Fieldsports Britain – German boar, Scottish gundogs and Himalayan pheasants

Fieldsports Britain – German boar, Scottish gundogs and Himalayan pheasants

[Music] Welcome to Fieldsports Britain. Coming up,
we are hunting boar and deer in Germany. We are learning about the pheasants of the high
Himalaya via here, a charity clay pigeon shoot in Hampshire. I am trying to turn my top pigeon
dog into a top deer dog. With the help of a top dog trainer. First, our regular look
at shooting domestic objects with guns. It is Test Splat Special. It is our weekly look at the demise of household
and other objects thanks to the use of ballistics. This week we start with a bang – and a Firebird
target. These deliver a satisfying burst of flames and smoke and are great fun for all
the family. Here we are setting one off with a .177 air rifle pellet. There she goes with plenty of flare. Next up, a very leaky kettle intercepted for
the test splat special before it is whisked off to the tip. We are not expecting an explosion,
but what damage does a .243 soft point bullet do to it at 120 yards? The bullet strike is clean and goes straight
through it – like a knife through butter- but can our rifle shooter blow the lid off
and, if so, how far will it travel? Will it be: a) 6m 75cm b) 5m 75 cm c) 4m 75cm The shot knocks the kettle and the lid flying.
It takes a couple of minutes to find all the metal work but it is discovered in the branches
of a nearby tree. We bring out the tape measure and – surprise
surprise it’s the biggest one again – we record a reading of 6m 75cm. Nothing proved nothing gained – it is just
for fun. Next week, we have lots of ammunition from top cartridge company Norma to play with. Well we have got lots of other Test Splats
to show you, just click on the screen which is appearing up there behind me. Now, they have got boar and they are on tour.
They are Team Wild TV. [Roar of stag] Tradition plays an important role when hunting
on the continent, especially in Germany. And we are getting the full works this evening
as we prepare to go after Roebuck and wild boar. The ground we have been invited to hunt is
hour and a half north east of Berlin and we are guests of Outfox clothing. A brand being
launched in the UK later this year with hi-tech scent reducing technology. First things first, and we have to ensure
all our paperwork is in order and that we know what we can and cannot shoot. Roebucks and one year old female. White boars
up to 50 Kg. Inside this impressive manor house we meet
the estate owner Erima Von der Osten for drinks, and to hear a little more about the history
of the Blumberg forest. We are quite an international group of hunters.
Of course I am representing the UK with sporting journalist and team wild colleague Simon Barr,
but the guys from Outfox are from all over Europe. We hunt in a team, we win as a team, and we
lose if we do not succeed. But we are all one team and this is a special atmosphere
we have here. And I wish all of us a lot of success and we do not forget this weekend,
cheers. We now split up and head off to our stands.
There are over a hundred in this woodland. It is a muggy evening and the mosquitoes are
on the hunt too. The mosquitoes are the size of horses here.
I think we are going to get eaten alive. But hopefully this Outfox egotarn layer will take
away my smell so I will not smell quite so tasty. For this type of hunting I have brought along
a rifle set-up that I believe will work well in this environment. So this is my Ruger Gunsite Scout. It is in
3 way calibre and we are shooting 185 grain lapua mega ammunition. It is a bit heavy for
308, but it is a fantastic round. On top of it I have got a Zeiss 2 to 8 by 42 duralite
which is one of their entry level scopes. Now we are going to be shooting pretty close
up here. Up close and personal and this Gunsite Scout has a 16.5″ barrel …stock and nice
recoil pad so those 185 grain lapua are not going to cause me too many problems. Phenomenal
rifle, very pointable, perfect for roebuck on the move. Our high seat is not actually that high, and
the close cover means the animals will have to be even closer for me to get a clear shot
– we are going to have to keep very still and quiet. It is a really flat calm evening. There is
almost no wind at all, so we are going to have to be very quiet. The trees in front
of us are not much, about 20, 25 yards away. So distance is not going to be an issue, but
movement is. Any roebuck or boar coming through here will be able to see the slightest of
movement. So we need to be ever so careful. The evening is very warm and muggy. So we
should see some movement. We have got about 3 hours to wait, so fingers crossed. The Outfox clothing I am wearing this evening
has a military heritage. And their hunting suits are designed to stop the animals scenting
you even if you are approaching with the wind. For the first time in the history of hunting,
hunters do not take care about the wind. Because again the wind pushes your odours, but these
odours are kept in these filters. So for all sorts of people, for hunters or also camera
men who would like to make some good pictures, when the wind is turning that is not an enemy
any more. Nowadays with Outfox you can really go and hunt in any kind of condition and this
