Fieldsports Britain – Game Fair alternatives, wild boar and George Digweed, episode 138

Fieldsports Britain – Game Fair alternatives, wild boar and George Digweed, episode 138

[Music] Welcome to Fieldsports Britain. Coming up:
champion shooter George Digweed designs his first competition clay layout. Realtree pro
staffer Simon Barr is out to shoot a wild boar under the moonlight in Croatia. The novice
Schools Challenge is just around the corner. We are finding out how easy it is for kids
to go shooting. First, Sporting Shooter editor Dom Holtam is off to Denmark to try out new
technology in rifles and rifle scopes. Now and again companies choose to show the
great and the good of the European shooting press what they are really proud of. In this
case we have been invited to Denmark to a very special range to shoot lots and lots
of bullets. The event is hosted by Zeiss the guys of the optic’s company want to prove
that their new ballistic torret is child’s play and what better way than to invite some
of the biggest children in the industry to have a go. Aha, just on cue there’s Sporting Shooter
editor Dom Holtam and Shooting Sports editor Pete Moore. They’re representing the UK in
what will eventually turn into a field shooting competition – it’s a discipline that’s incredibly
popular in northern europe and tests true hunting scenarios. The field shooting competition is something
Scandinavian. It is hunting orientated shooting. You shoot on distances up to 580 metres, but
also short ranges something like 60 metres on game paper targets and shooting them in
many different hunting positions. For example lying down on a back pack, kneeling, or using
a shooting stick or from a high seat or something. So it is perfectly made for training hunting
situations. Before the competition, the guests are allowed
to go freestyle – trying moving targets – static targets, rifles and pistols in different parts
of this impressive range. What is even better is that each lucky journo is given their own
Sauer 202 rifle in .308 plus scope, plus loads of Geco bullets.. …Just for the weekend
though!!. I am still relatively new to the shooting
trade, but you are, let’s be honest a bit of an old hand at this kind of thing. I am. That is very true. Why are these trips valuable to you apart
from the fact that we obviously come to Denmark and shoot lots of guns? Well, obviously the freeby is always attractive,
but from my point of view you have relationships with the UK importers and therefore relationships
with the actual manufacturers and I find you get better service more satisfaction and greater
help from the manufacturers. You come on these trips you contribute, you have fun and they
can see you there. And I believe if you don’t turn up they realise you are not interested.
So for me it is a chance to get my hands on new equipment which for an editor like your
good self is very, very important, because we can say two months in advance we shot this,
we tested that. And everybody goes ooh, looking forward to this. So it is work and play combined.
And I think any gun journalist worth its salt would not turn down any of these trips. Geco is a brand that’s busy undercutting the
rest of the ammunition market. In some cases it is half the price of the market leaders
at home and abroad. The ballistic soap and the melons are getting a hammering on this
range but the big thing Geco wants to show is the stopping power of its Express bullet.
The folk at Geco believes the design of their ammo beats the competition, especially at
longer distances when velocity is dropping. The difference is in the construction of the
bullet with the ballistic tip. With the hollow point in it and the combination with the very
thin front jacket. This makes it a very explosive mixture even on slow velocities. It can even
shoot animals and kill them very quickly at velocities of 400 metres per second meaning
it could reach out more than 400, 500 metres … Not many countries can offer a shooting range
that has so many distances and setups… that is why a German compamy has travelled all
the way to Denmark – a range of more than 300 metres is unheard of in the country next
door. But this is the perfect place for Zeiss to show just what the ASV+ torret can achieve. When you are signing the rifle you put the
ring on one to the ballistic torret and if you want to shoot on 300 metres for example,
you just lift the torret, turn it to 3 and then you can shoot on 300 metres and you can
aim directly on what you want to hit and this is very easy actually. Everybody knows it
immediately. There are other solutions in the market of course where we have to think
