Fieldsports Britain – Long range pest control + flyfishing international

[Music] Welcome to Fieldsports Britain. Coming up
– varminting – we’re remote controlling rabbits – but what do you lot think about long range
shooting? Roy Lupton in the red corner says yes, Tim Pilbeam in the blue corner says no. Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, England,
which of the home nation teams is best at fly fishing? We find out at the Spring home
international. And if only your gun dog could watch and learn from television. We have got the Skinners gundog
training tips. First lets get to grips with this tricky issue
of shooting rabbits at long range. This evening we’re on the Isle of Sheppey
– known for its industry, its sheep, its marshes and tonight its rabbits. There are loads of them and they’re a real
headache for farmer and shoot manager Will Lawrence, especially when they get wise to
the idea that he doesn’t want them around. .22 rim fire is fine you can sweep here and
shoot 35 rabbits. It is not a problem. Then they start to get a bit wary. Then it is up
to .17. Now when I pull into the gate 200 yards away they go there is that bugger in
the land rover and he wants to shoot us. Now it is Tac .20 time. Let’s get stuck into them
at good range where we are not affecting them at all. So what is the main reason for culling the
rabbits for you, crop damage, crop protection? This is it. We are looking at it now they
are here, grazing quite hard in certain areas I am leaving them, but around my hay crops
they need to be controlled and they are such a plague to me and however they die that gun
hits them they are dead they don’t know anything about it. It is not about retrieving meat. It is just
about controlling a pest. Pest control it is exactly that. Will needs the rabbits gone. Roy’s friend
Chris has taken on the job of clearing them out. He has invited Roy along to lend a hand.
They’ll be shooting out to 350 metres tonight. Further out on the marsh it is possible to
shoot out to 600 yards. Later in this programme we will be looking at how to take a shot at
that distance. Soon the guys are making a dent in the rabbit
population. Roy’s .22-250 and Chris’s .20 Tac are devastating. There’s not much left
on the carcase for beast, let alone man. Maybe it’s not what some will want to hear but this
is pest control, not one for the pot. I am also of the opinion that if I am leaving
a few rabbits around then they are not going to be … the fox the lazy animal is not going
to be preying on my grey partridge or my other ground nesting birds. It is going to be picking
up the odd rabbit that I have shot. So I don’t mind leaving a few odd rabbits about. When
we are shooting with a Tac .20 there are a few portions to go around. If you are faced with a rabbit problem like
this and want to find out more about the homeloaded Tac 20 and .22-250 calibres the guys are using
this evening, click on the link on the screen – but we have age restricted it because we
think some of the slow-motion footage from this evening isn’t suitable for general viewing. The rabbits are everywhere – a lot of them
are youngsters but that doesn’t save them. They will soon be eating a decent share of
Will’s grass. The Land Rover roof offers a good position for spotting and shooting. No-one likes waste but on the flip side Roy
appreciates that not everyone views rabbits as free wild meat. In some cases there are
just too many of them. We are out here shooting rabbits at the moment
and that is purely as a pest control exercise. The marsh is somewhat plagued with rabbits
and we have got to try and keep the numbers down because obviously there is a lot of grazing
out here, a lot of crops out here. So if possible it is nice to shoot some and retrieve the
rabbits and use the meat. But when you are doing a job like this and shooting out to
the ranges we are shooting at and the type of bullets we are shooting at unless you are
being accurate enough to head shoot them at 600 yards which is pretty much impossible
then it is just a case of you either just hitting the rabbit and killing it out right,
but there is not much left to pick up or it is a clean miss and the rabbit gets to eat
on and live another day. I can’t really see the problem with that. I can see that it would
be nice if we could retrieve a lot more of the rabbits than we are retrieving so we could
use them for ferret feed or dog food or whatever else, but in a situation like this it is just simply not practical. As the light fades we pack up. It’s an unusual
end to a shooting day as there’s nothing to show for our efforts… Then again, a fox
might be filling its belly with with rabbit meat tonight instead of grey partridge. Roy and friends staying on top of a pest control
problem there – and if you would like to see another film we have made about long range
shooting, please click on the screen which has magically appeared in the sky behind me
and if you have got any views about long range shooting of course get in touch via Facebook,
or Email me on [email protected] or leave comments if you are watching this
on Youtube down there below me. Now somebody else I wouldn’t touch with a
barge pole and keep at long range as possible. It is David on the Fieldsports Channel News