is really a new era of hunting. We are losing the light fast, but we finally
get some movement but it is a mature doe – I doff my cap and let her walk on. When we get back to the court yard some of
the hunters have had better luck than me. Simon has shot a buck and wild boar. However,
his boar ran on. Simon is confident that it was hit hard and the decision is made to go
and look for it with Anton the Ubertekkel. 100 yards from the high seat Simon shows Kai
and Anton the spot where the boar was hit – there is no blood but Anton is on the case. Good dog, good little dog. Kai encourages the little hound and we are
taken through thick cover – we come to a hollow where the boar probably rested-up during the
day and there’s a flash of disappointment that the trail might have gone cold. There is a bed from a white boar. Do you think it is the death bed? No there is no blood, nothing inside. But Anton is on it again and a few yards on
finds this fantastic looking animal. It is a super result. So it is dead, we have got it. You good dog,
good dog, got it. Perfect Anton. Simon my friend. You have to trust and believe in your dog
you know. Fantastic dog. What is it Anton? This is a good animal I am pleased with that. It made 200 yards, what do you think? 100 yards with no blood. Why was it important to come out tonight and
not wait until the morning. Because Simon said he was hundred percent
sure he hit the white boar perfectly with a perfect shot. And we like to protect the
meat. Because after 1 hour it is damaged. Because this hunter is a very experienced
hunter, I believed in him that he said Kai you can believe me it was a perfect shot and
it gave me the trust to do it. Normally it is dangerous to do it in the night because
a white boar can attack you. You and your dog and so on. If it had been a huge tusker,
I would never have done it, but piglet or a hogget it is ok. Now you see we have no
hole on the other side, it looks so because this white boar did not lose any blood on
the opposite side. Here is blood, but we did not find it. I do not know why. May be it
closed the hole where the bullet disappeared from the body.. And it looks like there is no blood from the
brushing.. You see it here how high it has been and we
had no blood control. I was able to watch the animal for maybe 5
minutes before I pulled the trigger. So I was very, very confident that firstly it was
male and secondly that I was very stable and the shot was good. May be 150 grain bullets
might have something to do with the fact that there has not been a big exit wound and lots
of blood for a trail. May be I should have been using a slightly larger calibre. The
308 has killed it but it has not given us the big blood trail. It goes to show that
you need to have a good dog to follow these things up. The dog was straight on to it,
there was no question. It went straight to a bed where it had been sleeping and then
it came straight to where it had finally died. Which was probably a zig zag a hundred yards
from where I shot it, but through quite thick cover. Very good result. Kai how heavy do
you think it is? May be 50, 60 Kilos? No, no approximately 50 Kilos. 50 Kilos, brilliant animal. Less than 50, 45. Ok let us have a bet. I am saying 49 Kilos. Then we have won it! We say less. If we take
out the fillets we will win this Stefan. We get the boar back to the larder and the
all important weigh-in – Simon’s guestimate was pretty good, the boar is actually over
50 kilos… 55 Kilos. A great start to our European Hunting trip.
If you want to know more about the Waldgut-blumberg estate go to and
if you want to know more about Outfox go to [Roar of stag] Well that was very good. We have of course
got boar from all over Europe including Britain. And you can click on the boar which is emerging
from that little bit of woodland behind me and see some of that. Now it is David on the Fieldsports Channel
News Stump. [Music] This is Fieldsports Britain News. Charlie has been on a proper TV programme
devoted to people who love Charlie – Charlie fox, that is. For the last two weeks, Channel
4’s major series Urban Foxes Live has been helping townspeople come to terms with their
new foxy neighbours. Last night, Charlie went on the programme to defend foxshooting and
foxhunting. It was always going to be a tough crowd, but the boy done good. I am not saying they are regularly….this
is what happens if you keep foxes. I did expect to be torn apart by angry fox lovers on this
programme. Hang on I think we are giving a pretty balanced
view on the science and the evidence surrounding foxes. That is the aim of this programme. The UK has one of the lowest firearm accident
levels in the world. The US has one of the highest. Here is a reminder from the USA of
why we want to keep it that way. This man’s son was shot dead after being mistaken for
a deer by a fellow shooter. He still cannot understand how it can happen. We looked out for one another, we are brothers,
you do not just go fetch shooting. It is mind boggling to think that somebody would take
that shot. The Mail on Sunday reports that the RSPCA
is bringing Hunting Act charges against members of the Heythrop Hunt. The Hunt’s kennels in
Chipping Norton are in David Cameron’s constituency, giving rise to the widespread belief that
