Fieldsports Britain – Rucksack & Rifle

[Music] Welcome to Fieldsports Britain. Coming up: The anti bashing beauty: we speak to the Czech
model who shoots from the hip. Sprint and shoot: target shooting to get the
heart racing. First, it’s the start of our new series ‘Rucksack
& Rifle’ with Tim Pilbeam. This week he’s in Croatia after roebuck. [Music] What does hunting or shooting mean to you?
For Tim Pilbeam it’s a rucksack, a rifle and a chance to breathe in a new experience. We’re exploring the beautiful Croatian coastline
and countryside looking for a trophy mouflon, an animal that clings to on the unforgiving
rocks of the Dalmatian riviera, and we are after roe and boar in a vast hunting area
filled with flower meadows and forests. We have moved inland to about an hour and
a half from where we were on the coast. Very very different terrain. Just look at it, this
is woodland, rolling mountains here. None of the hard rock we had down on the coast.
It’s a very different type of stalking. We’re on roe this morning. We’re probably a fraction
late at the moment so we need to get in there pretty quickly. So it’s a very different skill-set
here so we are very much relying on our guides to take us round hopefully to find a nice
roe, so we need to get going. The trip has been arranged through Artemis
Hunting and our young guide is Pavle. He and his father Mario know every inch of this strange
landscape. Sometimes it looks like home, other times the Serengeti. During the winter they feed the boar using
this lofty maize dispensing unit. Dinner is served at the same time every evening. So they put corn in there? Yes. And it turns round? Yes. And it feeds the boar once a day at 6 o’clock.
And you have these all around the estate. How many do you have? At every high seat we have one. OK. So you have got a high seat over there? Yes 50 metres away. That’s your feeding spot. Yes. Pavle spots a roe and changes up from his
normal sedate-style to a jog to get a better look. The deer and boar are naturally timid.
They have more than a man with a Sauer 101 in .308 to worry about here. It’s gone, but
we still have a few hours before storms are forecast to arrive. 20 minutes later having worked through a broadleaf
woodland Pavle gets Tim on the sticks. A young buck is grazing out from the cover. [Rifle shot] Well done. There you go. This is like stalking in England. [Music] Absolutely stunning place, the tall grass,
it’s so nice to see all these flowers – the variety of flowers. And to see the roe deer
just moving in between the trees. It is beautiful. The heads are not any great size here because
of the local mineral levels.This one is a good animal to take. I had a wonderful stalk this morning. We were
a bit late coming in but we had this sense that Pavle just knew that something was going
on because, as we came across through the open land here, we saw one roe and that just
jinxed away, I don’t know why, but he just was just very quite, very personal about what
he was doing. A beautiful bit of stalking down next to the woods. We came through there,
and came out into this open area here, you can see a beautiful wildflower meadow. And
there was this young buck just marking his territory. It took very gentle stalking, just
very careful movements, he just knew exactly what he was doing, just pfffff up there. Go.
