So the plan is hopefully to get under them and
shoot a few of them. They are not in the grass are they, what is
interesting in the silage? No, they after the leatherjackets, a lot of
leatherjackets and any earthworms they can get, but is mainly leatherjackets they are
after. Some people have a problem with shooting jackdaws
but, like many arable farmers, Andy sees the damage they do in their never-ending quest
for grubs. We have put our corn in and it is so slow
in getting going and the crows are just finding a row and the jackdaws and they are just going
up and there are quite a few farmers round here they have had to redrill where the jackdaws
have been down the row and dug up seeds. Hopefully it is a way of getting a few of them. With corvids being so cunning we have to Out
Crow the crow – Andy has to have his hide more hidden than a hide in hiding. I have pushed my way back into the trees there.
I am not going to get, I am trying to keep it as well closed in as possible. So I can
shoot out through here. I can shoot out through there. I don’t want the crows coming in from
behind and seeing me so I want a bit of a canopy over the back of me as well. They have
such good eyesight they really have. The old camera man is going to have to keep going
out the way a bit today I think. The decoys are also important. Crows, rooks
and jackdaws are super sensitive to seeing their own kind in trouble or looking a bit
crumpled: fallen birds and a pattern looking less than natural will destroy your chances. Sometimes crows and jackdaws come in better
than pigeons do, but everything has to be right. Full bodied crow decoys are the best.
They want to be flock coated as well. They look so real … as well they just want to
look lifelike. If you watch a flock of crows one minute they are all together and then
there is a gap. So I have left it a bit sparse here and I have put them a little bit tighter
over there, just to make them look as natural as possible. Got a dozen or 20 of these out
there get in the hide and see what happens. Having set out our shop, it’s time to see
if we can attract some customers with our window dressing. Incredibly all Andy’s recce-ing has paid off
and the birds start decoying straight away. It has been a good day. This is not really something we’ve filmed
before. The closest we’ve had to a good day on the crows was with Mr Digweed. Knowing the fallen birds will definitely interupt
our flow, Crow heads out to clean up the pattern and grab the odd runner. Andy always does
the leg work on crow days leaving the dog at home, as they could get hurt. I don’t like bringing the dogs out as they
peck the dogs that is the reason why I am doing the running and the dogs are back in
the run in the cool and I am doing the running. Hottest day of the year and I am chasing jackdaws
and crows around the field. I suppose the answer is kill everything you shoot at, but
I am not that good. It’s so satisfying when a plan comes together
and we can’t quite believe how well it’s going. The last time we tried crow shooting we got
half a dozen on a bitterly cold day six months ago. We have done quite well. Some are decoying,
but we are getting some nice long shots which is quite nice. I will be disappointed if we
are not over 100 already. A few droppers all round, but we have retrieved most of them.
Just don’t know for how much longer they will keep coming. Just hope they keep coming. It
would be nice to make 120, 130. That will be your best day will it? It will be at these, yes. Today it’s sunny, hot, the crows are flooding
in, and Andy is shooting like a god with the Lincoln over-and-under – even under the scrutiny
of Crow-mo. [Music] With the sunshine, you can even see the glint
of the Gamebore shot as it leaves the gun. These birds seem to be much stronger than
a pigeon, so you need the extra knock down power of a quality cartridge. The skies clear for a moment so it’s time
for another clear-up. Andy throws in an A1 Decoys flapper to see if that makes any difference. Yes, I just put a flapper out that is the
A1 sent me to try out. Here comes one. Are you on it David? Watch your head. The birds are so keen today they are even
coming in when Andy’s out front. If the pattern wasn’t working at line speed
before, it is now. We started shooting at half past two and we
pack up about 7 0’clock. It was going to be earlier but time just flies when there’s the
remotest chance of that “one last bird”. Andy does some calculating and it’s his best
day ever on the crows. More than 200 birds, double his previous best. It has been a great afternoon yes they have
come down this headland like hoped they would and go into this field. They did decoy quite
well. This is the best day I have had. Yes, it has been a good afternoon. Some nice shots,
real high stuff coming over and some decoyed well and think of the young birds we have
saved in shooting these. They do eat a lot of eggs and chicks this time of year. Even
the jackdaws do. People under estimate the damage jackdaws do. It has worked really well.
So we have had a great day. A red letter day on the crows with crow not
to mention the slow-mo Crow-mo. Fantastic rhyming shooting there from Andy
and if you want to see more Crow Mo and you are watching this on Youtube, then click on
the pigeon on the screen. We have got some crow mo of that too. Now more cuckoo than
crow. It is David on the Fieldsports Channel News Stump. [Music] Right well we seem to have a technical problem
there. The reason I think being, yes I didn’t send David any copy because while you are
watching me I am actually China working on next week’s programme. So let’s get onto the
next item shall we. It is Hallo Charlie. [Music] Here is what the world is up to this week. Hallo Charlie. It is Igor again from Holland
where in the … in …. it is a beautiful fair. The only thing missing is a famous hunter. Hallo Charlie. Chris Appleston here with his