the charges are politically motivated to embarrass the Prime Minister. The Countryside Alliance
calls the RSPCA’s decision to bring such a huge prosecution “a blatant political attack”.
Like 99 per cent of prosecutions against hunts, the CA expects this one to fail. Now, nothing spoils your view of the great
English countryside than a van full of antis trying to catch up with a hunt. People are so arrogant. This cyclist is minding his own business making
his way down a country lane. His gentle peddling gets the hunt monitors behind him a little
hot under the collar. Finally, one of them loses her cool and decides that the best course
of action is to attack the man kicking and punching him. And finally, a farmer from Durham has received
death threats after he killed a giant rat on his farm. The chances are that the animal
Brian Watson hit with a bit of wood was a nutria similar to the ones we went chasing
also with a bit of wood in Louisiana at the beginning of the year. Please click on the
rat if you want to see more. Of course the police are not taking this matter any further. You are now up to date with Fieldsports Britain
News. Stalking the stories. Fishing for facts. [Music] Thank you David. Now my dog Muffin the Fieldsports
Channel cocker spaniel is of course superb in every respect, but I want to make her superber.
I took her to a top dog expert. So we all know that Muffin is the living embodiment
of the perfect gundog. Or maybe that’s just my view. I drop in on top gundog trainer Charlie
Thorburn of Mordor Gundogs. And I want some advice. I have, as you know, this fabulous all round
perfect, apple of my eye cocker spaniel. And she can go up to, but not including killing
a fox, standing on a peg on a shoot day, beating. But can I turn her into a deer dog? Quick answer is, absolutely. That is what I want to hear. The advice is always, start off with a gun
dog. Get the behaviour, get the discipline, get the dog beating, or rough shooting, or
picking up or peg work, or what ever you are going to do. Teach them not to chase everything.
Teach them all about how to behave and then once you know you can control them and you
have got that little bit of control and that bond between them. You can then start to give
them a bit of free reign. And that is anything from training them, letting them a little
bit looser on deer than you would on a dog in a beating line, to allowing them on the
sofa which you spent 2 years training them not to go on the sofa. Teach them do not do
it, do not do it. Do not even ask to do it until one day I may decide, because I am the
boss to allow you to do it. Now one thing she does with me with deer is
lifts her nose in the air when she smells them and that is a really good indicator that
there is a deer up ahead. What else should I be asking her to do as a deer dog? You never want to use a deer dog. You want
to have a nice clean kill and there would be no problems at all. But we are not all
perfect. So we are looking for a deer dog to track the wounded deer. Like teaching a
young dog to track a wounded pheasant. We want to teach them to follow the scent of
a wounded deer and find where the deer is. A lot of it is about experience and just getting
them out there. Getting them on to every deer you shoot, whether it has been clean killed
or not. Get them after it. And show them what you want them to do. Allow them that free
run. Follow the scent. Work the scent, until they get to the carcass. So she is a kind of, in an emergency; break
glass, use dog, that sort of thing? Exactly, exactly. But in the training process
you want to have her with you. Every time you go stalking. Every time you shoot something.
Get her out there. Show her the wounded beast. Get her interested in it. Start dragging it
out a little bit further. Bring the dog out. Get her to follow the drag scent. Very quickly
a clever little gun dog will become a clever little deer dog as well. Now you are a super gun dog trainer with a
string of plaudits to your name. Should you not be advising me to buy a new Bavarian Mountain
hound or a Hanoverian or something like that, a specific deer dog? I am in the lucky position of having a large
kennel. I have got Labradors for retrieving, spaniels for rough shooting and beating. Although
the spaniels will come picking up as will the Labradors go beating. We can have pointers
for going out on our few days a year on the grouse. Realistically most people’s dogs,
they are a one or two dog family. They are a family pet primarily as well as a working
dog. So they have to become a Jack of all trades whether that is sitting on the sofa
with the kids or out on a pheasant shoot, sitting in a duck hide or out on deer. I would
say you are better off if you do game shooting as well. You are better off having a gun dog,
turning it into a deer dog than if you turn a deer dog into a gun dog, because that will
be a harder job. For more about Charlie and Mordor Gundogs
visit Now you can hear the bangs, but no pheasants
are falling. Well if you want the pheasants they are in the Himalayas. It is that charity clay pigeon shoot time
of year. We are at the Compton Estate in the heart of Hampshire and the cream of the county
