Fieldsports Britain – fun in an Argocat, episode 114

Fieldsports Britain – fun in an Argocat, episode 114

[Music] Welcome to Fieldsports Britain. Coming up: We’re after deer with a cat, we’re in a barn
with Team Wild TV looking for feral pigeons. First we have got a problem with urban foxes.
It’s late afternoon in a garden in south London and there is a little experiment being carried
out. The hypothesis under test is are urban foxes bold enough to take a baby sized object
out of its pram and the sound of a baby crying is so similar to a fox’s natural prey it makes
the dummy prey even more attractive. The gentleman who filmed these events is a professional
pest controller and Fieldsports Channel viewer. He has seen the urban fox evolve into an opportunist
and just wants to see how conditioned they have become. Yes, the piglet will smell although
it was frozen, however, the buggy is covered in human scent and the babygrow is brand new.
The crying of the baby is a fascinating addition to this experiment. Here is a rabbit distress
call used by fox shooters all over the world to call in their quarry. Doesn’t sound that
different to a baby does it? Robert Bucknell a foxing expert interviewed for our foxing
DVD says how closely these sounds resemble each other. We might have loads of foxes which aren’t
any trouble, but there are always one or two who will push the boundaries back. Hear something
wailing like a hare in distress and it goes and has a look and finds a nice piece of protein
there and have a nibble on it and therein lies the problem. There is always people getting
bitten and that sort of thing, it’s pretty rare, but now it has become more news worthy
and we see it in the papers a little more. We are releasing this film not to demonise
foxes just to show that they are not pets. And organisations like the BBC should know
better. Here is their last months edition of Wild Life magazine and their step by step
guide to attracting foxes into your garden. Please don’t have nightmares but make sure
your pet rabbits and guinea pigs are locked up every night. Urban foxes making news there, also making
news its David on the Fieldsports Channel News Stump. [Music] A new study suggests that dogs have been man’s
best friend for at least 30,000 years. A pair of dog skulls uncovered in digs in Siberia
and Belgium have been aged at 33,000 years old. It shows dogs were domesticated long
before any other animal, including sheep, cows or goats. The skulls had shorter snouts
and wider jaws than wild animals, such as wolves. It suggests dogs were used for companionship
and protection. Two men have been injured in shooting accidents
during game shoots in North Yorkshire, prompting police to issue a gun safety warning. One
was struck in the face by pellets during a pheasant shoot in Strensall, near York. A
day later, another was hit in the leg on farmland near Selby. Both men suffered only minor injuries.
Police said accidents were rare but warned shooters to keep safety in mind. North Yorkshire
Police said it had seized the guns involved while officers investigated the exact circumstances
of the incidents .
And finally in the week a bluefin tuna sold at auction in Japan for nearly half a million
pounds, prompting fear that this fish is becoming rarer, a US angler has caught what might be
a world record yellowfin tuna, the blue fin’s smaller cousin. It’s a 90×62 inch yellowfin
estimated at 432.4 pounds. The current 405-pound IGFA World Record was 85.5×61 inches. You are now up to date with Fieldsports Britain
news. Stalking the stories fishing for facts. [Music] Thank you David. Weather looks better there
than here. Now Roy Lupton is out stalking fallow does
he’s calling in foxes in daylight and he even has a problem with a dog walker. In fieldsports channel towers Roy is known
as “the postman”,.. he always delivers – this morning he hasn’t got a little red van but
a six wheel beast which has been defying physics in the highlands of scotland as he hunts blue
hares with his eagles. He’s on his round on his ground in Sussex.
He has a little flash around for some foxes but the first stop is going to be fallow does. I’ve not done any doe culling for quite a
while so I’ve been away in Scotland flying the birds so really have got to get cracked
on with the doe cull because it is getting on in the season so hopefully we can catch
up with a few this morning. We have got Dom with us this morning so we’ve got a second
gun, so what we are going to do is try and position Dom in some of the places as we stalk
through if any deer break through then Dom will have a chance for a shot or two as they
come through from the spinneys, so fingers crossed we will give it a go. Although he’s on parkland – the fences are
no more and the herds here are transient. He’d like to take about five out of the local
population. The only problem we have got this morning
is where we are going into is very difficult to get into by foot you’ve got to go across
a stream so the distraction to the deer if we do get one is always a problem, so that’s
why we have brought the argo this morning, so if we do get a few then we will have the
means of getting them out. Dom is here as well – which could be interesting
– If Roy is “the postman” Dom is postman pat. You are going to be filming with Roy so which
one of us is the jinx? It will be an interesting scientific experiment to find out whether