mate Dillon. How do, in sunny Wembley in West Yorkshire on the crows. Hallo Charlie. This is Geoffrey from Appledorn
from the Green Days and guess who I saw? Hallo Charlie. …. here. Had a great day
shooting today when it was pissing rain. Never the less got four magpies and it is great
to add to the vermin count for the … club. Thanks for watching Hallo Charlie. Today I am in China guess what
so are you. Send us your own Hallo Charlie. Film yourself
on your mobile phone and just sentence saying Hallo Charlie, who you are and what you are
up to. Then share it or email it via Youtube, Facebook, Dropbox, or Yousendit or Younameit,
to [email protected] Keep them coming. Now animals can be creatures
of habit and that is what Roy is banking on out foxing. [Music] It’s a critical time of year for Roy – His
high maintenance falcons and hawks have young and can’t be disturbed – the peacocks are
so preoccupied with love and shaking those tail feathers they wouldn’t know if a fox
were sitting right behind them licking its lips. And that’s a very real worry as a Charlie
is coming here every night between 1000 and 1030. The worrying part for me is if a fox goes
around at the moment, one we have got all the peacocks nesting and obviously like pheasants
and partridges they are a ground nesting birds. More importantly, we are getting a serenade
from the peacocks, they know what we are up to. More importantly with the birds of prey
at the moment again is a very dangerous time to have a fox running around the garden, because
they are all sitting on eggs or sitting on young and although the fox can’t get into
the avery, because all the averies are fox proof, it has only got to start scratching
at the doors, or jump on top cause a disturbance in the evening or into the night and then
one of the birds could come off their eggs or off their young and that will leave them
completely unprotected from the weather. It has been getting bitterly cold at night although
we are into June. Fingers crossed this fox will stick pretty much to the timings we have
seen around about 10:00 – 10:30. So we are going to head up there. It is coming on for about 9:30 now and hopefully we won’t
have too long to wait. Because Roy is shooting down on to the fox
he wants to make sure he’s going to be hitting the right spot. Tony Hart watch out – hmmmm.
We’ll shoot the target in a minute. First of all he needs to put some bait out in the
optimum spot. It should be pick’n’mix and not a Twix. And what we are going to use is a little bit
of cat food and that is purely and simply because it is in small pieces, small chunks
so the fox should have a bit of a search about picking up the little bits. If you put a rabbit
carcass or something like that out then it is just as likely to pick that up and run
off with it. So if we just scatter this about then hopefully it will stay around long enough
to give us a shot. On its evening prowl, the fox also hassles
the magpies in the larson trap. They are part of its routine. Foxes are opportunists. All
it takes is a loose latch and the fox will be in like Flynn. It’s a mistake that many
poultry owners make – they don’t think they have fox issues until it is too late. What the fox will do around its territory
is it will go around and check all the likely food sources. So that is what he is doing
with the magpies and with the birds at the moment. You just need to make one mistake,
leave a door open, leave a door ajar and the fox will make hay whilst the sun is shining. Right – let’s take the shot. Yes, about an inch and half low. So I will
just raise up a little bit from there and we should be spot on. It’s only 15 or so yards but the easy ones
are sometimes the ones that surprise. He’s happy with the short range – but to cover
all scenarios Roy is setting up two rifles. Just to make sure we have got belt and braces
coverage because there is nothing worse than being set up and having a fox getting away
just because it is a little bit too far away and I don’t really like taking shots too far
with the .22 on foxes. So I have brought the big rifle up as well which I am setting up
with the Night Master torch on top like so. We have got a couple of big fields out to
the left of the building and foxes very often hunt rabbits just out in the paddocks here
so if the fox does appear out there and it is too far for me to take with the .22 then
we have got set up with this. So we have got the .243 there and waiting. We’re all ready and we have our doubts that
this is going to work. Do not fear – Roy is here. 10 oclock comes and so does our fox
… Don’t you love it when the playing comes together.
We had literally been here no more than ten minutes, well I suppose ten or fifteen minutes
with getting set up and the magpies gave us a warning I was looking out there and hadn’t
seen it, magpies started chipping up and sure enough arrived on cue. It was just making
its way into the cat food and presented the perfect head shot. Lets have a closer inspection.. There we go superb. Let’s see what we have
got. That is not what I expected there. Bearing in mind it is a tiny, tiny little I thought
that was going to be a vixen, but as you can see it is most definitely a dog. It is a really,
really tiny little fellow, that. There we go. There we go so you can see there is the
shot absolutely spot on in the top of the head and as he came in I just waited for him
to look and again I took my time and he wasn’t bothered he hadn’t heard us. I was just moving
the rifle very slowly up onto the sand bag. I was just about to take the shot and he moved
on and then he looked up again. I put the cross hairs just above him because obviously
where we tested it beforehand we knew it was shooting an inch and half low so I just put
the cross hairs at the top of his head and that just plonked him there absolutely perfectly.
