Fieldsports Britain - Teaching ducks to fly + fox and pigeon shooting

Uploaded by fieldsportschannel on 12.09.2012

Welcome to Fieldsports Britain. Coming up it is lights out time for foxes. Roy Lupton
tries out the new TAC light torch, which goes from green, to amber, to red and he even tries
infra red. Simon Barr has got a pigeon problem, well that is ok he has also got Realtree UK
Pro-staff to sort it out.
First staying with a feathery Fieldsports Britain this week, the wildfowl season started
on the 1st September across the UK. George Digweed is teaching his ducks how to fly.
Despite the glorious September sunshine, George Digweed is armed with an umbrella. Is it a
parasol to protect his delicate complexion, nope it is an essential part of this morning's
fitness training. Mr Motivator is here with a band of helpers to get his birds on the
wing. Like reared game birds all over the country, if they have wanted for nothing they
will soon become lazy. Losing fitness and they won't be bothered to fly.
Now non shooters may be appalled, but for George it is straight forward. He wants these
ducks to fly and fly well making them a sporting bird, but also giving them a sporting chance.
We are making these ducks as wild as possible, so that they have every chance. Once they
start shooting if they want to go they can go. Because we train our ducks to fly we shoot
a far less percentage of the ducks than we would do if we didn't train them to fly. A
lot of people that don't fly their ducks, but shoot them very low in an unsporting like
manor, probably shoot 70 or 80% of the duck. For me it is not about that, it is about sport,
it is about the fact we want to shoot high ducks. We want to shoot sporting birds and
by making them wild and making them want to fly and if they want to leave of their own
accord they can. That is my loss.
George has been flying these ducks for 10 days now, building up their stamina over that
time. As with truly wild birds, some will be stronger than others giving all abilities
a chance at a shot on the day.
And we build up from getting them off the pond and then doing a circuit, 2 or 3 circuits
perhaps of the pond then letting them straight back in to keeping them up to 5 minutes. Then
today we will hopefully be keeping these ducks up for 5 or 10 minutes, so that now they are
fitter and fitter and fitter. You will see that the fitness level of the ducks, because
the weaker ducks are still doing a couple of circuits and then coming back in to the
pond. The slightly more fit ducks will stay up probably for 5 minutes no problem and the
really fit ducks will be 200 yards up in the sky which is completely out of range for a
shot gun.
The second important part of this exercise is timing.
A duck would predominantly would like to fly first thing in the morning or last thing at
night. Hence the reason for morning flights and evening flights. But a day's shooting
takes place in the middle of the day. So if a duck is not used to flying in the daylight
as well as morning or darkness, it is going to be very embarrassing to turn up on a driven
day and turn up there with a duck not taking off at all.
George is happy with the duck's fitness and fully expects that a number of these birds
will live to fly many days. However, making fat ducks fit is not George's only job. Predator
control is another vital part of getting his shoot days right.
We have to tonight get out and look at the foxes in this area specifically, because if
we don't, when the duck are coming back to the pond they will be on top of them. It is
not just coming here today flying ducks, teaching the ducks to fly, we have then got to go out
tonight and get on top of them.
These are the sorts of results George got that night on the foxes and this film will
be part of a DVD we are currently putting together with George. We move on to a second
pond and on route enjoy a different sort of flying display. Again George directs the troops
to ensure the birds stay in the air. The birds do look fit and healthy and they put on a
tremendous display. As with any shoot you only get out what you put in.
Now from ducks that won't fly to another sedentary bird, it is David on the Fieldsports Channel
News Stump.
This is Fieldsports Britain News.
And we start this week with a scoop. Prime Minister David Cameron has at last shown his
support for field sports. While on holiday in Cornwall, Mr Cameron and his family were
walking on the Cornish cliffs when they spotted a ferreter at work. They went over to have
a look.
His wife came down with his entourage. He obviously introduced himself, said what are
you doing.
They were good as gold, really nice.
Simon Barr from Realtree TV Pro Staff will be reliving the priministerial experience
and goes ferreting with Scott and Richard in a future programme.
The Badger Trust has lost its court of appeal challenge to government proposals to kill
thousands of wild badgers. It clears the way for the start of culls in parts of Gloucestershire
and Somerset. The pilot culls could begin within a few weeks if official licences are
issued. The government says action is needed to help combat cattle TB which costs the UK
more than a hundred million pounds per year. Meanwhile the media battle continues with
Brian May interviewed on TV by Rod Liddle who lost his job at the BBC because of his
anti Countryside Alliance bias.
