Fieldsports Britain - Close encounters with deer and mapping rabbits

Uploaded by fieldsportschannel on 03.10.2012

Welcome to Fieldsports Britain. Coming up Realtree Pro-staffer Simon Barr is enjoying
the sport of prime ministers. He is ferreting on the north Cornish coast. Sporting Shooter
editor, Dominic Holtam is stalking and he has a close encounter of the furry kind. First,
equally hairy the Steve Jobs of the shooting world, Mark Gilchrist, has designed a hunting
Mark is a roll your sleeves up kind of bloke, shooting, pest control and cooking what he
has shot are the labours of his love, but the last few weeks have seen him sitting down
not on a quad bike, but at a desk writing computer code. After months of teaching himself
how to programme computers, he has developed an app which has applications for every hunter
in the country if not the world. Over to Mark to explain what the game for everything mapping
application, or G4EMA is for.
I go out rabbit shooting a lot. The only farmers who never criticise what I do are the guys
who have actually driven for me. I can remember thinking what I need to do is get this information
of where I have shot everything to the farmer. My frustration points build a bit, because
when I am shooting all the time I need to make an hour's worth of phonecalls to farmers
giving them feedback and I am doing that every day. I can remember thinking, there has got
to be a way we can convey this information much easier and more accurately so I thought
what we need is a GPS marker, every thing you have shot and where you have been. So
I started off programming computers in January. I bought the books and I taught myself. And
we have now got to the stage where I have got an iphone app and an android app. I think
there is something really exciting about having a database of everything you have shot and
everywhere you have been whether it is rabbit shooting, stalking, walking up grouse, shooting
abroad. You have got all of
that data on your phone. As time goes on you can build functions and analyse it and get
information out of it you might find really useful as a shooter.
So to recap. It is a personal diary, an electronic game book, a management tool, an historical
archive, great to show your mates and a means of showing a farmer you are doing a good job.
Here is one we prepared earlier.
If he was fresh and coming to me for the first time and he showed me on a computer and showed
me the fact he had been on somebody's farm, he has pin pointed where the problems are
and he is able to email that to the landowner or the land agent whoever it might be. It
just shows a degree of professionalism and the willingness to do the job properly and
actually to report back. And to an agent if the landlord comes along and says oh the rabbits
are eating all the crops he has got something tangible that he can show the agent or show
the landlord and say look this is what we are doing about it. Rabbits were shot here,
here, here and here, the guy has shot x amount of rabbits on the holding over x amount of
weeks. We are working at it, but it is a hell of a problem, but it just breaks the ice and
gives some credibility to an agent or a landlord or a new applicant or a new farm or whatever
it might be so yes absolutely vital.
To show how easy it is Mark will take us on a short evening's lamping.
Right now we are going to go rabbit shooting as you can see I have got my rifle, I am on
a quad bike. I have got my lamp, all the latest gear and we are going to map it at the same
time. So I'll show you how it works. Start up the application, we are going to click
start logging, because we want to start the GPS running. It wants to know are we starting
a new trip or are we going to go to the last one, no, sorry yes we are going to start a
new trip. It is firing up the GPS. OK and that is it, we are now logging. Let's get
some rabbits - I think I have just shot a rabbit and there we go we are on one rabbit.
Let's get on these rabbits aren't going to get shot themselves.
I think I am having a heart attack, no - right open it back up again. I think we will just
shoot a fox. There we go we have shot a fox. Bang, have just shot another rabbit. Shot
another rabbit - on 7 rabbits and 3 foxes and 3 hares. Now we will go back to the computer
and I will show you how it all works.
Right so you have got fox number 3, rabbit number 6 and rabbit number 7. As you can guess
we shot a few things where we started which was here. So you have got the GL location
points. That is where we did the piece to camera just there that is where the 2 trees
were missing in the orchard. That I think was where I ran out of breath. Or may be it
was there. Or where the imaginary quad ran out of imaginary petrol. So you can see that
the accuracy is pretty tight. What you want to do obviously is as you go round and round
and get more than 6 rabbits which I hope most of you can get, you can build up a picture
across all the farms of where you have been and what you have shot.
