Fieldsports Britain – Lurcher action


[Music] Welcome to Fieldsports Britain. Coming up
we are throwing light on Nightvision. Does it need regulation? It is totally boring but very efficient. We have got daylight optics, Sporting Shooting
editor Dom Holtam takes an exclusive look at the new Zeiss V8 Super Zoom. First, it is the King of Ferrets, Simon Whitehead,
the man who bugs bunnies. Bugs Bunnies – get it? When the Simon Whitehead Show rocks up with
nets, shovels, Milly, Bella, Shaggy and the Gills, (not a rock band), Sooty, and Roger
it’s a bad time to be a rabbit. This travelling circus is intent on knocking
the local bunny population down. It’s not sport, it’s control and the farmer wants to
ensure his soon to be planted sugar beet crop is not going to get hammered. So what tricks
has the ring master got up his sleeve today? I don’t normally have two dogs out together,
but I am going to today, because I need extra hands. We have stop netted the hedge, it is
very deep. We have purse netted the best looking holes. There was a bit of wire through the
middle but hopefully with the two dogs and the Sooty and Roger the other side we will
have all avenues covered. I would normally put a few hobs in this, bit of a stronger
ferret to get the rabbits to budge, but unfortunately they are now coming into breed and in their
condition I don’t fancy digging down to watch ferret porn four foot under the ground. So
we will be working the gills and if I need to I will get all the gills out and just push
a hob or two through. I shan’t be working them together like many people do at this
time of the year. Without any male distractions the girls have
done well this morning. Simon has already bagged a dozen rabbits before we arrive and
is sytematically working down the hedgerow. So far it’s just been mature animals that
have been taken, but in this spot they find some youngsters – they’re bound to it’s that
time of year and either the ferrets find them or they’re dug out. What we are now experiencing is a nest full
of juvenile rabbits and unfortunately this is the difference between what we do which
is rabbit control, rabbit management and ferreting for purely the sport. Now generally this time
of the year all the sportmen have finished, they have packed up, young rabbits appear.
They want a little bounty for next year. They don’t want to wipe out the rabbits because
that would put an end to their sport. That is all well and good, that is what we were
like when we were younger and growing up, but now we are asked by the farmer to come
and eradicate the rabbits, so if it means digging a nest out so be it. So this is the
mind set we have got to have. We have got to be humane, we have got to be efficient,
but at the end of the day you have got to be clinical because what a rabbit it, the
size the breed, the colour, the sex it is there for the taking and we are going to take
it. Simon has to be meticulous with the nets – a
stitch in time saves nine and even though he confesses he’s an untidy person it’s essential
to keep those nets in order. I am probably the most untidy person you will
ever see in your life. But if I don’t take all these little bits of fur out of this net
when I go to put it back down there in 20 minutes you will be hearing some industrial
languge. [Music] I have got a story about this ferret here
it is one of this year’s youngsters and I actually gave it the kiss of life outside
in the field to get it to breath because it was starting to go blue and when I took it
home and put it in the hutch I didn’t think it was going to last very long because it
couldn’t use its back legs but because it is such a good little ferret for breeding
I left it over night, fed it, watered it, kept it under a heat lamp. In the morning
it was like a little monkey again. Right as rain. So it just goes to prove what punishment
these animals get in that horrible, violent environment there. I think a lot of people
don’t give them credit for what they do. So that is why we need good press for these ferrets
and not fancy colours. So today we are going to fit … Now the last time we filmed Simon we witnessed
a very rare event – this self confessed miserable git cracked a smile, on camera, whilst talking
about “the unit”, the top secret ferret cam. He says under the radar developmental work
is still being carried out at great expense at an R&D lab near Ipswich. But “smile gate”
has been hard to recover from. Well it has ruined my reputation with me smiling
and laughing and it has taken a lot of putting right. It took me a lot of money and PR media
firm to put my reputation back in tact for being a grumpy sod. With his grumpy reputation restored, were
back on the case and the dogs are pouncing on those rabbits. Of course it’s what’s happening
under ground that’s moving the rabbits and for that the ferrets have to have what simon
calls Prey Drive – assisted by their diet. Every youngster for the first eight months
of its life has nothing but wild rabbit. It improves its prey drive and get it used to
the taste, the touch, the smell and texture of it and that does make a big difference.
A rabbiting friend of mine up north Bob Merran swears by it and it is true. In our team I
have tried it. I have tested it weaned them on other foods. Nothing compares to a rabbit
fed ferret, nothing and that improves the prey drive and that is what you need. Back
