Fieldsports Britain : Hunting ibex, crow control, trout and ferreting

[Music] Welcome to Fieldsports Britain. Coming up
Stone the crows – well actually Roy is trying to shoot some with the help of a decoy with
a difference. Release the trout – we’re looking at two ways of replenishing stocks of this
beautiful game fish. High speed chopper – we’re ferretting with tree surgeon and world record
holding axeman Dave Sands. First, our Danish friend Max Hunt is on his
travels again hunting Ibex in Spain. Never mind the Costas and the Canaries, Spain
offers much, much more. It is a wonderful destination for hunting deer, boar, and chamois.
For this particular adventure, our friend from the mainland Max Hunt has driven all
the way from Denmark for Ibex. Max is a guest of Greennatur – a Spanish outfit
based a few hundred kilometres east of Madrid. The terrain is physically demanding. This
needs a similar fitness level to stalking red deer in Scotland. Max describes it as
the perfect entry level for hunting in the mountains… He seems to have been bitten
by the Spanish fly, sorry bug! Spain is much more than just hunting. The
people are so nice and passionate about the hunt. The food, the accommodation, everything
is traditional and no matter where you go, if you go to the petrol station you see tusks
from wild boar hanging behind the desk and the guy is who is standing there takes you
into the working place shows you big, big roe bucks, very big roe bucks hanging next
to the car and working tools and everything. So everything here is about hunting and people
are so passionate about it. Max and his guide Daniel are looking for a
mature male of at least 12 years old. But with 40,000 hectares to cover it’s going to
take a lot of patience and looking through glass wear. On this line, down the … You see the … up there Tell me a few things about Spain. You have
four different species of Ibex. Yes, in Spain four different species of Ibex
the Gredos Ibex, Beceite Ibex, Ronda and the Sierra Navada Ibex. Gredos is around Madrid, Beceites is in the
east, Sierra Navada and Ronda in the south. Ok. I got that right? Phew! I trained up a lot. It’s not all on foot and the Disco gets a
workout two. There’s even call for the winch. The hunt was supposed to be a three day trip
but the Ibex have different plans and they are not where they are supposed to be. They
seem to be moving far more at night than normal. The beautiful scenery and the thrill of the
chase is keeping Max focused We spent four days trekking the animals sitting
in the hills and watching the different peaks and trying to find the animals. But this time
of the year they split up. So all the males go together and the females go together in
big groups and we only found the females every day, but today we finally spotted a group
of big males and they are about 2,000 metres from here at the top of that peak that you
see over there. The thing is they have settled down, because Ibex often go to the top and
settle down when the sun is shining and there is no wind. They feel safe because no predator
is coming from above, everything has to come up from below and they are in the bushes so
they are very difficult to see unless you get close. The plan now is staying here, watching
their first movement so that we can react to their first movement from here. But I can
feel our patience is paying off. Unfortunately the group doesn’t have a mature
male – and it’s back to square one. Two days later and Max is finally in the reckoning
– apart from the 2 kilometres of open terrain between him and his animal. He manages to get to within just short of
200 metres and he finally gets the cross hairs of his Sauer 202 on his Beceite Ibex. The
animal turns broadside – and it is hit. Max keeps his eyes trained on the mountain.
It looks like the ibex has dropped in the thick bushes It is our seventh day today and we were very
close to depression, especially Daniel. We had some very fine days and we have seen lots
of Ibex. But finding the right one in these mountains is not very easy as you can see.
We have been spotting a lot. We have seen many, many very good ibex, but this one we
spotted the first day and we have been looking for him every since. Sharing an experience
like this is even bigger, because we will say do you remember we used six days to try
and get the ibex and we stalked up and we were discussing which one, the right one,
he is moving now, are you ready, how far is he. The game of getting them. It is not just
mine, it is our animal up there. Daniel, thank you. They find the animal just a few yards away
from where they expected to. He’s a good looking old boy and possibly a silver medal. How old is he Daniel? I think one, two, three, four, five, six,
seven, eight, nine, ten. Ten years. That is a perfect age isn�t it?
