Fieldsports Britain - Grouseshooting, rabbits with Roy Lupton and pigeons

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Welcome to Fieldsports Britain. Coming up we have got grouse in Yorkshire. Roy Lupton
is on pest patrol. We have got all the regulars, News Stump, Kit Special and Hunting Youtube.
First, Simon Barr from Realtree UK Pro-staff is out after poor man's grouse, the pigeon.
Pigeons are my sporting weak spot. I hear tales of birds flooding into patterns. Red
hot barrels and monster bags. But for me the opportunity has never quite presented itself.
The stock excuses may be familiar, should have been here yesterday, last week, too sunny,
too windy, too rainy, but today actually has some real potential.
We have got seagulls coming in from the coast. We have got a big flight line coming in from
a nearby city. There seems to be a lot of activity in the air here.
Yes, it is going to be good. They are coming in now if you have look. Yes, it is always
good near a big city because the birds come out from the parks, the gardens. They breed
in the towns so we get good flight lines from the town. So it should be really good.
This has to be one of the first times I have been out pigeon shooting Trevor and I have
actually seen some birds when I have been setting up. So I am hugely optimistic. No
pressure Trevor.
It might just be that I have finally gotten myself into pigeon paradise. Food on the ground,
good weather and a professional guide with the inside track. Trevor has been guiding
for Servis UK on the South Downs for years. Avid shooters come from all over Europe to
get stuck into this high speed sport. So if anybody has a few tips for me, it should be
How many decoys do you put out into a pattern Trevor to start off with.
Usually go from half a dozen up to 20 and add to them when you shoot them.
I guess today there is quite a lot about, so do you think we will need a big pattern.
No not really. Not this time of year. You need big patterns when you are on rape, when
you are shooting on rape in the winter time. But now a days, at the moment you could shoot
them on 3 or 4 probably. We had some out the other day, just 4 dead ones and they were
coming in to those. It just depends on the situation, the weather and the area really.
I always put out roughly about 15 to 20 decoys to start with and then you can muck about
either take them in, move them whatever...
Why don't you show me how you lay them out.
I help putting out the decoys. Trevor only has a few real birds and Bonny the lab has
jumped the gun with a fine retrieve before a shoot is even fired.
I am getting quite excited about my chances here dare I say it. It could finally be that
my long wished for, modest by most standards, proper day's pigeon shooting could be ahead
of me.
Too many times have I been out for a red letter day and come back with less than 20. So I
am not coming out of that hide until I have shot 50.
With the trucks off the field things heat up very quickly.
I shoot more shells than birds in the first 15 minutes than I usually shoot in a whole
afternoon. The confidence levels are running very high in the hide.
Just guiding themselves in. and me.
The birds keep coming and I surprise myself with a couple of real screamers.
Yes, what a shot!!! What do you think of that Trevor. Rubbish. That is the shot of the day
However sometimes I am missing real sitters. Time for some tips from Trevor.
I don't shoot a lot of pigeons. How am I doing and what do you think I can improve on.
You are doing pretty well, but I think you are getting a bit behind them. I think you
just need to try and give them a little bit more lead. Trouble is when you are pigeon
shooting it is so quick and snappy, but you have still got to try and get in front a bit.
If you point straight at them really when they are flying past you still have to get
some more lead on them.
These fields attract all sorts of birds. I am shooting mainly woodies today, but ferrals
coming up from a nearby town are also on the field. As seagulls attract such a hefty fine,
we shall be leaving these well alone. Crows on the otherhand are game on.
The birds have sort of tailed off a little bit now. But we have been out for 2 hours
and it has been excellent actually. The birds have been coming in consistently and what
is a complete surprise is that I haven't shot too badly. I have learnt a lot today how you
decoy the pigeons. How you set the pattern up. When you need to put the new battery on
the whirly cause that has run out once. And you can't have the whirly turning too slowly.
So I am learning a huge amount. The birds are just starting to come back in now. So
who knows I might get to my golden 50.
One more.
The birds start coming in again thick and fast and the 50 bird bag I set myself must
surely be in sight. I keep shooting until Trevor suggests we make a move. I really hope
I am close to my target. We gather the birds up and it is going to be close. So far we
have got to 48. Now we know that there are least 2 birds that I have shot which have
gone into the hedges and I am not leaving this field until we have found them.
Trevor works the dogs through the rough stuff and hey presto would you believe it, we have
picked 49.
Now Trevor there are 49 here and this makes the 50, the decoy which has been up the combine.
But I know you are hiding that crow from me. Where is it? We saw it being shot. It has
been a thoroughly enjoyable day Trevor thank you very much. One of the best days I have
had. I am not one of the best shotgun shots, but I have excelled myself today and I am
really, really happy with how things have gone and I really enjoyed it so thank you
very much.
I will find the crow later when you have gone.
