Fieldsports Britain - Pigeons, roebuck and airgunning tips

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Welcome to Fieldsports Britain.
Coming up, Roy Lupton and roe deer and he is keen as mustard. We talk to Nigel Allen
from Airgun TV who is mustard on the subject. First, we are after Andy Crow who is after
pigeons that are after his mustard.
Decisions, decisions, there is usually a bit of a pow wow before Andy starts making his
hide if he's shooting on other people's land, but today it's more like the middle eastern
peace process. Come on guys this is rural Kent not the West Bank.
I quite like the Dijon.
It takes an hour and a half finally to make a move, but as Andy says, the easy decision
is not always the right one. We have seen a regular stream of pigeons dropping onto
the mustard crop to the right of us, but Andy fears that one bang of the gun will shift
the whole lot from the wood, where they are roosting and it will be game over. It's the
first time Andy has shot over mustard. So is this English, French Dijon or...
‘Green manure'...' they put chicken muck on here and lime. The ground's a bit hungry.
It hasn't had nothing done to it much for the last year or so.
So they are still piling a load of chemicals on.
Yes that is right. Instead of nitrates and stuff, nitrogen and fertilizer, they are using
this as a fertilizer. It just gets ploughed in.
Years ago they used to do it all the time, but people have gone away from it.
Andy won't taste it, but Dom thinks it is a bit like rocket. Oh Rockelet they are so
Italian at Sporting Shooter. The birds are here, but the wind is strong. The pigeons
are still travelling along flight lines, but they are staying low to avoid the blustery
conditions. Crow really doesn't know how the day will pan out. And the year has been a
bit of a weird one.
It's the worst 8 months I have ever had. I don't know what it is like all over the country,
I have been talking to Dom he has been talking to different people and they are all saying
the same so. We had a few bangs on acorns, but there is just nothing in the area really.
We have got odd ones about, but it is only odd ones. This is the most pigeons I have
seen in probably 6 months. In one lump. There is probably I think 600, 700 pigeons here
at least. That is the most I have seen. They should be getting on the wheat. They have
just started getting on the wheat down on the farm, landing in the tram lines and that.
So it is only a matter of time. I will be dessicating the rape probably middle of next
week. So 10 days after that. About 10 days after that we will be combining, so hopefully
looking forward to some better bags. I have been having 20 and 30's. I had a 70 the other
day and some 80's, odds and sods, but no big bags.
As normal Andy needs to add some natural foliage as well as the netting to give the hide that
au natural feel.
So as you can see it is like one big fan and it covers a bigger area on the hide and it
looks natural. Most places you go you get hazel. That is the reason I use hazel. Plus
I love her.
The hazel is also ideal for floaters. Here is a quick guide to making one.
I have got my floaters, bit of wind. So all I have done is gone back to the famous hazel
again. Just get three prong, just trim it out. Thing to do is not to trim it too short,
trim it too long. Trim it out long. Then you can always get it down to the size you want
to put the pigeon on. First stick its head on there like that. You have got your spike
here. Just stick its wing on there like that. Come back across to the other one. It is a
bit long. There you go, jobs is done. It is not as good as your bought floater, but us
farmers are a bit tight so before I was given the free ones I had to make my own. There
you go.
Because Andy has been shooting so little this year he is having to rely on plastic decoys.
The freezer is a pigeon free zone.
Do you want it.
This one here.
Who knows how the pigeons will react, but as usual Andy is making the best of a tricky
The one advantage of the fact that there has not been many pigeons to shoot, not just for
you, but for everybody else is that the ones that do come in decoy well.
That is right. They haven't been hammered. Usually all through the winter they are on
the winter rape and they get hammered every 2 or 3 times a week, every day in the week
in some places. They don't get any rest. But this winter they have been on the acorns for
most of the winter. They have gone from the acorns onto the bugs and clover. That is where
they have been. No one has been making, not that I know of, any decent bags. Well not
round here. Yes so anything... the first days on either stubble or on acorn they should
decoy pretty well.
