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Fieldsports Britain – Shooters: slow your heart rate

Fieldsports Britain – Shooters: slow your heart rate


Welcome to Fieldsports Britain.
Coming up: Rabbit stalking with Rimfires – Crow’s even
dusting off his tou tou – sorry .22. We have the regulars, news stump, hunting
youtube and a plug with with what we’re doing in Airheads and fishing britain . So whats this then. Is this a Mark Gilchrist
test gun is it? First fieldsports fitness – does heart rate
affects your hit rate? Do you need to be fit to hunt? – Well it depends
on what you’re up to — let’s use Sporting Shooter editor Dom Holtam as our volunteer.
Here he is in a German forest in a high seat. It’s cold and it’s exciting, but like a darts
player — he’s not gonna to break sweat. However — cut to him hill stalking in Cumbria with
a guide who is half mountain goat and life is a whole lot more uncomfortable as the Sunday
lunches come home to roost. The heart is pumping, the legs are aching. The chances are the deer
are on the move and when the shot finally, finally presents itself, you are not going
to have 5 minutes to compose yourself and let your heart-rate drop. Can you take the
shot? Fitness is fundamental, the ability to recover,
to drop that heart rate down to get the feeling back into your legs and take that safe shot
knowing you have actually done it properly is so so important. A lot of people are just
not fit enough to do it.This is probably why stalkers do actually take a long time getting
up a hill because they cant afford to have a client to miss an animal. So fitness is
key. Biathletes do it. They arrive at the stand
with a heart rate of 180 bpm yet still make freehand shots at 50 metres. One of them describes
it as running up 10 flights of stairs and then trying to thread a needle. Well in our own low budget way, Sporting Rifle
writer Tim Pilbeam is going to walk, jog and sprint his heart out for us. We’ll then be
able to see just how accurate he can be on the sort of targets faced by the biathlon
competitors. This beautiful film called Fire and Ice by
Alfred Dunhill profiles biathlete Lee Jackson. It’s all about speed and control and a v cool
rifle — but Tim being Tim has one of those, the Anschuetz 1727F with the straight pull
bolt. It is a standard 178 tomar, its got the actual
fortnar action which is beautifully engineered. A straight pull and basis operated by using
your index finger and your thumb. Simple as that. Its locked into the action itself by
these little ball bearings. Its got a match barrel on it which is superb, we’ve got a
two stage trigger, absolutely beautiful. Nice bit of walnut here,. £2,300 – let’s see what
we can do with it. That’s the rifle. Let’s create some targets
both for Tim to shoot at and for his heart rate to rise to. In a biatholon they have two types of shooting,
prone and also standing. But prone they will shoot at a 4 to 5 cm target and when they
are standing up they shoot at a 11.5cm target Which is roughly the same size as this clay
pigeon. My pulse is actually about 100, 102 now, so I am just trying to settle down. Try
to get rid of the nerves. THe biatheletes do it in 30 seconds. I won’t. Next we get Tim moving — it’s a brisk walk
120 beats – Now jogging.
bye- oh my goodness-
Finally a sprint. Now, we promised Tim we wouldn’t make fun of his running style but
Mrs Pilbeam insisted we did…. just a quickie. Tim arrives back and -puffing away – tries
to make the targets. 150 – legs are burning-My recovery is fairly
quick. I think I am a reasonably active person so its dropping very, very quickly now. Normally
that would take most people a good minute, maybe 2 minutes to drop down to a level where
you are happy to shoot which is down to about 100 really. So, yes, all in a days work David.
What is interesting is I zeroed the rifle, we had 3 shots in the bull, I had a flyer
there so we are about right at fifty metres. For some reason I got a tighter group when
my lungs were bursting so I don’t know what’s happened there, but I think it has to be said
that the trigger is so fine you can just literally snatch it very, very quickly. As soon as it
is anywhere near that I am just pulling it very sharply so I am not getting any trigger
snatch at all. The prone position has not shown a real correlation
between accuracy and heart rate — but the standing shot is the real test, and so much
of that is about technique. You mount the rifle very high on the shoulder
and then bring it down and to get a very, very firm grip on the front we are using skeletal
strength so we are going to be using this arm. It is pushed right against my torso and
I have literally, its resting on my hand and the strength is actually my arm here and also
my bicep. It is all actually skeletal, its all pushing against my torso. Very, very firm
and very, very steady position. Tim goes through the motions again. Oh bollocks..Completely missed that. Oh dear.
That’s pretty poor. Okay gentle jog. Oh no! I was trying to hold my breath then and so
it seems I am about to squeeze the trigger, I hold my breath trying to get more stability
in the rifle. It didn’t work very well. I think I completely missed the target in one
of the shots. I just shot far too high. So not very easy. Now we can go for a sprint. I think I missed the target on all
four shots. I was trying to hold my breath, trying to get everything out, draw in lots
of fresh oxygen but I couldn’t do it, so I failed miserably. I think I got about a 2
foot group so not very good at all but it just show’s you how fit these guys are. How
they can just bring their heart rate down to a limit where they actually can shoot a
four inch target standing up from 50 metres. It’s absolutely amazing. You might think that there’s little chance
that you’ll ever need to shoot an animal after running across a glen. However, what if there’s
a wounded beast? It’s useful to have a plan B. And just in case you think this rifle is only
for biathletes, it’s makes a cool pest controller too… and he didn’t even have to break sweat. The fittest farmer in fieldsports there – and