you are the reason or I am the reason we never get anything. My money is on you. Roy has a good idea where the deer will be
and positions Dom to cover the exit point if we spook them. As hoped the deer are in a spinney across
the bridge but they don’t hang about. We crawl across the broken bridge – Roy lighting the
way with his cheeks. The plan has worked in reverse and Dom has
pushed 2 does our way – Roy shoots and for a change the young doe runs… The group we initially spotted takes flight. Time to do some fieldwork and follow the blood
trail. We find the doe under a fallen branch.. You normally find a good constant trail so
where we are here we’ve got a fantastic out shot a lot of blood where she stood for a
while and then she has run. On fallow you can lose the blood quite easily as they move
around the muscle can cover up the exit wound and then you can lose the blood as it pulls
into their chest cavity, but as I said she is not going to be far. We find the doe under a fallen branch. She’s just laying down there so you can see
that if we hadn’t followed the blood we would have really struggled to find her so especially
the way she has laid if they have laid and their white under belly is showing towards
you the same as when you are rabbit shooting at night they are easy to find, but if they
are laid the other way from you like she is there just tucked in it’s incredibly difficult
to see them sometimes. There we go, absolutely nothing wrong with
the shot there it was obviously just when her adrenaline was up where she had been spooked
by Dom and came onto the bank there. She just had enough to stand there and then tottered
away down here not more than 50 yards, but when you’ve got the cover like the bracken
and fallen trees it can be very difficult to find them, they can be right under your
nose but you still can’t see them. Again it’s always a good idea if you have got one to
bring a dog with you even with perfect shots because it can take you a long time to find
the carcasses in conditions like this if you haven’t got a back up. Dom joins us – and looks a bit sheepish.. Humble pie anyone? I don’t want to talk about it. Dom takes the strain and get to grips with
the young doe. Roy is keen for another so we head off to
a different part of the estate. We spot deer immediately but they’re not on our ground
– another 50 yards and for a change the deer come to us… The camera remains standing but Roy and Dom
hit the deck – 3 animals are just yards away in what appears to be a great shooting position
but all the boys can see are rear ends. We follow up slowly – and still they remain
tricky to nail down… then they evaporate and we soon find out why – a dog walker in
woodland with no footpaths – Roy is firm but fair. Hello, hi there please could you refrain from
walking your dog through here, it is not a foot path and it’s very dangerous as there
is a lot stalking activity goes on in here. Sorry, I didn’t know. This isn’t a footpath here at all, so it’s
incredibly dangerous to walk through these parts of the woods, because there is a lot
of shooting going on. Roy is firm but fair. The other thing is could you keep the dogs
on leads because we have had a lot deer killed by dogs. She can’t catch the deer. What they do is run them against fences and
then kill them against the fences even stressing them because they are pregnant now, so if
they get chased about a lot it damages them. Although she said her dog wouldn’t kill deer
that dog was perfectly capable of chasing the deer and running them up against the fences
and causing damage. Obviously as the season progresses, the does are pregnant at the moment,
another month or two and they are going to be very heavily pregnant and if they start
to get chased around like that it’s going to cause a lot of damage to the future generations
of deer what we’ve got in here, so yeah, you feel you are banging your head against a brick
wall sometimes, so you have just got to try and put your point across and hope that eventually
it sinks in. With our stalk spoiled and it’s such a glorious
morning Roy feels it’s just right for a squeek. He lets rip with the silva fox – 8 minutes
later and bang we have a very close observer. Dom takes his chance. I heard you whispering the other side of the
tree which was blocking my view and then when he ran in he stopped obviously Roy trying
to get him to stop on the call and yes, a lot closer than I was expecting. That fox just appeared to my right hand side
here, he came up behind us and made us, I didn’t want to move until we got the camera
on it and I was hoping he’d move off and we would get a chance to squeeze the trigger
and Dom did a super job as the fox just crossed our line down the bottom here, I was trying
to stop him but he was just moseying through, he had slowed down a bit, but as this one
appeared and the shot went off there was another fox coming up from the bottom, just making
its way through the thick bramble there so obviously with that report going off it’s
unlikely he would have come anyway. That was a fantastic call he really came in close on
that one. So it looks good. Time to recover that deer with the Argo – to
increase the stakes it’s going to be a water born extraction. I’ve got to do me bungs up to get back across
the river. Why don’t we use the bridge Roy? Shut up! [Laughter] That’s one for the Christmas … A successful and eventful morning – and even