Mark's app is set up for rabbits, foxes, all the species of British deer and hares and
he can adapt it to other quarry in other parts of the world. So where ever you hunt you will
have an exact GPS record of the spot and where you took that shot and you will have it for
the rest of your life. Imagine revisiting and reliving that rogue impala in Mozambique
or where you shot that fox in the rain in the morning of your probation officer's kid's
christening in Norwich. The possibilities are endless. That Mark Gilchrist, he is like
Bill Gates. So the app costs just £2.99. Mark of course would like you to buy it through
Google Play and the iphone apps store. Simply search for G4EMA, spelt funny G 4 E M A. If
you want more information about the concept and its applications, Mark has been doing
some instructional films which can be found on his Youtube site. Mark Gilchrist Game Cooking.
If you are watching this on Youtube click here to look at Mark's channel.
From the white heat of technology to the coal face of news. It's David on the Fieldsports
News Stump.
This is Fieldsports Britain News.
George Digweed has returned from the latest World Championship in Cyprus with his 20th
world title in a career which spans 4 decades. He says it was a sweet victory especially
with such a great score.
To get there and to shoot 199 out of 200 in extremes of heat. It was 36 degrees while
we were shooting. Very strong field, international field. I am very pleased to have achieved
Former Prime Minister Tony Blair says he only supported the ban on hunting with dogs accidentally.
The labour party got itself into a muddle and Blair misspoke on television according
to former government minister, Jack Straw, in his memoirs.
Well they are under starter's orders and they are off. The Game and Wildlife Conservation
Trust Woodcock Watch gets exciting this week as the 12 satellite tagged birds start thinking
about their return to the UK. They left the UK in the spring and went to locations as
varied as Scandinavia, Poland and Russia. Monkey has made most progress. He flew 3000
miles from the Lizard Peninsula in Cornwall to Russia. Lazy Derwent only migrated a few
100 miles from County Durham to Sweden. Visit
And finally an angler from the Shetland Islands has broken the Scottish Turbot record, hauling
in a 29 ½ lb fish. Robert McMillan aboard the boat Oberon caught the fish north west
of the Muckle Flugga lighthouse. The British record is 33lbs 12oz caught off Devon.
You are now up to date with Fieldsports Britain News. Stalking the stories. Fishing for facts.
Thank you David. Now from one old deer to a group of young deer. Dom Holtam can practically
touch them.
Being relaxed in life can be hugely beneficial. Things just tend to happen. Sporting Shooter
editor Dom is a laid back sort of fellow anyway. But with his magazine deadlines met and the
sun shining down this early evening autumn stalk has a sense of being a chilled out affair.
And as if by magic we get a flash of a bottom.
It looked like a roe's bottom to me. Just a fleeting glimpse though. It just grazed
round the corner. Just have a sneak and a look.
It is not aware we are here and the wind is coming across us so we should be ok to get
a little bit closer, hopefully.
A fallow's bottom would have been better, but never mind.
Lovely to see roe deer, absolutely my favourite deer to see in the countryside.
From the gateway we see that this roe is not alone and she has twins with her, make that
Lying prone and the wind in our favour they stay put until they sense something coming
through the crop. It is a fallow and where there is one there could be loads behind it.
Once the coast is clear Dom gets on his sticks, just in case. Nothing is in tow, but one minute
later the doe and her 3 young re-appear from the woodland on the right just 60 yards ahead
of us. We assume they will look up and be gone, but not a bit of it and we get some
stunning footage of these beautiful deer. The kids are all young bucks.
We are not hiding behind a tree, not crawling through the undergrowth. We are just standing
here, calmly, quietly and it is absolutely amazing how quickly nature learns to ignore
you if you stay still and quiet for long enough.
Eventually the doe notices us, but is not off straight away. One of the bucks heads
off with her, but the two remaining bucks are undaunted. With the sun dropping we need
to get on. It is difficult to walk away from such a close encounter.
May be I will set the sticks up just in case a mature fallow did show. Will be in a position
to take a shot. The family of roes which is a mature doe and the 3 young bucks trotted
up grazing and playing and just having a good time in the sunshine and ended up I would
say about 10 metres, no more than that, literally no more than that. Oblivious to our presence.