It was just very, not unusual, but a very nice way of stalking, very gentle. And it
has a very lovely feeling about the whole of Croatia in some ways. It’s a very beatiful
country and this is just another form of roe stalking and in a diffferent country. It’s
not all about the UK. It’s a beautiful place to be. Like in many European countries, the animal
is honoured and Tim finds out a little more about the local wildlife. You were saying that in Croatia the deer have
predators. Yes. And they are very timid and very hard to stalk. They are really shy because we get a lot of
predators. We get the wolf, we get the bear, we get the lynx. We got all the predators
that we can have. And the roe is really shy for that reason. So the wolves, do they hunt as a pack? Yes. One was, like driven, and another…. And have you seen that? Yes. Wow. So lynx, wolf and bear to contend with, that
would keep you on your toes. Tim’s next challenge is to use his Harkila rucksack to carry out
the young roe. Now I have not done this before. Just trying
one of the Harkila rucksacks out which carries a roe deer. I think normally one would gut
it first and then put it in here but I want to take it back to the car and then deal with
it then. Oh, hello. My friend. [Laughs] I don’t want to disrespect the animal too
much but… This is not a typically British thing to do,
but there’s a first time for everything. If you’re on your own it’s a very efficient way
of extracting an animal of this size. This trip is as much about the experience
as the hunting. We are asked to get a fire going to cook lunch. For this trip Tim has a Sauer 101 with a Zeiss
V8 scope on top. It means he’s comfortable shooting 300 metres across a valley or 100
metres in a meadow, but with glass like this you need to establish a work flow. Very versatile optics we got here I’ve got
a 150-metre zero, and the reason I’ve gone for that is that I am shooting mouflon from
probably 100 metres to 350 metres, so a huge range there. Most of the roe here are probably
60 to 70 metres and a boar here would be about between 30 and 70 metres, so I’ve got quite
a wide range of uses for this. But be very careful. The more things you can adjust the
more things can go wrong. You must have a discipline. Every time you finish using a
rifle, wind it back to zero. Otherwise it will catch you out. It is done. Same with
your windage. And also I do the same thing with my parallax. I try and keep my parallax
at around 150 all the time. If I’m shooting beyond 200 metres I will probably tweak it
a little bit. But please, please when your using these target turrets, make sure you
always wind them back. Back to lunch and we’re expecting some fresh
roe liver but, instead, Mario returns with some home dry cured pork belly. Some is eaten
raw, some sliced and cooked over the fire. For Tim this is what it’s all about. It is such a tasty bit of meat. Beautiful. For more information about hunting in Croatia
please visit [Music] Thank you Tim. Next time he is in very different
terrain in search of trophy mouflon. And later in the show we are off to the Czech Republic
with someone far prettier than Tim. Now from medal mouflon to someone who has a different
way of grading sheep – I say that, though – thank goodness he is back – it is David
on the Fieldsports Channel news stump. [Music] This is Fieldsports Channel News. First, more on the story that just keeps on
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J Fox. Queen founding member and national treasure Brian May has launched Team Fox,
a coalition of animal welfare groups including the League Against Cruel Sports and the Land
Rover-sponsored Born Free Foundation, which opposes repeal of the ban on hunting with
dogs in England and Wales. Meanwhile, Michael J Fox’s Team Fox has raised more than £20
million for research into Parkinson’s disease since he started it in 2000. George Digweed has won his 25th world title.
And he did it in style, dropping just one target to shoot 199 ex200. Congratulations
George. US spy agencies may start hunting wildlife
poachers in Africa. American intelligence is considering whether to provide information,
analysis and possibly tactical lessons to African governments about how to attack wildlife
poaching networks, according to a top official. Poachers killed 40,000 elephants in 2011 and,
last year, in South Africa’s Kruger National Park alone, they killed 1,200 white rhinos. Hunting rabbits with dogs is becoming more
popular in South Africa. A photographer went out with a group who run their dogs together.
Ten hunters from Soweto hired a taxi to take them with their greyhounds and lurchers to
land in the West Rand area of Johannesburg. The hunt starts early so the dogs do not get
too hot to work. The hunters and their families skin and eat the rabbits. However, hunting
with dogs is illegal in South Africa, except for tracking a wounded animal or bird shooting. A court has ruled that it is illegal to shoot
down a drone in California. Eric Joe sued Brett McBay after Mr McBay shot down Mr Joe’s
hexacopter, which he said was spying on him. A California court found that Mr McBay “acted
unreasonably” in shooting the craft whether it was over his property or not and awarded
Mr Joe USD850 in damages. And finally, great retrieving skills has saved
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News. Stalking the stories, fishing for facts! [Music] Thank you David. He is still smarting. Now
we are off to Bisley and another bunch of people who have to run fast to keep up. We’re
off to find out about international ‘falling plate’. [Music] This is target shooting designed to get your
heart pumping. [Music] Speed, accuracy and team work are key. We are at Pirbright, next to the National
Shooting Centre, Bisley, for the National Rifle Association’s Falling Plates competition. There are three similar but different events
taking place. The first is for pongos – serving military personnel using semi automatic weapons.