Stump. [Music] This is Fieldsports Britain News. We all know about sportsmen and the hand of
God. Well, this man is a pastor from Texas out quail hunting – and this must surely be
the most sporting catch of the week. Proof that a bird in the hand is worth two in a
bush. Catching a fish at the CLA Game Fair this
year could land you 10 grand . In the Fish for a Fortune competition you
have a 10 minute slot to catch a fish in this lake at Ragley Hall in Warwickshire. One lucky
angler will walk away with a cheque for �10,000, presented on the Sunday by former footballer
and keen angler David Seaman. For more about �Fish for a Fortune and the CLA Game Fair
from the 19th to the 21st July 2013 go to Eddie Nash always said he would do something
silly when the Lamping Foxes group on Facebook reached 1,000 members. And he’s done it. Here’s
his new tattoo…name the body part. It’s National Shooting Week in the UK next
week. If you have never been shooting before, you
can go to clay grounds and rifle ranges all over the UK and try out shooting for the first
time. Organised by the Countryside Alliance, the week runs from 25th May to 2nd June and
has the backing of both the Minister for Sport and the Shadow Minister for Sport. For a map
of places to go, visit And finally, here’s a bus driver who picked
up an unusual fare in Pennsylvania, USA. CCTV captures the moment the animal is flung
through the windscreen. The bus driver then stops to try to let it off, but it looks like
the whitetail is only interesting in climbing under one of the seats. You can see the single
passenger looking on in astonishment. Thanks to everyone who sent it in. You are now up to date with Fieldsports Britain
News. Stalking the stories. Fishing for facts. [Music] Thank you David, in a suit and keeping your
distance from the countryside as usual. Now Farmer Will Lawrence gave very good reasons
why he thinks long range shooting is good. Sporting Rifle expert Tim Pilbeam is more
cautious. Here are his tips about what kit and techniques you need to use if you are
going to do it. Accurate shooting at long range takes investment
– investment in time and in kit. You need to spend time getting your rifle
and bullets working in harmony – getting the set-up just right. You might be lucky and
discover cartridges that work with your pride and joy straight off the shelf and out of
the box, but many rifle/ammunition combos need fine tuning for longer shots. Then there’s understanding your optics, working
out the ballistic data and, of course, there are the all important trigger time and air
time, too. The greater the distance the more each variable gets more, well, variable. So certain things which are not a problem,
at 100, 200 metres, now at 400 metres are absolutely massive. It is essential to make
sure you absolutely understand that, because you are shooting live animals. Today we’re seeking the advice of Tim Pilbeam
and his shooting buddy Matt. Both are experienced shots. We ask them to talk us through long-range
shooting on simulated small quarry. This is not a complete guide and some stuff will be
obvious by its absence but we hope these two yield a gem or two. I want to concentrate on kill zones today.
The kill zone of a crow is about the size of an iphone. Can we really guarantee shooting
the crow at 400, 500 yards. What is involved in actually making sure we actually despatch
this crow in a humane way. And that is not at all easy. How do we do it? There’s an awful lot to cover, plus Matt has
to pass Tim’s BS test!!! A lot of people come to me and say they can
shoot long range. All I can say is can you pass the ball shit test. Can you hit say one
of these at say 300 metres. As well as putting up steel targets there
are some frozen crows for Tim to try and shoot at. Mrs Pilbeam is pleased to see the back
of them. They’ve been interfering with the fish fingers for long enough. Now the range is sorted, all we need to do
is set up on the rise about 500 metres away. And there you have it – the rangefinder says
we are 450 metres away, so let’s get started with accurate rangefinding. At 450 metres we have bullet drop of 24 inches.
At 500 metres we have bullet drop of 31 inches. It will miss the target. You must get your
range spot on and to do that, when you are pegging your range finder ping around it and
get an average of settings. Take three or four settings because if you are aiming your
range finder at a very very small target, it is very very hard to get an exact range
of it. So it is vitally important to get your range right. With the range in the mathematical bag, we
can complete the scope set-up. Ballistic turrets are essential for this type of thing and Matt
talks us through his Zeiss. Firstly what you need to know is you need
to know the ballistics of your rifle and the bullet you are firing and you make yourself
a ballistic chart. This enables you to know the exact drops, the path of bullet and the
adjustment on your scope. So for this very quickly in top line we are 450 metres which
gives me a 24 inch drop on the path of bullet which is 13 clicks on my scope. So I would
immediately adjust that 13 clicks. Now, let’s forget about the kit and calculations
for the mo and concentrate on the physical side of shooting. A lot of people have bypass far too high.
