Fieldsports Britain – Giant rat hunting in Louisiana from an airboat + ShotShow kit

[Music] Welcome to Fieldsports Britain, coming to
you this week from a little old gun trade show way out in the Wild West. Coming up: we’re chasing rats across the swampland
of Louisiana. We’re after a cousin of the roe deer, America’s
favourite deer: the whitetail. But first, it’s the biggest hunting and outdoor
show in the world, the Shot Show in Las Vegas. [Music] Well, you’re going to see a lot about the
Shot Show on our show over the next couple of weeks and I’m going to run out of ways
of saying the words big, and new, and Oh My God. First, let’s find out what’s hot for American
hunters. The New Product Center – looks like a rich
hunting ground. Let’s have a look. Well, this I like. Effectively, it’s a rubber
strap-on. It goes on the front of your gun – in this case a rather aggressive machine
gun (dagadagadaga) but you could pretty well make one yourself, and it’s got laser sight,
torch and look, press this button here and it’s got a bipod as well. Now next to it is a slightly more hilarious
idea. I guess she’s the good guy, because she’s got a camera. This guy’s got a gun.
I guess he’s the bad guy. And what you do is you have to shoot him not her. And to make
it more difficult there are the tank tracks, so you can run it across your garden. Here you are: a gun rest you can fix anywhere.
That is a good idea. Now, as a bit of a techie, I just love this.
25lb in weight of metal with a little bit of leather and rubber on the top. It does
everything you need if you want to zero your rifle. This one spins backwards and forwards.
This one goes up and down there. It’s got a joystick on it. Perfect. A couple of funnies to finish on. This duck
decoy is great but presumably only for very low-flying duck. Not for ones that are coming
in from above. My duck are slightly more three-dimensional than two-dimensional. And over here the gillie suit for the man
who misses his beard. The gillie with the goatee. OK OK – one more. This is a small rodent Punxsutawney
Pete type thing. Hit it with a bullet and it does that. Can it be long… [Laughs ] as
it smashes into the camera. Can it be long before starts selling
these. More about the Shot Show later. First, the
great thing about flying here from the UK is that you have most of the USA to stop off
and go ‘hunting’. We choose Louisiana, where every bumper plate reminds you it’s ‘Sportsman’s
paradise’. This week Ian Harford of Team Wild TV has an unusual assignment in a swamp. Now, it’s over to David on the Fieldsports
Channel new fountain. [Music] This is Fieldsports Britain news. Do you shoot right handed but have a left
dominant eye? An American company that specialises in sights for pistols has come up with an
illuminated bead for the end of your shotgun. Hi Viz sights work like mini riflescopes.
The MagniOptic shotgun sight shines light through a lens on to a bead. When the bead
is bright, you are on target, when it’s dull, you aren’t. Visit There are plenty of products for self defence
at the Shot Show. Swiss gun manufacturer Sig Sauer is keen to promote the fact that you
can use its handguns even while underwater. At last, jewellery that’s actually useful.
Swiss Army knife company Wenger has launched a range of necklaces and pendants that feature
not diamonds but kit including knife sharpeners, screwdrivers, wire strippers and bottle openers.
Visit Back in the UK, and a Freedom-of-Information
request by the Countryside Alliance show that young people with shotgun certificates pose
absolutely no threat to public safety whatsoever. The Alliance believes these statistics prove
conclusively that young people take the responsibility of handling shotguns seriously and efforts
to stop them entering the sport of shooting must be condemned. And finally, America is not all about the
United States and Fieldsports Britain News is not just about hunting and shooting. Danish
angling TV show Kinetic Fishing has brought out a superb film about fishing for huge bluefin
tuna off Nova Scotia. In the days when drift nets forced herring to the surface, British
anglers caught fish off Scarborough up to a record 851lb. Well, all the fish you are
watching here weigh in at more than 1,000lb. For more information, visit You’re now up to date with Fieldsports Britain
news. Stalking the stories, fishing for facts. [Music] Thank you David. That’s a really good look. Now, one of the nice things about coming all
of the way out here is that you can stop off anywhere in the USA to go hunting. We choose
Louisiana which, every bumper plate promises, is a sportsman’s paradise. First up, Ian Harford
of Team Wild TV has an unusual appointment in a swamp. [Roar of stag] Nothing gets the blood pumping like shooting
rats in a barn. Well, today we’re after giant rats
from an airboat. [Music] One of the reasons I love hunting is the sheer
variety of people, places and of course quarry you come across. I am in the Deep South, close