about it more. This makes our ASV different to our competition. The system comes with nine rings for 9 different
ballistics situations. If you shoot something a bit weird or load your own the guys at Zeiss
will make a ring especially for you. It is a bit like the Hobbit. Right time to get semi-serious and think about
keeping our end up. So yesterday we had a great day. Product testing,
lots of fun shot lots of ammo, tested lots of new kit. But today it’s turned a bit serious
with a pan continental journalist based field shooting competition, something I have never
tried before in my life. And watching some of the guys yesterday, a Swedish guy who shoot
580 metres freehand and hitting the target every time I think we are in for a bit of
pacing today. Dom’s group starts with moving game – boar
and stags – with a semi-auto Sauer. It’s a challenging target. Pete does well here even
though he shoots the wrong target to start with. He is not alone. Apparently it happens
all the time at these events. Now we could go on about the quality of the
barrel, the trigger mechanism or the special finish on the Sauer rifles that are being
used this weekend but – oh, we just did. Sauer rifles, once left behind by their groovy straight-pull
cousins at Blaser, are having a rennaisence and are the cool kids in town. They are modern. They combine our tradition
with the latest technologies and manufacturing and also our precision and the quality of
the complete product is outstanding so that is why we are so cool. Back out on the range and the Editor of Austria’s
St Hubertus magazine Martin Schuster is leading the group and he is as good using open sights
as he is hitting moving game. We never really do any free hand shooting
for hunting in the UK. But you shoot in Austria Martin. What is the practical application
for this kind of shooting? It is very common in Austria, just while…….because
you follow the wild boar especially through the branches where you can’t see very far
and the boar comes out very close and very quick so it is much easier to hit them. The
distances can be 2 or 3 ….. So it is very important skill for hunting? Yes in Austria. The group now finds itself in the picturesque
woodland ranges where the ASV+ should come into its own. A few clicks is all you need
to change from one target to another. So is Pete Moore feeling confident? Probably not off the sticks, certainly prone
I think. Sticks is always a bit wobbly for me. I can be good or I can be bad, but I am
not consistent which, is not a worry, but just the way it is. I will do my best. The day really is testing these shooting journos
– and some situtations suit some more than others. It was very tough. I was about as stable as
a blancmange on that. I have never had to shoot, never had to shoot from kneeling where
I have had to use a stick for a rest. Not entirely sure I have done a very good job
on that one. Really, really tricky. I am sure there is a technique for that, but I haven’t
got it. But every dog has its day and Dom does really
well with some long distance boar. Good shooting. Can you say that a bit louder please. Almost perfect shooting. I don’t know what this one was. You cannot deny the marksmanship of some of
these guys. On this range there is a buck at 70 metres and a stag at 240 metres. Without
changing position, the new distance gets dialled in and, hey presto … John from the Netherlands
has shot this superbly. John’s group, 3 shots at 240 metres having
just changed with ASV – bang on. Amazing. So if golf is a good walk ruined then this
seems to be about the opposite. We have covered a lot of ground through the Danish countryside,
but we have had some great fun along the way. I have to say I am exhausted now. My shoulder
is pounding after 2 days of punishment. But what great fun and what an education shooting
with some of these continental hunters. This kind of training is part of their culture.
Some of the Swedish guys say they have ranges in every village and they do this kind of
shooting is part of competition is part of hunter training. Some of the Austrian guys
say they have to do this kind of shooter training in order to get their hunting licence. We
don’t have anything approximating it in the UK this practical field shooting. Watching
some of these guys they are phenomenal shots, absolutely phenomenal and it shows how far
we have got to go to catch up really. I will certainly be practising more similar stuff in the future and hopefully if we have a chance
to come back we will do a little bit better. Dom doing well there coping with foreigners.