It is a big favourite of the Omanis, the reigning champions, who take this seriously and train
hard. They even have their own camera crew. Their main opponents are not the British but
the Canadians. Bisley is probably one of the most prestigious
shooting events you can come to. You know what I mean? There’s some all over the world
but Bisley has so much history it goes way back. Its on everybody’s bucket list. You
have to do Bisley. Do you come here to win? We always come here to win. The team that
I have right now is a composite team from all across Canada. They are basically taken
from the top 50 best in Canada: who is the fastest, who’s the best shot. We always put
our best team forward. Each team of four starts lying prone then,
on command, run 100 yards to the shooting position to take down the steel plate targets
in front of them in the quickest time. Fastest team down there does not necessarily
win, all right? You can get down there faster but you still have knock down what is down
there. And that is where the accuracy part comes in [Music] In the finals it is the Canadians that triumph. [Music] And guess what, that is one of the things
on our list, too: beat the Omanis. [Music] Next up are the civilians who will not get
anywhere near the times posted by the military guys and girls as they won’t be using semi-auto
rifles. Nicky Bennington has come all the way from Devon to compete having got her FAC
10 years ago. Well this is an AR-15, which is a straight
pull rifle. It is magazine fed. This one has got a telescopic site, but you can have any
type of sight on it, any type of stock. This one is not too heavy, because obviously I
do not want to lug around a heavy rifle. You don’t have to buy one new. You could always
buy one secondhand. But this really is the easiest and the most common rifle that we
use in the CSR but people use bolt action rifles. If you’ve got something with a 10-round
magazine you can use it. They are all either what we call straight
pull rifles or what we call bolt action rifles and most of them will be military caliber
so they will be firing 5.56 or 7.62. The advantages with a heavier 7.62 bullet is that it knocks
the plate over easier but it’s a little bit slower to reload than a straight pull 5.56,
so it’s a toss up between the two really. Most of the teams that seem to be doing well
seem to be shooting a mixture of those two calibers. There is a complete mix of people here from
ex-military to those who see it as a good excuse to have a get together with friends.
Gareth and his mates all shot together at university. It is great fun. It is combining a bit of
physical activity with shooting straight marksmanship skills. It is a lovely day out in the sun
in the summer. It’s a team event so you have got all your mates with you. It is brilliant. There really is a welcoming and fun atmosphere
here with plenty of banter as some of the older bodies lurch forward in pursuit of glory,
but we’re shooting guns. Surely we must be serious at all times? You will find most of the shooters, once they
have adopted that shooting position, most of what else happens is gone. They really
are concentrating on the fact that they have a live firing weapon in their hands that they
need to be appreciative of that fact. And they forget about everything else going on
really. I think Phil and I are experienced enough
to herd them around as cats and do it in a friendly way but at the same time we are actually
switched on, and we know. If we don’t like the look of it we will say something, and
we will say straight away. Now we said there were three disciplines here
today. The third is the historic, using Enfields. They don’t have to run as far, maybe because
of the age of the competitors rather than the rifles, but – hang on – there’s a young
competitor in a mini skirt – what on earth is going on? I don’t look dressed for it, I wasn’t prepared
for prone shooting unfortunately.All I was told was that we were shooting Enfields and
doing falling plates, so that’s all I knew. I did a bit of shooting when I was in cadets
in the OTC when I was 13. That’s when I first started and enjoyed shooting and then I found
out about shooting club when I went to university – went to Queen Mary – and, yes, I’ve been
shooting ever since. So mostly we do TR, we do clay pigeon shooting, we do .22 shooting,
mostly. I found out about this competition and thought I would come along and have a
try. Louise doesn’t own an Enfield but just turned
up and borrowed one, which is what’s so great about these events. The more the merrier. Everybody here will
have to have been a member of a club or a member of the NRA but the NRA offer introductory
days, guest days. Every club has the same thing. We have guest days where any civilian
that hasn’t got a criminal record can come along and have ago and, if they like it, join
the club. And every club has club rifles so you don’t need to buy your rifle initially.