to New Orleans. It’s not famous for its big five but it does have a big rat problem. Known
as coypu – or nutria over here – this South American monster rodent is a nuisance, destroying
habitat and undermining the banks of the Mississippi, reaching pest proportions, a scenario wildlife
managers all over the world know all to well. Arthur is going to be my guide through the
swamp or bayou. I’ve really been looking forward to this high-speed adventure. But when I get
on the boat, I feel less Captain America and more Captain Cavemen. When he is are running around you just grab
him anywhere. OK You grab him and hold him down and then I
will come in the front and grab him by the tail and you do the honours or whatever – knock
him on the head or however you want to kill him. I might try a few shots with that bullet
gun. Any special technique? Right behind the head, like a rabbit punch
– right behind the head, round the top of the head. The body isn’t going to do any good.
You have to hit him on the head. Well, this is the first time I’ve ever been
out clubbing small rodents to death. It seems like my guide is pretty experienced. He knows
what he is doing. He is going to give me some pointers on technique and hopefully we’re
going to help rid him of some swamp rats but – yeah – it’s a unique experience for me. Yeah. We meander our way through the channels and
its teeming birdlife. So apparently these blue heron can swallow
alligators up to two feet long. Toss them in the air – swallow them straight
down. Then Arthur hits the gas and gets this 450
horsepower machine flying across the water. He tells us that he and his son take about
200 alligators out of this water each year. Another source of income for him is tourism. Even the nutria has its financial rewards. To claim a five-dollar bounty, he has to prove
his kills to the authorities by presenting their tails. He has already been out this morning and picked
off enough to pay for his fuel today. So, Arthur, tell me about the nutria – the
rats here. How much of a problem is it? It’s a very big problem. The gulf is getting
eaten up with that coastal erosion and everything and the nutrias are eating their way out.
They call it eat-outs. They eat in the marsh and they stay in a certain area, and there
is no vegetation to hold the soil, and whenever the hurricane comes, it just washes the land
away. So how many do you take out a year? We get thousands. Thousands a year. We shot
so many in a lot of the leases that we hunt in, the landowners are cutting back because
they are closing up the duck ponds. But I hear you get paid for them. There is
a bounty on their heads. There was a four-dollar bounty, now it’s up
to five dollars a bounty. But it’s a kick in the butt. I mean, you ride round, get drunk,
shoot rats all day long. It’s a kick in the butt. Sounds like the perfect way of hunting and
it paid for your diesel for wildfowling this morning. Paid hunting – it’s my kind of hunting. Give
you an idea of how many they got out there, I hunted them the first year they put the
bounty on them. In fifteen days of hunting, me and my son and a couple of other guys shot
6,800 of them. I think we have found one of Louisiana’s true
characters here. Clearly these guys know this place inside
and out… And has a story to tell, which is awesome. Did you get that? Looks like the only way to travel in and out
of these areas is by this airboat. Oh well, I tried. Arthur puts the airboat through its paces
and we finally arrive in Rodentsville, Louisiana. The nutria are easy to spot but, like ratting
elsewhere, they don’t stay put for long. [Music] Like Hemingway with his first elephant and
Roosevelt with his first bear, I am about to get my chance with my first nutria. Now. There you go. That’s it. Thankfully, it’s a clean kill. See the big choppers on it? My goodness. Two or three inches long. Yes. They are actually bigger than a beaver. They are actually similar to porcupine teeth. Similar – yeah, yeah. A lot of whiskers on there as well. The fur is not a pretty fur like mink and
everything. When they make jackets and stuff like that they call it a rough cut and a fine
cut. You take the rough hairs out, the big hairs out, the inside hair is almost like
mink. It’s a real soft fur. But it’s a lot to process so you don’t get much money from
them. There is not as much fur on there as I thought.
It looks a lot thicker. Yes. Certainly is a load thicker. So, how do I feel about that? Pretty good.
Saving the environment one nutria at a time. Arthur spots another and he brings out a Ruger
10/22. Ah. I grazed him – I didn’t kill him. God damn. Taking too many shots to kill one rat. Out
of practice. He peppers the bayou and finally gets his
rat. This rifle is the most customisable rimfire
in the world and Arthur’s is no exception. A friend of mine did this. It’s got the bull
barrel on it with a synthetic stock and fibre-optic sights. It’s a high dollar twenty-two. A regular
twenty-two like this, a Ruger, would cost you about two to two-fifty. This one here