to work. Simon’s job is hard graft, especially when
the ferrets take it upon themselves to stay under. This latest bolted rabbit has lose fur – perfect
nesting material. Physiological states changing, another nest
we will be getting full of this lovely soft down. Keeps the young warm, protects them
in the nest, grab some of the foliage into make the nest, then inside the middle of the
nest would be this down to make it all nice and soft and that is why when you dig a nest
out you bring up big puff balls full of fur. If you look at how soft that is, I use Palm
oil on my hands every night and they are soft as a baby’s bum, but this is really soft. In this part of the world the flooding hasn’t
been as devastating but Simon’s aware of how damaging it’s been to wildlife across the
country. We have been bolting rabbits, digging for
rabbits in half filled pipes full of water but the nests, the few that we have seen and
we have seen more today than we have done for the rest of the season we have seen a
lot of dead waxy youngsters where the water has seeped through from the heavy rainfall,
has seeped through the ground, through the warren and into the land drainage and it has
just killed them. They just can’t stand it. So yes I reckon the wet weather has done a
lot of damage. Not just to rabbits, but to all wildlife. If they don’t have a good breeding
season in the spring or the summer I wouldn’t be surprised if next winter the rabbits where
there are localised problems will be very thin on the ground. As a final push Simon gathers in the gills
and brings out the his big hob as the muscle. His name is Shaggy for a reason. This is the
fellow who takes all my gills out of season. He has had a vasectomy and lives the life
of Riley, don’t you? Lives in a pent house, drinks perrier water and has nothing but the
finest rabbit with the fur left on and when he comes out to work for me he has to work
those little things off don’t you fellow. So hopefully he is going to do it. Going to
work him on his tod because as his name describes and as you probably have seen he is well in
season so we will just see if he will work his way through. It doesn’t take long for him to find himself
a rabbit and Simon goes in to help speed things along. Mr Bond I presume. It’s been windy but dry and bright making
it a pleasure to be out – and simon is threatening to give us another smile – So all in all very successful and to cap it
all you may see my head smile. And there it is… He always get’s his wabbit ! Now from a bunny
bugga to a news hound, it’s David on the Fieldsports Channel News Stump. [Music] This is Fieldsports Channel News. The Americans have got rid of Piers Morgan.
The anti-gun British chatshow host suffered from falling ratings on CNN and so lost his
job. Pro-gun groups are delighted – and so are the internet vloggers: I would like to buy him a one way ticket to
any country he would like to go to. The RSPCA’s future hangs in the balance. The
chief executive Gavin Grant, who preferred the RSPCA to be an animal rights group rather
than an animal welfare organisation, left suddenly last week due to ill health. After
Grant spent hundreds of thousands of pounds on prosecutions of a handful of hunts, the
RSPCA Council commissioned a review of the charity’s work as a prosecuting body. Tanzania is fighting it out over big-game
hunting. The Tanzania Association of Tour Operators is trying to link legal hunting,
which brings in US$75 million a year, with poaching, and wants legal hunting banned.
In reprisal, the Tanzania Professional Hunters Association is calling for heavy taxes on
tour operators to raise funds required to equip anti-poaching squads. A church in Kentucky is finding a new congregation
by offering them guns. In what its spokesman calls “outreach to rednecks”, the Kentucky
Baptist Convention is leading “Second Amendment Celebrations,” where churches around the state
give away guns as door prizes to lure in nonbelievers in hopes of converting them to Christ. If that is what will bring them to Jesus Christ
then that is what we will do. Viral wildlife film of the week goes to GoPro:
Hovercraft Deer Rescue. Two men who spotted deer stuck on a frozen lake in the USA used
a hovercraft to tow them off. Thanks to viewer Steve McGee for sending in the link. And finally viral hunting video of the week
goes to Close Combat With Wild Boar by Pär Karlsson. You never know where that boar is
going to come from. Thanks to Mark Gilchrist for sending this one in. You are now up to date with Fieldsports Britain
News. Stalking the stories. Fishing for facts. [Music] Next up, let’s see what you lot have been
up to. It is Hallo Charlie. [Music] Here is what the world is up to this week. Hallo Charlie. Black duck hunting here in
south Australia, beautiful. 84 year old gun for three generations. Full bag of black duck. Hallo Charlie. John Pearce here in Newfoundland.
A little ice fishing, having some lunch, some soup and catching some brown trout. Cheers
from Newfoundland. Hallo Charlie, just with my mate carp fishing.
We had one this morning but none since. Best of luck for the evening. Hallo Charlie. My name is Lucy. I have been
out pigeoning with my Dad. It was rubbish. This is what we got. Send us your own Hallo Charlie. Film yourself
on your own mobile phone and sentence saying who you are and what you are up to. Then share