At the top. For shooting, roughly nine, ten, more is better,
it is a good moment for shooting the ibex because the ibex are in the rut at seven,
eight, nine years. They are strong and become older. Bit like
humans. Yes, with 11, 12, 13 years it is not in the
rut, because … He is old, he is tired. And this is typical
Beceites, he is very wide and very open. The difference with the rest of the species
of ibex in Spain, or the Beceite ibex is up one group, very open and little bit to the
back. The normal for Beceite ibex is 100% longer to the open or more. Because we saw some totally open. The horns
go like this. Sometimes it is possible to have Beceite ibex
with very open and don�t have the horns in the back, but for me, in my opinion a little
bit back to the horn is perfect, is elegant. Thank you. It’s been a week long effort to get the right
animal. And the hunting here has got Max all revved up – he’s going back and apparently
everyone’s invited. So if you want to experience mountain hunting,
I think Spain is the right place to go. And if you should be interested in joining in
with a trip like this I will be back here in the fall. So if you want to go to Spain
give me a call or send me an email at [email protected] If you’d like to find out more about hunting
in Spain – visit What spectacular scenery and if you want to
see more of Max�s hunt I will put a link somewhere on the screen. If you want to see
him bow hunting in Hungary on our channel, click on the screen which has appeared in
the tree just up there. Now more fallow than buck. It is David on the Fieldsports Channel
News Stump. [Music] This is Fieldsports Britain News. A British politician has come under fire for
killing grey squirrels. Animal rights activists are enraged after Environment Secretary, Owen
Patterson revealed he controls the invasive species at his home. Government agencies remain
committed to getting rid of greys because the disease they carry kills our native reds.
However, the director of the campaign group Animal Aid Andrew Tyler slammed the “cruelly
absurd pogrom against squirrels” Mr Paterson has also been criticised by former
Queen guitarist and now animal activist Brian May. Innovations corner is next. Fieldsports Channel
viewer Ray Cross has come up with these two rifle rests for use when shooting from your
car. Priced at �15 and �50 from the Gunstar website, they enables shooters to turn their
vehicles into stable platforms for shooting. Meanwhile, viewer Paul Dowling has come up
with this bench for shooting. He is already working to make it lighter but retain its
strength. Are you in the Hampshire area on the bank
holiday weekend of 5 to 6 May 2013? The Hampshire Game Fair, now in its 18th year, is on at
the Netley Marsh Showground, two miles south of the M27 junction 2. Among attractions are
a craft village with artists, designers and craftsmen including specialist demonstrations
of Chainsaw Carving. Visit for more details. There’s a new online British deerstalking
magazine. Visit for a flick through. The Countryside Alliance has asked the government
to limit the amount of information available to be searched on the national databases of
micro chipped dogs, to avoid it being used by dog thieves. From April 2016 all dogs in
the UK need to be micro chipped and their owners� details recorded. The Alliance has
expressed concern that local authorities, veterinarians and re homing centres will have
access to the information held about our dogs. In the face of rampant rhino poaching in South
Africa, some conservationists are asking for the lifting of the international ban on rhino
horn trading. Along with private rhino farmers, they believe that the creation of a legal
market will quell poaching. The South African government is exploring this option and could
make a proposal at the 2016 CITES Convention. Now here is a lazy duck all at sea. These
pictures were sent in by viewer Chris Gorr. The mallard�s nest tucked out of the wind
in the bow of one of his client�s yachts in Chichester marina. However the make shift
nest looks a bit sparse and pretty uncomfortable. And finally a high wire raccoon. This local
chap has learned to use the power lines to move from A to B. Or maybe the neighbour�s
husband has come home early and he needs to make a sharp exit. You are now up to date with Fieldsports Britain
News. Stalking the stories. Fishing for facts. [Music] Thank you David – coming up – we are out foxing
crows. First following last week�s capercaille attack on Hallo Charlie let�s see what else
the world has been up to. [Music] Here’s what the world’s up to this week. Hallo Charlie. It is Chris in Rugby, Warwickshire
and we are just out at the minute shooting some rats with the air rifles. I have got
a friend who is having some trouble … Hallo Charlie. I am Tex Grebner, Tex Grebner
Dawson I am over here in America enjoying the sound of … sorry about that rebel … war
thing but there is a reason why we Americans decided … … Hallo Charlie. Dave Cullent from sunny Caterick.