You will train with them and then once you’ve done a six-month probation and you’re safe,
then you’ll become a full member of that club. You can then apply for a firearms licence
then buy your own rifles, and get into anything whether it’s historic CSR, stalking, vermin
control, target shooting, practical rifle, practical mini rifle, shotgun, you name it.
Everything. All through the day we’ve been asking what
makes a successful falling plate team, and it’s been split: some say running speed, some
say accuracy. So what do the overall winners think? Fast running and good accurate shooting. And it all came together? And it all came together on the day. It didn’t
last year, but this year we have had another go and we’ve got what we are after. You didn’t have me in the team. No that was it, we didn’t have him He pulled
his hamstring but we got there, that’s the main thing. And you didn’t have Colin. No, so maybe it was just me and Rich. We are
the problem. If you want to stretch you legs – and your
barrels – please go to There you are. Get yourself a team and give
it a go. Next up: she’s fit, and fast. It’s Michaelka. [Music] Think of visiting the Czech Republic and most
people think of Prague: Wenceslas Square, Old Town Square, the lovely Charles Bridge
over the Vltava, the Cathedral of St Vitus. But I promise you the countryside is even
more beautiful. My name is Michaela, I am Czech, and I am
out in the countryside every day. I live near Prague. But today I am in České Budějovice
looking for wild boar. It’s another day, another morning in a forest,
and we are just about to walk to a spot where possibly we could see some wild boar. So,
we have got to be quiet, and walk slowly, and we will see what will happen. Wish us
luck! After a few minutes I reach a highseat and
settle down in it. The birdsong is awesome. Wild boar are so shy, this is the best way
to hunt them in the summer. Well the morning hunt wasn’t successful-
we did not see anything – but this is hunting so we keep going. The next day, I want to try for a roebuck. We are just in a tree stand, me and my cameraman.
We have a horrible sun. It is shining straight into our eyes. There is an old deer, so we
will wait. If he comes closer then we will shoot him. Because it is an old one. Unlike the shy wild boar, we see plenty of
deer. But they are super wary too. It seems like he has gone. A doe that is peacefully grazing in front
of us suddenly looks up and straight at us. She knows there is something there. She can’t
scent us or see us, but the slightest sound is enough to make her nervous. We hold very,
very still, and soon her head goes down and she is grazing again. At last my buck shows up. Getting on to him
is more of a struggle for my cameraman than me. [Gunshot] We got out first roe deer. Phew – yeah. [Laughs] Got him. [Laughs] Awesome. Awesome! I am really pleased and walk over with my
stalker and my camera team to find him. You can see why it was so difficult for all of
us to keep quiet. This deer is, like, five or six years old.
You can see beautiful antlers. It is a really, really nice buck. We are quite formal in the Czech Republic
and we really like tradition. The stalker performs a ceremony he does with every deer
successfully hunted on this land. So if you are wondering what we are doing
– what this branch means – it is the last honour, which we do here in Central Europe.
Our tradition – and it is, like, a last honour for game. So, this is what we do – we honour
game with a last meal – we call it ‘the last meal’ – and it’s a tradition of Central
Europe. Another one goes into my hat and it means I was successful today. I was a successful
hunter, and I can leave it until I go to sleep, and if I go somewhere, other hunters can see
I was successful because they will see the branches in my hat. That is why. Now I am officially a successful hunter for
today. Awesome. It has been a wonderful day. I am lucky enough
to travel all over the world hunting but the Czech Republic is still my favourite place. We were in an area. We tried to walk and stalk.