The birds come, a few are low, staying out of the wind. It is easy pickings for the crow
It is not a bumper day, but 35 birds are no longer cutting the mustard. Sorry there has
to be one.
That is enough mustard jokes. Let's go to David on the Fieldsports Channel News Stump.
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Thank you David. Now the roe rut is still a few weeks away, but Roy Lupton is out to
thin down the numbers.
Sometimes a change in circumstances forces your hand and if Roy wants his roe buck off
this ground it is now or never.
On this particular piece of ground we have got quite long grass at the moment. This is
going to be cut for hay today, so that is why are we here now. Because as soon as it
is cut, unfortunately, all the deer clear off and I know there is a little roe buck
here which would be nice to account for before they disappear. What I am hoping for is we
might have a bit of a double day. The bonus is that we have had hell of a trouble getting
on top of the foxes where the grass is so long. Then it is always a favourite time of
mine when the hay has been cut, because there is lots of insects and mammals and stuff running
around in there and they can feed on once the grass has come down.
The grass is incredibly long and it is heavy going and we are not being stealth like. So
we decide to play the numbers game. Sit it out and wait it out for a bit.
The interesting thing you always get when you have got paths like this, pretty much
all the animals in the area will use it. So they will always walk the path for at least
The landowner says that the buck is often seen using this track along the wooded edge.
Roy isn't feeling it so we are back wading through the grass. As Roy fears we bump into
a doe and a buck. We can't see him, but we can hear him.
It looks like we got here and started stalking before the roe had got up to feed.
Roy gives the butterlow a call. It might be a bit early for the rut, but because it has
been muggy this week, it is worth a go. No reaction so we move a little further, but
the height of the grass really is providing some great roe size to cover.
I think we need the pallet box to start. At least we will stand a chance of seeing them.
Back to the track and a waiting game. We get comfortable on a mound of spoil. Isn't it
funny how the quarry you are not after offers a shot. Anyway Roy is sure he has spotted
some antlers above the grass, but he loses him. An hour and half passes and the skies
darken. Roy makes the decision to break cover and a rain shower might put an end to the
morning. So we go on the offensive. Incredibly we come across a buck feeding just around
the bend in the track. He looks up and can't quite make up his mind what we are. Roy carefully
gets his rifle on to the sticks. Will he stay put for those painfully slow extra couple
of seconds or will he bolt.
Roy hits the young buck square in the chest. He was only 20 yards or so away and Roy is
really pleased that the sacrifice of a 2.30am start has not been in vain.
We knew this was our last chance. Just came stalking down and the buck was just feeding.
Just feeding into the wood there and luckily just came out of the .... a bit and so we
definitely got a shot off him.
Roy knows it has dropped, but looks for the blood trail anyway.
It is always a good thing to go and check your outshot and always check your results
because then in the future if you get a circumstance where you can't find your deer you can have
a look at your blood and see exactly what happened and then decide the best course of
action from there.
We find the buck 10 yards away in the tall grass. So why did Roy go for the chest shot?
Now, obviously you can see here I had to take a front on chest shot which is not a shot
I like at all. At range then I would have been better off taking a neck shot, but there
were a couple of problems: one, where the grass is so tall I had to come up and then
I only had a very small window in between the grass and then I had an overhanging branch.
So all I could see was the top of his chest. The way he was looking, he was just about
to make us and he would have probably run straight into the trees and we would have
lost him.
When we slow the shot down we can see the chest inflate from the ballistic shock of
the bullet. It almost looks as if the trauma is contained within the chest cavity.
Actually I have been quite lucky with this. Because I am using a ballistic tip and quite
a light ballistic tip it has gone into the chest and given all its energy up in the chest
cavity. You can see here that there is no disruption to the gut or to the stomach there
so everything has given up inside. The downside though is, obviously I was using a .243 there
if we had come across a fallow buck, if we had been a bit later in the year when fallow
are in season, then I would have been very nervous about using this sort of bullet on
a body shot with a fallow because they are a much bigger bodied animal. And if you have
got to take a through the shoulder shot with a very light weight ballistic tip then there
is a chance that it will give its energy up in the shoulder and not reach the vital organs.