it or email it via Youtube, Facebook, Dropbox or Younameit or Yousendit to [email protected] Now affordable nightvision is bringing out
more and more possibilities, but how do we ensure its future we talk about it. For an old fashioned industry we do get excited
when a new bit of technology, or should I say technology that has now become affordable,
comes our way. Night vision and thermal is transforming our
sport. It’s also transforming the way we film our sport. We’ve witnessed some amazing foxing
and rabbitting that would have otherwise gone unseen. Seeing in the dark has been a revelation to
many sporting shooters and it’s a privilege we’d like to keep. So, to ensure transparency and to promote
awareness a few of those involved with it’s development and use have arranged a evening
hosted by BASC Eastern England. The audience is made up of around 70 interested shooters
who have a keen interest in where the technology is taking us, and to ensure that people don’t
get the wrong end of the stick. When I am stalking about in a blacked out
vehicle wearing drab clothing, not using any ocular illumination if a bystander sees this
they think I am a peeping Tom pervert or doing something else and by ringing 101 the police
know what we are up to, or know what I am up to. Once Simon has put his ferrets to bed, out
comes the FAC air rifle and the Night vision. He calls 101 to ensure the police know he
is out. It will not please everyone but he is pushing for a code of conduct to make we’re
covered, just in case something goes wrong. Because of modern day society with people
creeping around in complete darkness, drabbily dressed, not using lights, parked up in static
situations, in the shade to the oblivious people the populous you may think you are
a burglar or something even worse. Times have changed and that’s was this evenings about.
About learning, appreciating that we have got to move forward and take the blinkers
off and we have got to start realising that laws and people’s opinions of what we are
doing have got to be changed and that’s why if there was a code of practice then at least
there’s something written down to try and prevent any unwanted accidents when you are
using this equipment. Night vision has been around in many guises
for a while – Foxing legend and author Robert Bucknell has been using it for decades. It was interesting back in the last war Churchill
said ” I want second best now” and first class is always down the road. The equipment is
getting better all the time and to come along to a meeting like this you’re seeing all the
latest developments and hearing it and there are people here who are using the stuff and
they are going “Ah, If you do this, that’s better . Try that”. It’s got a lot of feedback,
so a meeting like this is really good news. The one thing NV isn’t, is sociable. Foxing
with a lamp requires team work but even that is now changing – the arrival of wi-fi fed
screens allowing the driver to see the action through the scope as he sits in the driving
seat will soon be commonplace. Then there’s thermal. The main speaker Steve
helps develop NV systems for a US company and he suspects there will be a sporting thermal
scope-mounted add-on on the market, and not for silly money, in less than 18 months. The last speaker is a Suffolk Police rural
crime officer who knows that education key. To help, BASC is offering to train new officers
who may have never come into contact with a sporting firearm. It’s one of the best parts of my job doing
the training courses, because you have got young officers they have done part of their
training. Most of them come from towns and cities and they have not got the foggiest
idea. Alot of them have never seen a gun or a shotgun before . We talk about what gamekeepers
do, shoot managers, the sort of things they are likely to see. We look at trapping, all
sorts of things, just try and give them a really broad brush understanding of what they
might come across in the rural country environment. Although the night is supposed to look some
form of structure or code of practice for users the biggest discussion point is kit.
The conclusion is that all our eyes are different, so a unit that works well for one doesn’t
for someone else. There will be more events like this coming
soon and maybe in your area. Visit BASC.org.uk If you have any comments about night vision
why not stick them below down on our You Tube page or on our facebook page. And if you want
to see how effective night vision is, watch Airheads this week. On the new show out at 7 o’clock on Thursday
the 6th of March we have Phill Price, technical editor of airgunner and air gun world magazines
reviewing the Walther LGV and showing that springers can do the job.That’s springer air
rifles not springer dogs. James Marchington is sorting out his trajectory
and Squirrel ranger Jerry moss explains how to set up the most irresistible feedstation
known to squirrel-kind. We also have Fishing Britain… In Fishing Britain top predator hunter Antglas
Junior gets together withArun Jones to catch 20 pike on the same day using surface lures.
We explain why Jan Porter was cooking up snacks last week. Richard Chapman sniffs out some
monk delivered wild crap andHewel Morgan is joined by both daughters to prove that learning
to fish can be fun for all the family. Click on the link on the screen to watch it Next week we will be bringing you the latest
