Fieldsports Britain - The day of the jackal, Irish crows and getting young people into shooting

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Welcome to Fieldsports Britain.
Coming up. It is a kind of fox shooting, but not as we know it. We are in Africa where
it is the night and the day of the jackal.
Mark Gilchrist has taken his gun to Ireland, where the crows are piling in.
First, it is the start of National Shooting Week and to promote it, the Countryside Alliance
has taken a load of urban kids to a clay ground in Kent.
A school trip to Kent usually means Chatham Dockyard or Leeds Castle, but for these inner
city London children, it is West Kent Shooting School.
They are here as part of the Countryside Alliance's National Shooting Week, to learn all about
a sport which requires skill, coordination and discipline. All qualities which should
be impressed upon children of any age. Oh yes, they are going to learn it is from, to.......
It is an exciting experience for them to try the sport. It is an Olympic sport now, shooting.
It is a good opportunity to get them into something they have not done before. None
of the children here today have done shooting before. They are really looking forward to
How do you sell it to their parents?
Good question. It is just an opportunity for them to do a different sport they have not
done before. Parents were willing for them to come, they thought it was a good idea.
The Durand Academy is not one of those schools you hear about on the news. It is a good place
to learn. Ofsted class it as outstanding, but their knowledge of what they are doing
today is not so hot.
... said it was going to be laser tag and I thought no....I thought it was not going
to be laser tag.
And what do you think?
Yes, well.
First of all it is the intro. Some safety briefing followed by a quick explanation of
what makes the cartridge go bang. Then a willing volunteer puts a shell through the gun to
see where the shot goes.
Ok, well done.
What a shot. You hit it.
It is the first of hundreds that will be fired today. Bringing many smiles to many faces.
You target now......
When they first came here they were a bit quiet. I think they were a little bit nervous.
As soon as they set fire to some powder there they got very excited and saw a big flame
there. You could see they all got interested at that point. Then they got to shoot a pattern
plate, they were all very excited then, they heard the first bang. But now they have all
had to have a go, they are all engrossed. They are all trying to beat eachother. They
are all competitive. They are all enjoying it. Smiles everywhere.
There is no doubt the 10 year olds are having a ball. But they are from London and have
never been exposed to anything like this in their lives before. So what do they make of
it. And most importantly, would they do it again.
What has been the best bit?
Getting 5 out of 5.
No way.
It is cool, it is really good.
It goes back on your shoulder. But it does not hurt as much as you think it would.
And what does it feel like to actually hit one?
I never knew it was going to be real guns. I thought it would be like pellet guns.
If you are going to tell your friends or your family about the day, how are you going to
describe it?
Fantastic and surreal.
Would you come back and do this again?
Of course.
Lean forward, that is it, now put your head down on the wood.
West Kent has put on a great day. The instructors here have been patient and enthusiastic and
that has transferred to the children. All of them have experienced the satisfaction
of seeing that clay going pop. And some have shown some natural flare.
The Countryside Alliance is not expecting to find the next shooting superstar today.
It just wants to make sure that these children come away positive thoughts about our sport.
National Shooting Week is from the 2nd to the 10th June 2012. To take part in an event
over this half term, simply visit Find your nearest ground via a postcode search
and book your lesson.
Now from one bunch of enthusiastic amateurs to another. It is David on the Fieldsports
Channel News Stump.
This is Fieldsports Britain News.
An information panel on Birmingham's gun quarter has been unveiled by Birmingham City Council
next to the Gunmakers Arms on Little Shadwell Street.
This follows a worldwide campaign to save the name of the gun quarter. Sadly, Tony Treadwell,
who led the campaign, passed away from cancer aged 45 on Easter Saturday. The campaign will
be continued by representatives of the Birmingham gun trade with the support of BASC.