We chased away one nice buck. Then we decided to sit for a while and we got this awesome
deer. So a perfect evening, I think. If you would like to find out more about hunting
in my country, you can find the TopJagd company who gave me this awesome buck. And if you
want to find out more about me, go to Now Michaelka sent us that footage, we gave
her the script to read, and we edited it for her. She was really fun to work with, she
has a gorgeous James Bond accent and I wanted to find out more about her, so I rang her. [Telephone rings] Hallo. Hi Michaela. It ‘s Charlie. So, I just wanted to talk about you as a hunter.When
did it all start? When did you start hunting? Well, I started as a child, because I was
raised by a dad. I grew up just with a dad. And he used to be a big hunter, so I am after
him. And you don’t look like a hunter.You look
more like a model. Do you do that as well? Yes. I do sometimes. OK You know, the best way is to be a model for
some hunting stuff. [Laughs] You have had some strong attacks from the
antis, haven’t you? Yes. I do all the time. but, you know, I don’t
mind. I like to provoke them, so that is what I am doing. the things is, 90 per cent of
them eat meat. They just don’t realise what they are doing because they see meat as a
product. They don’t see for every piece of meat, an animal has to die.i am showing them
this is a better way than going to some market, just to buy meat. Hunting is nature’s way
to get meat. that is what I am trying to do. You have got a fantastic Eastern European
accent, so I am going to ask you say some phrases which will work very well with the
guys on the TV show here. Andy Crow – you have beautiful blue eyes. That is going to be a real hit.OK – I want
you to do two more. [Laughs] You are going to get me in some trouble. Roy Lupton – you have got a face like a baby’s
bottom. Oh that’s really good. OK, and there is one
more. This is for David. David Wright – sophisticated secret agent. From the Czech Republic to the wider world
of hunting on YouTube: it is Hunting YouTube. [Music] This is Hunting YouTube, which aims to show
the best hunting and shooting videos that YouTube has to offer. First up, some hunting TV promos. DrivenHunter’s
channel goes glam for the occasion. If you want to know just how stylish we shooters
can be – here is it. Another TV promo – when will TV producers
learn that you get more viewers on YouTube? – this buffalo hunt in Tanzania is in Spanish
but don’t be put off. It’s an exciting stalk. And Red Stag Timber Hunters Club sells us
winter tahr hunting in new Zealand by stressing how cold it is. The production team battles
sub-zero temperatures while filming a tahr hunt for RST’s second series. Now for some deer. Colorado Elk Hunt Part
One features heavyweight wrestling champion Shane Carwin on a ranch in north-west Colorado. This is a good piece about driven red deer
shooting in Slovakia. The opener is bit heavy on the action flick music, but it gets better.
There is no narration. The pictures tell the story. I put far more 260Rips on here than I ought
to but this is another good one and it is the only British film in my selection this
week. Extreme long range hunting shows three consecutive shots at 540, 770 and 1,000 yards
on pigeon, crow and rabbit. Controversial film of the moment comes from
Superior Shooting Systems Inc. ‘Baboon hunting with the Dynamic Targeting Reticle’ has
– right now – had more dislikes than likes, and many of them from long-distance shooters
who believe it brings their sport into disrepute. And finally, the new Kendall Jones is out.
‘Game On Episode 5’ is subtitled ‘Foxy Ladies’ as Kendall and her buddy Taylor
head to Sterling City, Texas, to hunt fox and bobcat with predator hunting expert, Jeff
Thomason, host of Predator Pursuit on The Sportsman Channel. That’s it for this week. 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] If you don’t like those, what about this?
In our airgun show AirHeads, we are visiting some peculiar permissons. Jamie Chandler is protecting soft cheese by
shooting rabbits under the buffalos’ feet. Cai Ap Bryn has to show pinpoint accuracy
when shooting pigeons under solar panels. And Roger is taking the weight off and explaining
why it is vitally important to weigh his pellets for competition Well, we are back next week. If you haven’t
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