We were stood in the middle of the track, still, I had my binoculars up and David had
the camera covering his face, so perhaps we didn't quite look like a human threat. But
it is the closest I have ever got to roe deer for that length of time. To be just a few
paces away and observe them. Absolutely brilliant and it shows what can be accomplished just
with a bit of good fortune and basic field craft. That really made my evening to be honest
and if we don't see another deer I will still be going home a happy boy. We better go up
in the high seat, the sun has started to dip and the evening is drawing in. We will crack
The high seat offers a fox and a very late roe. Too late for us, but well Dom's mind
has been on other things.
Predictably after peaking early in the evening we didn't see a fallow tonight, but we did
see rather a splendid roe buck from the high seat just on very last knockings of light
coming across the field, but they will be here another day. It was such a privilege
to get so close to those roe earlier on. We spent most of the time in the high seat just
talking about that. It was really, really good and you don't always have to pull the
trigger to have a great night out with your gun. So we are going to head back now, but
all in all an evening to remember.
From Surrey farmlands to the ragged Cornish coast. Simon Barr is trying to stop the cliffs
from falling into the sea.
This week I am out with Scott Milne and his mate Richard Nancarrow in Cornwall doing a
critical job. Keeping Cornwall looking like Cornwall and not Norfolk. We are catching
rabbits on the Cornish cliffs so the soil doesn't fall into the sea. And it is all for
the benefit of the local community and holiday makers who use the paths.
I heard quite recently that you bumped in to the Prime Minister while you were out ferreting.
Yes a couple of Thursdays ago we were out here doing pest control for the National Trust
and we had seen a lot of people all day, they had gone by, commented and stopped, photographed
us. Then we wondered who these bunch was coming down over the cliff to say hello and Richard
I who was out here thought to ourselves, Christ he looks like David Cameron and he walked
down and it was David Cameron, his wife, his kids and some security. They sat down with
us for the best part of 20 minutes and talked to us about ferrets and how his wife had had
ferrets as a child. They handled the ferrets, played with them, asked us what we were about
and why we were doing it. To be fair he was a real nice guy, he knew enough about the
countryside and knew what was happening and commented on the amount of rabbits that were
there and great job they thought we were doing for the National Trust. A really nice guy
all in all.
Not all holiday makers are as sensible as the Prime Minister when it comes to pets and
You have got to peg the nets down really tight otherwise you end up with the purse net and
the rabbit in the sea. We don't use dogs when we are purse netting out here for that situation
where a rabbit will run off the cliff and there are holes on the edge of the cliff and
a dog can't turn as fast as a rabbit. You will see the public out here with their dogs
chasing rabbits and I am sure many end up in the drink.
Apart from the lack of dogs ferreting here is like ferreting anywhere. So what are the
prospects for today.
There is obviously a big old wind blowing in off the sea. It is right on the headland.
It is always a bit of a myth that the rabbits don't bolt in the cold wind and they have
probably got in out of the wind. So will just have to wait and see.
For any type of field sports you couldn't get much better than this setting. This is
absolutely stunning.
Scott and Richard put ferret welfare above all. And those radio collars what are those
there to do.
Obviously the ferrets are under ground and there is just a mass, a maize of holes and
little tunnels for them to burrow along and without them if they do decide to make a kill
down there we can quite easily lose them for a couple of hours when they would normally
go to sleep and we would lose them. Whereas with the radio collar you can dig them out
and basically carry on your day and have a better day than sitting around waiting for
them to come out.
Richard is a keen breeder of ferrets. He is a kinsman of the man behind the famous Nancarrow
working cocker strain. So breeding skills must be in his blood.
Richard we have seen your ferrets and they are particularly small. Is that something
to do with the breeding?
Yes it is something I have done for the last 5 years. I have constantly bred them with
smaller ferrets, take the smaller ferrets out of a litter and bred them with smaller
ones purely to get the smaller size of ferret. Main reason being you want a smaller ferret
to be able to jump over the back of the rabbit and then be able to bolt it out of the hole
instead of a bigger ferret pinning it up against like a stop and then eating it and lying up
and then your day is spoilt.