I am so pleased we have accounted for that one and isn’t it often the way because we
are away clearing up foxes for other people we very often neglect what is on our doorstep. It’s been one of the simplest foxing jobs
ever – dry, warm and foxes coming on cue – it’s soft foxing but we love it! Next we have top gun dog training tips for
the indoors from our Skinners gun dog experts. Even when you are indoors with a young dog,
the training doesn’t have to stop. Expert gundog trainer Howard Kirby explains what
you can do with a tennis ball and a bit of spit even on a kitchen floor What we are trying to do by going indoors
you remove most of the distractions that a young gun dog experiences by getting in and
rolling a tennis ball across your kitchen floor or in a stable or in a garage somewhere
in doors you eliminate a lot of the distractions he is more likely to go straight out and pick
up the ball and come straight back. What we are trying to educate him to do, condition
him to do, when we say fetch, he goes straight out picks the ball up comes straight back
to you and delivers it to hand. So starting all that training in the classroom you help
to reduce the risk of it going wrong. So better than watching tele is start mucking
about with your dog and a ball. Perfect and if you are really good at it you
can watch East Enders whilst playing with your dog at the same time. It is proper indoor
training. It is really good. Now there was lots of rewards involved with
all this as well. You were being very, very positive towards the dog as well. Yes, so all good teachers whether they are
teaching human beings or animals, dogs in this case they are setting up a positive classroom
everybody thrives on positive training with the occasional blip where you get told that
was bad, you need that occasionally. But if you go into a classroom where you are frightened,
where you always being told off, where you are always being told you are rubbish. If
we do the exit poll you have learnt very little. So good gun dog trainers and there are lots
of them in this country will produce that is really confident about what it is doing
and give it lots of praise. Howard runs Mullenscote Gundogs from Lains
Shooting School near Andover in Hampshire. Visit This series on gundog
training tips is brought to you by Skinners Petfoods, maker of the Field & Trial range
of gundog feeds. Visit Right, last but not least it is more from
the world of hunting on youtube – it’s Hunting YouTube and this week we are concentrating
on great British guns and tackle. This is Hunting YouTube, which aims to show
the best hunting, shooting and fishing videos that YouTube has to offer. This is and this week we are looking at the
history of the British gun and tackle trade through the eyes of Youtube. We begin at the beginning and Joseph Manton,
the Lincolnshire gunsmith who moved to London was the doyen of the Flintlock age. This is
Duke of York’s Manton Flintlock Fowler from the National Firearm’s museum in the United
States and it is on the NFM Youtube channel. Famously named gunmakers to come out of Manton
include Thomas Boss. Boss Guns is still going strong and this video is from a sales meeting
with potential buyers in Norway in 2008. Forgive the introduction which is in Norwegian. Unless
of course you are Norwegian. Another gunmaker from the Manton stable is
James Perdey. There are some truly awful films about James Perdey and Sons on Youtube. Mainly
the ones paid for by the company itself. This is the least bad you will be amazed to find
out because they only muddle over and under with their side by sides and get their driven
game in a twist and cram a wide screen film into a 4 x 3 format. It is no surprise that
this film first went out on a satellite channel Discovery. At least it shows good scenes from
the Perdey factory. Moving for our traditional mid item break
into the world of fishing the great British tackle manufacturer Hardy Greys has a Youtube
channel. This is its video of the Hardy syntrics fly rod versus a barracuda in the Florida
Keys. Meanwhile the famous London tackle shop Farlows
is now owned by Sportfish which has a better Youtube channel. Here is fly fishing a chalk
stream at May fly time. Hints and tips. We join Alan Shepherd and Jonathan Tomlinson
on the pretty river Dever in Hampshire. Now Manton, Perdey and Boss were all founded
in the first quarter of the 19th Century. The relatively new … of St James’ gun making
block was Holland & Holland founded in 1835 and here is a gun we made for Guns on Pegs
TV. An insight to one of the world’s best most famous gun makers. Where you meet Managing
Director Darrel Greatrex as he talks through some of Holland’s finest pieces of work and
some of the stories behind them. No talk about the British gun trade is complete
without mentioning the Birmingham trade. This is William Powell at the height of its brummyness
when it was in Birmingham. We have made films about William Powell, but there is a classic
TV programme from either the 1970’s or the 1980’s. It has now moved to Banbury in Oxfordshire
and you can argue that it makes better guns. Another great name from Birmingham is Webley
& Scott. Coincidently one of our own sponsors. The last film in this series is a factory
tour of AYA, the fine gun factory founded in 1917 near the north coast of Spain. Why
Spanish I hear you ask. Well you would have had to be living in a dark room for the last
60 years not to realise that most British guns are now made abroad and AYA was the firm
that originated this market with the help the King Brothers from Anglo Saxon imports.
The charming Edward Grey still runs the company. 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 we are back next week when we will be
coming to you from China, with any luck. Now if you have been watching this on Youtube
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Comments (32)