Get it as low as you possibly can. The lower the better the more stable the position and
see my back hand here is quite free. I don’t need it on the fore end. So what I am doing
I have got it near the sand bag and I can squeeze the sand bag and actually lift and
lower the butt of the rifle so it gives me very good adjustment. With long range shooting
breathing is probably one of the most important aspects for actually keeping your rifle steady.
As you breath in and out your rifle tends to move with you. So basically when do you
actually pull the trigger. Well I personally like to take a few deep breaths, get some
oxygen into my blood. I take a deep breath, take it right in, then I release the breath
for about two seconds and hold it. One, two, three and pull the trigger and let it go.
So I take a deep breath, let it go out for about two seconds, hold it one, two, three
shoot, then let it go. I have got a very, very fine trigger. I have got a dual pressure
trigger. It goes off at about just under a pound. Very,
very light. I will use the very end of my finger, not the crease at the end of it, the
very, very end. I just feel that trigger, so I am feeling the trigger right at the end
of my finger and that is just about it. With everything (we hope) dialled in, with
bullets fine tuned, and with a solid and steady base for the rifle, let’s turn to the stuff
we can’t control, like the wind. To find out just how much his .243 round is
moving en-route, we have the big steel disc to work with. With the first shot I am going to demonstrate
the wind. I am not adjusting for any windage at all. I shall aim straight at the rabbit
at the top of the disc and see where abouts the bullet ends up. Ok our first sighting
shot gave us eight inches of wind. The bullet has landed eight inches to the right of the
rabbit. I thought it would be three inches to the left. Matt said it would be three inches
to the right. So unfortunately I owe Matt a �5. So despite having all this wonderful
data wind metres … it just demonstrates that we must understand how the wind is working,
especially if you are shooting live animals. The elevation is fine but the bullet is blown
well off to the right. This sighting shot gives Tim the information he needs to put
two rounds into the kill zone. This also means that Matt passes the BS test
at 450 metres exceeding Tim’s challenge of 350. The bullets are consistently finding the targets
with a little help from both shooter and Sir Isaac Newton’s work on gravity – but what
about our thawing corvids? Well, Tim doesn’t hit either of them with his first shot – but
he does eventually find the target. Let’s just put this in perspective we were
talking about the iphone – this is the kill zone of an average crow. Today, or the last
hour the wind was actually shifting a wee bit, the wind was actually moving from three
to six inches. Two or three miles an hour makes about two or three inches of difference.
You can’t judge it. It is not easy shooting a crow. Is it right, can we judge that Matt.
I am not too sure. No neither am I. Tim isn’t confident that at a distance of
450 metres you will always hit a target in the kill zone. That may bother some and and it may not bother
others. If we compare a deer with a crow, we hope most people would suggest you get
closer to the deer to ensure a chest shot doesn’t end up in the guts. But for a pest
management job, it might be you think it’s less about pinpoint accuracy and more about
managing a situation to the best of your ability. It’s a knotty question. What do you think? Tim Pilbeam there, putting the kit through
it’s paces and if you would like to see more films by Tim please click on the screen behind
me. Now it’s �Hallo Charlie!’. [Music] Here’s what the world’s up to this week. Hallo Charlie, No Ollie with me this week,
but I thought I would show you a clip of my Father and me fly fishing. Would you like
to show us your first fish of the season. I can’t … lift this up … there it is. Hallo Charlie, we are here in South Africa,
Marburg. We are waiting for some birds to come in. Afternoon shoot, this is my hide,
this is my trusty dog, Pop Pops. You can see that he has just heard a shot go off and this
is the scenery, a sunset. And we are just going to wait for late afternoon shooting.
