Fieldsports Britain - Mark Gilchrist on camouflage + George Digweed on long shots

Uploaded by fieldsportschannel on 12.12.2012

Welcome to Fieldsports Britain. Coming up our stars are finding out about camouflage
in most unusual ways. Jonny Crockett is making tools out of bits of old wood. But first the
pigeons are on the maize. Be prepared to be amazed by George Digweed.
It's our Christmas catch-up with George - who is looking particularly festive if not fashion
To be honest with you I don't care what it looks like as long as my head is warm.
On a crisp December afternoon he's taking time out from shooting to do some… shooting.
At this time of year the 20 times world champion is flat out looking after his sporting days,
but for George this really is R&R with a bit of pest control thrown in.
It is always nice to have a break and get out and have a shot when the season is on
- do you know what I mean. It is really hard work for us at the moment, especially this
year. So to get out and have a shot at the weekend is just a nice break.
He's been shooting this particular spot on the English North Downs for a decade and it's
some of the most challenging sport around.
When you are shooting pigeons like this. This is where your technique has to be absolutely
sound because you will get a good pigeon come in fairly close to you, come up wind and swing
round over the top at 15 or 20 yards and then the next pigeon you shoot at will be 75 yards.
So your technique has to be sound and you have to be confident of being able to judge
your distance and judge your lines. It is not about a big bag today, it is about having
some fantastic shooting and we should get that.
George doesn't have any decoys out - just a magnet to his left at about 65 yards. He
is tucked in the shadow of the wood behind us which is, again, about 60 yards away. It's
worth mentioning these distances to get a sense of perspective. 90% of the birds George
is shooting today are more than 60 yards away with some nearing 100. And you know when George
is pleased.
Ooh that was a beauty. Ooh what a beauty, ooh what a pigeon. Ooh......look at that.
Ooh and again, ooh.
Still enjoying your shot George.
Absolutely. No point in doing it if you can't enjoy it.
Now it cannot be denied that 2012 has been a fantastic year for British sporting achievement
and with the BBC's sports personality of the year coming up surely a man who has been world
champion so many times in his chosen discipline would get some sort of recognition - or may
be not.
I can't imagine why they would ask me this year. They haven't asked me many other years.
That was a nice one. They haven't asked me many other years. I went 3 times and the last
time I went was in Birmingham and they put me up in the ceiling and it was just a waste
of time. I hope Pete Wilson goes and gets some good coverage. I hope he gets invited
to it and I hope they interview him and I hope he comes across well, because he has
got an ideal opportunity to promote the sport.
The one thing Pete didn't have to worry about during the games was a cold cartridge - George
will now explain why it is important to look after your shells during the winter months...
Yes, if you look up the barrels there, just up in to the sky you can see the residue there
left up in there which is where the cartridges have been kept in damp conditions. The powder
has got a little damp so they burn a bit slower. It doesn't really affect the performance hugely,
but obviously it is not ideal.
Now these are some I have had on the radiator and you can see now that there is no residue
up there at all.
George warned us we'd see lots of birds today and he has not disappointed. His friend Will
described today's shooting as like the best presented highest pheasant drive and it lasts
for four hours. He's not wrong. Many people would find shooting at these ranges too extreme
but George makes it look easy.
At this time of year George gets a lot of invites to shoots all over the country as
well as looking after his own. One thing that he has noticed is an upsetting trend that
some guns are not using their second shot to ensure the bird is dead.
You see people that shoot in a flush of pheasants they hit the first one and then go straight
on to another bird. When the first one is not dead and they should finish that bird
off. If I am shooting I will always finish off. If I have hit a bird I will always finish
it off rather than go to another bird.
With the sun dropping fast George starts to tidy up. It's going to take a while..
We have done a good job here today killing pigeons that are going out to the rape. It
has been quite a difficult day I would say, but no it has been a very good sporting day
and when they come like that there is no finer bird in the world.
With three other guns keeping the birds moving, the group have shot slightly more than George
predicted: an impressive 813. George shot 140 once again proving he is king of the hill.
From birds in the air to a bird in a suit, it is David on the Fieldsports Channel News
This is Fieldsports Britain News.
A British animal rights organisation plans a day of action on 15 December 2012. Its claims
its activists - all 2 of them - will be leafleting outside the British newsagent WHSmith across
the UK, to protest against the sale of shooting magazines to young people. WHSmith recently
went back on a policy to age-restrict shooting magazines. You can order your own leaflets
and postcards via the Animal Aid website - they make great loft insulation.
Bear hunting with dogs is to be banned in the American state of California. Some 1,700
black bears out of a population of up to 39,000 are shot in California each year. Almost half
are with the help of hounds. Hunters are required by law to eat the meat. But hunters who trace
their lineage back to George Washington, Daniel Boone and Theodore Roosevelt will only be
allowed to use guns, not hounds, from 1st January 2013.
Gun crime across Scotland fell by 20% between 2010 and 2011, according to the latest figures.
