Fieldsports Britain : Duck shoot on Boris Island

[Music] Welcome to Fieldsports Britain. Coming it
is a big programme for the birds. I am here partridge shooting in the north of Scotland.
We have got our regulars, News Stump, Hunting YouTube and Hallo Charlie. First mud, mud
glorious mud we are wild fowling with Mark Gilchrist. We are going out to Boris Island to shoot
some duck. I have got a rucksack full of decoys. I have got some water, some tissues, steel
cartridges, got Dorm the dog. My old favourite Maggie who is coming out of retirement just
to show everyone she can still do it. I have got Owen Piper who is one of the farmers I
shoot a lot of rabbits for and you which I am really excited about. It is a lot deeper
than you think it is. It is. There are two dogs here. Whose are they? Steve? You are going to have to call your dog or
she is going to follow us all up to the … Nathan is that your thing running around. Well it
must be there … because there is a corner Before we get set-up with decoys and hides,
Mark wants Owen to sit tight for the morning flight… Well it is not actually a morning flight it
is a tide flight. The tide is already pushing the birds off the mud. The problem with the
teal quite often they are below the height of the creek. So that is why I have got my
head below the salting top height if you see what I mean. Owen, Owen coming down the creek.
Sit down the pair of you. Good job one of us can shoot. It is alright it will come out in edit. It is not going anywhere it is stone dead. Silly question, but how do you get them back. David we have thought of these things. They
are all on a line. So you put a weight out here and then you run the string back. What
you don’t want to do is get them as tangled as this, because then you look really unprofessional.
What you would do if you were a serious wildfowler is get the whole lot out before the season
starts specifically so you avoid this situation. I am a baboon and I haven’t done it. Where was your teal, back in here. Get on,
get on. Good girl, dead, you could have got the earlier couldn’t you, but like me you
have just got too fat haven’t you. Another wigeon. It is magical place out here – with docks
and power stations surrounding us. There’s a calmness. However that’s because the weather
is being kind, for now. They won’t see you like that. If you just
hang some stuff across the front. The bigger duck the wigeon and the mallard and the pintail
will almost certainly follow creeks. They don’t like going over the mud. In the hide the Mossberg pump action from
York guns and the dogs are pretending they’re not here. The Mossberg is still Mark’s tool
of choice and is performing well despite abuse.The hounds are vital on a day like today. Especially
when Owen shoots like this… That really was a good right and left. Go
on dogs. And, as Mark suggests, if you want an example
of steel being a capable substitute for lead over water, there you go. The chap who comes up here who I don’t think
has been on the Fieldsports Channel or it might have been some time ago. He, when the
ban came in, he started using steel and used steel for everything and he kills very long
birds, very, very cleanly. So people who say steel isn’t as good, I don’t believe them.
I think
it makes it harder if you are not a very good shot, but if you are decent shot steel doesn’t
make any difference at all. Which doesn’t bode very well for me does it. Are you alright
there dogs, are you little upset that you are in a little nest. You don’t want to be
in a nest do you. The problem is you move your head around don’t you sausage. The birds are wild and unpredictable. The
incoming tide should lift them off the mud in search of new feeding grounds plus there’s
a partridge shoot a bit further along the estuary. Mark is hoping that might stir things
up a bit. The one thing Mark has forgotten is his CENS – he left back in Ireland,which
is a shame because being able to hear wing beats is vital. Once your here, you’re here and there’s no
going back for extra cartridges or a cappuccino – so here are a few tips from Mark about the
essentials.. You have got to be a bit sensible so when
you are walking out here take your jacket off. So many people walk all the way out here
with all their clothes on you get really hot and sweaty, then you cool down and you are
wet and then you are cold for the whole day. Always have a set of warm clothes in the car
so if you do get cold and wet, when you get back to the car you can put some warm dry
clothes on. What Crow does which a lot of people do which I think is quite clever they
put the rubber gloves you put on your hands for gralliching deer and gutting rabbits.
Just use those they keep your hands dry and you just take them off. Decent woolly hat,
decent jacket. They knots? Yes knots. There is definitely plenty of down-time as
the tide rises. When the birds come, it is exciting. I thought we would get more than that. But
they haven’t played the game. In a funny way I wouldn’t mind so much if they were coming
along looking like they wanted to come in and then flying off because they had seen
us, the camera or didn’t like the decoys, but they are not even interested in this area
which is odd. It is called the kings seat because it is the best spot or one of the
best spots. Both Mark and Owen do well when the birds
are in range – So far we’ve got wigeon and teal – so what’s
the difference? We have a wigeon, we have a teal. It is a
female teal. That is a female wigeon. As you get later in the year the colours become much
clearer, the male has got a really quite nice red head with a white line on it. You can
always tell a teal because their wing is beating incredibly fast and a teal wings when it flies
goes all the way up and all the way down. The wigeon is more of a stream line chap.