will probably cost you a grand. I had somebody build this for me. A hunter that comes with
me all the time. He took one of my old twenty-twos and he used the guts inside and he has redone
it for me. The Ruger 10/22 is a fantastic self-loading
twenty-two. Yeah. Right now we are just using these ten-round
clips. But they have got fifteen, twenty-five, thirty up to fifty-round clips they’ve got
for these twenty-twos. Arthur feels that my initiation is over and
I can now safely move from club to gun. You shot him up the arse. You’ve got to shoot it where it’s going, not
where it’s been. [Laughs] Thank you for your helpful words there Arthur. Put the thing on. Put it on safe. Put it on
safe. Get it ready. Low. Low. You crippled him. In a minute. In
front of you – another one. Big rat shooting can be tricky. Matching the
movement of the boat with a fleeing rodent is a test for any hunter. This is some of the most exciting vermin shooting
I have ever done. It’s actually pretty similar to shooting rats in a barn. As soon as they
spot you – as soon as they can see or smell you – they are heading for the hills. So,
we have got a couple in the boat already and Arthur is going to take us to find some more. The nutria are easy prey for the predators
of the bayou, including the bald eagle, which has just arrived back at its nest with one
in its talons. They feed on a lot of those rats, especially
when they are young. They come down on a nest and they will grab one in each claw. Ain’t
too particular about what they eat. They will get in those tall trees and watch for rabbits,
rats, snakes. They eat almost anything. Sometimes the tables are turned and the pesky
nutria bites back. The worst bite I ever had on a nutria was
one on my dog. The dog bit the whole nutria’s head. He swallowed the whole nutria’s head.
The nutria bit the dog from the inside the throat, had his teeth in him, I had to jump
on the dog and hold him down, break the nutria’s teeth, prise the dog’s mouth open and then
it took me fifteen or twenty minutes to get that nutria out of the dog’s mouth, because
every time the nutria would bite, the dog would bite and then it took me forever to
get the nutria out of the throat. It left two big holes in his throat but he lived through
no problem. It’s an amazing afternoon’s hunting and this
awesome boat makes it even more of a crazy experience. This is a pretty impressive piece
of kit. Tell me a bit about your boat. I’ve had them for over twenty years. I’ve
got all sizes and shapes. My son has got a little mini one with an ultra light engine
like you put in an Ultralite. This one here is running a 496 putting out about 450 horsepower.
I’ve got some that are running up to 790 horsepower. It takes a lot of horsepower, especially in
the summer when the marsh is green. It’s really sticky. This time of year in the winter, a
regular 350 will across the marsh any way you want to go. But its able to go anywhere
and everywhere. It’s not like a regular boat. It’s more like a plane than a boat. And it will run on land as well as one the
water. Yes. Anywhere and everywhere. It’s similar
to a hovercraft I guess. A hovercraft goes over the top. We have just got enough power
to push across, there’s a flat bottom underneath, just runs everywhere and anywhere, where regular
boats can’t go. Arthur and his machine were on hand when Katrina
hit and that’s something he never wants to go through again. We worked three days rescuing people in New
Orleans, till the military finally showed up, with our boats we picked up thousands
of people, took them off the roof tops and brought them to the helicopters and the helicopters
could take them out, bus them out. I’ve seen all the dead people I want to see for
the rest of my life. Dead animals, dead people, rotten sewers it was disgusting. Time to tally up our haul of fur farm tear
aways. You need a cane knife for the job. We’re not rich but there are few bucks for
beer. I know this doesn’t look much, but these
are going for 5$ a piece at the moment . That’s 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 25$ for about 15 minutes work. Case of beer, yeah. I’ll split with you yeah? On the way back to shore we go through some
spectacular Scooby Doo swamp. Movie makers have used this location for years and I’m
even trusted with the rudder. Nutria may not have been the top of my hunting experiences,
but ratting on this scale is pure red mist action. Now that has got to be one of the most intense
vermin control exercises I’ve ever done, that was pretty sweet, not only where we went
and what we were shooting, but how we got there. [Roar of stag] Stefan part of the show is coming out here
and shooting guns isn’t it? Yeah sure, if you look around this is the
place that big kids have a lot of fun. You hear it all kinds of calibres, big bangs all
over the place, rapid fire, small calibres and obviously it’s a good place to present
new products for us. You are a very senior person at Zeiss, are
you allowed to be a big kid as well? Yes, sometimes, I mean in between the serious