Just doing, helping a farmer out with a little bit of pest control on one of his freshly
drilled fields. Check this out. Free lessons, please send Dom up. Hallo Charlie. This is Essex Bushcraft, Essex
UK and this week I am studying primitive weapons from across the world with my new friend. Send us your own Hallo Charlie – film yourself
on your mobile phone – just a sentence saying hallo Charlie, who you are and what you’re
up to. Then share it or email it via YouTube, Facebook, DropBox or YouSendIt, you name it
to [email protected] Please keep em coming – now on Fieldsports
Channel we always said we were the antidote to BBC Country File therefore we don�t do
stick making, but a few weeks ago we were invited out by an axe wielding record holder.
We couldn�t say no. Dave Sands is a bit of an expert when it comes
to chopping wood – it’s a good job – with razor sharp blades flying around the place
just millimetres from your toes you need pin point accuracy. If I am not working I am hunting through the
winter months and in the summer months I do wood chopping. I go round the country doing
demonstrations and shows. Got into the sport a few years ago, but actually learnt the sport
of wood chopping when I lived out in New Zealand. See takes the hair straight off of your arms.
Several years ago I was approached to set the world record to cut ten of these, 13″
logs in eight minutes. It was all done for charity. Axe racing is a great passion of Dave’s, but
he just loves the countryside – he stalks deer, boar and likes nothing better than taking
friends and family out for a bit of ferreting. This is traditional Sussex ferreting. As it
has been done for 100�s and 100�s of years. Down on the downs you have got the big chalk
buries. Obviously up here you have got the shallower buries. These places are a lot easier
to ferret. You can be in and out quick. I would rather ferret these smaller buries than
the real big, deep buries. Like so many of us he’s been doing it since
he was a boy and this line of ferrets goes back years too. So what type of ferret works best for him
in Sussex? You see there is my Hob and there is my Jill.
See there is quite a bit of difference there. The size of the head and that. But he is generally,
he has got a bit of weight on him at the moment. He is a cracking worker, but he see there
is quite a difference in weight. That is tighter that can get round the front of the rabbit
and tend to turn them out and bolt them a lot more thorough than what the hobs can.
You see if this hob here will take a tube under ground where a rabbit is up a blind
end. He is quite a big animal to turn. Eventually we start seeing the rabbits break
for freedom . Lady is keen to get stuck in and her reactions
ensure nothing gets away – there is even a rat. Even Dave’s father Neil or should that
be flash dives for a rabbit. That is what happens when you bring an old
one Dave’s axe racing has taken him all over the
world but nothing beats a couple of hours ferreting close to home. They are so healthy and this is what we have
found all year. That last … which was that one … the size of it … got so much meat
on the saddle there. Full of meat and most of them are bucks as well. Dave has had a pretty successful season with
the ferreting – he stopped well over a month ago but he’s been getting some really big
bunnies – which his father loves. Everything here is for the pot. Father he loves rabbit. He would live on rabbit
he would. Pubs like it. They like a few rabbits. At least you know where they have come from.