The Scottish Government says there were five murders involving guns and 11 attempted murders.
Scotland faces a ban on airguns. However, the figures show that just 195 out of an estimated
half a million airguns in circulation in Scotland were used in crimes in 2011.
Sporting Shooter magazine has launched a new website. As well as news and reviews there
are also video contents starring the likes of Andy Crow, Mark Gilchrist and Roy Lupton.
Other UK magazines are also seeing the benefit of promoting shooting and field sports through
Youtube. Countryman's weekly magazine is now putting our films on its face book page.
And finally, it's the third yellowfin tuna record we have reported this year. A California
man reeled in a 445lb tuna but it won't go in to the books because someone else touched
the fishing rod. Boat captain Justin Fleck said he helped angler John Petruescu negotiate
around a bow anchor for insurance reasons.
You are now up to date with Fieldsports Britain News. Stalking the stories. Fishing for facts.
Thank you David. Well we have all got a lot to learn about camouflage. I have been off
finding out whether it is really necessary.
Camouflage - what works? Does it work?
We've had a few instances over the year where it didn't seem to matter what our guys were
wearing. In early autumn Dom Holtam had a wonderful wildlife moment with roe deer grazing
up to within just a few yards. He did that by standing still. Then there was Roy Lupton.
Standing in the open had roebucks charging straight towards him in the rut.
So we've asked some of the gang for some guidance. For starters, wallflower Mark Gilchrist has
been a long time supporter of blending into the background.
If you are keeping still it will help you to conceal yourself, but if you can't keep
still, it doesn't matter what you are wearing they are going to see you. You could be wearing
camouflage.... one of those ridiculous, are they called ghillie suits? with all that hair
hanging off them, they will still see you because you are moving around. They see is
movement. Most birds I think are colour blind or they have got poor colour vision and what
they see is movement. Also if you wait until the pigeons are just about settling and they
are flying alright. If you get up doesn't matter what you are wearing, they can't see
you, because they are focused on not hitting the ground.
We've asked Mark to take camo to a new level. Is it the emperor's new clothes?
Get on, get on. That is what I love about Labradors over girlfriends, because girlfriend
now would just go mental. Have you ever turned up at a dinner party dressed like this? They
don't like it, but Dawn just thinks the whole thing is a lot more fun.
If what you say is true, you should be able to shoot some pigeons like that.
Yes, no problem at all. My modelling career never really took off. I am not sure I am
going to swing through properly. I have really worn things is not really my size
is it? I am going to keep it though.
I certainly don't want it back.
I am quite offended by that actually.
We'll come back to Mark later and see how he's getting on.
Broadly it comes down to what birds and animals can actually see. Do the colours matter or
is it more about movement?
Andy Crow has also been known to wear camo but today he's going to try and shoot a few
crows whilst wearing a hi-vis jacket - (Our budget couldn't stretch to two mankinis)
As you can see I am wearing.....this isn't exactly camouflage. Just had a pigeon come
across the field. I stood up and shot it. You can't get any brighter than this can you?
So providing you have got a good hide, keep still, come up when you are ready to take
the shot, take the shot. Who would go pigeon shooting in this. You wouldn't go pigeon shooting,
standing in a wood walking down a hedgerow in this, but if you have a good hide, back
to field craft again, good hide, keep still, no trouble at all.
Staying low inside his expertly built hide, and even with the sun shining directly on
him, the crows and pigeons are ambushed by Andy. He loves his camo but shooting is as
much about understanding your quarry.
Staying low also means Andy has no need to wear a hat. Even rock gods with glossy hair
can get away with it if the birds are hungry and they stay relatively still.
How is it going down there.....
Of course being spotted is just one way of losing that shooting opportunity. There's
also your aroma. Sensible folk stalk with the wind in their face but you can be scent
free - shampoo and washes are big business in the United States but there are limits.
Now I'm off to one of the closest things I know to a fox: Mike Powell. I have only been
at his home in Devon for five minutes when Mike spots a rabbit. This is an ideal opportunity
for the Sporting Rifle magazine expert to show how the clothes he stands up in are as
good a camo as any. How close can he get?
How close did you get, within about 5 yards?
Yes, about that.
It must have known.
Oh yes. But if you watch animals you can see their reactions to what is going on and when
we used to shoot foxes with shotguns you could move out to them either in daylight or night
by watching very carefully what their reactions were and reacting to their reactions. Clearly
it isn't always going to work. You are not going to walk up to every fox, every deer
it doesn't happen. But you can get away with it quite often.
So how good is modern camo? I hide a series of camo and green jackets in a hedge. Given
that Mike is part man part fox, let's walk towards them and see which he spots first.
The one I can pick out here, just about, is the hard woods. Again that one is slightly
out of context because it is in green. It is a brown camo. But otherwise the others
are still not visible. Yes, I can just about spot the tweed. We are about 20 yards out.