if you want to see more from Tim including his top budget foxing rifles – click on the
link. Now, to a man who put the freak into fitness
– it’s David on the fieldsports channel news stump. This is Fieldsport Channel News:
An eleven-year-old girl shot and killed cougar that was stalking her brother outside their
home. The female big cat had been spotted near the
family home in Washington in the days prior to the shooting. Thankfully Shelby White knew
one end of a rifle from another having been hunting since she was 8 and with 3 deer to
her name. The mountain cat is believed to be about 4 years old and weighed about 50lb,
which is about half of what an animal that age should weigh. Boring but important
Natural England’s Consultation on General and Class Licences closes on 19th May.
This is your chance to stop the government from banning the shooting of jackdaws, jays
and collared doves, and to stop them from making you ‘scare’ birds before you shoot
them. Please email Natural England [email protected] Meanwhile, a motion which could have seen
a European ban on traps such as the Larsen trap, has just been defeated in the European
parliament. British bird watchers have migrated to Malta
to protest again the shooting of birds migrating from Africa to Europe. Among them is Chris
Packham and Bill Oddie. Chris Packham will be posting his video diary between 21st and
26th April nightly on YouTube. Also there is League Against Cruel Sports boss Joe Duckworth.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpuHwosicNg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WqPTNrvE5ug The San people of Botswana – the famous Kalahari
bushmen – have appealed to Prince Charles to help them overturn a ban on hunting in
their country. Charles and Prince William called on nations
to curb poaching and succeeded in getting many world leaders on their side – but the
Botswanan president got the wrong end of the stick, and banned hunting instead of cracking
down on poaching, and now faces the wrath of his people who have been hunting in the
Kalahari since the dawn of time. A wannabe politician in the US is using the
American fear of drone surveillance to further his campaign.
Matt Rosendale of Montana pretends to shoot down an unmanned drone in this video. His
opponents point out that shooting down aircraft in American airspace carries a minimum 20
years in jail. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dOoXJI4vBns And finally, a trailcam set up to photograph
deer has also snapped a UFO, claim UFO enthusiasts. Rainer and Edith Shattles of Mississippi,
who own the trail cameras, say they are unable to explain the strange lights behind the deer,
which is a long way from a usable road. You are now up to date with Fieldsports Channel
News. Stalking the stories, fishing for facts. Thank you David, now let’s see what you lot
have been up to it’s Hallo Charlie. Hello Charlie, up early this morning after
a few hooded crows and magpies with an air rifle. Cheers. Hello Charlie. We’ve been out today for the
first time shooting rabbits. We’ve shot 4 and seen 3 red deer. We’re now going home
for a beer. Good day Charlie, I’m just here in Ponifract
doing a bit of rough shooting. My names Christian Collins. Have a good day. Hi Charlie, my names Jacob Carr. This is my
14 year old birthday present.I got a gamo autoloader which I’m keen to shoot with my
uncle and we’re big fans of the show. I don’t know if you can see that Charlie but
that is the first Marmot I’ve seen this summer. How cool is that. Actually, it’s the first
Marmot I’ve ever seen. Aren’t they sweet.Chow! Send us your own Hello Charlie, Film yourself
on your mobile phone. Just a sentence saying who you are and what you are up to. Then share
it or email via youtube, facebook, dropbox or you send it you name it to [email protected] Now continuing our rimfire theme – This week
Andy enjoyed an early morning stalk comparing his faithful .22 and the cracking .17HMR. It’s a good morning for a stalk. On this excursion
we hear our first cuckoo, note that the fallow have moved on to the farm again and — uh-oh
— there’s a litter of fox cubs. We’re not quick enough with the rifle, but
Andy knows where they are. So what do you do? Shoot the vixen first, then the cubs or
the other way around? Different people have different ideas about
which way to control them. If I get a chance I will probably will take one of the cubs
but you are better off shooting the vixen first and then getting the cubs afterwoulds.
By the time you have got cubs on the ground the vixen is going to carrying on killing.
There is definately 2 there. There is that one coming from behind and I saw one on the
outside of the hole. The foxes are a sideshow. The main aim of
this morning is to stalk rabbits and highlight the benefits and the limitations of two of
the most popular rounds in the country — the .22 and the .17HMR. They both have strong
fan bases so we’re bound to upset someone. We’re starting with the .22 which Andy admits
has been in the cabinet for a while. I got Dave out of bed a bit early. I’m just
going to have a mooch around, see if we can pick a few rabbits off. I’ve got the old trusty
.22 out. I haven’t shot it for about 5 nearly 6 years, since I got the .17 so I thought
I would take it out this morning, see if we can pick a few rabbits off. It’s a bit quieter
than the .17, or a lot quieter than the .17. It’s just got a cheap old scope on top of
it but we’ll just see how we get on. The rabbits are a touch nervous this morning
which means Andy has to shoot further than he’d like with the .22. It’s a round that
needs working with. On this shot, Andy drops short. It is 70 yards. He admits he’s rusty
with the .22. The main reason for using it this morning is stealth. I brought the. 22 and thought well, the noise
factor as much as anything but a lot of rabbits we’ve seen have been from 70 to about 120
yards which is ideal for the .17. Its stilll on, it’s still accurate. It’s just that the
old trigger is a little bit, sorry, a lot heavier than the .17. Andy gets the first rabbit of the morning
and a second almost immediately. Was that because there wasn’t too much noise? Possibly,