I will be advocating totally peaceful resistance to this, but resist we must because it won't
stop at badgers. They will be killing everything. They have already started talking about killing
other wild animals.
Our largest carnivore, a beautiful animal.
Trail cams in India have been used to spot a man eater. This is NHT 222, also known as
the man eater of Nagera Hole in southern India. Park officials used trail cams to work out
from its pattern of stripes which tiger had killed first livestock and then at the end
of August a woman working in fields. It was this young male which they have now tranquilized
and sent to Mizore Zoo.
And finally, the Countryside Alliance's Game to Eat Promotional Campaign has signed up
TV cookery presenter Greg Wallace. Greg only tried game for the first time in 1990 when
he dined at Rule's Restaurant in London. Famous for game and opted for a pheasant dish. He
is now a convert and eats it regularly throughout the season. Recipes are available at
You are now up to date with Fieldsports Britain News. Stalking the stories. Fishing for facts.
Now something to light up your life. Not so good for the life of a fox however. Roy Lupton
has got his hands on a new torch.
Lamping foxes is an art and everyone has their own way of doing it. There are the calls,
the transport, the shooting rest and of course your lamp, strength of beam, colour and the
way you throw it around the place. Well, tonight fox shooting fan, Roy Lupton, is trying a
new lamping system which is on the market. The Night Master 800 is designed to make life
that little bit easier, especially for the lone foxer, delivering a strong beam from
a tiny unit which can be hand held, or attached to your scope.
The good thing about these torches is that not only are they obviously very small, ergonomic
and easy to use, but they also come with different coloured LED's. So just for ease of use to
show you with the camera we have got a few different torches set up with the different
colours, so with this one this is set up to mount on top of the rifle and this is with
a white light. If we have got an area where we are going out and the foxes are reasonably
easy, not over lamp shy, we will go straight in with the white light and see what we can
do. This one is an amber light. Just to show you the difference we have also got a red
and a green. So we have got the red light there and then we have got the green light.
Obviously the one thing I cannot show in here is that these units can be used as an IR illuminator
for night vision. And again it gives you exactly the same beam. You we get out to about 800
yards with one of these TAC like torches.
So no filters just a change of LED gives you the colour of choice and the manufacturers
say the small rechargeable battery is suitable for a 4 to 5 hour lamping session. All looks
pretty promising. We are also going to play with a Night Master infra red unit this evening.
And we will have a very cute digital night vision prototype on Roy's rifle to show it
off to its best. Anyway in order to get a charlie's perspective, Roy is going to throw
the beams from the Night Master and a conventional lamp on to a very accommodating fox 120 yards
away across a field.
We will start off with the white light and we have got a fantastic result there, you
can see the eye shining through and if you were looking through your binoculars or a
scope then that would be illuminating the target really well. Then we have got the red
LED in this torch and again fantastic illumination, there is no mistaking you have got the eye
reflection there, eye shine. We have got the green LED in here. Not quite as strong, but
if you have got a tricky customer, tricky fox then that could work quite well. Really
good illumination from the amber. So the green not quite as strong on the illumination by
the looks of it.
Right, time to throw some light onto some real foxes and our first customer is in the
second field Andy takes us to. The white light gives Roy plenty of scope for a shot.
We have opened the count for the night, young dog fox of the year. So for me that was superb
because we spotted the fox out in the field, he then bolted back into the wood and then
we had the white light on it, did a little bit of squeaking on the hand and then he crept
out and again he was fully illuminated and he actually sat down and had a look us and
I managed to squeeze a shot off. So yes I am thoroughly pleased with that so far.
A great start, but then we have a barren hour and half which means time for a refuel at
a little place Andy knows and we didn't even need to book ahead. With the blood sugar levels
restored, Roy keeps working the Night Master with the red LED, a slight change in technique
brings a young dog fox in close.
With the silver fox whistle that can be a little bit harsh I am finding for early cubs
and just after the harvest, but it works very well later on in the year. With the young
cubs it is worth toning it down a little bit and trying a few different squeaks. Andy did
a fantastic job there with the polystyrene and the glass. He came in at a beautiful pace,
really, really well.
Roy now swaps to the other unit he has on test. The Night Master 800 IR.
