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Fieldsports Britain – Partridges in Paris and calling foxes in Scandinavia

Fieldsports Britain – Partridges in Paris and calling foxes in Scandinavia


[Music] Welcome to Fieldsports Britain. Coming up
we are in Sussex for the Sunday Times, shooting pheasants and deer. We are finding out how
they call in foxes in Scandinavia in a funny foreign language. We discover how you can
drink water from your local river without dying. First, we are going to Paris to shoot
partridge. Welcome to Browning’s Research and Development
department. It may look very much like the beginning of a nice day’s shooting – but don’t
be fooled – this is serious stuff. Under the microscope is the new Browning 725, the new
Browning clothing range and a £45,000 B25 from Browning’s custom shop in Belgium. To make sure the guns and the clothing get
a good work out we’re at a game day on the outskirts of Paris. It’s mostly partridge
but there will be the chance of pheasants, duck and grives too – that’s the songthrush
to you and me, which is legal to shoot here and delicious to eat. At the first drive the Belgian guns line up
for the French shoot with the chance of some very British weather – an interesting combination. So what makes a traditional French shoot apart
from a smart hat? This is a unique habitat. We have 750 hectares
of landscape with corn and mustard fields. This is where we shoot redleg and grey partridges
from September to end of November. We organize three or four driven days a week. The birds are driven through the crops from
a mile or so away. By the time the partridges reach us they are travelling at a fair old
pace and a decent height. We’re next to William – his R&D responsiblility
is clothing – and it’s not just about how it looks. All the products are designed by shooters.
So we have a team internally who are all hunters and shooters, so we design the products in
house using our experience on the field and we test them extensively yes, so it is not
designer but of course the designer have their word on things to make them look nice. But
all the technical ….are designed by shooters. One piece of design he really likes is the
integrated recoil pads for those big bag days. We use these gel pads to reduce the recoil.
They are just there. They are very thin and slim so it doesn’t affect the way you aim
at the birds and on the days when there are a lot of shoots they are perfect and it also
looks nice with the quilt and the very large pockets. It is a perfect jacket and you also
have a vest very nice as well. We will try them out today and hopefully have a very good
day with it. At the end of the drive the birds are laid
out for the guns to admire and appreciate – we’re expecting a bag in excess of 200 today
so it’s a good start with some fast shooting. We move further up the field for the second
drive – and we hear the distant calls of the beaters in what seems to be the next province. We now share a peg with with Martin Boucquey.
He is doing invaluable work assessing the balance of the new B725 Hunter Grade 5. This
gun is an addition to the two 725 models already on offer. It will not be available until the
new year, so start saving that Christmas cash for this very smart gun. We had a sporting one, a hunter one and we
had to enlarge our range with a high level G5 one. Then we will also present the light
version of the B725 to have a bigger range. On the engraving you have a super engraving,
a duck, duck models on one side and you have pheasants on the other side. And then the
stock. You have a G5 stock model. So a really fine stock. Fine wood that you have on this
model. There is also a light version of the B725
coming soon too. In the meantime, Martin needs to put the Hunter G5 through its paces – plus
his Winchester cartridges. He is shooting well – voila! a left and a right. Or un double – which sounds cool. It’s another good drive and there is lots
of shooting. This is a like a British driven shoot but the French character of the day
is unmistakable. We now head back to the house and drop down
to the next drive.First the guns walk through the maize before preparing for drive three.This
time we join Lionel. He is in charge of the custom shop in the factory in Leige and it
is a fascinating place resonating to the sound of the engravers, and with shelves and shelves
of hand selected wood ready to be brought to life. If you are watching this on YouTube,
click on the link to see our film about it. The B25 Lionel is shooting with today would
cost up to £45,000 and it’s one of a pair… but why spend so much money on a gun? You can go and do London to Brighton in a
Vauxhall and you can ride from London to Brighton in a Porsche or an Aston Martin. It is just
something different. It is a luxurious hand made all round shotgun. It takes about two years and hundreds of man
hours to produce a piece of art that shoots straight – and its Lionels job to make sure
each customer gets exactly what he or she wants… My goal is to make the perfect gun for the
customer. And I think we make a few people very happy. Job is done. The French-speaking labradors do their job
and once again the bag is presented to the guns We now adjourn to the house for food and a
little wine – which is much appreciated by the folk here. Talk around the table is about
the escalating price of birds – no change there then. After lunch the drives continue to deliver
some fantastic sport – Again Martin finds the partridges and not many get past his right
side. The weather was not there, but the partridges
were there, really, and I got, not a double, but that is for the next one. Some grey partridges are shot on this drive
and a few songthrushes – first you roast them, then flambé them. With one drive to go Jean-Christophe and his
team have delivered some great sport…so does that explain why he’s wearing what looks