He doesn’t quite go all the way up and but he goes quite a long way down. You are much
better trying to differentiate birds not by the feathers but by the shape of the bird
and what their wings are doing as a shape and then you will be able to tell them apart
a lot further away and in the dark. That is much better to go on than feathers. With the tide at it’s highest we give it another
hour before wrapping things up. It has been an exceptional morning and we feel privileged
to have been given access to such an unusual and wonderful place. The bag is 40 wigeon, 30 teal and 1 gadwall
– and there’s no chance we’re going to be able to cook them here. So what would Mark
do with these duck to make the most of them? They don’t need hanging at all. I would just
leave them over night to cool down and rigamortis to set in and go from there really. You don’t
want to serve them pink. You can either pluck them and take the breast off. I think it is
worth plucking them because the skin has got quite a lot of fat and puts a quite a lot
of flavour into them and pan fry them. I would give the, the teal breasts don’t need long
at all because they are very small. It would be a shame not to do them justice
plus we’re worked hard for them. On the journey it’s an opportunity to talk
through the morning’s sport – and get some rest. Wildfowling can be hardcore – but the
rewards are worth it. A good day in the mud there with Mark and
if you want to see more wild fowling including the shot of a life time by a young scot click
on the screen that has appeared up there behind me. David says he is still getting the silt
out of the camera eye piece. Talking of David it is him on the Fieldsports Channel News
Stump. [Music] This is Fieldsports Channel News. Dulverton in the South-West of England has
played host to the tenth world Bolving contest, where participants roar or ‘bolve’ at stags
who hopefully then roar back. There were nearly 50 contestants but the stags were a long way
up the valley and didn’t bolve back very much. The competition was won by Rob Follett, 35,
from Withycombe, Devon, who was among the competitors who got a response call from a
stag. All money raised will be given to the Devon Air Ambulance Trust. Staying in the west country. Hill farmers
in Devon and Cornwall have joined the call by Welsh farmers to relax the ban on hunting
with hounds in the UK, according to the BBC. They say that hounds are the best way to control
problem foxes. Islamabad in Pakistan has a wild pig problem
and not much it can do about it. It has banned hunting because hunters could be mistaken
as terrorists by local security personnel and because terrorists could disguise themselves
as hunters. As a result, wild boar have taken over the streets of Islamabad, making it unsafe
to walk around many areas. These pictures from local TV news show a man who was attacked
by boar. Aerial photographs have proved British footballer
John Terry’s has built a new mansion in Surrey complete with fishing lake. The Chelsea captain
is a keen carp angler. The carcases of two giant oarfish have been
found off the coast of California. One of them was nearly 18ft long – but apparently
it’s a tiddler. These fish live at up to 3,000 feet underwater and can grow to more than
50ft long. Here’s a story about a dirt-bike rider being
savaged by a sheep. New Zealand biker Budd Hanz had a YouTube hit when he uploaded a
video of a ram attacking him head-on during a ride. Following requests from YouTube users,
he strapped a GoPro camera to the nasty old ram to get a different perspective. And the
animal lives up to its name and repeated rams a biker. A true wolf in sheep’s clothing. And finally, here is a shocking tale, this
fisherman survived a close call with a lightning strike. Here’s why you should not be out on
the water during a thunderstorm. Paul Ragsdale uploaded this video to YouTube of professional
angler Tucker Owings’ close encounter with lightning on Lake Athens in Texas. You are now up to date with Fieldsports Channel
News. Stalking the stories. Fishing for facts. [Music] Thank you David. Trawling the depths there.
Now what have you lot been up to this week. It is Hallo Charlie. [Music] Here is what the world is up to this week. Hallo Charlie. Steve, my dog Charlie and Winch.
We are on a Wiltshire pig farm shooting some crows. Hallo Charlie. Connor, greetings from Switzerland.