though there are bridges everywhere Roy and Dom seem to enjoy making the most of it. If you’d like to find out more about the argocat
go to From deer to doves where Nottinghamshire farmers
have a problem with feral pigeons pinching all their feed they call in Team Wild TV. [Roar of stag] Whether stalking antelope on the African plains,
foxes in the fields of southern England, or this – feral pigeons in a farmer’s barn in
Staffordshire – you have to approach your quarry carefully and with plenty of forethought. You can tell this is the perfect environment
for feral pigeons, there’s a grain store with plenty of feed in here the rafters provide
great places to roost you can see by the floor there is plenty of scat, these guys live in
here full time. We’re just going to make our way round the barn just nice and steady using
all these bags and machinery as cover using these Zeiss range finding binos, because it
is a big shed and we do need to make sure we are checking our ranges. The rifle is zero’d
to 15 yards and 35 yards it probably shoots at about an inch high at 20 but any further
than that at 40 or 50 it’s a couple of inches difference and we don’t want to be causing
any damage to the asbestos or the wooden framework here. So we are going to make our way around
and see what we can find. See those two up there on the rafter, on the
beam, I’m going to take the one on the left, you take the one on the right ,on three. Is that one, two, three or is that one, two,
three [shoot]? Three, one, two, three Got it. Ok are you ready? Yup One, two, three This is a livestock feed protection exercise.
Once we have planned our approach, the shooting can start. There’s two more up there, reload. I’ll take
the left, you take the right. It’s about 25 yards. I’ve been lucky so far, these guys, these
pigeons haven’t been shot for a while. The good thing is that these air rifles these
days are very quiet, mine has got a silencer on with a carbine barrel and Keith has just
got a Schreider. So we’ve just taken a few shots we missed a couple, they don’t seem
overly concerned they’re flying out, just flying round a couple of times and coming
back, so if we just hold fire for a little bit we should get more shots. So pretty good day so far. That’s eight in
the bag, so what we are going to do now, I think we’ve pretty much shot this out, so
why don’t we head back to Fonty’s place and see if we can get some more in the sheds. See if we can get some more in there. Let’s do it. You need the farmer on your side. And you
need the farmer to know that you’re on his side. The reason we’ve called you in is because
the pigeons are destroying the crops, causing messes in the barns which slows up growth
stages, but you boys have come in to control the numbers so we are not going to have this
damage in the future. What sort of mess to they cause in the barns? In the sheds muck all over the machinery which
burns the paint and that sort of thing, it also keeps them out of the crop stores, food
stores, they’ll get through every available gap and they will cause defecating within
the food stores which you don’t want. Back at the shooting, and the ferals are still
providing plenty of challenges. Another pigeon just flew into the barn over
here and Keith hasn’t had a brilliant day’s shooting, he’s not up to his usual high standard
so there’s been a bit of an argument over who’s going to take the shot because I like
to make sure the bird goes into the bag, but Killer is pretty confident he can get it,
so it’s down to you now Killer. Watch and learn. Actually there are two birds in here so what
we are going to do is on three we are going to see how Bonny trots. Mr H one, Mr Killer zero. I reckon that was Ian’s shooting. Come on
pick it up, pick it up. Bring it on, good dog. So look at the mastery man over beast. Come on you, here. Here bring it on, bring
it on, good dog. Good dog, good dog. Killer’s going in. Are you having a few problems? Yeah, I’m going to have to go in. Be brave mate! [Music] As you can see Keith is a highly trained dog
handler. He is still trying to get that bird from that soft mouthed spaniel over there.
This is not unusual if you have seen Keith operating in the field, it’s pretty much par
for the course. We can faintly hear the Benny Hill’s theme track playing in the background,
it’s not going to get any better, we might get the bird back in one piece, we have known
that before. That will be my glove then. Enthusiastic little fellows as you can see
a perfect heart shot just above the chest in the crop area and when you are shooting
pigeons inside it’s always best to go for something which has got a good size target
area. Obviously the best shot is a head or a neck shot by the time you’ve got through
the feathers the neck is small, the head bobbing around all the time you might not get a clean
shot and you might hit the building. Luckily for me this dropped straight away, died straight
away and I have got all these helpful retrievers to help me pick my birds. So come on guys. So we’ve had a great day and, because we knocked
down 12, Mark’s really happy, the air range has performed really perfectly. We’ll go back
in a couple of weeks to make sure we stay on top of them. [Roar of stag] Well we are back next week and if you are
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44 Replies to “Fieldsports Britain – fun in an Argocat, episode 114”