like a hat he’s stolen off Postman Pat or should that be Facteur Patrice? This is a cap of a French private gamekeeper.
This symbol is a hunting horn – the legal emblem for French gamekeepers. William may be about 6 ft 3 but even he can’t
see the partridges coming across the top of the maize crop on the last drive. Quick reactions
are needed here unless the birds come down the line. William makes it look easy… This French shoot has been the same, but different.
All over Europe, driven game styles have their own identities. The Browning guys have shot
well here today and are pleased with how their guns and gear perform in all conditions. All that’s left is another tradition – the
laying out of the birds. The bag is 220 and it must take a certain mathematical brain
to be able to create such symmetry. It looks both impressive and respectful. Well, I mentioned it during that piece, but
if you would like to watch our film about how they make those beautiful guns at Browning
in Liage then click on the screen if you are watching this on Youtube and you will go straight
through to the film. Now from la belle France to the belle of the
ball, it’s David on the Fieldsports Channel News Stump. [Music] This is Fieldsports Britain News. Bird and animal attacks have been making the
news. A teenager whose hawk attacked a toddler has
been arrested by police. A two-year old in Hampshire had to have part of an ear reattached
by doctors after the Harris hawk attacked him. Last week, a Harris hawk in Scotland
attacked a terrier, tearing part of its tongue. The bird was later destroyed. Falconers are
fearful that these two incidents will lead to calls for a ban on birds. Two incidents we have had recently are down
to inexperienced people flying hawks when they really shouldn’t have been. Harris hawks
have been used for the last 20 years in demonstrations across the country at game fairs e.t.c. and
have been flown in front of millions of people without incident. Meanwhile a course angler from east Sussex
was attacked in his tent by a fox. 41 year old Andrew Thomas will have scars for life
after the incident which only ended when he squeezed the fox’s snout to stop it breathing. America has a new war. The US Department of
Defence and the American Wildlife Conservation Society has joined forces to combat the illegal
wildlife trade in Iraq and Afghanistan. One of the problems is American soldiers buying
hats made from snow leopards, so the society has produced this video aimed at informing
US military personnel about the consequences of buying illegal wildlife products when deployed
or stationed overseas. If you are voting in the police commissioner
elections in England and Wales on 15th November, watch out for some of the candidates. Animal
rights loony organisation IFAW has got more than 50 of them to agree to enforce the foxhunting
and coursing ban. Among the Labour, LibDem and Independent candidates are six antis from
the Conservative party standing in Greater Manchester, Cleveland, South Wales and Surrey.
To find IFAW’s webpage google IFAW and 79491, then follow the link. George Digweed is the new brand ambassador
for the CENS ProFlex digital range of custom electronic shooters’ plugs. With 20 World
titles, 16 European Titles and 10 World Cups to his name, George is a long-term user of
earmuffs. He will initially use the CENS ProFlex digital on his shoots, wirelessly interfacing
with the shoot radios. Puretone has been designing & manufacturing in the UK since 1976. For
more on the CENS range, visit www.censdigital.com The Moorland Association has a new chairman. It is Robert Benson, who takes over the membership
organisation representing the owners and managers of over one million acres of moorland in England
and Wales. Formerly at Lowther Estates, Robert is a self-employed Cumbrian based sporting
and conservation manager The Countryside Alliance has launched a Young
Countryside Writer competition. It wants to give 12-18 year olds with a passion
for the countryside a chance to write for its membership magazine. All entrants need
to do is submit 300 words on what the British countryside means to them and what their favourite
aspects are, from farming, fieldsports, local food, the changing seasons, conservation to
just walking the dog.. Email your story to [email protected] by Tuesday 2nd
April 2013. And finally, an American police officer shows
his cool when a moose gets stuck in a swing. The sheriff’s sergeant from Utah helps cut
the animal loose. But will the animal gore him? In the end, he gets away with it. Even
the sergeant says it is lucky that everything works out and the moose survives. You are now up to date with Fieldsports Britain
news. Stalking the stories. Fishing for facts. [Music] Thank you David. Beaten me to the hair cut
there. Now we are off to Sussex to a gormet pub to look at a whole lot of journalists
with their noses in the trough. I am not selling this am I? This is how you get the media to
love shooting. At the Horse Guards Inn in Petworth there
is a seven-course game menu being appreciated by food writers from the likes of the Sunday
Times and Lovefood.com. Once they’ve polished of the bullshot, game
scotch quail eggs, Vietnamese-style game broth, rabbit livers, wood sorrel and rabbit dumplings
it’s going to be an early night, not just for the benefit of good digestion but because
at first light they’ll be up a high seat or walking gingerly through the woods experiencing
deerstalking for the first time. Every journalist is allocated an experienced
stalker. We’re joining Lucus who writes for The Sunday Times. He is being looked after
by Jack Smallman who runs South Downs Venison & Game. It is really very exciting. It is also really
nice just being out here at this time of the morning actually. Out among nature. Unfortunately the weather is rubbish. Visibility
