Fieldsports Britain - Deerstalking, more deerstalking and Olympic clays

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Welcome to Fieldsports Britain
Coming up:
It's 2012 - Olympics year.
Now - do you know the difference between your Skeet and your Sporting,
and is Sporting even in the Olympics?
Well, our Double Trap double-act Peter Wilson and Abbey Burton are here to tell them all
Who is the better shot out of you two?
[Abbey laughs]
We've got a new series for you: Team Wild TV.
They're hunting on an estate in Oxfordshire for fallow or muntjac or... they just want
to hunt.
First, continuing our series of ballistic field trials for Norma Ammunition,
we're trying out the estate calibre of choice: the .270.
Working through our ballistics we are now on to Norma's .270 round.
We've already seen the .270 softpoint in action in Scotland in the summer when Norma's CEO
went stalking red stags.
Torbjorn Lindskog spent five hours crawling through bogs, crossing streams and testing
his stealth and patience to get into an optimum shooting position.
His bullet dropped this stag where it stood.
The field autopsy showed the damage the body shot had done.
Moving forward a month or two and it's the end of the roebuck season.
We're on an estate in Oxfordshire, looked after by the English Safari Company's Oliver
Our tools of the trade today are a Steyr Mannlicher .270,
kindly loaned to us by the Sportsman Gun Centre of Exeter,
with Zeiss Duralyt scope and a 110-grain Norma plastic-tipped bullet.
Here is the grouping that Oliver achieved with this calibre at 100 metres.
For comparison between the soft point and plastic tip Oliver is hoping to make a head
shot, this time on a young roebuck cull animal.
It's a really nice day and instead of ruining a good walk by knocking a small ball about
the fairways we are going to relish being in the great British countryside stomping
around with a rifle.
Oliver is a tall chap with a long gait and covers some serious ground.
We do have moments when we do slow, even stop, but it's when we are hitting last light that
we strike lucky and witness a watercooler moment.
A buck and doe are tucking in.
Like moths round a flame, the deer are oblivious to our presence.
Then the doe starts to get a little agitated.
Not alarmed, just wary.
Watching them is really thrilling - but we need that buck to get into a better position.
The mood changes. She's off.
He thinks he should be off too but without commitment.
Oliver takes his chance.
He's in lovely condition - and Oliver talks us through the performance of this Norma .270
plastic-tipped bullet.
So, it's the end of the buck season for us and we wanted to take off some cull animals.
And keeping our continuation of using softnosed ammunition and ballistic tip ammunition, we
went out and used a brand new round by Norma, in .270Win, which is 110 ballistic tip.
And when we're usually culling these roebucks at the end of the season, we like to take
head and neck shots where possible, to minimise any meat damage when we're sending these to
the gamedealer, so we get a better price for our carcases.
So, towards last light, we came down here and found these two animals feeding at this
And we took a shot at around about 80 metres and headshot this buck.
So let's have a look at the damage that this new round has created.
So, here is the small diameter of the entry wound. Here. And if we turn the animal gently
over, move all these leaves, we can see the extensive exit wound.
This has taken out the top of the spine, the neck, here.
Taken out the major blood vessels and also destroyed the brain. I mean, as repeated,
these ballistics tips - when they do hit something, they do go off like a hand grenade and the
fragmentation of the round has totally shredded everything it has come into contact with.
The bullet has clearly done its job. So, when stalkers are making bullet choices, who should
be considering the 110-grain plastic-tipped Norma ammunition?
The guy who should be buying this is the guy who really needs to cull a lot and wants animals
to drop on the spot.
We've walked a fair old way today and it's not over yet.
To keep the pulses racing, the buck needs to be taken to the other side of the farm.
Forget golf. Go deer stalking instead. You'll get much fitter and eat more healthily.
Well, that was filmed on the last day of the roebuck season last year and, my goodness,
the first day of the roebuck season this year is not far away.
Now, someone who's in season all year round.
It's David on the Fieldsports Channel news stump.
This is Fieldsports Britain news.
Our own Roy Lupton has laid claim to a new British fox record.
He called and shot the fox on New Year's Eve near East Grinstead in Sussex.
It tipped the scales at 35.5lb and measured 130cm from nose to end of tail.
Obviously it's not every fox that we're shooting is making these sizes but we're definitely
getting more and more individuals that are getting larger. This one is definitely a lot
bigger than the one we saw last year.