stuff we do here, we have to talk with the media, the people, we sneak out to the other
areas and try some new stuff, some that other companies present. It’s a lot of fun. Now you are also seriously launching the new
Conquest HD binoculars tell me about those. Well, we were in England two or three months
ago and we had to bring prototypes with us to test them in the low light conditions and
now they are ready they are here and we are now testing them in the dust. It’s a bit
windy today and after half an hour they are they already look like used, 20 years old.
The response from the media is tremendous, they are testing it obviously in bad conditions,
it’s too bright, you just don’t see the advantages of the product too much, but everybody
liked them so far. Well we had a chance to take the Conquest
HD binoculars out stalking with Stefan after muntjac back in Blighty. The UK not only has big deer but little ones
too. This trophy wall shows some prime examples
of the Chinese water deer and muntjac that inhabit this part of the UK. Bedfordshire
farmland supports plenty of both: the Chinese are happy to be on show while the muntys keep
a low profile in the woodland undergrowth. And it’s the muntjac we’re after today with
the guys from Zeiss Sports Optics. It’s the perfect test for the new Zeiss Conquest HD
binoculars. Stefan Buehring who works for Zeiss in international sales has one of the
first examples off the production line and, since filming this at the beginning of November
2011, we have been sworn to secrecy. Scott is our guide this morning and we are
heading for a highseat in a small wood. On the approach there’s a Chinese buck in the
field. Although the camera can capture the glorious sunrise it struggles to pick out
the deer. Stefan has a clear view, thanks to the new
glass. But more of that later… Scott and Stefan go up in the world while
we stay at ground level. It’s not too long before we get a female stopping for a bite
to eat on the ride. She eventually continues on her way. Before the highseat gets uncomfortable
a buck shows himself. He’s only 30 or so yards away and Stefan hits him hard. Even with a good shot the buck still makes
it 30 yards into cover before dropping. Yeah he’s been fighting he’s lost the
tip off of this one, got both his tusks as well. It’s just the sort of animal we were hoping
for – and it’s Stefan’s first muntjac. We have to come over here to the UK to get
something like this it’s amazing, look at the little tusks, it’s a nice species which
we don’t have in Europe, yes last year was the year for the Chinese water deer and now
we are here for the little muntjac and thanks to my guide, did a fantastic job. Scott works with Zeiss pro stalker Paul Childerley.
They take just four-to-five bucks from this area as there’s a lot of pressure from other
estates. She’s a lot more Chinese than muntjac, but
we have some nice examples of muntjac as well. So we shoot a few nice ones. So, he’s a good one to take. Yes, a perfect one. We wanted a nice little
example of one, he’s got both his antlers although one is a little bit broken, both
his tusks he will look nice on the wall as a shoulder mount, his cape’s good, yup perfect. Stefan is thinking about taxidermy – but we
ask him to talk us through the new Zeiss binoculars and how effective they have been for him this
morning, using them the first time in the field. The new line really performs on a different
level, when we looked over the field area we saw a Chinese water deer, we went into
the forest where it was really dark, we had some really nice images, this is the new Conquest
HD which is a new entry level into the premium segment. We have changed a lot of things in
this new line, so we were looking for light transmission, colour fringing, were the edges
sharp, field of view, all the normal bits that you test during the first step when you
go into the production series. So the glass, the technology, the look and
the feel of these new Zeiss binoculars is something the German manufacturer is now able
to share with the world… and of course Stefan has his first muntjac. Now a rather bigger deer and a larger-than-life
band of happy hunters. Back in Louisiana, I take my Chevy to the levee, where I am going
deerstalking Cajun style with some good ol’ boys from the swamp. Clint Seneca and his buddies were offered
the main parts in the popular Swamp People programme about the alligator hunters of these
parts, but they turned it down. Too much of a circus. We head out deep into the Atchafalaya basin,
the largests wamp in the United States, in the early morning gloom. Clint and a dozen
friends have the lease on 1,000 acres and it is home to America’s favourite quarry animal,
the whitetail deer, a cousin of Europe’s roe deer. The undergrowth is too thick here to
walk up on them. The only way is to wait. So it’s a year and half old, first year
horns. Is it shootable? No. We try to wait till they’re four and