To the farmers delight I have finally clocked up my first half century of crop eating pigeons.
It has been a great learning experience spending time in the hide with Trevor. Pigeon shooting
is really an art and I now fully understand that it is more about the recky work before
the day than pulling the trigger in the hide, although having your eye in certainly helps.
If you have enjoyed this film then why not check out my hunting buddy Ian's latest adventures
on Teamwild TV where you will find plenty more films just like this.
Well if you enjoyed that film about pigeons and you are watching this on Youtube you might
like to click on this film which is appearing in the sky behind me.
Now from overgrown squabs to a damp squib. It's David on the Fieldsports Channel News
This is Fieldsports Britain News.
There are some Red faces at the Royal Mail.
Just days after celebrating Peter Wilson's win in Double Trap Shooting at the Olympics
with a first class stamp, the Royal Mail announces it is thinking of banning the carriage of
firearms or firearms parts. The British national postal service has carried weaponry since
1516 when Henry VII established a "Master of the Posts" and there is no evidence of
them falling into the wrong hands in the last five hundred years.
Cormorants could be heading for the quarry list.
The Countryside Alliance is working with the Angling Trust and other organisations on a
campaign for action on cormorants and goosanders to protect our fish. The campaign aims to
get these birds added to the general licence. There is an ongoing Ministerial review of
licensing, and a decision is expected in November.
A kangaroo has escaped from a wildlife park, and a fox and a wild boar have been named
as suspected accomplices.
Michael Hoffmann, assistant head of the Hochwildschutzpark Hunsrückwest of Frankfurt, says the male
kangaroo was one of three that escaped out of their enclosure after a young fox dug a
hole next to the fencing. Two of the three were then able to escape the park entirely
through another hole dug by a wild boar under the exterior fence.
Apparently fish don't get hot under the collar?
Fish could be able to survive temperature rises better than first thought. That's the
conclusion of research by St Andrews University. It found that the temperature a fish experiences
at the early stages of development can affect how it copes with temperature changes later
in life. This is of course good news for anglers who fear that global warming will be bad for
fish stocks.
You don't need boots for walking up hills any more.
A Swiss company has come up with a new sock that does the job for you. The Swiss Protection
Sock, says the Swiss Barefoot Company, gives you a 'genuine new barefoot feeling' as you
walk around in it.
And finally a Chinese couple discover their cat burglar was actually a catfish.
Xu Xianmin and his wife thought their one-room home was empty when they locked up to leave
for their jobs as sanitation workers at 4am. But when they came back at 9.30am, it had
been trashed. They thought they had been burgled until they saw something moving on the floor.
It was a catfish. To add to the mystery, the couple's home lies in a residential area with
no river or pond nearby.
You are now up to date with Fieldsports Britain News. Stalking the stories. Fishing for facts.
Thank you David. Now later in the programme Roy Lupton has got a garden centre to protect
from pests. First let's go with Lee Maycock to walk up grouse in Yorkshire.
So here we are out in the heart of the Yorkshire Dales to learn a little more about a special
bird which lives in this delicate environment that I would like to see appear on more dinner
My work as a chef has taken me all over the world feeding all sorts of people. From the
England football team through to movie stars. But my real passion is game. For me red grouse
really is premiere league. Today I have been invited on my first ever grouse shoot. This
is an informal, family walked up day. The host is Mark Hancock. He has only recently
taken on the moor and he is not only trying to preserve the wildlife, he also wants to
preserve the tradition of grouse shooting which is why today the dads are walking and
the boys are shooting.
Most of what we are doing here is for the long term. Now in most other facets of life,
particularly these days everything seems to be short term whether it is business, whether
it is pleasure, people are wanting more short term fixes. What we are trying to do here
is build something, not for the next year or 5 years, but really for the next generation
and generation after that.
Your children's children. So on and so forth.
The line moves off on the first drive and incredibly the first bird of the day falls
to me. What a fantastic start. The terrain is amazing it is knee deep heather and we
have only done 200 yards and you know you have done it already so far so good it's brilliant.
The going is tough and the birds are definitely here. The grouse break cover and the tally
is building steadily. After an hour we drive to the top of a moor for some lunch. The cabin
is a cosy escape from the wet weather, but once everybody is fed and watered I grab Mark
again to find out a little more about moor management.
There is obviously a bigger picture here me being a chef, I understand from a hotel background
that with this heather you have got the grouse shoot, but obviously it is much bigger than
that. You bring in families and they stay in the local hotels, they spend money in the
local restaurants. Obviously it puts some money back into the high streets and the local
towns. So it is a much bigger picture than just grouse shooting isn't it?