What we have got now is the infra red unit fitted to the rifle and we are going to just
put an IR illuminator obviously within the TAC light on top and that should give us the
perfect combination for getting fox number 3 for the evening, hopefully as long as we
can find another one. We are going to try and film through the actual scope unit and
see what results we can get with that. Right let's give that a go and see what we can do.
With this unit we have no idea if this fox we are calling is lamp shy or not because
it doesn't matter. A camera attached to the Night Vision unit picks it up and Roy takes
his 3rd fox of the night. We finally came across this lad working along the bottom of
the hedge row here. We had to move in to about 200 yards and luckily we made a count for
him and that was number 3 for the night. So very impressed with the lights. All of the
colour modes worked really well and the infra red illuminator is spot on as well. So fantastic
bit of kit and I think a must have for anybody who is heavily into their foxing.
Prices for the Night Master 800 start from £119.95 and if you want to find out a bit
more visit
Now Realtree UK Pro Staffer, Simon Barr, is out after pigeons.
For me one of the joys of field sports is that they are sociable and today it is a family
One of the happy things about pigeon shooting is that you can do it on mass. So today we
are going to have 3 hides set up and I am actually going to have in the hides my cousin,
my cousin's husband, my best friend and my wife. So it is going to be a complete family
affair today. The other thing is that we are shooting on my uncle's farm. He wants to see
if we can put a big dent into the pigeons before he starts drilling the fields. So if
everything goes well we can help him out today as well. Uncle Rob appears right on cue.
Uncle Rob thank you very much for letting us come to shoot today. Why is it so important
that we control the pigeons at this time of year.
Because the pigeons eat all the seed that we sow.
When are you starting to drill?
We already have.
So it is a key time of year to keep the pigeons down.
So we will try and do a good job for you today.
And it is also reducing the numbers that breed next year.
Which is very important.
So that they don't eat the crops in the spring.
Sage words from Uncle Rob though I feel like I am 10 years old again as he lays down the
Under my regime of no till, it is absolutely forbidden to set foot on, or wheels on my
fields, because of the compaction.
Well we will make sure we stick to the headlands.
I promise.
You better.
With clear instruction on what to do we study flight lines for a while and then of
course stick to the headlands in fear of a proper grumpy farmer ticking off. I was here
a couple of weeks ago and this spot had been pretty fruitful with a constant passage of
quality birds. There are certainly one or two crows about. What is different today is
the wind. I am hoping my puffed up pigeon decoys will do the trick.
These things are called silo socks and were a game fair special a couple of years ago.
As you can see they pack completely flat and when the wind gets them - I'll demonstrate
it - it sort of bellows out and fills the body out. So they are pretty handy for storage.
The other thing is that they have enough white on them. I am no expert on these things, but
I think pigeons see white in ultra violet light. So they stand out pretty significantly
when the pigeons are flying over and as you can see now when the wind gets them, they
completely fill out and move on the wind. So they look pretty realistic because they
are actually bobbing about, not static like plastic decoys. I quite like them. I think
they are pretty handy.
As I continue building my pattern, Selina and Gary are already up and running. I have
the feeling that they are going to be the ones to beat today, but it is certainly not
about big bags. This farm is a special place for me where I clocked up many of my field
sports firsts as a boy.
I always really enjoy coming back here. It is where I spent a lot of my childhood. It
is where I shot my first pigeon, my first rabbit, my first fox. As I developed as a
shooter and got into shotgunning and then got into rifles. So there is a lot of nostalgia
here when I come back to shoot and I really, really enjoy it.
I don't suppose there are many marriages where the common ground is both guns and game shooting,
but Selina and I are both hugely passionate about our sport. We even had a 250 bird shoot
on the morning of our wedding. From experience for marital harmony one thing that needs to
be avoided is shooting in the same pigeon hide, which is why Selina is a good 400 metres
Simon and I are extremely competitive when it comes to our sport. So I have been listening
to him banging away across the field over there, so I might have to steal some of Gary's
birds and make out that they are mine, because I think at the moment he might be winning.
With the stakes now high I manage to get some birds on the floor, but they are pretty rangy.
I can also keep tabs on what is going on in the other hides, not that I am competitive.
Quite a slow afternoon. Ooh hopefully he will go over to Gary and Selina. It is a challenging
afternoon. It is quite windy, but I am loving it. It is so nice to be out with your friends.