is down to just 20 yards – and although we can hear a rutting buck, there’s no chance
of seeing him. Jack has honed his own selection of calls which seem to work impersonating
a new buck on the block and a youngster. With no chance or promise of a shot we resort
to plan B. While you are still out here, if we can we
will sneak down the side of the wood and try and come back with the wind still in our favour
and try and get a visual on it. Hopefully we will see some does and may be a pricket
with them and we might get a shot. We shall see. The fog gives us as much of an advantage as
the deer and we actually get quite close to the group – silhouttes pass in front of us
and a new buck has joined the party by the sounds of it – antlers clash in the distance. Incredibly a young buck – an ideal cull animal
materialises out of the fog. Jack gets set up. He watches as opportunities come and go
as the fog ebbs and flows. As the buck passes by us broadside we prepare for the shot – but
it never comes and with good reason. Did you see that. When he went down there
he was safe …but like ish. He wasn’t brilliant. Then he came up to here where I would of quite
happily shot it. I could see it with my naked eye, but through the scope could not see it.
It just vanished. Every time I looked through it, I could just see a silhouette and I looked
through the scope I couldn’t see a thing. And when it came back here I could see it
clear as day, but there was too much skyline behind and villagers and everyone else. I
was hoping it was going to come round, and if he came across and back in to try and come
back across the track, I would have had it, but it decided to carry on up the field. Next on the Game To Eat menu is a local pheasant
shoot where we can grab a word with chef Lee Maycock and ask him why it’s important for
the Countryside Alliance to drag journalists around muddy fields and woodland. I think they have all seen enough, read enough
and heard enough so I think they just want to do it at first hand. Actually getting them
into high seats in the mornings to get the whole experience of being up in a high seat
at 6 o’clock in the morning watching the sun come up, seeing the deer on the horizon. It
is fantastic. It is not the sort of thing you do every day. So they can write from the
heart when they actually put these stories together they can actually do it as first
hand experience and they can speak with depth of knowledge. All the guests seem to be enjoying the experience.
Most of them have some understanding of the importance of game and where it comes from.
However the name of the game today is to make the meat accessible to a wider audience, and
they have the power to do that. For me it was a real eye opener. It was nice
to see animals being taken and know that they will be used. For me that is the most important
thing to think that although this is a bit sport also to think of it as food. The more
we can do both in food media and both in retailers and producers and other organisations, the
more we can do to promote game and make it accessible, so sometimes people are going
to be put off by trying to roast a whole pheasant bird when they are used to a chicken. I think
we need to look at what has happened to things like duck where it has been broken down into
component parts so you have got quick things to stir fry. People need to think a bit like
that, they plan meals not necessarily ingredients. So we need to give the consumer a broader
range of choice and help and advise on recipes sort of stuff. And the pheasant comes from
Georgia and I have been banging on all day that we can get some interesting spices in
there, we can think about star anise and cinnamon and saffron. These are
the things that come from the region where the birds are originally from so people should
think it is not just game chips. The drive is reasonably good with the dogs
working well. Even the apply named peanut gets in on the act. The next stop is Jack’s chiller where the
guys have a chance to see the deer prepared. They are now on familiar territory and enjoy
asking the butchers about cuts and preparation. It appears the writers have had an eventful
day and Lucus has embraced everything that was on offer, even just being in the great
British countryside… As of a nation that is still, however urban
we have become, still has huge sways of countryside which are managed by people who live in the
country, whether they are farmers or people who run shoots. That is a very important part
of our national character I suppose. And it is something that we should be preserving
and supporting and looking after. So it has been, as much as anything, it has been a lovely
day out in the country actually with an early start. This is the second time Jack has had the opportunity
to take people from the foodie press out on field to fork adventure and he believes we
are making real progress with promoting game. I think the public are now coming round to
the idea that we have got in the UK an absolutely amazing product sat out there. It has got
to be managed. It is not just for the quality of the deer and keeping the herd numbers under
control it is as much for looking after human and farming interests as well. Certainly down
here on the South Downs we are trying to produce that and touch wood we are doing ok. If you want to know more about the work of
the Game To Eat campaign, visit www.countryside-alliance.org.uk Well if you like Lee you can see another of
our films. We went grouse shooting with him in the summer, just click on the screen. Next we are off to our bushcraft expert Jonny
Crockett for a top tip on how to drink water from the river. You can die of thirst faster than you can
die of hunger in the wilds. Water may be more abundant than food, but it needs to be clean.
After years of trying all kinds of different filters and techniques I have settled on the