On a driven hunt today. So far I have bagged a nice roe buck. Just waiting for the other
shooters to show up. Hallo Charlie. This is Andrew in Vancouver
Canada. Enjoying a successful start to duck season. Hallo Charlie. It is Hugh and Harry and we
have just had a great day on the corvids. Send us your own Hallo Charlie. Film yourself
on your mobile phone and just a 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, Younameit
to [email protected] Well please keep them coming. Now I am in
the Highlands of Scotland. The heather is thick on the ground so obviously we are going
partridge shooting. Lots of strange things about today. Don’t
let the heather fool you. This is a partridge day not a grouse day. Don’t let the tweed
confuse you. These guys aren’t peers of the realm. They are Texans. We are in for a 250-bird
day in some of the most spectacular scenery in the central Highlands – and it is all put
together by one of the most laid back lairds in Scotland, Ali Findlay. We have mixed terrain here. We have some high
river banks over the river Spey. We also have the moorland so hopefully we will have a nice
mixed day of different types of birds. High birds as well as more like driven grouse type
drives. Have you been here for years? My family came here in the 1960’s my mother
bought it on the idea my father would like a grouse moor to entertain his friends on
so thought it would be a good idea to buy a highland estate. She retired about ten years
ago and I took over then. So I have been here running it and we have been developing it
over the last ten years. The beaters and picker-uppers turn up promptly.
Among the irascible Colonel. Ali comes over to warn me about the Colonel – but it’s too
late. Very nice foot wear you have got there Colonel. Now that is because I have got gout – you
bloody well know that. They are revolting. Why don’t you wear a hoody top. You must go
and see the guests. The guns arrive and Ali does his job explaining
where to shoot and who to miss. Just keep it safe and make sure when you are
shooting behind. Now one of our jobs today is to do showcase
a great British cartridge. We want to show that Hull Cartridge’s Imperial Game is ideal
for a driven partridge day. Think of this a bit like a Fairy Liquid commercial, where
we ask happy shoppers – or in this case happy shooters – to take the taste test, or whatever
it is. When it comes to cartridges, these guys have been putting up with an inferior
Scottish brand, on this trip coloured blue. Like the colour of the British Empire on the
map, Imperial Game are red. And isn’t that the breakfast of champions? It was tougher shooting before, but the cartridge
has worked great. Excellent. Do you do shooting like this in the USA, pheasant,
quail, driven like this? Not driven. We generally work dogs, work fields,
so it is a different type of shoot as far as the birds get up versus the birds coming
over the hill top like that where you are shooting up which is a lot of fun, a lot of
fun. You put in the hours. Yeah, yeah. Well, the first drive on a partridge day is
tricky, especially when you are used to walking up chukar. Happily, the Americans are warming
up to their roles both shooting partridge and shooting a line about cartridges One of the finer shells I have ever shot.
Imperial Cartridges. Ali Findlay is not helping. Finally, I get
someone to say what they really think about the Imperial Game So you gave these cartridges a whole game.
So was there any difference. I think a lot of it seemed to be a little
bit tighter powder maybe. You could get the higher birds with the whole cartridges. It was the most testing drive when you got
the cartridges to use. Probably, yes, very good. There. One of our former colonial subjects
endorsing an Imperial product. No need to scater any tea about the harbour – Hull makes
the right cartridges for visiting Americas to shoot straight. Meanwhile, the shooting is going well. The
first three drives are low-ground. There are times when the birds pour off the hillside,
and you begin to understand why the most popular gun brand in the USA is called ‘Browning’. Still – the bag is mounting and the pickers-up,
including the Colonel, are hard at it. By the halfway mark, when we drive on to moorland
to stop for soup and a sharpener, the Ralia gamekeeper gives his mid-match report. Happy boys, yes it is all going fine. The
bag is ticking along nicely as well. It is all good so far. For the casual onlooker thinking heather surely
grouse, so how does that work? This moor was heather here, but it was badly
affected with ticks years ago so the guys declined maybe 30 years ago and have never
really come back. So this shoot was established instead and driving partridges over the low
heather. On the last couple of drives we move back
to farmland. The magnificent autumn colours here, the birds framed against the dramatic
skyline of Scottish hills – it’s a lot more to look at than ssouth-of England partridge
shooting. In the States for the most part we shoot rising
birds, walked up rising birds. So any time you have got birds coming straight towards
you it is a totally different game and we really enjoy it. I was going to say Lachie why would you put
these poor Americans through this it seems to be very unkind? These birds are very good for them Charlie
it is a learning curve they need to have. These guys enjoy this. It is something they
don’t get to do at home. They have also come a long way to get a considerable amount of
shooting in a relatively short period of time. So it shows them a lot of sport in a relatively
short time that is the real plus point. Everybody happy? Absolutely, delighted. Lachie has to drive this lot off for a bit
of retail therapy at House of Bruar nearby. Before he goes, let’s have a ringing endorsement
from the Americans about which is their favourite British cartridge company. Which one, gentlemen? Hull Cartridge! There you have it. Hull Cartridge. Eight out
of ten partridge who expressed a preference said they like to be shot with Hull Cartridge
Imperial Game – a clean kill every time you knock them on the beak. For more about Hull
Cartridge, visit And if you want to go shooting at Ralia, email
Lachie at [email protected] Well it really has been a glorious day here.