Now for someone hopelessly out of his depth it is David with the Fieldsports Channel News
Stump. [Music] This is Fieldsports Britain News. Now of course the big news of the week has
been the cancellation of the CLA Game Fair. If you click here there’s a link to our special
report from the site. In the meantime there has been much speculation about the cost to
the area as well as traders. ITV suggests it could top £32 million. Look out for our
new item Calendar, directly after this news bulletin, which will show just how the shooting
industry is fighting back. The 11-strong Great Britain shooting team
has moved from Bisley to the Olympic Village. Top Olympic hopeful Peter Wilson, competing
in the Double Trap, told the BBC he is hopeful that the London Olympics will help erase the
idea that the sport of shooting in Britain is only for a privileged few. Olympic events
start on 28 July with the women’s 10-metre air rifle. John Bidwell managed to battle through horrendous
conditions to win the FITASC British Grand Prix at the weekend. John scored 189 leaving a three way shoot
off for second. George Digweed, who set the course at Hicknaham near Beaconsfield, Buckinghamshire,
won the World cup leg of the competition which was being run in tandem. And please stay tuned for our film following
George as he takes us through his first ever competitive layout. The Countryside Alliance’s Game-to-Eat campaign
is running a full month of game promotion throughout November in its first annual “Go
Wild with British Game” month. There will be celebrity chef recipe booklets
and the Countryside Alliance regional teams will be working with butchers and game dealers
to ensure game is widely available and on the menu in pubs and restaurants. Go to You are now up to date with Fieldsports Britain
News. Stalking the stories. Fishing for facts. Stay with us now for Calendar UK with the
map that matters. [Music] Welcome to Fieldsports Britain’s calendar
with dates for your diary, smart phone and postit note. We start with some events to
lift the game fair blues. EJ Churchills in High Wycombe. They are holding
a mini game fair on Friday 20th and Saturday 21st July. They are offering have a go sessions,
clay competitions, shopping at their clothing store there is also an invitation to disappointed
CLA stand holders to show up and set up a pitch. Frances Lovell and Hunter Wellies have
already signed up with Hunter hosting a party on Friday evening. They are hoping for sunshine
and smiles. What is best of all, it is free. To register email [email protected] Let’s head north to York Guns. They had sorted
a shooting simulator to play with at the game fair this year and don’t want to see it gathering
dust. So they are throwing open the doors of their shop this Friday, Saturday and Sunday
for a game fair Yorkshire style. Kids can shoot for free. They are promising a hog roast,
drink, good prices and good times. There are an awful lot of people who come
to this country and book time for CLA game fair, so if they are about and they want to
see products and get involved with the shooting industry then get themselves up here. For more information go to Now moving closer to the source of all this
trouble. We go to John Bradshaw’s gun shop in Fothering Hay near Peterborough which is
only 40 miles away from Beaver Castle. They are having a special event on Saturday and
Sunday between 10am and 4pm. There is a huge selection of new and second hand guns and
optics experts from Swarovski and Meopta will be there to answer any questions. There is
also advice from guys from Edgar Brothers with Remmington, Horner Day, Hatsan, Zolly
and CZ Products. There is a prize draw and hot food to keep those blood sugar levels
up. So you can concentrate on buying. Visit Let’s head east to the Oxford Gun Company.
They are also hosting an event on Friday and Saturday with guests like Mike Yardly. Mike
will be showing off his new Boxall and Edmiston shotgun and the Fieldsports Channel cameras
will be there too on Saturday. Now looking ahead and the forecast is promising.
In the world of agriculture the Royal Welsh Show is going ahead on the 23rd and 26th July.
North of the boarder and the Moy field Sports Fair takes place at Moy, south of Inverness
on the 3rd and 4th of August. We will be in Ireland at Birr Castle for the Irish Game
Fair on the 27th and 28th August. Visit And wrapping up our round up countryman fairs
has 2 events coming up. One in Cumbria in August, one in the Midlands in September.
Lowther Game and Country Fair is on 12th and 13th August. And Britain’s second biggest
festival of fieldsports, the Midland Game Fair, is on the 15th and 16th September. Countryman
Fair says that in 30 years they have never cancelled an event. As you can see nothing has touched this ground
since this time last year. So we shouldn’t have too many problems particularly if the
weather stays nice for us. If you want to be on calendars map that matters
next week. Talk to James [email protected] [Music] Thank you David. Now George Digweed has won
world championships in sporting and FITASC over 4 decades. For the first time he is trying
his hand at designing a grand prix. A
tennis court is a tennis court – a rugby pitch
a rugby pitch but for some sports the design of the course makes all the difference – golf,
motor racing and of course shooting are all affected by the layout, the set-up, and make-up
of the ground. For the first time, 19-times world champion
is designing a competitive shoot, the FITASC British Grand Prix. So what is he bringing
to the party? I want everybody to be able to walk onto every
stand and think I can hit that target and yet the subtle changes in speed angle, line
of the target, takes targets off people. So basically when they go onto a stand they think
they can hit everything, yet they might miss one or two. George works closely with Promatic’s Jamie
Peackham. George describes him as being like his golf caddy – working with him to get the
best out of each stand. There’s a lot of tinkering going on especially with a virgin ground. Can you just move that out a touch. Have to
go out a touch so it goes through that gap rather than into the oak tree. Is there any
way we could tilt that? Which way do you want to go? That way. The targets where ever you go are going to
be similar in comers going away, but it is the different settings. And what I like is
actually here. Each stand you go to is a different setting. So we are shooting over a cover crop
here and then the trees and then you go over there and there is a different aspect. And
then you have the platform pegged down through there. Then George has done the rabbit stand
so it is all rabbit targets. They have been very friendly here and looked after me which
is nice. You are an old pro when it comes to this sort
of thing, but you have got a novice here you are working with, unfortunately, Mr Digweed.