George Digweed has claimed yet another international title. He won the European Compaq in a dramatic
sudden death shoot off against local hero Andras Szerdahelyi in Budapest. George and
Andras both finished the tournament scoring 198 out of 200. George kept his cool in the
shoot off to secure his 15th European title. He told Fieldsports Channel News it was even
more satisfying knowing he had shown 007 just who was boss.
The Lord of the Manor of Preston Patrick of Westmorland has reasserted his 200-year-old
right to hunt throughout the village in a letter to local residents.
Henry Armitage owns "Deeds of Enfranchisement" dating back to 1773, but a law passed by the
Labour government in 2002 voids any of these traditional rights unless they are claimed
by October 2013. The Daily Mail newspaper found just one angry resident who opposes
Mr Armitage.
A shooter from New Zealand has shot the country's oldest duck. While kayaking on the Kaituna
River, Brian Rogers bagged a bird with a ring on it dating back from 2002. The local Fish
& Game department says it is pleased to see shooters like Brian getting the most from
their game bird licences.
And finally a Dutch artist has taken taxidermy to a new level. After his cat, Orville, was
killed by a car, Bart Jansen from the Netherlands stuffed it and turned it into a helicopter
as part of an art exhibition in Amsterdam. Bart says "Now he is finally flying with the
birds. The greatest goal a cat could ever reach!" And for all the horrified antis, he
adds: "For the cat lovers: it is tanned hide, just like your shoes."
You are now up to date with Fieldsports Britain News. Stalking the stories. Fishing for facts.
Thank you David. One of the great preditors of news there. And talking of preditors it
has always struck us how similar fox shooting in the UK is to coyotei hunting in America,
is to our next subject, Jackal in Africa.
No, we have not discovered the elephants' graveyard. It is the edge of the charmingly-named
"death pit": a hole in the ground where all the surplus bits of carcase unused as either
food or trophy by the Blaser Safari Lodge end up. We are hoping that this is the table
where the jackals will dine tonight...
So is this where you bring your victims?
Yes, so this is all the leftovers we bring them here.
So everything you do not use from the antelope, you bring them here. So you just leave them
out and they get taken.
No we have got a hole, a big hole back there.
What happens is the hyenas and the vultures and jackals, they go inside and they take
it and pull it to where ever they want to eat it, mostly up here and under that tree
over there. That has also got some bones underneath it.
Right. Jackal control for you is like fox control for us.
Yes, exactly.
So shall we go and do some then?
Yes. Let us do it.
Just like at home, the Fox Pro is a popular choice here in Africa, but clearly we are
scrolling through a different menu. Karel starts off with a jackal call, but I have
a feeling we have arrived here a little late for any action. I am not getting the same
sort of foxing confidence that I get with Roy back home.
So we call it a night and deploy plan B the following evening. There are plenty of takers,
even though we are weary from a full day's hunting. Somehow the idea of going foxing,
or jackalling, appeals to the nostalgic side of Germany-based Blaser Brit Darren Hull,
and Zeiss's Stefan Buehring just wants to be out hunting.
Just like with the leopard in the laundry we showed you a couple of weeks ago, Marc
is taking us to see something slightly out of the ordinary.
We are heading off to the bottom section of the property, where my maintenance manager
found a dead giraffe. We are just going to have a look at it to see if there are any
jackal activity around it. If there is we might just sit down there for may be an hour
or two and maybe we will have a bit of luck with a jackal.
Do you have any idea how the giraffe died.
No, unfortunately not. We can not see any marks on it. Obviously we did not find it
quick enough. Part of it was chewed on already. So it is difficult to say.
Is it bad news when you lose an animal like that?
It is terrible news cause as I only released that giraffe last August and they are all
young animals. Probably 3 or 4 years old so they are very young. It is a pity we have
lost one and it looks like it is a bull so that is always a pity.
The giraffe blocks the whole track. If only this was smellevision! The pictures in this
case only tell part of the story.