Yes, the battered barber I can see, but nobody else would if they didn't know that there
was something in the hedge.
So who is the winner?
I would have to say.....oh dear that is difficult. I would have to say the Rivers West.
For Mike, nothing beats being absolutely still.
If you keep still it is almost irrelevant what you are wearing. If you keep still long
enough, they will generally relax. Not always, but they will relax.
There seems to be ever more camo patterns on the market, but where it will all end?
So how is Mark getting on with the pigeons?
It is a wonder when I am dressed like this that I am ever really single.
Camouflage does have it's place - and next year we will be testing it in places where
it matters.
From hiding out in the woods to camping out in the woods. Jonny Crockett from survival
school has got a new method for making a mallet.
If you were setting up in the woods, you don't have to bring all your tools with you. Some
of them you can make right here on the spot.
What we are going to make is a mallet. Now the irony of making a mallet is that ideally
you need a mallet to make a mallet. So this is my mallet to make a mallet. It is just
a one foot length of fairly thick hazel and I am going to make my mallet out of this.
I am going to split it in half and this end is going to be my mallet and this end I am
going to make into four tent pegs that I am going to use to put my tarp up later on.
I am going to measure it up, always measure twice and cut once. So that is where I am
going to make my mark. Peg it down. You can hear the change of noise as it gets deeper
and as it is about to fall, perfect. Now I am going to measure this one out again. As
it happens where the bark has ripped here that is about the same sort of size as my
So the mallet I am going to make I need to have a handle about that long. So what I am
going to do is that I am going to turn it around. Again I am going to put my foot on
there to give it a bit of control and I want to cut in about a couple of centimetres, may
be a centimetre and a half, turn it around. I keep turning it around until I have done
a full 360 and now I am going to revert back to using my knife and the baton I showed you
So remember that is the handle, so that goes upper most. Take the knife out of the sheath
and what we are going to do is put our knife just on the edge up to the hilt so that when
I strike down, the cut that I am making, the wedge I am taking out should stop when I get
down to this stop cut which I cut out with my saw.
So I just need to make this a more ergonomic handle now. As you can see it has lots of
ridges on it. So just cutting out to the side which will make it a bit rounder, really.
So that it fits in my hand and becomes more of a pleasure to use. Putting the craft back
into bush craft. There we are, lovely. But just to give it the piece de resistance or
as Del Boy might say a piece of resistance, I am going to bevel the top of this which
is going to stop it from splitting and from mushrooming when I hit the pegs into the ground
a little bit later. So there we go I could even if I wanted start to carve my name on
it and do what ever else I want. Lovely, that is me done for the mallet.
Now from woodwork to the wider world of hunting on 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.
Straight off to Poland for this clip of a young male wild boar. Leszek Kaminski who
sent us this clip and posted it on YouTube says the video was taken during commercial
hunt where he was a host, which is why there is no shot. Of course, hunting cultures vary.
In the UK, the host is allowed to shoot, too.
Now you may not be a bowhunter but here is a useful film by DerekGrebner87•called TGO
HOW TO BUILD THE DEADLIEST ARROW. Anyone who thought a cloth yard of English ash was enough
will see the error of their ways as they tangle with a Werewolf Single Right Bevel 200-grain
Broadhead, Carbon Express Piledriver 450, Blazer Vanes fletched right helical on a cresting
wrap, all to be twanged from a Martin Firecat 400 set at 75lb. The word ‘twanged' is my
Viewer Doug Barber sends in RMR: Bear Tagging. It's an item about tagging hibernating bears
with Canadian comedian Rick Mercer. Now be warned that North American humour relies on
canned laughter, but it is still a warm and friendly piece about wildlife management that
includes three cute bear cubs and no shooting.
Let's stay in Canada but with a British fishing agent. FishSkeena offers its round-up of the
2012 season in Huge Steelhead and Trophy Chinook Salmon flyfishing in British Columbia. The
footage isn't true HD but the fish are.
Viewer Benedikt Buker kindly sent us a video the other day. This week he sends dozens.
They will keep us going for months. Thank you Benedikt. This one is Monster Lake Trout
Ice Fishing by JigHeadsTV.
The YouTube channel Horne250 has a fan in Geoff Pickford who asks us to mention it.
Here is Autumn squirrel hunting, Horne250's first outing on the squirrels this autumn.
If you like your rabbiting soundtrack to be "Ooh La La" by British electronica and hip
hop band The WiseGuys, you will enjoy Rabbit hunt .17 CZ & .22 Magnum by TheDecoyBoys.
They are shooting rabbits in silage, hay and wheat fields. Crop damage is there for all
to see.
Sam Badham also known as SRSPower sends us his new film Pigeon Shooting with the Whirly.
There were a lot of pigeons feeding on the lower field when he arrived so he decided
to build the hide there. As soon as Sam was setup they all cleared off. Still - allow
us to be pompous for a moment - good work Sam. We like a film with a sense of story.
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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