half years to shoot. They need to mature. And deer we see: deer after deer. Clint takes
deer management seriously and refuses to shoot them. He is after a barren doe or a rack buck
of more than four-and-a-half years that’s past its prime. We also see other wildlife. It’s like a cartoon
castlist, with Bambi and his mother, the Secret Squirrel hoves into view in front of us and
even Woody Woodpecker makes an appearance. There are brilliant bright cardinals, and
smaller brown things: let’s call them ordinals. There – maths joke for you. Today is the last day of the deerhunting season
here. It’s ending early this year because of a flood that swept through this area taking
much of the local wildlife with it. While we hear a great deal about hurricanes lashing
New Orleans from the sea. Southern Lousiana has another flooding problem: the Mississippi
river. Where we are sitting right here was about
15 foot under water. Where we are 10 foot up in the air. Yeah this dam was under water. Did you come out to see it? I drove a boat right down these shooting lanes
that we are hunting. It was something to see. In 1973 it did the same thing. This past year
was the first time since 1973 it did it and what it is, is it’s the flush structure
for the Mississippi river, when the Mississippi river comes up to flood stage, they can open
these structures and it floods this biou way to keep the Mississippi river inside of its
banks. So it doesn’t get into residential or commercial areas. So dead areas. Right. Clint tries to call the bucks with a bigger
buck call. The even bigger bucks do not respond. Clint Seneca is from an old Cajun family.
And there’s nothing he likes better than a get-together for a weekend hunting. Once you’re
in the swamp, time seems to go more slowly. You probably know Cajun because of its fiery
sauces with names like Gator Guts, Butt Burner and Slap Ya Mama, but this is an entire culture
that’s too hot to handle. Originally called Acadians, they were a band
of French-speakers whom the British expelled from Nova Scotia in Canada. They headed to
what is now the USA and the only place they could find a home were the swamplands of the
Deep South, between the Mississippi and the Atchafalaya rivers. If we British thought
we had stamped out their culture, however, we were wrong. Whitetail aren’t that easy to shoot are
they? No it’s a very difficult animal to kill,
a mature one is as you saw this morning, the smaller ones will sit out there and let you
watch them, the mature ones won’t, whether it be a buck or a doe. And we find it I suppose in Europe quite extraordinary
that Americans are obsessed with whitetail, it’s all you guys seem to talk about and
want to do. Oh, it’s a challenge, it’s definitely
a challenge and we like challenges. Here is a whitetail that Clint’s shooting
buddies shot earlier and here’s how to age a whitetail. You can tell from the weight of their horns,
from the beadiness at the base down here, the size of the head and also the size of
the body. We cut the jaw bones out after we kill them and you can tell a whitetail by
looking at the teeth. That’s the only real way to tell. So do you count in terms of how many points
it’s got? No, age doesn’t have anything to do with
the points. On our way back to the camp, everyone we meet
wants to talk about the hunt, the whole hunt and nothing but the hunt. First it’s Wes whose
wife is real mad because she didn’t shoot a deer the previous evening. You should have seen her after she missed
that second deer. I swear she looked like Medusa. Then it’s Travis who has just come back from
Texas with a whitetail buck that cost him several thousand bucks. Now, if you have 1,000 acres of flat woodland
cut with paths, how would you get around? A camo golf buggy of course! Clint and I go
back out to the same highseat. There are two deer there when we arrive. Of course they are a doe and a fawn. We see
lots more deer like these two. In all, more than 30 deer come past the stand, all healthy,
from fawns through yearlings to button bucks and the occasionally head that will be good
for some hunter in a year or two’s time. Clint talks about his choice of rifle for whitetail. I use a .270 short Magnum, I normally shoot
200, 250 yards and the 270 short magnum is a very powerful rifle which shoots flat at
a long distance. You’ve got a Browning A Bolt, why did you
choose that one? At the time it was the best on the market
and it probably still is, it’s the flattest shooting rifle they make pretty much and the
whitetail deer is a strong animal it takes a big bullet to kill them. We end in darkness. Two deer come out into
the ride. We’re about five minutes too late. Could that have been the one? It could have been. Disappointed? Not really, it’s not all about the kill. Well we are back next week with more from
the Shot Show including an unfeasible and almost laughable selection of guns. If you
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52 thoughts on “Fieldsports Britain – Giant rat hunting in Louisiana from an airboat + ShotShow kit