That has come out of burrow, that is healthy food isn�t it. With one season ending his axe training season
starts – and I don’t think we’ve ever said this before – please don’t try this at home
unless you are wearing steel toe caps. If you want to see the full interview with
Dave about competitive axe racing click the link. Now, that film featured James Garrett
who is head ranger at Bewl water in Kent – and he’s restocking his waters with beautiful
rainbows and home grown browns. It looks like it might be a good day to go
fishing here in the South-East of England. The arrival of 1500ish rainbow trout from
Bulldog Fish Farm in North Devon is just part of the attraction for the local press and
big fishing magazines invited along for a day on the water. Who knows why Nigel Early decided to call
his business Bulldog, but he has, and he delivers fish all over the country. He says they’re
some of the best. You buy eggs in from all over the world depending
on the season and if you look after them properly then the end product speaks for itself. Could you spot a Bulldog fish farmed trout? We supply Anglian Water and one of the wardens
up there, there are roughly five of us supply Anglian and he can tell my trout from the
rest. Head ranger James Garrett is hosting the day
and with a break in the weather it’s a good time to see if the guys are having any luck. The West Country rainbows are about two years
old. However, away from Bewl, James has his own little nursery where he’s got a stock
of this year�s brownies. We wait for the fish to run the streams. We
intervene by catching them and we bring the males and females back to a facility like
this where we strip them of eggs and fertilize the eggs, put them into trays in a trough
like this and let nature take its course. We had cold water temperatures this year ranging
from four to eight degrees. So it actually took about 60 days before the eggs started
hatching. Heavy sediment in the local waterways cover
and kill the eggs so a little bit of TLC goes along way. So the survival rate in the wild is very small.
By intervening we can then reintroduce those fish which are the indigenous fish to Bewl.
It is nice to be putting the fish which thrive and do well in Bewl back into Bewl for the
future. These tiddlers will eventually turn into fish
like these beauties. So this is a two year old fish. Reared this
one from egg, two winters ago. Beautiful colours, buttery yellow belly, red spots. Gorgeous
fish. Absolutely stunning. Whatever way you slice it there are fish in
Bewl. Some have come along the M4 others are a little more local. Well, let’s hope the weather finally gives
us a break and we can really start enjoying the countryside – right cunning corvids – Roy
Lupton has got a plan. [Music] As lovers of the countryside we like the idea
of existing in harmony with our environment, living sustainably, just leaving footprints,
and of course trying to recycle. In Roy’s case he’s making good use of a fox he shot
last night – waste not want not! This is part of his master plan to increase his chances
of shooting some crows. One thing that used to be done when calling
corvids in was to put a live decoy out. A lot of old keepers would put out a ferret,
some even went to the extent of having an eagle out, put it out in the field and the
crows would come in and mob it and that is what they did with the ferret as well. As
I haven�t got an owl decoy and we wouldn�t go to the extent of using a live owl now,
what we are going to do is put the fox out and just see if the crows come in and mob
it. What I am going to do is set the fox up just out here on the side of us because then
if the crows come over and they are on the flight line then they might just pick up the
fox and just come round and give us a chance of a couple of shots. So that is the plan.
Whether or not it works is another matter. For the crows that don’t fancy having a go
at the vixen, Roy has a few other decoys he’s nicked off Andy. He’s going to have to work
with these until he gets some birds on the ground. We are not in the position I would really
like to be in, but all we can do is set this up and see what results we get. I am sure
Andy would be pulling his hair out seeing what I am about to do, but never mind. Finally we’re ready to go and Roy dons a face
mask – an essential bit of kit when tackling crows. Corvids are notoriously cunning. Roy manages to get on to a few, with a couple
of pigeons for good measure then remembers that his Mum has knitted him a face mask so
he’d better show willing so not to hurt her feelings. No tittering at the back please. We have probably got about a dozen birds on
the ground so far and the fox is working. I have just got it in a slightly the wrong
position I think. You can hear the crows coming in and they are spotting it because they are
calling letting off an alarm call just warning everybody obviously when they see something
like that and where they are coming in the flight line has shifted a little bit so they
are looking directly down at us so they are not flying over where we have actually got
the hide. I am reluctant to move the fox at the moment because we have got another flight
line developing over on the right hand side. See how we deal with that. All respect is now lost for Mr Lupton, apart
from that of his mother. Then he gets too hot and loses the mask, so even his mother
hates him. However, the good news is that the fox is working well especially with the
addition of a pretend kill. Unfortunately, the mobbing crows are lost behind the big
hedge, which is useless for us. It is amazing how well that fox is working.
I have moved it over to the hedge row and the crows are coming up that line and circling
it. Unfortunately the hedge is a little bit too high because they are coming in quite
… oh … We wish you a merry Christmas … Not again … Anyway … Shall we start again? Yes, let�s … Oh dear Roy. Before we get done for cyber
bullying we’d better move on. As our resident bird expert why not show us the difference
between the birds. With the rook we have got a very bald head.