Absolutely when I started this it was the shooting that was exciting and appealing to
me. The more I understand what goes on here, it is a far bigger picture which involves
the restoration, the enhancement and improvement of the landscape. So by working hard now to
ensure that we preserve them and at the same time bring people into the Dales, bring people
onto the moors who are contributing to the economy, that is fantastic and as you touched
on being a chef, what actually is being produced up here is food and that food is being served
in our local pubs and restaurants and enabling them. So it becomes a circular debate which
is the bit that really excites me now.
The second drive is also successful for all the shooters and I get another couple of shots
off. It is very fast as soon as they are up they are away. So it is just get on and push
through them and shoot. Just a little bit of lead, but not much because they are so
bloody fast.
They have lost birds here to bad weather, but there is still a healthy population. One
of the reasons is heather burning. Something I have never really understood.
Amanda can you tell me why you have got 3 different heights of heather in this space
just here.
Absolutely the game keeper has 2 main jobs and one of them is burning the heather in
very controlled careful patches. So it gives a mosaic, a patchwork quilt of different ages
and different heights. The reason for that is all about the heather getting the heather
to regenerate. The very fresh shoots here that the grouse eat and that is tender and
full of nutrition for them. So heather burning is all about creating that regeneration of
the heather and also giving them everything they need in their little territory. So this
will be maybe 3 or 4 years it was burnt, you can see the stalks left here and the lovely
growth. Over here you can see that that might be ready for burning in a year or two. It
is getting long and quite leggy and the keeper will burn another little patch. This will
keep growing and over there you can see that that is already coming away. So you have got
cover for the grouse where they will nest, nice fresh shoots to feed. It is not all about
the grouse though. Because there are these
different niches that are created they are fantastic for other wildlife. On here for
instance you might have a golden plover nest right in the middle. He likes to see what
is coming all the preditors around him. A curlew might like to be half a metre into
the edge here, into this long stuff, likes to peep out and see what is coming, keep his
head down. The heather over there I would say is perfect for the grouse. When we were
walking round today that is where we found them wasn't it?
With 16 birds, or 8 brace we are a happy group. But I have got things to do away from the
Just finished our first down the grouse moor. My first time on a grouse moor and to top
it all I shot 4 grouse which is fantastic. But I had never understand the depth which
goes into managing a grouse moor like this. As you can see if you look around this wildlife,
this landscape and it all impacts on the local community. But what we are going to do now
is head back to the kitchen. I am going to take these birds with me and going to cook
them and really do them the justice they deserve.
Chris we have just brought these 2 birds down off the moor. Can you just quickly explain
to me the difference between young and old, because essentially what I am going to do
is take the breast off the young bird, quick pan fry it and serve that for dinner. So can
you show me how I would identify a young and old bird.
Yes. There are numerous ways. The way I use is by toe nails. This one is very smooth,
it is a young bird. This one has a ridge in so that makes that an old bird. You can tell
by the 3rd feather, the difference is in the 3rd feather it is a bit shorter. And same
as early on in the season one head is very hard and one is very soft.
Perfect. So this is my bird for tonight to cook with.
That is the young bird.
So we have got our grouse all prepared now ready for the oven. We are going to take the
breast off these and pan fry those and serve them with a sort of risotto. So what we are
going to do is essentially a sort of lemon, pea and mint risotto and garnish those with
some of these lovely pea shoots. In addition to that we are going to take the black pudding
make some little bomb bombs and that is going to be the dish. So pan fried grouse served
on a lemon, pea and mint risotto with a black pudding bomb bomb.
Once these are pan fried and cooked for 4 minutes, they have got to be rested for the
same time. So that can be adapted to any piece of meat. So if you roast a joint for an hour
you rest it for an hour. If you cook something in the oven for 30 minutes, then you rest
it for 30 minutes. And that resting time is paramount it just lets the moisture and the
blood inside go back in the fibres, lets the meat relax and makes for a much nicer piece
of meat to taste and to eat.
Red grouse are unique to the British Isles. Many are aware of them, but possibly think
they are exclusive or too expensive. Not a bit of it from £4.50 a bird it is worth a
go. If you would like to cook one ask your local butcher or look on line for oven ready
Now you don't get grouse unless you stay on top of foxes. Here is the perfect bit of kit
for fox control.
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Now you go to a garden centre and you see the asters are amazing and the begonias are
blooming, but it doesn't happen by accident. Late at night Roy Lupton is creeping around
the clematis.
Tiptoeing through the tulips tonight, poking through the pansies, it's Roy Lupton and his
trusty airgun. He has been asked by his mate Mark to help out at a garden centre that - says
Mark - is being ravaged by peony-pinching chrysanthemum-crunching rabbits.
Roy must ignore the allure of the hot tubs, not to mention sculpture that would bring
a tear to the eye of everyone from Michelangelo to Jeff Koons. He is out to control an animal
that is costing this garden centre a lot of money.
Bit of an odd setting tonight.