So you do have to be aware of your bullet and the animals you are using it against.
So a lovely buck just in the nick of time. All we need to do now is get on with our day
and come back 12 hours later when the grass has been cut and the foxes will be out looking
for diced wildlife instead of the landowner's chickens for a change. Roy attaches a new
bit of kit to his vehicle which we will do a proper test on soon. It seems to be an easy
way of getting a steady rest with a good arc of fire. This looks like a fantastic invention
and I am really looking forward to trying it out. We have just come back to the field
where we were this morning. Roe buck stalking and they have cut probably a third of it,
if not a little bit more. We were just going to see where it had been cut and how far and
already there is a big dog fox standing right in the middle of the field. So we are just
trying to set up as quickly as we can and get on top of him before he disappears.
We head across the mown grass and spot a dog fox over the brow. We leave the vehicle when
the fox ambles behind a tree. The cover means we can get much closer and Roy can get on
the bi-pod.
The fox drops. The shot was about 100 yards. The first day after the crop has been cut,
whether it be hay or a cereal crop, because they are so used to working around and hunting
and they are protected and hidden under cover from the standing crop, they get into that
routine. Then the first day or two after it has been cut he was quite oblivious as to
what was going on and quite happy to be out and feeding.
It would seem this old boy has had a good innings.
Now I know on this ground there has been a fox that is incredibly lamp shy and I presumed
it to be an old fox and looking at the teeth already, it looks like it might be our boy.
So you can see by his condition as well it is not fantastic. He is alright but not wonderful.
He is heavy in moult at the moment which doesn't help his looks, but if you come and look at
his teeth it really does show. Look at that, that really does show how bad that is. That
tooth has completely eroded there. All the rest of his canines have gone, or going. His
lower canines have gone as well. So again on this property we have had a lot of trouble
with a fox doing chickens and I think this is probably our culprit.
With eyelids being propped open by matchsticks we have another couple of goes and give the
silver fox a blow, but enough is enough. Roy has put the hours in today, keeping the landowner
happy and let's hope we get an invite chez Lupton for those roe burgers.
Now, who should we have bumped into recently but Nigel Allen from the Airgun.TV YouTube
Right Nigel technical stuff. Lovely evening's rabbiting and you have got the finest air
rifle known to man. What is special about it.
Well this is the Daystate Airwolf. And I suppose what isn't special about it. Unlike many of
the air rifles today, precharged air rifles, this one is driven entirely by a computer.
So it is what we call a buddy bottle pneumatic, compressed air goes in there. There is a valve
system here and an electronic trigger. When the valve opens it allows the air out and
that drives the pellet out of the barrel, except this valve is completely controlled
by a computer. There are software programmes in there and it has got mapping. So every
time you are out shooting you know that every shot is going to leave the barrel with exactly
the same velocity. You can't really ask for more than that.
Tell me about that lens cap. You are quite proud of that aren't you.
Well I think the people that designed it are probably very proud of it. It is by a company
called Accu Zero and it is called an Accu cover. It looks like a flip up, but actually
it is a lot more because it has got these chevrons. Basically so simple, you line these
up with the cross hair and when you take aim, it allows you to get your eye dead centre
to the scope and therefore you avoid power lax. And as we all know power lax shift can
cause a bullet to miss by a mile, as it can on an air rifle bullet. Power lax is a real
problem for air rifle shooters because of the short ranges involved. And you don't actually
spend an age trying to line it all up, because as soon as it comes to your eye it just sublimely
you are dead on. The chevrons are lining up with the cross hair and you don't even have
to think about it you know now that you are power lax free. The speed of target acquisition
is tremendous and to be honest with you I can't leave home without it now.
Most people slightly splurge on the gun and then save on the scope, is that a mistake?