  1. @stavers96 Couldn't agree more – air rifles are great (AA S510 owner here). 🙂 I would love to see a piece on molecatching too at some point please.

  2. @fastmover45 At first glance I thought so too but on closer inspection,perfect placement.I think it might be the camera angle and/or the muscle ripple in the deers flank that gives a different impression.

  3. Great show, Always gives me something to think about, better start looking for an air rifle now LOL, Keep it up boys.

  4. Bloody dog walkers! "I'm sorry. I didn't know." How bloody ignorant and stupid!! Credit to the shooters to remain calm and polite. I wouldn't have! Great episode once again.

  5. QUESTION : Could somebnody please breakdown/explain the use of the moderators for hunting? This is not something I have ever seen in the states as its not legal.

    Very interested to know!

  6. I love the show and am not against hunting, far from it. However, don't dog walkers have as much right as dear stalkers to use the countryside as they choose.

  7. @moonbear right, thanks for the response.I realized someone would say that after i posted.

    Being from Pennsylvania, U.S.A. it is something no one ever brings up or even thinks about and yet the benefits are obvious. Amazing how different the cultures are.

    loving this show. I want to join you guys!!

  8. Gr8 episode fellas! Just a question re: the fallow cull and fox shooting. What rifle with the moderator and calibre was used? My guess is a Sako .243?

  9. @Blendedpants – suppressors/moderators are legal to own in many states, and legal to hunt with in some of them. They are NFA items in the states, so it is a big hassle to purchase one, not to mention expensive.

    Suppressor use makes shooting safer for shooters, minimizing hearing damage from the report of the gun, reduces the amount of attention you gather from shooting, and doesn't disturb other game, livestock, and other humans nearly as much as the full report from a rifle can.

  10. With the dog walker, obviously not relevant in this instance but how does something like the CRoW act affect stalking/shooting on access land?

  11. Fair play Roy if she got shot it would of been blamed on you if she shouldn't of been there then it's her fault another good video 🙂

  12. Why Gralloch a deer in open woodland then shoot the very thing attracted by it. As for telling the dog walker because of her safety that’s fair enough but to go on that dogs kill deer especially now they are pregnant when he’s shooting and causing equal distress to the herd (why’s he shooting when pregnant), sorry but that was an arsehole move and not necessary.

  13. Not too be a cunt but was there shooting signs up and also your culling does so why you moaning about future deer it's very contradicting

  14. dont take the shot on any animal if you can kill it in one shot , call that a sport ffs ,thats torture in fact its animal cruelty ,waste of human organs.

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