Hopefully the birds will come in. I will just sit around. Cheers Charlie. 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] Next up, fly fishing and it’s time for a bit
of flag waving – The Scots Irish English and Welsh teams have been competiing in the spring
home international at Bewl water in Kent. A gurkha piper leads some of the best fly
fishermen in the country down to the jetty at Bewl Water in kent. They’ve travelled here for the Spring home
international organised by the International Fly Fishing Association. As well as the usual
banter between countries this is an opportunity for the UK’s top anglers to showcase their
skills and work towards true international competition. It first started in 1923 and then it was just
England and Scotland competing against eachother pretty much in a very friendly manner. Then
in 1932 I believe Wales and Ireland joined the party and it became a much bigger event.
Once you get a cap from here. Once you get a few more you can get selection into European
and worlds. So it is the starting point for a lot of people who really want to get on
in competition fly fishing. It doesn’t matter what sport you’re involved
with. At this level the patriotism builds the sense of occasion – and it’s certainly
being felt in the Welsh camp. Nearly everybody has got tension this morning.
Some show it in different ways. Oh yes, you never, never lose the buzz. The day you lose
the buzz for it you stop winning. So yes, everybody is wound up, tense, nervous they
all show it in different ways. Just can’t wait to get out there now. It is so exciting.
Once you get that fish on the line, do you know what I mean, phew … your heart starts
… a few more to pull. 28 boats are prepared. Each will take a member
of a different team plus a neutral referee to make sure that there’s fair play. We sort of sit on board and we are sort of
umpires or adjudicators. Make sure that they are not cheating. Make sure that it is fair.
That they are showing respect for eachother and only fishing their quadrant. Not crossing
lines and things like that. Yes, so it is interesting. You get to know them as you can
imagine after eight hours in a boat. Hopefully we will get on well, but you never know do
you. With everyone in place the horn sounds and
they’re off at speed. The few days of practice they’ve had here means the guys know where
on the water they need to be. The teams fish all day returning at 6 o’clock
for the weigh-in. And this year the title is won by the Scots with 63 fish. Runner-up
Team England brings in 42. Wales are third followed by the Irish. Well you probably spotted the daffodils and
dragons in that film and that is because David filmed it and that is because he is of course,
Welsh. Try to stay impartial please Mr Wright Now from the Valleys to the wider world of
Hunting YouTube. [Music] This is Hunting YouTube, which aims to show
the best hunting, shooting and fishing videos that YouTube has to offer. I start with viewer Andrew Coleby who suggests
his own film, Pigeon Control. Andrew is out after ferals in stables with an Air Arms S410
Classic. Staying on birds and remaining in Britain
– sounds better than staying on British birds – the long retrieve is quite the most stylish
thing you can do with a gundog. And here is BASCFilm’s definitive version. The hero of
this film is Echo, a Chesapeake Bay retriever, making a difficult retrieve across a flooded
channel of the River Dee. Now we’re off to Pakistan for partridge. Hunter
Talha has assembled some of the best shots captured in hunting trips in 2013 season at
Attock City, Pakistan. We featured Sportfish last week. Here’s the
firm’s popular film on YouTube about a day at Dever Springs Trout Fishery. Join Sportfish’s
Allan Shephard and Jonathan Tomlinson for a day at Hampshire’s top stillwater trout
fishery, famous for monster trout. We featured Frontiers Travel on last week’s
programme, too. It has a YouTube channel, called FishVideoGuru. Fancy a foreign holiday
this year? Slap on the Ambre Solaire and have a look at Fly Fishing Christmas Island Bonefishing
Frontiers Travel. Back to shooting, and if you ever wondered
what happens when you fire a BB pellet at the cap on a .22LR cartridge but were either
afraid to ask or value your face or your fingers too much, then here is Taofledermaus’s version,
filmed with a 1200 frames-per-second camera. Swiss hunting agency Vepar has brought out
a DVD of three years of its hunting trips to Hungary – and here is the YouTube trailer,
not a bad film in its own right, featuring what its Swiss producer Daniel M Hess calls
�hunting scenes, details and procedures’. Finally, you have probably seen long-distance
sage rat shooting films on the internet. Well it’s now so popular that one sporting agent
in Oregon USA, Shooters Services Unlimited, is offering it for cash, shooting or bowhunting. 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] Next up has your dog got a problem this summer.
Well we can solve it with the help of Skinners Gundog training experts. [Music] Teaching a young dog like this Labrador how
to do a long retrieve is a
long process. Here is how top g

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