Fieldsports Britain - Big night foxshooting with George Digweed

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Welcome to Fieldsports Britain.
Coming up, something of the night about this programme.
Could he be shooting’s first knight? We talk to Olympic Double Trap gold medallist
Pete Wilson
We've got hunting Youtube, kit special, Calendar and News Stump.
But first George Digweed is on poult patrol on a electric powered polaris.
Tonight we are hitting the stealth mode button - George has taken delivery of a new electric
powered polaris utv and it will mean the foxes won't know what's gliding towards them - let
alone what's hit em.
It is silent. The only noise you make is what you are running on. Obviously it is a little
bit noisier tonight because we are running on rape stubble. But I am sure that when you
get on to wheat stubble and grass and then drilled corn later in the autumn, it is going
to prove unbelievable.
The dream team tonight is Steve on lamp and George behind the wheel and the rifle. The
foxes on this bit of ground in Sussex needs controlling to protect poults -
This year is like a year I have never known before with foxes. Since the 1st July I have
actually got 78 now, locally and there has hardly been any corn been cut. We normally
average between 100 and 130 a year on all of the shoots that I control and I cannot
see it being under 200 this year.
George is forever the competitor and was disappointed to have dropped a shot recenlty - in other
words "missed a fox" a few nights ago.
I missed my first fox on Monday night and I dropped 67 on a bounce up to then. Then
after I missed the first fox on Monday night, I then shot 11. So that is where we have got
to 78. I think it bears out the fact that one you can get closer to the foxes and two
you have got a perfect shot every time.
Once in position he fires up his faithfull polystyrene and glass fox call combo and starts
shattering the silence. He keeps it up for about 2 minutes and our first Charlie of the
night appears - George directs Steve to lift the light from below on to our fox and down
he goes - we don't retrieve it immediately but slightly alter position... and a few minutes
later out of an adjacent wood pops out fox number two. For this time of year George opts
for a bigger bullet for his foxing.
I actually at this time of the year go to a .243. I started shooting a .243 this year
because I just feel with this rape stubble... you look at these big stalks and the little
debris that is around it. You get some shards of rape like that it has only got to touch
that and it breaks up. I just feel that a heavier bullet, my preferred choice of rifle
is a .223 and I have shot 100’s of foxes with a .223 and had a lot of success, but
I was losing one or two in rape stubble and I just felt the bullet was breaking up or
touching something before it got there and consequently where it was touching something
before it had just got there it was breaking up and giving me a miss. But the .243 has
been really doing the job.
We cross over a few fields to another vantage point - a few squeaks and a older vixen stops
for too long and shes's on the ground.
With three in the back in half an hour it's looking promising - the next customer is out
of sight but there's no time to retrieve it quite yet. We spot another set of eyes has
been spotted on the hill above us. Others might have given up earlier but George is
a patient man and uses a mouth call to give the fox something to think about and to keep
those eyes flashing in our direction. Quater of an hour of cat and mouse and he takes the
280 yard shot.
Ooh that was a beauty. Long way off.
Before we grab that one George feels there is still another to be had here.. Again a
young cub reacts to the call and starts making it's way through the stubble...... Fox number
Sometimes at this time of year they squeak right up to you and other times they are just
a bit wary. But we have got a lovely night for it. It is a dead still night. A fox will
always on a windy night will always try to come up wind to you to get your scent. They
will always go down wind. A fox will call to you quite often when he is coming and is
a little bit wary. This time of year you get one or two cubs who are uneducated and they
are easier to clear up.
Fox number five is also a young one
If you ever actually ever look around here, around the fox. You will see that hence we
were waiting for 15 minutes because the rape is actually short enough here that the fox
became visible and if you actually look out further you can see where the taller rape
is. Hence the reason I couldn’t get the bullet through it there, but in this patch
here where the header was a bit lower, I was able to see it clearer on the bank and was
able to kill it.
The polaris is coping doing incredibly well - we're charging around the farm in one wheel
drive and the vibration free shooting position has meant foxes are dropping at every opportunity.
When we lie our eight foxes out - and there are all shapes and sizes.
As you can see here you have got a cub there that is half grown, you have got a cub here
which is three quarters grown and you have got a cub there that is a quarter grown. So
you know there are cubs there from all differing ages, which can only lead me to think that
they have probably had two litters, which is probably one of the reasons that we are
shooting so many foxes. I certainly wouldn’t want to see the last fox gone that is for
George is happy that he hasn't dropped a shot and we've added 8 to his tally - He's really
impressed with the polaris and he's actually working alongside the company to make sure
this piece of kit becomes a must have for any gamekeeper or pest controller.