Definitely looks like a young female, because you can see the tuft of hair on top of the
horn, which the females have. The bulls have a bald patch on top and that is how you see
the difference just by looking at the heads. This is a youngster this is two or three years
What do you think killed it?
I am not sure to be quite honest. I really do not know. It is too late to see if there
any marks on its neck, on its backside, on its rump. A leopard would not really jump
on to a giraffe it is just too big. But anything is possible.
If you look it looks like she fell down and she was kicking. You can see the grass is
flat where you are standing Darren. Looks like she was doing this with her feet.
How long would you say she has been here?
Probably about 3 or 4 days. She could have been kicked in the stomach by another giraffe
and all of a sudden she gets internal bleeding. You know it so difficult to say. She could,
I have been thinking now, she could have been pregnant and she could have had a miscarriage
or something went wrong. You know, it is so difficult to say.
Unfortunately the carcase doesn't have any signs of scavengers, which makes Marc think
twice about staying here. One possible theory is that the animals are too wary, with the
giraffe looking too intact.
We found a dead zebra. When we hung the zebra in the tree for a hyena we had to cut the
head off because the hyenas otherwise would not eat the meat, because they know that the
zebras can bite them. If the head was off then the hyenas ate it. I do not know if this
is the case that the jackals think it is just lying here because the head is still on. I
am not sure.
We head off to glamorous destination number 2 - the death pit again... You can tell we
are getting close. The vultures and marabou storks give a sense that there is stuff round
here that is past its sell-by date.
This time we get a better look at the death pit. The smell does take some getting used
to. Stuff rots in Africa a bit faster than it does in the UK.
Stefan is the man with the Blaser rifle tonight, topped off with a perfect foxing/jackaling/coyoteing
or evn dingoing scope, the Zeiss Duralyt.
Marc sets the FoxPro again - and we make ourselves comfortable behind the death pit. We try and
breathe through our mouths as the whiff on the wind keeps us on our toes - but only for
so long. As we lose the light Darren and Marc try and get a different type of wind blowing
when they change the call to lion, but their tittering gives them away. No jackal. Next
time Roy is coming with us to show Namibia a few foxy tricks.
Well if you enjoyed that piece about jackal why not go and see our friends at the Shooting
Show appearing in the little bit of sky beside me there. They are after oryx this week. Staying
with our show we are going to Ireland with Mark Gilchrist, where the corvids are coming
in thick and fast. Or should that be tick and quick.
Right, this week on Fieldsports Britain I have gone over to Ireland to have a bit of
crow shooting and stay with us for a bit longer, because as you can see, we have got a fairly
decent day lined up for you.
YouTube that boys, YouTube that.
Now I have had a fantastic day over here in the Republic of Ireland. The location has
got to be kept a secret. That is part of the deal that was struck up before I came over.
We picked up about 150 jackdaws, we got 17 rooks and we have got the grey crows here
which are the equivalent to the carrion crow back in England, but obviously she is grey.
We have got another 30 on the roof which we can't get because the roof is too fragile
to support my dainty weight. So we have got to leave them up there. So that is a good
job done, 500 shells, 2 hours. Now we are going to see if the Guinness is good in the
After a long, hard day's shooting there is nothing I like more than a few pints, some
local food and dive into a local pub. So when I was given the chance to help with the Gaugers
Fish Nite I absolutely jumped at the opportunity.
The Gaugers is a true sportsman establishment offering guns and their dogs a place to dry
off and eat one of their now famous breakfasts. The half choke or the full choke.
The business was set up under a year ago to give wildfowlers, shooting people, gundog
men, fishermen somewhere to come to, somewhere comfortable to come to so that they can sit
back, relax, bring their dog in, have a pint, have some crack.
Ok so what have you got that brings the people in?
Breakfasts usually which give you the option of a half choke which is a small fry, or a
full choke which is a fry for a man.
Right, so what is in a fry for a man?