Really having a great day. What is nice is that I can see both of the other hides and
see what they are getting up to. Ooh look he has just had a shot, he is going to shoot
it. No, no, it is coming back this way. No it has fled away. It is a great afternoon
regardless of the bag size. It isn't always about the bag, but it is nice to get a good
bag. They are actually starting to turn back on again. So perhaps we will get a few into
the pattern. The flight line has been over my head. So everything that has been coming
over has seen my pattern, slows, dips and then flies over to the other two patterns.
So if they haven't shot some birds, they have got something to answer for.
The rainbows are a wonderful backdrop as we tidy up. I even have what is becoming a bit
of a trade mark. A token crow. We have probably had about 50 pigeons between us. Not massive,
but great fun and 50 fewer for Uncle Rob when the next phase in the farming cycle starts.
Come on slow coach, we have been here for ages. Archie has picked all our birds.
Ok, well that is my pile, how big is yours?
I would say double that at least.
That is impossible I didn't hear enough shots for that this afternoon.
Well Archie can vouch for me.
Well we will see in a minute. It has been a good afternoon, but the birds haven't properly
committed and it has been a little bit of a shame, but we have had an excellent time.
For me it has been about some long range practice. He has worked well this afternoon and I think
she has worked quite well and it has been a great day.
A healthy marriage thrives on trust, but I need to find out how many birds Selina is
hiding in her great wall steed.
Right I am going to check this bag that is double the size of mine - double yeah right!
If you have enjoyed this film, why not check out Teamwild TV and see what my hunting buddy
Ian Harford has been up to.
[Roar of stag]
From the world of pigeons to the universe that is fieldsports across the globe. It is
Hunting YouTube.
This is Hunting YouTube, which aims to show the best hunting, shooting and fishing videos
that YouTube has to offer.
Let's start overseas. This is an Icelandic film about ‘fishing for one in the air'.
Sorry - the warp and weft of Icelandic humour is often lost on me. It's actually about seagull
shooting, which looks a lot like wildfowling, except those Icelandic folk must be a lot
hungrier than the rest of us.
There are lots of desperate, angry animals charging people on YouTube. This one was taken
up and used as a promo for French hunting channel Saisons. Appalling gun safety but
quite a spectacular shot.
Fans of behind-the-scenes stuff will lap up ‘How the new Citori 725 Commercial was filmed'
by BrowningVideos. I guess they got through a few pheasants. Of course, all Fieldsports
Channel films are made with the same production values and large staff. Ahem.
Bow fishing is a stretch for British imagination but if you ever wondered how to do it, here
are some Americans to show you. The Leatherwood guys (two cameramen and four shooters) take
their recurve bows to Mahoning Creek, Pennsylvania, in search of carp, sucker and catfish.
One thing YouTube does well is how-to films and you don't get more how-to in the world
of fishing than flytying. Davie McPhail's channel is a good one. Here he is tying a
Teal Blue & Silver on a size 12 Kamasan B175 hook.
Much is made of the new .30 calibre airguns. We reviewed one in Fieldsports Britain last
week. Now CountryPursuitsTV is pitting a John Bowkett-designed .303 against a .177 Daystate
MK4is in a ratting contest. Malc is joined by junior HFT superstar and winner of the
RSN10 memorial cup 2012 Alex Honeywell. Watch the film to see which they prefer.
TweedsandPheasants is off shooting pigeons on a field of wheat in the mini heatwave that
hit parts of the UK at the start of September. The day started slowly as it was far too hot,
but as the weather cooled down the shooting warmed up.
Duck shooting in Essex does what it says on the tine. GuyBaxendale is out for an early
season bird and filming the event using a Drift HD headcam. Many wildfowlers don't believe
they have achieved much unless they leave their fingers on the march but this is a beautiful
way to start and end a day.
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
Well, If you liked that, you will love the Shooting Show.
In this week's episode, Orion Hunting Tours guide Nick Latus joins guide Tommy Hynes as
he takes two English hunters out to an island on one of southern Ireland's many lochs for
a feral goat stalk. The Englishmen eventually get their chance with a pair of billies.
Nick follows up the story at the Irish Game Fair at Birr Castle, where he catches up with
taxidermist Kurt Ecker. The Shooting Show also features news, including a look forward
to the Midland Game Fair, a Scottish boar warning, and a shooting magazine that has
raised more than £10,000 for charity.
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