Now George touched on the notion that there may be other factors keeping the fox population
high. Well a little while ago we outed the work of an outfit called the Fox Project which
was releasing foxes next to a chicken run. If you are watching this on YouTube you might
like to see that film which is appearing in the trees behind me.
Now another cub that was released into the wild, too young. It is David on the Fieldsports
Channel News Stump.
This is Fieldsports Britain News.
The outlook for grouseshooting this season remains gloomy. A new video from BASC shows
just how poor. Moorland gamekeeper Robin Varley and BASC Scotland's Colin Shedden discuss
prospects for the season. Click on it to see the whole film.
Meanwhile a major study by the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust has shown that grouse moors
with gamekeepers in place creates a wildlife sanctuary. Upland wading birds such as lapwing,
golden plover and curlew, do well on managed areas. Whereas elsewhere they continue to
decline or have disappeared. The GWCT’s nine-year Upland Predation Study shows that
the breeding success of these birds is three times better than foxes and crows are controlled.
Even a recent RSPB report has highlighted the value of legal predator control in protecting
moorland waders.
A viewer has pointed us to the British soap opera Hollyoaks where the producers appear
to have gone mad, showing a disregard for basic gun safety in a sequence about airgun
shooting. Among horrors, the actors shoot blind folded, point the airguns at each other
and stick them in each others back. Broadcaster Channel4 claims the directors of Hollyoaks
'researched the use of air weapons before broadcasting'. Yeah yeah.
Former BASC South-West director Jamie Stewart is the new Director of the Scottish Countryside
Alliance. Originally from Argyll, Jamie has worked for the Countryside Alliance for a
year as a specialist shooting consultant. He is managing director of Westcountry Wildlife
Services - a wildlife consultancy and training enterprise.
Click here if you would like to see an episode of Fieldsports Britain when we went wildfowling
with Jamie, alongside James Green and Jeffrey Olstead.
As the American election campaigns starts to hot up, Mitt Romney has named his running
mate. The new Republican vice presidential candidate is Paul Ryan. As these pictures
show he is a keen bowhunter and shooter, both of whitetail deer and wild turkeys.
Sticking with deer and hitting one can cause terrible trauma, especially when you are a
biker. However, this guy is completely unfazed. Click on the video to see the whole film.
And finally, it is our third birthday... We launched on the glorious 12th in 2009 and
thanks to support at home and all over the world our films are watched 650,000 times
a month. It is also a good time to say thank you to the likes of Roy, Andy, Mark, Dom and
George and to the 100’s of people we featured in our programme allowing us to share their
pigeon hides, high seats, shadow their stalks and take up room on their quad bikes. And
finally there is all the forward thinking companies who realise that video and YouTube
is the future and not the work of the devil.
You are now up to date with Fieldsports Britain News. Stalking the stories. Fishing for facts.
Stay with us now for the map that matters and Calendar UK.
Welcome to Calendar for those seasonal reminders and dates for the diary.
Moon is waning crescent with a new moon on Friday. Complete darkness for the first time
in a month means it's going to be a great time to get out after pests and vermin at
On a more formal front, grouse numbers are disappointing except in the North East and
the Eastern part of the Borders, and the roebuck rut is over throughout most of Britain.
Fishing is one of the bright spots. Both sea and game angling continues well in Ireland,
Scotland and much of England. Downpours of rain this week are expected to gee up activity
in freshwaters.
West Wales is seeing rivers above normal levels for the time of year with some good colour.
There have been some good catches of sewin on the lower to middle Teifi where current
conditions are ideal. However, rain has been limiting night fishing. And salmon seem to
be going through some of the best known local beats, probably due to the high levels of
Best fish so far is a 27 1/2 lb salmon on the Wye caught by a landowner on his own beat
at Glan yr Afon near Builth Wells.
Now do you fancy your own stretch of the Welsh version of the River Test? Trawsgoed Estates
Limited is letting some 1.5 miles of fishing on the River Teifi, near Ystrad Meurig, Ceredigion.
Now, shooters, would you like to meet world Champion and Fieldsports Channel regular Abbey
Burton? She is holding an open day this Sunday, 18th August, at Wellington in Somerset. Bring
the family and try out clay shooting, archery and air rifle shooting. There will be food,
too. Visit for more details.
That is Calendar for this week. If you have a date for the diary and want to let the Fieldsports
community hear about it drop James a line
Now from David at zero to an Olympic hero, it is the golden boy of British shooting Peter
Wilson wins double trap Olympic Gold medal. We talk to him in the run up to the Olympics
about the disciplines and the sports injury which set him on the road to Team GB glory.