Fry for a man, a full choke, you have got 2 beef sausages, 2 pork sausages, 2 bits of
bacon, 2 bits of vegetable roll, 2 bits of soda bread, 2 bits of ... bread and 2 fried
And for those of you who don't know what vegetable roll is? What is it?
Vegetable roll is somewhere along the lines of sausage meat with onion, herbs, spices
in it. It is kind of like a small burger made of pork.
So there are not a lot of vegetables in it.
There are kind of very few vegetables in it. The vegetables kind of walk past.
The fish nite is a real hit. After a few pints of Guinness I throw in a few dishes of my
own. If you look around the punters are really happy.
The pike was something I had never, ever tried before and I thought it would be bony and
taste muddy, but it was really well seasoned and really, really tasty.
I had the cured trout and it was really, really nice. I had never had it before and it was
delicious and I want more, it was really yummy.
I always have a fantastic time in Ireland whether it is the sport, the food or the crack.
The whole thing is pure genius.
Now Father's Day is coming up. Time to get your wife, partner, girlfriend, civil partner,
boyfriend into the room with you, because we have got a range of DVD's you can buy from
big game, to small game from fowl that fly and fish that swim. It is all there on our
Now a round up of what is on YouTube in the world of hunting, fishing, shooting this week.
It is hunting YouTube.
It is Hunting YouTube, showing the best hunting, shooting and fishing videos that YouTube has
to offer - and it is a bumper week for pest control. Thanks to everyone who has sent in
their favourite films.
ShootMorePigeons has put up a film called 'Lamping night rabbit shooting with a .22'.
It wins the award for title that most accurately describes what is going on in the film, but
you are left a bit bereft in the plot department. Like bad guys in a Bond movie, the rabbits
get shot but, unlike with 007, you do not get any sense of who, what, where or why.
In the film 'Jackdaw Shooting' TweedsandPheasants is shooting Jackdaws over decoys on a grass
field next to a cattle shed. Again, it is a bit thin on story. Actually, I just told
you the story. But you cannot fault the shooting.
'Stone the crows, it is Mark Gilchrist!' That is the title of JamesMarchington's latest
film and it's the best film of the week. Mark is up at 4am to protect a Kent farmer's barley
from marauding corvids. You find out why, how and the only question you are left with
is who is the nice young lady who is happy to go shooting with Mark at that time in the
HuntingFPS is one of the most popular British shooting channels. In 'Slow Motion Airgun
Pigeon Hunting #16', his mission is pigeon pie - and it does exactly what it says on
the tin. It is all in slow motion and shows this channel's usual wit and style. You can
see why viewers are so keen to watch his films.
For more unusual pigeon shooting, we join Sportsman Channel's representative on earth
- or YouTube as we now call our planet - that is WorldHuntingGroup. Its Argentina Pigeon
Schlock shows slow-motion mid-air shots at pigeons with - be amazed - a bow and arrow
- be very amazed. It's a trailer for a film on the US TV network Sportsman Channel but
it is still remarkable.
Well, that was all the stuff that is good for you. Now the fun stuff. Leo Naylor is
one of those British roebuck agents with such good shooting they do not bother selling it
to ungrateful Brits. So it is that Dirk Waltmann of the German hunting magazine Pirsch is out
with him on his ground in Somerset. Watch this film - OK it is partly in German and
is a bit heavy on the still shots but give it time - and it has better music than our
To Yorkshire, where UK01Edmund has put up a film of the latest local inter pub shoot.
It is week 5. Goodness knows if you had sat through weeks one to four of the first minute
of this you would think about turning the gun on yourself but then it gets better with
some proper Northern banter, so hold out.
And finally, it is an old one but a good one for anyone who wants a cautionary tale about
muzzle awareness. In your opinion, does this man deserve to be lucky? Doesn't a small part
of you wonder whether or not Darwin should have been proven right here and the bloke
remove himself from our collective gene pool? But he gets away with it.
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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