have come here to prove their mettle and raise a few quid for the World Pheasant Association. Just a second. A wildlife charity? Devoted
to saving not shooting pheasants? And everyone here is a dyed-in-the-tweed pheasant shooter?
How does that work? The Game Conservancy again shows that you
can be interested in shooting pheasants and partridges in this country. But do the most
amazing work on research into what it is they need in the wild and improve the habitats
for them in the wild. So the 2 do quite often march in step. Can you see a time when the RSPB would …. They are treading a careful course. They have
a million subscriber members, the majority of whom live in big cities. Shooting and the
value that shooting can have in creating and improving habitat is just out of their sight
and not in their experience. So it is up to us shooters to sell shooting
to the wider public. I think the RSPB will have to continue to
keep a careful eye on it. A large majority of their members for whom shooting sounds
like killing and we should not be doing it. When it comes to raising money, it is all
hands to the deck. Laura Owens is a WPA scientist who is helping out at the fundraiser today.
She explains what these pheasants are all about. You see only one type of bird and that is
largely the ring neck pheasant, ok a different sub species. When you go into Nepal you will
see them in a range of different species. In the Himalayas you have got a very diverse
mix of birds, you have got the Himalayan Monal, you have got all sorts, cheer pheasant as
well. A range of different behaviours at different types of altitudes. They do all sorts of things.
I think the colour, the behaviour the way they interact.. Do they fly well? Well I do not know how to answer that because
if I say yes, they may be brought back in. It depends on what species, a lot of them
are ground dwelling birds and then roost up in the trees and fly. Different ranges as
well. Ok ….. So what of the clayshooting? Well, I am in
a team with Wildlife filmmaker Simon Willock, son of Shooting Times columnist Colin Willock.
There is editor of Country Life Mark Hedges and The Field editor Jonathan Young. By the
end, we agree that it is all about taking part, not winning. The lads from Bright Seeds
win the overall title but we do walk away with a bottle of whisky each for winning the
flush. Keith Howman is the day’s organiser and he
is especially looking forward to the auction, which is his main fundraiser. Can I ask you what do you know about Yarcha
Gumba? Not much. Not much. I am actually going to auction a
bottle of Yarcha Gumba beverage today. It could be described as the poor’s answer
to Viagra. A very little known serious fact is that the ??? largely funded their backing
of the monarchy by getting Yarcha Gumba collected and selling it directly to the Chinese. That
is absolute fact, if you do not believe me look it up on google. And google never gets
anything wrong. So how well does the bottle sell? By the end of the day, and thanks to the generosity
of shooters and sponsors including Bright Seeds and Robjent’s of Stockbridge, the World
Pheasant Association can add £13,000 to its bank account. It has been well worthwhile. Now if you want to see birds being shot click
here on our bird shooting play list. It is time for YouTube Round up It is Hunting YouTube, showing the best hunting,
shooting and fishing videos that YouTube has to offer this week. First up, everyone wants a cast-iron method
of calling foxes. Well, here is one in stainless steel. Rob Crampton from
tells JamesMarchington how he uses his new stainless steel fox whistle to call in foxes
to the lamp. Now on to the real deal, and this one is from
Down Under. See how Australians do it upside-down. TrickyBricky64 has put up this film of one
of the 13 foxes he shot on a boys’ weekend. At this time of year, not a week and hardly
a day goes by when YorkshireRoeStalking does not put up a new film of roebuck stalking.
In this one, Pylon Buck, the deer gives a perfect reaction to a heart/lung shot. Ever thought that the Brittany spaniel was
the Britney Spears of the hunt-point-retrieve world? Decorative but a bit useless? Well,
not a bit of it. TheRathcormacGunClub has them out after pheasant and woodcock in County
Cork in this film. Also from last season, Huntertom365 offers
a day’s shooting in Ireland over springer spaniels. As it is Ireland – always been the
same for us English – you don’t know what to expect. As well as these woodcock, they
got a fox. Good on you, lads. Airgunners will like CountryPursuitTV’s review
of the goodlooking Hämmerli AR20, carried out at at Lea Valley Air Gun Club. Listen
out for pronunciation of the word Hämmerli. Here it is. Hämmerli AR20. Lovely. Top Northern Irish airgunner HuntersVermin
has night vision, so look out the rats in this farmyard. He has the NiteSite NS200 attached
to a BSA Super 10 – a deadly combination. And finally, TheFieldMagazine commissioned
a photoshoot for a sidesaddle feature in its June 2012 issue. Here are three Leicestershire
sidesaddle lady foxhunters, led by Emma Brown, demonstrating flawless technique over Leicestershire
grassland. 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 we are back next week. If you are watching
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Author: Kevin Mason