The full film can be found on our front page or look for 'Britain's biggest fox 2012'.
Prince Philip may have had a heart scare but he went straight from hospital to join his
family on the post-Christmas Sandringham pheasant shoot.
He was driven from Papworth Hospital in Cambridge to join other royals at the lunch and then,
according to reports, retired to Sandringham while the family resumed shooting.
The rising price of venison is leading to poaching in Scotland.
The meat has jumped in price from GBP1.60 per kilo to GBP2.20.
Alex Hogg, chairman of the Scottish Gamekeepers Association, says that poaching "went fairly
quiet for a couple of years but it is creeping up again".
And finally: poachers in the States are in a new kind of trouble. The authorities are
looking at them on YouTube.
A 44-year-old man legally licensed to hunt deer in Connecticut was taken into custody
for failure to report a kill within 24 hours.
Local environmental officials saw the film he made on his YouTube site, and he now faces
a GBP150 fine and/or 60 days in jail.
You are now up to date with Fieldsports Britain News - stalking the stories, fishing for facts.
Thank you David. So easily bought.
Now: Team Wild TV with Ian Harford
This morning I'm meeting with Keith Watson of Cervus UK in Oxfordshire.
There's a promise of muntjac and fallow in woodland nearby.
We know there's plenty of deer here as Owen Beardsmore, who manages this land, has placed
a number of his Moultrie M80 mini cams around the place.
So Keith, what's the score for this morning then?
Well, basically, we're going to operate in a wildlife reserve down in the Chilterns.
There's by far too many deer in the area, as you will see by the condition of the woodland.
It's just - we've got a little bit of an imbalance, as such.
So, we start the day from a highseat and we'll stalk along the one bank if we're not successful
from the seat.
So, there's three species of deer on the land here?
In this area yes: there's roe, fallow and muntjac.
There is a very limited amount of roe deer, so we don't shoot them.
We tend to leave them at the moment and see what will happen with them.
But they've been suppressed by the other deer really.
So, we're looking for a young, immature fallow buck?
Preferably, preferably - or a fallow doe.
And we're going to be sitting in one of your own, personally-built highseats?
I hear they are incredibly sturdy and I'm going to feel very safe.
Well, I think so.
You'll have to tell me.
OK - well - we're good to go.
We disembark and head up a very steep wooded slope towards our highseat.
It's not long before a muntjac buck lets us know he's not happy we've invaded his space.
Less than 40 yards away - literally just there.
And he is not happy that we are here.
Keith and I reach the highseat and then get comfortable.
And still our muntjac has plenty to say for himself.
After he's almost barked himself hoarse, he appears about 40 yards in front of us, trailing
a doe.
A shot presents itself but I feel it's too good a buck to take.
This one needs a couple more years to reach its potential.
The opportunity comes and goes and we make the decision to regroup and see if we can
spot something on foot.
So, the nice buck we saw there, and he was with a doe. So, tell us a little bit about
the buck.
It's a nice buck. It's - I'm not. With the view that he gave us I'm not 100 per cent
sure that it's a buck that we have seen previously on this site area.
Obviously we have limitations on the bucks that people are allowed to cull.
The doe - unfortunately - the doe - to me - because it was being pursued by a buck - well,
not heavily - but it was being pursued - they were hanging in together - it is my belief
that that doe had recently given birth.
You could see that the belly is quite saggy. So on humane grounds, I wouldn't want anybody
to shoot that doe because you'd be orphaning the fawn.
OK - well they look like they've settled down now for the day
I'd say they've camped up somewhere.
So, now what's the plan?
Now what I'm going to do: we'll just see if we can go up and see if we can catch another
glimpse of this buck.
If not, we'll head along the bottom of the valley.
We've got all the embankments.
All the shots are safe. So if we come across anything - if we come across a fallow...
We start slowly, and eagle-eyed Keith spots a fallow up ahead.
It shows itself along the skyline but is nowhere to be seen when we get to the path at the
top of the ridge, it's nowhere to be seen. But I remain positive.
The winter's been so mild there's still plenty of grass on the forest floor, so that the
fallow could be anywhere.
There's plenty of food here for them. But every now and again we come against a ride
or a clearing with more dense vegetation so hopefully we'll happen across a group in one
of those areas.
It's not tough terrain, but it's noisy underfoot, and there are plenty of sentries on duty.
There are plenty of pheasants in this woodland. There's a cock bird just taken off.