simplest and the lightest. What I need to get is some water to make the
soup, to make the tea, to make the stew. For that what I am going to do is take this river
water. In the river we have all sorts of things, we have got turbidity which as you can see
is the browny stuff in the water, the bits of leaf, the dead insects the shopping trolleys,
then I have got parasitic worms and protozoas and parasitic cysts and viruses and bacteria
and I have potentially got chemicals in there. I am hoping because we are in Devon there
is not too much radiation, but you never know. So what I am going to use to filter out the
turbidity and any of the larger particles is a mill bank bag which is something that
the military have used for years. What you do is you soak this in the water until it
is properly wet all the way through, keep queezing it out so that it is soaked absolutely
soaked. Then what you do is you fill it up with water right the way up to the top. Then
you leave it until the water gets down to that black line and that just rinses it though. There we go. So I am going to wait
for that one to get down to the black line. Then that one I can just put in like that
and that is taking all the turbidity out. That doesn’t make it good to drink all it
makes it is filtered not purified. To purify it I can go down one of two routes. I can
either use chemicals like potassium permanganate, iodine, chlorine or I can boil it. And boiling
it is what I am going to do. Gentle rolling, simmering boil for about 4 minutes. And that
should be enough – that is certainly enough for my cup of tea anyway. So I am now going
to tip this lot away and do another one. We are bringing out a whole DVD with Jonny
later in the month. Watch the programme for details. Now our old friend Ulf from Scandinavia has
brought out his own DVD about how to call in foxes. Let’s take a peek. We met the star of this new DVD, Ulf Lindroth,
when we went on the Zeiss fieldshooting trip to Denmark. He is a phenomenal shot and it
is no surprise he won the fieldshooting competition. A passionate shooter and all-round good guy,
he has brought out Fox Calling: The Right Sound at the Right Place. Filmed on location
in Sweden, Norway and Denmark, it is in Swedish but has English subtitles. Ulf describes all
his kit and how he uses it for the best results, including how to stop a fox in the right place
to get a good shot. It is 93 minutes long and expensive at £30 – but then damage from
foxes can be expensive too. Visit www.pantheon.se to order it. From DVDs to the wider world of 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. To the USA for top hunting video of the week,
which is The Best Female Taxidermist in the South, with more 25,000 views. At once scary,
hilarious, gross and sweet, it tells the story of Amy Ritchie, who is a hunter, a piano prodigy,
and a champion taxidermist. The interview takes place while she skins a fox. Staying in the USA, 2012 Feral Hog Hunting
Highlights with the Dehogaflier shows highlights from the 2012 pig hunting season in hunters’
heaven Louisiana. This year they had a thermal scope as well as thermal camera. The majority
of the pigs taken are with a .308 equipped with an ATN ThOR 640 two-and-a-half-magnification
scope. Missouri rabbit hunt shows what fun you can
have with a friend, a girlfriend, a video camera and a pack of hounds. TrackEmDownKennels
is out rabbiting in the undergrowth, shooting whatever they flush. Some say we don’t see enough paint drying
on YouTube. I say we don’t see enough match fishing – and here is why I am right and everyone
else is wrong. Thom Airs presents British Pike Championships Final 2012 in association
with GoFishing and Angling Times. Just two ounces separated the top two anglers’s catches
in a hard-fought British championship on the Fen drains. Staying in the Fens, Catfishing with Mark
Barrett chasing dreams- episode 3 (video 77) is presented by George Day who doesn’t look
like he sees enough sun. In this film, he reveals why. It’s his dream to catch a daytime
UK catfish. Back to shooting and there’s a little competition
going between YouTube channels in the USA as to who can set off the biggest legal explosion.
This latest is from GY6vids. Yeah – the one in Swordfish is much better. But watch this,
pick up the promo code and you do get to claim 20% off explosives at the sponsoring website.
Kids, don’t try this at home… You hardly get more charming, sensible and
wonderfully British that Norfolk pheasants by JamesMarchington. Gary Green hosts a day’s
driven pheasant and partridge shooting at the beginning of the season at Kilverstone
Hall Estate, Thetford in Norfolk, to Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto number four in G major,
which is of course the correct key for pheasant shooting in the Eastern Counties of England. Finally, beautifully filmed with lots of dogs-eye-view
sequences, this Polish film could use subtitles. If you can forgive that – and any Poles watching
can forgive my pronunciation of “mysliwy na czterech lapach” – then watch this story about
a hunting dog’s day on driven and walked-up shoots. 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 like shooting, you will love the
Shooting Show. On presenter Pete Carr’s home turf just half
a mile from the East Yorkshire coast, it’s the first day of the duck shooting season
and he’s been feeding the duck pond hard in anticipation. The area is host to every duck
species shootable in the UK. As with any duck flight, the action is fast, furious and demands
all of the pair’s shotgun shooting skills. Meanwhile, Byron Pace interviews wildlife
sculptor Ian Greensitt, a specialist in sculpting game birds and game fish. If you are watching
this on YouTube, click on the link to watch the show. We are back next week and if you have been
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Comments (17)

