Fieldsports Britain - Partridges in Paris and calling foxes in Scandinavia

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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
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
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
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.
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
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 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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 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.
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