There's another one on a branch over there just ready to go, so we have to take it steady.
The last thing we need to do is to flush 40 or 50 cock birds or make a noise at the moment.
Nice and steady - take your time.
Having reached the edge of our woodland, we call it a morning.
Our next challenge is to find Owen's mini camera to download the images and replace
the SD card.
So we're going to go and have breakfast now - a recap on the day.
I'm going to give Keith a bit of ribbing for not letting me shoot that buck.
And we'll come back and try this afternoon.
So, before we head out this afternoon, I'd just like to run through some of the kit that
I've brought with me today.
Starting on my rifle.
I've brought my Sauer 202 in 7x64.
This is the Outback model with the fluted barrel and the very smart Realtree stock.
You may be able to see that I am quite partial to my Realtree equipment.
A couple of reasons: firstly, because I'm the managing director of Realtree's international
business and secondly because it's the world's most effective camouflage patterns.
But anyway - that's enough of that.
On my Sauer 7x64, I also have this Zeiss Victory Diavari FL 4-16x50 riflescope.
This is my favourite piece of glassware.
It's been all over the world with me and it's a very consistent performer, both in low light
and for long distance.
In addition to that, I have my Zeiss Victory 10x45 rangefinding binoculars which are probably
the best all-round hunting binoculars in the world.
They've got a built-in rangefinder and the 10x45 means a perfect aperture for low light
conditions as well.
When it comes to stalking just for a day, I do tend to travel quite light.
I always bring a backpack with me with some basic equipment including gloves, my Buck
110 folding hunting knife.
And also my sandwiches, flask and a head torch.
But other than that you really don't need too much.
As we were talking earlier on today with Keith, one of the things that worries me most when
you turn up for a day's stalking is people that bring a huge rucksack full of stuff that
they are never going to use.
Travel light. Only take what you need.
So. And let's not forget my Realtree Rusky - Deerhunter Rusky outfit.
This is in Realtree AP.
It is their heaviest weight hunting outfit.
It has a zip-in liner which I haven't worn today.
The weather isn't too cold here today.
It's still quite mild.
But, like I say, Realtree AP is a perfect camouflage pattern for this particular environment.
It is winter here - there are no leaves on the trees.
The shadowing and the detail in the pattern fit very comfortably with our hunting environment.
We've got a bit of a walk to get to this particular high seat, but we have to take it slow, glassing
the woodland all the way.
So, as you can see the weather's changed this afternoon.
This morning it was a little bit breezy.
Now the air is completely still but it's raining.
Not too heavily but it's a consistent rain.
The ground's a little soggy underfoot and everything is completely still.
The problem being that every twig that snaps now is really loud.
The highseat gives us a great view in three directions.
It's a perfect spot and I can't see how this wouldn't provide us an opportunity.
And within 30 minutes, a couple of muntjac make a dash for it across the ride.
Luckily for us, the courting pair make their way around and down towards us.
I can just see him.
And at last an opportunity presents itself.
I can just see him.
He's down, and I'm pleased with my shot.
So, he's a little fellow. So, he's fallen just in front of the tree where I shot him.
So he's a nice, young buck. How old would you say he is, then, Keith?
He's quite thick at the bottom there.
That's short off his head. He's probably older than you think.
It's handsome. As you can see, nice frothy blood - a double lung shot - and got him pretty
much exactly where he stood.
He didn't know what hit him, bless him.
A very beautiful animal - a nice handsome animal.
Let's roll him over and have a look at the exit wound here.
As you can see, it's come right through to the other side.
So that's a Sauer 202 7x64 156-grain Norma Oryx, so it's a fantastic round.
Obviously that's exited here.
We'll never find the bullet but mushrooms perfectly.
And this is a textbook shot on a muntjac.
So, very happy with this.
Didn't feel it coming.
The doe disappeared into the bushes.
So, great. Now off to the larder.
It's my first time out with Cervus UK and it's been a great experience.
I look forward to returning soon.
For more information visit
If you want to find out more about the Moultrie M80 mini cams, drop Owen a line at
Skeet, Double Trap, Olympic Trap, Sporting.
Which one's the odd one out?
With the London 2012 Olympics coming up, here's the CPSA's guide to all the shooting disciplines.
Confused by the clay shooting disciplines?
Here's a guide from the national body in England, the CPSA, to what they're all about.
The biggest discipline is Sporting.