but now Andy is back in tune with the Brno, he bags a couple more in the farm yard. They’re
at a much more comfortable range. Success. I’ve mastered the old trigger a bit
better. It really pushed me into the old stick a bit and I just smacked a couple of nice
rabbits. That bullet has gone right through its neck. Its still lively. I’ve had to grab
hold of it and break its neck. .17 – that would have taken its head off. There is nothing
wrong with the. 22 but I shot one, one side of the yard and his mate just trotted to this
side of the yard. Whether he would have done that with the .17. The crack probably would
have rattled around the buildings here and they both would have – I would have got one
and not the other. Horses for courses. With a few bunnies for our efforts, Andy swaps
to the .17HMR. He already feels we’d have had three times as many rabbits if he’d been
using the faster, lighter, but more expensive calibre. I always have two magazines. I just reload
as I am going along. I have one mag. in the gun and then make sure the other ones always
loaded in the pocket. Andy finds the .17 easier to get on with because
he doesn’t have to think. He just puts the crosshairs on the rabbit and pulls the trigger.
Even pushing out to 170 yards. People like Mark Gilchrist, all they use is
a .22. Well, he uses it and he knows the drop at long range. He shots stuff out 100 yards
plus. That’s all he uses. But for me, all I use is a .17. All I want to do is aim straight
at it. It makes the job so much easier, just up with the rifle and straight on it bang.
165 yards I should think. And off the stick so I am happy with that. We get some nice, long-range rabbits. Of course
there should be less meat damage with the .22 than the frangible .17HMR but, on the
flipside, Andy counters that with the argument that the rabbit isn’t going anywhere after
a strike from a .17. The .22 isn’t as devastating. Both of these rifles have their limitations
and, because it is a still morning, we haven’t even touched on wind — or the potential of
ricochet. But for a pest controlling tool, farmers Crow and Pilbeam would both go for
a .17. There will be comments below and you will undoubtedly have a view on Facebook,
too. From Mr Crow to Mr Universe and the wider
world of hunting shooting and fishing – hunting youtube. This is Hunting YouTube, which aims to show
the best hunting and shooting videos that YouTube has to offer. Viewer Aaron Custance recommends Argentina
dove hunting by JJCaceria. He rightly calls it “a great video and a lot of snap shooting
and long shots”. JJCaceria http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UTM0vQN6aA I featured one of Mark Ripley’s films and
he gets in touch to say he has been doing plenty of foxing since then on the Sussex
downland, keeping down the fox numbers during lambing. Here is a 670-yard fox, and there
is more like it on his channel. 260rips http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kwhHKkcKDvk Another viewer delighted by his appearance
on Hunting YouTube is Keith Allen, who specialises in shooting coypus at his home in France.
He reckons the second one he features in this film is a bit of a monster, which puts the
“giant rats” being found all around Europe into perspective
Coypu Hunter http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWRmFeaqMX8 Staying with viewer videos, Leszek Kamińśki
from Poland sends me his film of someone making a pair of Le Chameau wellington boots. It’s
strangely relaxing to watch. Leszek Kamińśki http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mUsyotnu7r4 Now let’s cross the Atlantic for Spring Seal
Hunting 2014: clips and highlights from a couple of days’ seal hunting out of William’s
Harbour. “Very successful hunt,” says the film’s maker, William Larkham Jr. “Lots of
healthy meat for the summer months.” William Larkham Jr http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LispSZ2pB8s To France for the last part of Dindin Chasse’s
boar shooting trilogy. Chasse aux sangliers 2013-2014 sees him in a good position resolving
not to be as clumsy a shot as usual. Dindin Chasse http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4MvUfmDseto Iberhunting has brought out this film of a
Spanish Monteria. It is, he promises, an experience to live at least once in your hunting life.
IberHunting http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sc86z1QGxbI Finally, an interesting question faces Roestalker
in this film. The doe has some kind of growth or cyst on its backside. Shoot the animal?
Don’t shoot it? What would you do? Most YouTube commenters say shoot.
RoeStalker http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkCbSAN3zic You can click on any of these films to watch
them. If you are missing the fishing films and the airgun films, watch our new shows,
AirHeads and Fishing Britain. 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] Last week’s AirHeads takes a fascinating look
at the BSA Factory in Birmingham, why their barrels are special and introducing their
new HFT offering. Click on the link on the screen to watch it. Theres another AirHeads
out tomorrow night, Thursday 23rd April 2014, where Andy Crow is seeing if he can bend it
like Beckham – firstly with a bent barrel and then a straight one — plus we invite
you to dine at the rat bistro. Darren’s been filming what the rats love getting their teeth
into” The latest Fishing Britain has Angling superstar
Hywel Morgan meeting his stunt double, Bob, to test out lifejackets, plus he goes to find
the tough trout of the Taff with a couple of fellow flyfishing champions. Fishing Britain
is out every Friday at 7pm UK time. This week, we’re on board a boat in the Mersey with a
rockstar. And Schools Challenge TV this week takes a
long look at girls with guns. They are some of the best known faces in Shooting sports.
TSC talks to BBC young sports peronsality of the year Amber Hill alongside FITASC legend
Becky Mackenzie. Click here for the full story Well, we are back next week and if you are
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Comments (24)