How has he shaped up? He has been very good actually. He has shot
enough targets. He knows what he wants. So he has been pretty easy going. As long as
he tells me what to do I just get on with it. To give you an idea of what George is trying
to achieve he takes us through the subtleties of a target. The target A is coming out from below your
feet going straight across the field. Now what we have done on here is we have put a
bit of tilt on the trap so the shooter will look at this target as a straight going away
bird, but when they come to actually shoot the target it is actually just tailing to
the right a little bit and we are hoping to catch an odd shooter or two out on the fact
that they are going to shoot up the side of it. So it comes out straight at the tree and
then drifts to the right. Now, George is not only designing this competition
but competing too. Some might find this odd but, George is not into foul play and hasn’t
fired a single shot here. I really don’t think there is a home advantage
as such because a target is a target. I might be able to work out slightly the subtleties
of what it is doing, but I can probably over read that and miss them because of that. I
am sure all will become apparent at the end of the weekend. But I certainly wouldn’t class
a home advantage and with the standard of shooting in Britain now, it is an open event
for 50 people I would think. Hicknaham Farm does have a game shoot but
it’s the first time a clay competition will be hosted here, with help from Gamebore, CCI
clays and Promatic. So why would you put yourself through it especially when the ground is so
wet? It was last year at the world in Orvil, the…….we
were all in the restaurant with ….Smith was here and George and I said why don’t we
raise the profile of FITASC in the UK and why don’t we organise something at Hicknaham
Farm and with the designer George Digweed and we all spoke together and they said ok
let’s do it. Are you regretting that now? Yes! No, we are going to deliver a fantastic
venue. The location is fantastic. Nobody else has shot the targets. It is on virgin ground,
it is a one off and it is going to be fantastic. Of course George can’t just turn up stick
out a few traps and open the doors – it all has to be checked and verified. Hugh Smith
is the Chief Referee and with notepad at the ready he’s making sure everything is in order,
but how much sway does he actually have? There will probably be a bit of horse trading
will go on so we will come to an agreement because what I don’t want to do is pull out
the artist and throw his picture away. This is what he wants. Now I will be looking at
it from a different prospective to see that it is shootable, like I have said previously
that the targets are visible, but they are good targets and safe targets is one of the
top priorities as well. Huge describes FITSAC as the formula one of
shooting sports -let us find out if that’s true – probaby best to ask the boss. Ah it is a technical problem because when
you are a sporting shooter, a FITASC sporting shooter you must know all the technique. You
cannot stay with any hole in your technique. When you shoot a fixed trajectory like a big
drop, double drop of course you need to have a talent, but it is a mechanical shoot. With
our shoot, with our discipline you must always use your intelligence before shooting for
every target. You need to understand the target, the speed, the distance of the target, where
it goes. This is why we need to have very, very careful people with a lot of attention
on the target. And the champion for this game is of course George. There is a desire to promote FITASC here – as
Jean-Francoise says it is a discipline that really pushes the competitors – And whether
it’s the novelty value of participating in a Digweed designed shoot or the attraction
of FITASC, a 260-plus field must show there’s a thirst for competitive shooting in this
country. Next a new series for anybody missing the
CLA Game Fair retail therapy. It is Kit Special. [Music] We’re knocking down seven items for you this
week. Rockbottom prices from across the British shooting trade. Let’s get going my loves with a superb walking
boot from Jahti-Jakt, the clothing company from Finland that’s taken the UK by storm.
The Finns sold a record number of these boots in 2011. Genuine leather that repels water
and dirt, it has a triple layer waterproofing technology, insulated with Thinsulate. £179.99
to you lady, sir, find them at Pigeon shooting my Lord? You will be wanting
the latest-model electric pigeon flapper from The Pigeon Shooter. With battery and timer,
it will last up to eight hours. More power, Igor. Place among your pattern to simulate
a landing pigeon or crow and you will pull the birds. We simulate to stimulate. It even
comes with a free bag – and the toot ensemble is designed to increase your bag. Special
offer £65. Wear this outdoor pursuits vest from gundog
specialist Kennelmate not just for dog training but falconry, shooting, fishing – even, dare
I breathe the word, rambling. It has two large pockets on the front with internal compartments,
one of them completely waterproof for phones, and one large rucksack style pocket on the
back. Lots of different sizes, lots of colours, customers love them. Get them at special show
price of £25, down from £35. The Blade-Tech is known as the ultimate sharpener.