31 thoughts on “Fieldsports Britain – German boar, Scottish gundogs and Himalayan pheasants

  1. That hunt monitor committed an assault on video with her face clearly visible, if she can be identified she should be prosecuted. Secondly the cyclist (whilst probably messing with them a bit) wasn't breaking ANY RULE under the road traffics act! He has every right under the law to take up that road position to protect himself from dangerous overtaking manoeuvres. Maybe this could be an amusing future way of dealing with the antis with the support of the cycling lobby ironically!

  2. Good show ones again well done.& charley you did very well last night on the foxs live just a shame you didnt get longer air time but you never were going to. i felt very sorry for you as you worn,t given a leg to stand on as thay were fireing at you from all over.

  3. no under the road traffics act his road positioning was entirely correct and he didn't have to move over. At least one car width should be allowed for in an overtaking manoeuvre of any other vehicle on the highway including bicycles. If its a narrow lane like this then the cyclist has every right to take that road position and any following traffic has to wait until it is safe to pass…to assault the cyclist as that woman did is even worse!

  4. I agree. As a cyclist I cant stand cars that give me no room when overtaking. On a road like this where there is only slightly more than a cars width I would have taken the same position as this cyclist. Usually assuming that the moterist does not beep I will pull over to let them through when there is a good spot to pull in. If they beep I will stay out a little longer to punish them for their inpatience.

  5. Agreed, I do think that cyclists should when safe pull over to let traffic clear but you don't have to ride in the curb. In this particular case the guy is probably having some fun with the antis but nevertheless he did nothing that deserves an assault!

  6. Great episode as always guys. Thank you for the plug, I am honored to be featured once again.
    I missed the interview on more4 Charlie I do hope they did not give you too hard a time.

    ATB Malc

  7. Rifle not checked for being clear, safe, unloaded AND finger on trigger!!!! C'mon guys, safety!!! Good video none the less!!

  8. Hate to sound patronizing but the British could learn alott from the Germans when it comes to hunting and manging deer

  9. Another great show! I handled a Ruger Scout in a Canadian gunshop a few weeks ago and have to say that it's an awfully nice rifle. Now we just need the wild pigs to cross over from Michigan, Ohio and New York into Southern Ontario! The idea of training a gun dog for both birds and deer seemed particularly appealing. I'll have to consider learning more about it for when I finally get my own. Thanks again and good luck fighting the anti's over there!

  10. At last an easy way to recognise an anit. Do they all wear black one piece outfits ?
    searching for the fox watch live clip now.
    Another great show.

  11. Hey David do you think maybe the report on the accident in the USA might be a bit bias on your part? Found the comment a little offensive and lacking in proper balance comparing our countries fairly. Guess that's why I have to keep an eye on you Brits…

  12. Poor man who lost his son in the shooting accident
    Americans are not stupid their just so many that stupid people are in much bigger numbers and the gun laws are not made to sift the dumb people out, but they love their second amendment…… so

  13. i would like to remind every 1 about safety with guns but i am sure you are all very safe and responsible i am just raising the awareness after i recently came out of hospital after i shot my own foot with an air rifle but i am sure you are not as stupid as i am to make a stupid mistake like that

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