  1. Great video, keep up the great work and thanks for subscribing!!!!!! 🙂

  2. Great shooting the crow-man..!! What a leg-end, hope to see you soon,
    Paul (kps hunters)

  3. Well done Andy – you should go to Australia, plenty to have a go at there!

  4. Thats a bit more like it and i also fast forward the dog training

  5. Well done andy crow how may would he have got if using the beretta auto ???????

  6. I noticed he was using the Lincoln when the camera was on him and his own semi when it wasn't

  7. Ha on halo Charlie sent that in ages ago forgot about it

  8. Great show. It's so good to have a tv show like this. Keep up the good work and thank you.

  9. Excellent as always!

  10. Nice, missed this sort of vids in last episodes of FB….. But still by far the best show on YouTube!

  11. Roy is the best for fox hunting..Excellent as always..

  12. Cat food …… what a good idea, it will save me $80.00 a week I was wasting on big fat arse Doner Kebab's ! LMFAO. Roy for Prime Minister !

  13. cracking series! even better without that tit harford who seems to pop up everywhere well done Charlie

  14. How do you get rid of so many bodies? Great shooting

  15. can crow man hear any thing. get a sponsor to give him some sort of ear defenders or he wont be able to hear wot his grandkids say to grandad !

  16. Cracking episode, thanks! Enjoyed the crow shooting in particular. Any chance of some summer mink hunting one week? Haven't had hounds for ages!

  17. Brilliant episode

  18. i have shot 60 on my own and i am 12 years old and with people 204

  19. What do you do with all those crows? Do you guys just throw 'm in the bin?

  20. They are oily to eat – though young rooks or 'branchers' can be good. They go into the farm incinerator – but your cornflakes are protected

  21. Hunting Youtube links don't see to be working. Could someone post them.

  22. nice crow hunting, please do more! 🙂

  23. Super video. Why does andy not wear ear protection?

  24. Great show guys yet again well done all.

  25. great shooting although they aren they hard crows arent i shot a 70 yard rook with my .410

  26. Awesome shooting, really good. Please do yourself a favour: Wear ear protection and use a hunting dog to retrieve the birds. Waidmannsheil from germany.

  27. good work crowman

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