Yes we are, the management here have had a major problem with their lovely plants and
everything being destroyed by the rabbits so the pest management that we are putting
in place includes shooting, long netting and a bit of ferreting later on in the year when
the cover comes down.
So have you any idea of how many rabbits are coming into the centre at the moment or not?
The owner reckons about 30. I have observed between 15 and 20 here in the evening.
Of course there are a lot of breakables here. Those in glass houses should not throw stones,
let alone loose off airguns. Roy has to be careful with his shot selection. To help,
he is only using a sub-12 ft-lb air rifle.
Obviously because of the location we are shooting in tonight and we have got a lot of ornaments
around, we have got conservatories and everything else and we have got a lot of paved areas
so there is the opportunity for ricochet there. So the safest tool for the job we are using
is a sub-12 ft-lb air rifle and I am just going to stick the night master torch that
we have got here on top so that we can just click that on here and that attaches on there
like so with the clamp that comes with it. Straight on top of the rifle. Then whack it
on and away we go hopefully. What I will probably do is put it down to half power. So we will
probably put it down to half power and then we are not going to be spooking the rabbits
too much. And that should give us about 2 hours continuous use or 3 or 4 hours with
us using it intermittently. That should do us for this evening's rabbiting.
It really is a strange backdrop for pest control but these hungry rodents enjoy their pruning
more than members of the local horticultural society.
But it is not to go the legendary Lupton's way tonight. In two hours of skulking in the
shrubberies , Roy only spots a couple of rabbits and neither offer a chance of a shot. The
only bunnies in this place are armour-plated. If we want rabbit, pie, we are going to have
to take the party to our ingredients.
We are trying to get a shot off in between the hardy perennials and little buddhas, but
unfortunately when we have come on to a rabbit and it hasn't been a safe back stop or not
a safe shot. We haven't been able to look out for one yet. So what we are going to do
is now is head off into the side of the field because all the rabbits are coming in from
one particular area. So we are going to head off into that field there and try to intercept
them before coming in to the garden centre and causing the damage. It really is tricky
trying to shoot around all of this lot.
So this is where they have been hiding out. Roy gets a much clearer shot out here and
at last rabbits start to fall to his airgun. Bad luck Peter Rabbit - these days Mr Macgregor
is armed. By the end of the evening there are a few in the bag, but even a few means
the garden centre will not have to count the cost of these unwelcome visitors when the
green-fingered brigade comes by.
We have done lots of films with Roy. He is a star of Fieldsports Channel. Here is one
of them appearing in the sky behind me. Now, from the little world of garden centres to
the wider world of Hunting Youtube.
This is Hunting YouTube, which aims to show the best hunting, shooting and fishing videos
that YouTube has to offer.
Watched the Olympic shooting and wondered how they do that, well here is top clay coach
Chris Batha to explain it all. How to Shoot Trap: Visual Hold is only a teaser for a bigger
video you can pay to download but there is still plenty of meat in here, especially about
how to focus off and then on a clay target so you can acquire it easily.
So, what are Americans doing with shotguns this week? Oh good grief. 'Enjoy the following
ten-gauge shotgun abuses,' he starts - and he starts as he means to go on. Interesting
he lists this film under 'science and technology' - I'd have stayed awake in physics classes
if they'd been teaching me this.
Ted the Ed Edgun, founder and world president of the Ted's Holdover channel, is, on the
face of it, a more sedate American. Airgunning fans of the Tedmeister will be glad to hear
he is back from his summer break. And he has got a new rifle.
American fishing has lures with names like Hoo Daddy, Rinky Dink and Nipigon River Cockatush.
But we're in Britain after bream so of course we are fishing the waggler. TAFishing heads
for Old Bury Hill Lake in Dorking, Surrey, where it is picking up handy tips from Russ
Evans, callsign "The Obsessed Angler" - or nickname as we call it in the UK.
Now we Brits have some stuff to learn from the United States. ConsummateSportsman should
be called ConsummateCameraman. His 2012 Salmon Highlights showing king salmon fishing adventures
on Lake Michigan is one of the best filmed pieces we have run on Hunting YouTube. It
is a sheer joy to watch - and any YouTubers out there could learn a lot. Especially us
So it is unfair to put 'Sharpshooting UK - walking crow' by Richard Utting after that because
the crow may be walking but the camera is dancing about. However, there is some good
stuff here about correcting ballistic data throughout a day's shooting.
And we have more wobblecam from Rough Shooting in Ireland - January 2012. Epointer123 is
out to see what he can get in dense Emerald Isle gorse with his four-year-old English
pointer. But then it is shooting, so it is unfailingly good telly however you film it.
Woodcock hunting in Maine is a film by Shotgun Journal TV, which is on YouTube with a channel
called SsunProd, showcasing wingshooting or birdshooting around the world. The American
woodcock, like its Eurasian cousin, is tough to shoot and even tougher to film, but SSunProd
is up to the task.
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