  1. lol . . . "1st time I've tried clubbing small animals to death" Shame about the throw away line at the top of the show "machine gun" on an AR15 though, that's cringe worthy material and does our sport no favours, just fuels the anti-shooting brigade.

  2. I hope you took in some of the fine food Louisiana is famous for! When you get down to it, the Shot show is just a huge candy store for grown ups!

  3. Wish I could get to shot show… Think your man might let the UK side down a bit when he gets near AR15 style rifles. Really wish we in the UK could have the same gun rights.

  4. love these vids keep them coming
    im wanting a favour if possible could you please donate something for a
    charity raffle the charity is help for heroes please let me know

  5. I love this show and glad I get to watch it on YouTube. Sometimes, ya'll crack me up. Like 1:47 – rubber strap on!!! Now that was funny stuff. Deer hunt looked awesome as well. Too bad ya'll didn't get to see the gator hunt. Truly awesome.

  6. What a buffoon. My British wife cringes when watching him performing like a sixth-former let loose in the tuck shop. He's quite funny, in a cringingly embarrassing way, a bit like the Mr Bean of the Shooting World.

    Keep up with the laffs, Charley – 'machine gun – takkatakkatakka….'

    Yeah, right.


  7. Cajun… a touch of French / southern draw/ swamp-babble NOBODY can understand, but a trained ear & another cajun.

  8. fucking sad i think they should hunt them and not hurt them get them to the vet and castrate them so they cant spawn more so they can hold up a decent population

  9. Sig Sauers are made in Eckernförde Northern Germany not in Switzerland. Despite the name sig sauer pistols are made by sauer not by sig.

  10. Yes, you should. Clubbing that Nutria was an instant, painless death. Takes no time, no ammunition and you don't have to dig bullets out before you put it in the pot. However, when animals kill people it's usually a long drawn out event of getting ripped apart and disabled then having your throat ripped out and then a little while later you die quite painfully. Never forget as far as they're concerned, you are food.

  11. Hey there, Anyone learned about the Tube Cash Exposure? (do a Google Search) Ive listened to many outstanding stuff about it and my bro made a considerable amount of money with it!

  12. You must live in a city, away from animals and I believe you meant to say "fucktard." I hope you meet one of those nice cuddly wolves out in the wild, when you finally find your way out of your city, that way you can be friends and buddies, together forever, until he craps you out.

  13. You, (the English gun community) are the only British group that I'm fine taking teasing from for being American. You're the only group that seems to have any common sense left in the UK, and you all seem to realize the importance of gun rights…. and rights in general for that matter. I'd love to go shooting or hunting with some of ya'll sometime. Best wishes from across the pond!

  14. And you wonder-WHY LOSER-ANNA is DEAD-LAST for education???


    Can't tell ONE from another…

  15. I used to go around the marshes in the Norfolk Broads with the coypu hunters when I was a boy. They were lured into traps and then shot (The coypu, not the hunters!!) . The last one I saw was in 1978 at a place called St Olaves.

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