More people shoot Sporting in the UK than all the other clay disciplines put together.
Here is one of the greats of Sporting, nineteen-times world champion George Digweed.
With Sporting, you are only as good as your last result.
You've got to keep going out, keep your focus, keep driving on, shoot each target individually,
as one target, and build your score each week with that method.
If you go out with (1) delusions of grandeur or (2) a score in mind you will never achieve
what you want.
Then there is trapshooting, which includes Automatic Ball Trap, Universal Trench and
many others.
London 2012 is hosting three different shotgun sports: Olympic Trap, Double Trap and Olympic
Our comperes to explain these disciplines are Peter Wilson, ranked number one in the
world for Double Trap, and Abbey Burton, who won silver in Olympic Trap at the 2010 Commonwealth
Shall we just establish: who is the better shot out of you two?
[Abbey laughs]
She tries really hard - I have to say.
Oh yeah, yeah. I think I have a height disadvantage.
What - he's nearer the clays?
Everyone says that. It's a nightmare. It's not very fair, is it?
OK - tell me the difference between Trap and Double Trap.
As a spectator you'd think we are shooting exactly the same discipline.
Everyone stands in exactly the same way.
It's just how you address the targets, in the sense that we are only using three traps
out of the bunker and otherwise for Olympic Trap they are using all fifteen.
So - yeah - some people call it harder.
[Abbey laughs]
I don't know. I mean...
Fifteen traps to three? I mean - come on.
[Abbey laughs]
Oh my g... OK, if this is going to go there, this is going to get exciting.
No, so you've got fifteen traps for Olympic Trap, of which you have three under each peg,
so you'll see - looking at it from a perspective, an outsider's perspective - you're going to
see on each peg someone standing, five in a row... we shoot a little bit slower but
we shoot two in the air at once.
Right. I would say that was massively confusing.
Abbey, here's a competitive sport. Can you explain that in a more simple way?
'Course I can, 'course I can.
Basically, Olympic Trap, we shoot - when we call for a target they can go anywhere within
forty-five degrees high or low.
With Double Trap it's a fixed position, two clays instead of obviously our one.
Very difficult. Very, very difficult
But with ours we don't know where it's going at the time of calling.
Two shots at it though.
Yeah. Two shots. I agree. I agree, but you know where they're coming from every single
OK - they've got the delay to contend with as well.
Olympic Trap doesn't have a delay, so the minute you call, the clay is released, and
that can go anywhere within forty-five degrees.
With Pete's discipline, Double Trap, they call and it is up to a three-second delay
before the clay is actually released.
A second delay.
One-second delay.
Is it one second? I thought it was three.
No, one.
It's only one now? So it's even easier?
One, everyone. One.
It's even easier.
It's easier than she thinks.
Oh my God.
[Abbey laughs]
She's getting old guys. Don't worry about it.
Since you seem to know so much about it, can we talk about Olympic Skeet?
Abbey - there are towers here as well as trenches. What do they do?
Well, Olympic Skeet is what - the two towers are part of that particular discipline.
You have one high tower and one low tower and they both cross a point in the middle.
You shoot it from a horseshoe shape of stands, including the one that's in the middle peg,
which Pete would be good at, because he's closer in the middle - taller.
So he should have picked Skeet not Double Trap, really.
We are at one of the top clay grounds in the UK, Southern Counties in Dorset, which became
the first British clayground for thirty years to host a Shotgun World Cup in 2010.
Stevan Walton is another top Double Trap shooter.
I started at eight years old at my godfather's farm, shooting a few balloons really, floating
across a field.
Shooting balloons floating across a field? What a good idea.
Obviously with a .410, with the recoil, because I was a young lad.
Yeah - my mother blew them up, set them off across the field with the wind and away it
went from there really.
Tell me about Double Trap itself. What does it consist of?
It consists of a normal Trap layout - five stands, five pegs.
So you shoot a pair and move on to the next peg.
It's a fixed target: two pairs going away, quartering away, going 55 yards, and it's
50 shots a round, three rounds, so 150, and the top six go into a 'flash final', and it's
over 200 targets.
So, compared to the other Olympic disciplines, is it, I mean is it... what special skills
do you need?
Special skills: you need to like to shoot a lot of targets unfortunately.
It's very robotic. You have to shoot exactly the same every peg.
You have to get a lot of lead down the barrel.
The CPSA promotes shooting at all levels.
For more about clayshooting disciplines go to
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