  1. I love the way the European hunters have a great respect for the quarry that they hunt and show this at all times. Well done something that we uk hunters could adapt.

  2. This kind of partridge "hunting" has nothing to do with hunting. Men in long line and driven birds has only hope in bad shooters. I´m happy there are several.

  3. All those French and I didn't even see a white flag. Smashing stuff.

  4. Oh Charlie, thank God your back.
    Last week, we suffered some hippy petrol head, going tear arse, around the countryside, in a souped-up Fiat. I believe the term is "having a jolly".
    It's just not cricket !
    Sort them out, can you …… we all know the recipe for success, get on the "dogs bone" to Roy and Andy.
    While your at it, put this Simon Barr thing to bed …… it's giving everyone the shit's.
    Very well, great show this week, carry on.

  5. Jyrki Simola well all the birds shot will be eaten so contrary to what you think, this type of hunting has everything to do with hunting

  6. Is there such a thing as a 'hippie petrol head" ? And for future reference ausfox it's dog and bone when referring to phone in rhyming slang

  7. It's your cold indifference and scathing scepticism that I find abhorrent.
    Of course there's "hippy petrol heads". What does a successful middle age hippy do with his money in the later years ? Buy rain forests !
    As for dog and bone …. I think your splitting hairs, obviously a New South Welshman.

  8. I'm English !! You know that great nation that discovered yours !

  9. LOL. I do apologise …. Lucky I didn't start all that rubbish about the Blues and Banana Benders.
    Although, I think the Dutch discovered this wonderful country first …. it was the English who exploited it. Or thats the way they teach it in our history books. 😛

  10. Charlie, I'm Polish and I officially forgive you your pronunciation of that title 🙂
    BTW "myśliwy na czterech łapach" means "hunter on four legs".

  11. "The pheasant comes from Goergia"??

  12. I want that first shot gun! Such a work if art..

  13. To see these morons shooting thrushes is an outrage and shame on you for not saying so.

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  16. "Pheasant," from Latin "phasianus", from Greek phasianos "a pheasant," literally "Phasian bird," from Phasis, river flowing into the Black Sea in Colchis, where the birds were said to have been numerous (etymonline(dot)com)
    Geographically, ancient Colchis is in modern Georgia.

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