  1. Thanks for mentioning my video!

  2. When I was shooting .22 lr at fairly high end competition I used to stroll as slowly as possible to and from the target, looking down at the grass all the time so other things don't disturb the concentration, also another tip is never drink tea, coffee, coke, pepsi etc as these will cause "floaters" in your vision. These are the little snake like things that come between your eye picture and your rear sight just when you think you are ready to fire.

  3. .17 HMR all the way!

  4. first class translation!

  5. .17hmr is king 

  6. Better than the mankini thing for sure Mr Gilchrist!!!

  7. What is the best range to have a .17hmr zeroed at? Any suggestions?

  8. Take this….try breathing rapidly half a dozen times then on the last exhale take your shot. Almost hyperventilating if you will. Works a treat, takes a little practice. All the best.

  9. A 'look forward to' time of my week for sure .
    Thanks Charlie et al 

  10. I love FIELDSPORTS !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  11. The lights could be a Quad

  12. Link to the 670 yard fox vid please??

  13. Anshutz 22 rim for me all day long.

  14. Cool to see a section of my video here, thank you for mentioning it. Great channel, subbed & look forward to future videos, all the best from Labrador ….!!!

  15. Why didn't you take a deep breath then exhale and hold for 1-2 seconds ?

  16. Never used an .17 HMR but I do use the .22 Magnum. Never had a problem that one but I'd have to try both to know for sure. However I am confident with the .22 mag. 

  17. Aren't the lights the reflection of the deer's eyes, transposed due to some sort of internal reflection between an external hard case and the camera? The width matches and there is a darker spot below that would correspond with a nose? 

  18. Great program as usual and thanks for adding the link to my channel Charlie i honestly didn't think the email had sent as the broad band is very poor here.

  19. A really interesting video

  20. OR YOU TAKE BEATER BLOCKERS, JOB DONE : /

  21. 22 all the way 

  22. Personally I don't quite see the .17HMR as worthwhile where I live at least. Would just opt for .22lr and .223rem mainly based on ammo costs thanks to AR shooters. To be fair we don't have as crazy amounts of pest control to do on farms, where I can also see the validity of .17HMR.

  23. on a bitathlon rifle is no scope but a Diopter. it is not zoomed in like a scope and they CANT rest there gun on a pillow or table like he is doing.

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