Peter Wilson is now the name, face and future ambassador for shooting sports. 12 years after
Richard Faulds took on the world Pete has stepped up to the mark and delivered gold.
But it could have been so very different - As a youngster the mad keen sportsman only had
eyes for cricket and squash - shooting was an occasional bit of fun, but then he dislocated
his left shoulder damaging the nerves and it was his therapy which gave him a taste
for shotguns.
I had shot before, but never in a serious capacity. This was back in 2004/2005 if not
back to 2000. I don’t even know, that is terrible isn’t it. It was so long ago that
I don’t even know when I dislocated my shoulder. It was a long time ago. I had just gone to
school. I went to Millfield for a number of reasons, sport was definitely on the horizon
and I was loving it. So that put a scupper to everything. I ended up shooting as a means
to get back into rehabilitation. The physios were very keen that I held the weight in my
left hand. So shooting was a good sport to do. Every Wednesday we were going out with
the school and shooting. So the physios were very keen I carried on, so I carried on. When
I came back to everything else I was pretty rubbish. So I decided to carry on with shooting
and I was really enjoying it by then and I left school as national champion and was just
really enjoying my shooting.
Pete dabbled with all the olympic disciplines but soon realised that in order to get to
the highest level you need drive support and amibition, but most importantly you need to
love the sport because it is going to takeover your life.
I had a go at ski. I shot English ski which is a slower form of Olympic ski for a long
time, just for fun, but nothing serious. I enjoyed shooting Olympic ski, but didn’t
really love it. And I believe that with the Olympic disciplines you have to love it. You
have to want to get up in the morning and train and shoot. Now I am shooting up to 40,000
if not 60,000 cartridges a year double trap alone. Shooting most days. So you have to
really want to shoot and with Olympic ski I just didn’t have that kind of desire and
so I went down the trap route and had a tinkle with Abbey’s Olympic trap. Didn’t really
enjoy it enough, but when I found double trap I just loved it. It was just a lot of fun
and I just found myself wanting to shoot. Wanting to go back to the range and train.
A chance meeting with Ian Coley at the reception at Bisley kept Pete heading in the right direction
- he was suddenly training with the likes of Faulds Walton and Scott ,,,and he was hooked....
Now many shooters can hit clays, but what makes the difference is being able to keep
your nerve at the top level.
It is about being able to control the nerves, because everyone is going to be very nervous
on that Olympic day and everyone accepts that, accepting that you are going to be very nervous.
And it is that one big day. And then just learning to control it and I think that is
through practice and as much practice as possible. But nothing can prepare you for that one day.
18 of the 24 competitiors in the double trap at London 2012 were shooting a perazzi. This
is an example of Pete's extraordinary bit of kit - If you'd like to find out more about
the gun that brought home gold
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Now the grouse season is underway in the UK and we are going to bring you lots about that
next week. For this week, let’s look at how they shoot the African version of grouse
- we're walking up francolin.
Blaser Safaris lodge in Namibia is a slice of first-world luxury in a fourth-world landscape.
After a hard morning's hunting big game, what better way to relax than to ping a few clay
pigeons and walk up some of the local gamebird, the francolin. The clays here are designed
to behave like African game birds - and they are launched off steep cliffs in a challenging
We were discussing additional things we could start on our Blaser Safari Lodge and we decided
that clay pigeon shooting would definitely fit into the environment here. We then obviously
got the machines in. We got a gentleman from Promatic from England in. And we decided on
these two copies which you can see in the background. We decided to try and blend them
into the surrounding areas and this is what we came up with.
Darren as a fairly regular shooter, how does this measure up?
Well, it is pretty spectacular as you can see not something you would expect to see
everyday so yes, fantastic.
Pretty tall birds aren’t they?
Pretty tall birds?
It doesn’t mean they are 6 foot Swedish girls.
It is set up as a sporting set up which is absolutely fantastic. As you can see the different
positions on the stand so you get to shoot the birds from below, from above. So it is
a perfect set up.
And you have a variety of targets here. There is definitely a francolin in there.
There is definitely a francolin, there is definitely an......grouse. And the high bird
we don’t have a name for yet, but I am sure we will find one.
We all give it a go. Some with more success than others.
Lucky second shot.
Lucky my arse.
The ribbing is not helping me shoot straight. Their schoolboy behaviour forces me to say
rude words after yet another miss.