There is no feathering on top of his cere here or on his throttle down here, under his
beak here. The main reason is the rooks do a lot of grubbing about and worming when they
are out in the fields. So it is almost like a vulturine adaption. Whereas vultures have
got a bare face, just a skin face. The rooks are very similar. It keeps them clean when
they are rootling about in the mud. Whereas if you look at the crow�s face then we are
very different. He has got feathering coming down over his cere and over his nasal openings
in there. I think a much more handsome bird. So those are the two major differences between
rooks and crows. We’ve had an OK few hours. It�s not a massive
bag – but again, it’s not always about that. The farmer will be happy that Roy�s there,
keeping the crows on their toes. Roy Lupton there with his recycling tips.
Now we were asked by a viewer this week to put together a corvid shooting play list which
we have done link on the screen. Next, to the international scene. It is Hunting YouTube. This is Hunting YouTube, which aims to show
the best hunting, shooting and fishing videos that YouTube has to offer. In Pigeon Shooting Decoying Turns into Crow
Calling over decoys uk 2013, VarminterUK gets a touch of the sun and starts to make cawing
noises to attract crows. Does it work? Watch the film to find out. Let�s go to Australia, where Mickott is
whistling in foxes close. He was hoping to call in a wild dog so he let this one go.
Fox scalps are only worth $10 and dogs are worth $100. In hind sight, he says, I should
have taken the fox as no dogs turned up. Moving to the US and, in this quick clip,
Craig Canty shows excellent fieldcraft and bowhunting skills, shooting this animal right
in the head, a �hot spot� for foxes. Not a perfect situation – he is trolling after
all – but salmon fishing on the Tay, Perthshire, Scotland 2013 by Robert White, shows the happy
event: a spring salmon being hooked, played and returned on the Pitlochry beat at Stanley. Moving to Florida and this really isn�t
perfect but it is compelling. Kayaker Jim Van Pelt lands a 100lb+ Goliath Grouper by
hand line in South-West Florida while fishing from a kayak. Now we love Joe Rogan. He tweeted about one
of our films the other day and brought it loads of views. Here he is with ace hunter
and TV game butcher Steven Rinella learning how to gralloch a deer or, as the Americans
put it, gut a deer. It�s a straightforward, useful film and, for some reason, YouTube
has age-restricted it. MeatEaterTV goes out on The Sportsman Channel and is mustard on
meat handling. Sent in by our viewer Norbert from Transylvania,
if you want to see how they do driven wild boar in Romania, watch Boar Hunting 2011.
It is NineInchFly’s wild boar hunting compilation in 2011. Again, age restricted, even though
they are doing nothing unusual on this film. NH MH writes to me to say: “In Finland we
use hounds for rabbit hunting,” and points me to his Finnish hound in action, putting
up a hare. Wonderful sight but, I can�t help thinking, hopeless cause. 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 [email protected] Well if you liked those burnt offerings, you
might well like Schools Challenge TV. This week we have got top clay shot and Edgar Brothers
Embassador, Becky Bream on how to shoot straight.We have got Schools Challenge TV news and we
have got the real reason why people not involved in shooting want to become Schools Challenge
TV sponsors. Well we are back next week when you will see
some of our Australian viewers have thrown down the gauntlet and, burnt the stumps in
their usual way and issued us with a challenge. Find out more at 7pm on Wednesday UK time. If you are watching this on YouTube please
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16 thoughts on “Fieldsports Britain : Hunting ibex, crow control, trout and ferreting

  1. Poor Roy ! Did he not beg and plead for you to cut that bit out . Funny as !
    Not that Ive ever done that before ( honest )

  2. Great video, just one question, at one point when Roy was shooting the crows his gun clicked, did the cartridge miss fire or was the safety on, just trying to educate myself. Thanks and keep up the good work!!!!! 🙂

  3. You guys should look up SirSlotsaLot on youtube – I have never seen such an awesome array of headshots at extreme distance as that chap gets – AND he manages to film an awful lot of them!

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