These days you can buy some great scopes for really good money. And £50, £60 will get
you a very good set of optics. This is a little bit more expensive, but not a lot more, but
when it is going on to an Airwolf it has to be a little bit more decent on there. It is
the new digital range from Hawk and obviously we have a very large front end because I do
a lot of my shooting at night time where I need maximum light transmission. It has got
a reticle which is etched on to the glass, onto the lenses inside which you can light
up red or blue. Which is great for any lighting conditions. But what is particularly clever
about this is with the scope you can download free from the internet a programme by Hawk
which allows you literally to dial in a virtual zero on your rifle . Work out all the scenarios
and all the magnifications, all the different pellet types without firing a shot, from the
comfort of your own room. So that when you go out you can even print out where all the
aims points of the cross hair are. It
just makes life so much easier.
Nigel is also appearing on this week's Shooting Show. You can see a clip of it appearing in
the sky above me.
Next the world of hunting, shooting and fishing on YouTube. It is hunting YouTube.
Three themes this week, bird attacks, summer fishing and rabbit gutting. They are all on
hunting YouTube which aims to show the best hunting, shooting and fishing videos which
YouTube has to offer. Thanks to everyone who sent in their favourite films.
We have 3 films the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds don't want you to see.
The first has been doing the rounds on Facebook pages this week. It shows an osprey chick
snatched from a nest by a buzzard as the mother bird leaves her nest at Lochter Oldmeldrum.
The buzzard sweeps in and grabs one of the chicks. This film comes shortly after the
government's U turn on the possibility of a proposal of potential future control on
buzzards by picking eggs, probably. British buzzards spend a lot of time eating pheasant
poults and along with badgers ensuring the annihilation of most ground nesting birds.
None of which bothers the RSPB which is of course staffed entirely by politically active
This one reminds me of oldie a bit of goldie again showing that not all wildlife dies cuddly
in its bed surrounded by its grandchildren as the RSPB would have you believe. Sea gull
takes baby goose shows exactly that.
Mark, game for everything also known as our own Mark Gilchrist , or strictly speaking
his own Mark Gilchrist would of course have liked to put up a video of bird on bird action,
but instead we get him versus crows. It is a summer morning in Kent. God is in his heaven
and Mark is shooting straight.
Now we turn to angling. And if you ever wonder why any one bothers going to Scotland for
salmon fishing, look on YouTube for the videos. There aren't any. Well there are a few, but
they are far between which is why it is a pleasure to see Joch Montyth's River Takes
Salmon Fishing Guide. Filmed with a handicam in a high wind, it simply shows an Australian
playing a Tay Salmon in the ash trees in the ....As the commentary says he has come from
Greenland and you have come from Australia and you meet here. Crazy isn't it.
At the other end of the fishing filming scale is Hugh Miles. We featured Hugh on Fieldsports
Britain before. He is among the finest wildlife cameramen alive and his passion is angling.
So much so that he made the two extraordinary TV series A Passion for Angling and Catching
the Impossible. He has a YouTube channel and here is his latest which is on the Avon roach
project. Speaks for itself.
Now there is a land grab going on on YouTube, but it is for the prime subject videos. If
you put up the first film called how to gut a rabbit it will always show up in search
results for that however bad it is and this week we have been sent 3 versions of that
very subject by viewers who enjoyed them. First up is Country Pursuits TV and the world's
fastest rabbit gutting technique? It is good, but strangely it must have been filmed during
a partial eclipse of the sun. Country Pursuits acknowledges he got the idea from Fieldsports
1, so here is that video which is also well put together and clear though he bangs on
a bit. Still so do I.
Finally, here is one from the land of the rabbit proof fence. He is the feral Tucker
fellow which is impossible to say properly without an Australian accent. So please forgive
me. Good news for Brits, he is coming to the UK for a year and for any .... out there isn't
he exactly the kind of foreigner we should be welcoming.
You can click on any of these films to watch them. If you have a YouTube film you would
like us to pop into the weekly top 8 send it in via YouTube or email me the link
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