It must be the heat. Now of course, we're not here for fun. Perish the thought. Darren
works for Blaser and he has flown to Namibia in order to talk about Blaser's super-technical
shotgun, the F3. What a tough job he has.
I bet you are going to tell me it is the ideal shotgun for francolin.
As you said I work for Blaser. This was Blaser’s first true shotgun. We have made for many
years combined guns with shotguns, but this was Blaser’s first true shotgun. And it
wasn’t a matter of looking what was on the market and how can we improve that. Blaser
really went back to the drawing board and created something completely new. The main
features of the shotgun, my CEO Bernard ......would say it is the trigger, outstanding trigger
characteristics. My personal preference on the F3 is the balance of the gun. We have
a bow balancer, here a preparation for additional weights that can be put onto the barrels.
Also in the stock area in here is also a threaded rod with weights on it. So I can literally
for every individual customer adjust the balance and I see at so many events with other manufacturers,
people put lead in their barrels, they put lead in their stocks to try and get the balance
correctly and this is a feature that we have as a standard.
So let's take it out for real and see whether we can walk up francolin. You see plenty of
these birds when you are carrying a rifle and looking for big game. Of course, the moment
you pick up a shotgun, they melt away into the long grass.
The system here is to drive and spot, drive and spot. When you spot, you stop and try
to walk up the birds.
We find the first birds near a water hole. We see feathers but the bird flies on strongly.
Happily, you only have shout bang in a threatening manner and they fall out of the sky. A hundred
yards into the bush and Marc's sharp eyes spot the dead bird on the ground.
I don’t know if you saw the blood, we followed the blood trail of this francolin and after
You did not!
And after 100 yards we found him dead.
The second bird is trickier. It is well hidden under a tree. We try to surround it but, with
only two shooters, and a three-dimensional landscape, it finds the gap and plays it.
When we spot the third bird, we employ the kind of stalking techniques you might use
on a large antelope. Darren gets up behind it and walks it round. Marc is positioned
under the tree. And the plan works. The bird flies over Marc, presenting him with a long
shot, made more difficult by the clay cartridges he is using. Again, a few hundred yards away,
Marc happens on the now dead francolin under a tree.
Our second francolin for the morning. It is turning out to be a bit more difficult than
we had planned. Anyway we have two for the pot.
For more about the Blaser F3, visit The website is in English and German. For
more on Blaser's safari lodge in Namibia, go to
Next, let’s go international. It is Hunting YouTube.
This is Hunting YouTube, which aims to show the best hunting, shooting and fishing videos
that YouTube has to offer.
Let's start with the foreign films. You will see superb duckshooting in the mangrove marshes
of Chinadega, in the north-west of Nicaragua if you watch Trek Safari International Duck
& Dove hunt by SparkyVideos99. Clouds and clouds of birds.
Not that you need it in Nicaragua, Milouin from France shows how to improve and change
the sound of a mallard decoy, both single reed and double reed.
And then we have the Antonio Banderas of airgunning. FreeManShooting, who has produced a series
of films about magpies, crows and pigeons. This is Air rifle hunting #8 Magpies - One
day with my gun. He is using a peculiar effect in his film which makes the magpie look like
an oil painting. It is certainly no oil painting after he has shot it.
On the fishing front, we come upon WillLeviMarshall on the River Urr in South-West Scotland, catching
his second salmon of 2012. Water is up and fly is a Sunray. His channel of sporting vlogs
is worth a look, including, as it does, gooseshooting too.
Let's briefly go foreign again, to the River Po in Italy. There have been a lot of big
catfish caught recently in the UK and abroad. We have featured big cat specialist DylanDog1969
before. This film is a bit special. He is with angler Yuri Grisendi as he pulls in a
record catfish, called a siluro in Italian, which also means torpedo.
Back in the UK, it's that pigeon shooting time of year, so a pleasure to find Si Pittaway
and his friend Gary shooting the farmer's public enemy number one over stubble on VerminHuntersTV.
We have featured Rob Collins, the Old Hedge Creeper, on Fieldsports Channel in the past
and here he is with his own YouTube channel PassItOnYoungSportTV. He is pigeon shooting
with young shots, including one Josh, who shoots a personal best - or PB as they call
it in the Olympics - of 24 birds. Total for the day is 133 birds.
Finally, we are not the only ones to film the king of shooting PBs, Olympic Double Trap
gold medallist Peter Wilson (that lad is such a media slapper). ClayShootingSuccess has
a two-minute chat with him where Pete does his version of lantern-jawed Christian Bale
while interviewer Phil Coley does his impression of slack-jawed Sir David Frost. Makes you
proud to be British.
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
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