kit including night vision from the IWA gun trade show in Nuremburg in Germany One piece of kit that has been greatly anticipated
is Zeiss’s new superzoom scope, the V8. Dom Holtam has had a sneak preview. [Music] Our goal was sort of to solve the problems
the scopes had in the past, so we wanted to have a high performance orientated scope which
is bright in comparison to the existing models on the market which are mostly pretty much
dark with low transmission – we wanted to solve that. We wanted to launch a super zoom
which is extremely versatile and comfortable in use. So with a big eye relief you take
the super zoom and you automatically have a round picture and do not have to be 100%
perfect. In the stocks you have the opportunity to see something. So even in high magnifications. Even in high magnifications. I can’t help but notice it has a very wide
tube. That is clearly more than the usual 30mm tube that we are used to. Well this is the reason for the performance
orientated design. 36mm tube. We do this because of optical performance on one hand and because
of elevation. So we have more than three metres of elevation in the 1.8 to 14 by 50 and this
allows us to arrange an ASV + bullet compentator with a 100 clicks and this is pure long range
performance because only having high magnification means nothing you also have to compensate
the bullet drop on long ranges. When you zero in on a 100 metre spot you will be using the
bullet drop compensator. You can use it up to 700 metres. We spoke earlier about light transmission
value. That is one thing normally sacrificed a great deal on a super zoom scope. Do you
have light transmission figures for this product. This is the world record in super zoom scopes.
92% light transmission and this is what you can see in the field. You can experience it
during the last light of the day, you can see the difference. So basically every single compromise on the
super zoom has been addressed by this scope. That was the goal of development so we worked
on them hard to solve the problems that former super zooms got. So we can say it is done. So perfect performance with zero compromise. Exactly. Pure performance. Just launch the Zeiss V8 is available in a
limited amount of countries around the world. For more visit www.sportoptics.zeiss.com Right before we go here’s some reasons to
spend another few minutes on Youtube… It’s hunting youtube. This is Hunting YouTube, which aims to show
the best hunting and shooting videos that YouTube has to offer. We start with the channel MRAD who sends in
this film. He points out that the first step on the way to making rabbit sausages is to
get the rabbit, and he does so with a Ruger 10/22. The Coen brothers, Powell and Pressburger
– both great picture partnerships. Now you can watch lurcherwork and ferreting, another
superb filmic combination, sent in by Andrew Reynolds and filmed by Andrew Reynolds. Actually,
he filmed it, sent it in and spammed the channel with it, but it is a good video nonetheless. Less arthouse, Coastal Ferreting by Andrew
Edwards shows two lurchers, a few ferrets, no rain – a great end to the season. Fieldsports Channel viewer Reggie Buffat recommends
this video from a German hunter, made on the Baltic Sea near Poland. Turn on the English
captions if your German is as ropy as mine. Anyone from the UK familiar with the angler
JR Hartley will appreciate this pile of old schmaltz from Germany’s Wild & Hund magazine,
celebrating 120 years of publication. It shows an old hunter looking at the heads on his
wall and smiling wanly at the memories A film that’s been popular with Fieldsports
Channel viewers in the last week is Skinning a Deer with a Golf Ball and Pickup Truck.
It’s quick, efficient, easy – it’s American – and it’s probably not something you will
do twice Staying in North America, Nevada mule deer
hunt has Danish channel JR Hunting out after one of the USA’ most iconic species. And finally, ‘Incredible Goose Hunting’ shows
how Canada remains a wildfowler’s dream country. In this clip from “Mossback’s Honkers Gone
Wild,” two teams of fathers and sons get in. You can click on any of these films to watch
them. If you are missing the fishing films and the airgun films, watch our new shows,
AirHeads and Fishing Britain. 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] We are back next week where we will be coming
from Nurnberg in Germany from that gun trade kit show. If you are watching this on Youtube
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time every week and this has been Fieldsports Britain. Good hunting, good shooting and good
fishing and good bye.

22 thoughts on “Fieldsports Britain – Lurcher action

  1. No I don't agree with ringing 101. You are engaging in a lawfully allowed past time, if the police want to come let them they will only be wasting their time.

  2. Regulating NV? Coming from a shooter? OH my god. We have enough strangling regulation, legislation, laws, qualifications, competencies and rules. For heaven sake, dont kill our freedoms even further.

  3. last thing we need are more code's of conduct to follow or restrict us, as if government legislation isnt bad enough already 

  4. Hardly lurcher action? 2 lurcher standing around while Simons ferreting, get some proper lurcher work videos going on the fieldsports channel after all its one of the more popular sports in the field!

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