It has been a slow day for ferreting. We only got 3. Scott thinks the wind is keeping them
under ground. It could also be that Scott and Richard are doing their job properly and
these rabbits are genuinely under control.
[Roar of stag]
If you enjoyed this film then why not check out Teamwild TV and see what my hunting buddy
Ian Harford has been up to this week.
Well from small brown animals down holes to much bigger ones. It is Hunting Youtube.
This is Hunting Youtube which aims to show the best hunting, shooting and fishing videos
that Youtube has to offer.
With the pheasant season underway this week we look at the best driven bird shooting on
We start with quality. 'Ripley Castle Shoot' is one of the many glorious driven shooting
films made by us for GunsOnPegs. And what a cracker it is. Well, I would say that, wouldn't
I? The Ripley Castle Shoot, Nr Harrogate in North Yorkshire, is a traditional driven game
shoot with grouse moors where true sporting values still exist. And here's the film to
tell you that.
Another British channel to make a reasonable effort in this area is GeckoWebDesignUK, which
does the filming for Welsh shooting estate and agency giant Bettws Hall. Its latest is
Bird hunting at Bettws Hall which it put up six months ago and has still had only 486
views but deserves many more. If it has had more by the time you watch it well - aha - observe
the power of our Hunting YouTube series.
GunsOnPegs and GeckoWebDesignUK are the new kids on the pheasant-shooting filmmaking block.
The old guard is represented by SportingScene, which publishes books and DVDs and puts clips
from its wares on YouTube. 'Sporting Scene - Classic Game Shooting Pheasant' looks at
the evolution of the sporting shotgun over the past 150 years as well as taking one shooting
pheasants on the Fens. Popular, though dated.
Another DVD seller, ShootingAndMore, has the annoying habit of showing everything at normal
speed and then the same clip slowed down, so if it wasn't a great clip the first time
it was doubly dull the second time. Here you are watching 'Driven pheasant partridge duck
shoot episode 6 part 2. But ShootingAndMore appears to own a tripod, which makes a difference
to camerawork. There are lots and lots of lovely game shoot days filmed on wobbly cameras
and uploaded to YouTube.
The only film close to a pheasant shooting film on ShootingTimesUK's channel is 'How
to skin a pheasant', uploaded by ShootingTimesUK in 2007, which is the YouTube equivalent of
the Cambrian outburst - and if you don't know what that is you will have to look it up.
Presented by Shooting Times' cookery writer, Mark Hinge, this film does what it says on
the tin.
The best driven-bird shooting films (apart from those made by our good selves, he adds
immodestly) are from the USA and Spain. For an example of a great Spanish partridge-shooting
film, I have picked Red-Legged Partridge Driven Hunt uploaded by HuntTripSpain. It's a shoot
promo but, get over it, it's got some good shooting in it.
We go to America and Africa with Mike Yardley. In 'Fausti Guns 3/3 - Hunting' Mike shoots
pheasants in Pennsylvania, quail and a rattlesnake in Georgia, and is apparently worshipped as
a god by locals in Africa, so all in all another day in the office for the top shooting writer
and contender for greatest living Englishman.
Then there are foreigners who come to the UK for the shooting. I love 'Partridge Game
Shooting in UK 2012' by Asad272 which raises more questions than it answers. Its description
calls it 'Partridge shooting in UK by Sheikh Asghar and Asad'. Who is Sheikh Asghar? Why
is this called 'in the Memories of my DAD'? And what is the Creature Comforts microphone
doing in all the shots? If you think that's me being mean about foreigners and their funny
way of talking, I have to say what a joyful and enthusiastic film it is. You will love
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
Well as you are used to me saying if you like shooting, you will love the Shooting Show.
On this week's Shooting Show: Byron Pace is in Africa on the trail of bushpig and warthog.
The bush is too dense for the cameraman, so he straps on a head-cam, and sets off. The
team also puts the Sako A7 through its paces. Taking its heritage from the popular Tikka
T3 and Sako 85, does this centrefire compromise on quality in order to hit its alluring price-point?
And, more importantly, how does it shoot? As always, the show has coverage of news and
Well we are back next week and if you are watching this on Youtube don't hesitate to
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