I got it completely wrong it is partridge country. We have had a fabulous time here
at the Ralia estate, the website is appearing on the screen in front of me. Now for the map that matters it is Calendar. [Music] Welcome to this week’s calendar in association
with BASC with dates for you diary, smartphone tablet and filofax. First off, the red rut is underway across
the country. Staying on deer, it’s the closing day for roebuck in England and Wales on 31st
October 2013 and, the following day, it’s the opening day for red and sika hinds, roe
and fallow does and Chinese water deer in England, Wales and – for the larger of those
species – in Northern Ireland. What’s the weather up to? There have been
some dire prognostications recently, including threats of a big freeze from the BBC, unseasonable
warm weather from the newspapers, and Charlie’s daughter Alice’s friend ‘Met Office Millie’
aged 12 is predicting snow. Well the word from the Air Ministry roof, as reported on
Fieldsports Channel, is that for the next week, we are going to get exactly what we
have been getting: unsettled weather. According to the boffins, the woodcock are
massing on the continental coast, standing by to come over to the UK. Usually it’s during
the November full moons, especially the second, but if Europe gets a cold snap, it could be
earlier, as they race ahead of the frost in search of winter feeding. Moon was full at the weekend and is now waning
to a last quarter in the small hours of Sunday 27th October 2013 Now let’s have a look at some of the events
you can enjoy if you are not out hunting, shooting or fishing this week. If you are in Cornwall this weekend, 26th-27th
October, Country Sports South West and Shooting4England are holding airgun have-a-go days with Olympic
shooter Gorgs Geikie at St Austell (St Ostle) Rifle Club, Cornwall On Sunday, BASC has a Taste of Game ‘Venison
in a Day’ course at The School of Artisan Food in Welbeck, Nottinghamshire The Countryside Alliance will again be promoting
Hunting Newcomers Week, starting on Monday 28th October-3 November as part of its Campaign
for Hunting. If you have ever fancied trying out foxhunting, staghunting or other hound
sports, now’s the time to give it a go. There are young shots days on Tuesday 29th
October in Cambridgeshire and in Hampshire The Shotgun & Chelsea Bun Club is holding
a 150-bird day in Berkshire next Wednesday 30th October For more information please go to the BASC
website and click on the events tab. [Music] With that sorted let’s see what is happening
in the rest of the world. It is Hunting YouTube. This is Hunting YouTube, which aims to show
the best hunting, shooting and fishing videos that YouTube has to offer. Now a lot of you like our little spot on slow-mo
in last week’s show. Hashtag NickyTruter tweets us to tell us about the iPhone slowmo function,
here in use on his own YouTube channel, shooting clay pigeons. Others point out that master of the slow-mo
camera is EdgunUSA. Oh EdgunUSA again – but he is the Ed of Guns, USA or otherwise, so
here is his latest slow-mo film, which is unlisted to prevent unwarranted attention
from antis. Francis Mellish uses Facebook to send me a
link to FrontsideFlyfishing’s sweet film about trout in New Zealand called ‘You won’t see
me’. Not a lot of fish caught but the footage is fabulous. Thanks Francis. One of the good things about news networks
doing stories about hunting, shooting and fishing is they expect no knowledge from the
viewer, so for me, this piece by Fox10 News in the USA is the ideal way to learn about
bowhunting fish. PN Hunting Video Production brings us the
unusual sport of deer fishing. No – what’s happened is this white fallow has got tangled
up in some wire fencing, and the hunters are trying to free him. For some, this is everything that’s wrong
with hoghunting worldwide. For others, it will be a super expo of tactical weapons used
in real hunting situations. Hog Hunting with DRT Ammo and Devastating Terminal Ballistics
shows a 200-yard shot taken with an M&P15 equipped with a Night Optics USA D-750 Night
Vision Scope. And finally, another tactical channel out
hunting recently is the remarkably named VigilantSpectre Operations who points out in his Bow Kill
on Wild Turkey: Welcome to the Ten Percent film that you have less than a 10% rate of
success if you are a turkey bow hunter. 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 enjoyed that lot why not try Schools
Challenge TV. This week nobody can say that the Schools Challenge doesn’t look after its
sponsors. Several times a year they get the call-up to come to the Oxford Gun Company
for a day of fun clayshooting and shoulder-rubbing. And the Schools Challenge regulars are on
hand to make the day go smoothly. Watch them at it on Schools Challenge TV. Click on the
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