Quick and easy to use – no need to worry about correct angles when you are sharpening it
is as easy to carry as the knife itself. Simply draw the blade through the tungsten carbide
“V” half a dozen to ten times to achieve a razor sharp edge on any straight edged knife,
including pen and pocket knives, gardening knives, kitchen knives and even a small axe.
RRP is £10. It’s yours for £7.99 from STS North Wales. Go to Are you the consummate sportsmale or female?
Dirty Dog makes goodlooking safety glasses for speedskiers, gnarly snowboarders and now
shooters. West Country Guns would have had them on sale at its stand at the CLA Game
Fair 2012 but there’s no CLA Game Fair so they are a sale item at
Half the price and twice the looks of other clays shades, Dirty Dogs start at just £40.
Bite their hands off. That well-known gunshop York Guns has a good
stock of Tasco Rangefinders it is keen to dispose of. Ever fancied a rangefinder at
a reasonable price? Now’s your chance. The Tasco 600 gives you an accurate reading from
its laser from 10 yards to 600 and it has a 4-times magnification. It was £165.95.
It is £129.95. Can’t say fairer than that. It’s waterproof, it’s breathable, it’s packed
full of features to give you plenty of protection and lots of movement – it’s the Musto Clay
Shooting Jacket, here seen on the cover of Shooting Times. Should have had one for the
FITASC grand prix. Synthetic suede panels make for for sure placed gun-mounting and
there is a super D3O recoil pad facility on each shoulder. Best of all the price. From
Gilsan Sports only its £100, down from £170. That is it feast your eyes, fish into your
pockets, if the websites ask you the promo code is ‘fieldsports’, thanks for watching,
this is Kit Special. Throughout August the Schools Challenge gets
kids who have never tried it before to take up shooting. So how does that work? Never shot before? Well, you are going to
learn something, as will Laura Ford and Fran Hook. They are in the capable hands of shooting
instructor and Great Britain double trapo shooter Stevan Walton. Right Laura, do you want to have a go first? Why not. As long as they can walk away with happy smiles
on their faces and just enjoy the day really. Obviously you have to go through the basics,
getting the feet right, gun on the shoulder so it is nice and steady and cheek on the
stock. So it fits good, shoots well and hopefully hit a few clays. And footwork and mounting the gun is exactly
what they learn. The basics. Get these right now and Laura and Fran will shoot better than
most of their brothers and boyfriends for the rest of their lives. First Laura takes
the stand. Next it’s Fran’s go I am just going to put the gun in your shoulder.
It is most important that you keep your cheek on the stock at all times ok? There are no
cartridges in it. We will just give it a quick go. In your shoulder head on the stock, so
your right eye is looking down the barrel. Lean forward, absolutely fantastic. That is
perfect. As Steve says, your first shooting lesson
is not about being taught to do anything – it is about enjoying shooting – oh, and not learning
any bad footwork or mounting habits. It is all about accessibility. The girls are
here as part of the Novice Schools Challenge, which is for under-21s who have not shot before
– or not shot much. They get a day’s tuition at the Oxford Gun Company’s award-winning
clay ground throughout August for just £109 including cartridges, clays and lunch. So do you think there is a possibility you
might do it now? Yes, now that we have come along here and
seen what it is all about we are definitely interested. You are part of the Facebook Twitter generation
Fran. This kind of thing can you see shooting sports promoted that way? Yes, definitely after seeing your brother
shoot and you go on Facebook and you see the pages for Oxford Gun Company when you go on
them and find lots of information I think it is a good way of getting people into shooting. Are you allowed to see your brother’s Facebook
page or has he blocked you? I am allowed to see it, actually yes, I am
allowed to see it. Are you allowed to see yours Laura. No I have been blocked off part of it. So has he blocked off the bits where he shows
off his shooting skills? Yes, his pictures and everything, the bragging. Well it is up to you then to send this video
out to your mates. So how does that compare to other sports the
girls could take up? We drive to a local tennis club to find out how much it costs for a lesson
there. They didn’t really want to talk to us but one of them said it comes in at £90
an hour! Supposing the girls enjoy the sport enough
to want to buy a gun. Will it ruin them? If you want to take up shooting and just want
to stay at a club level and you go out and shoot on a Sunday morning and you go down
the pub at lunchtime. You can spend £300 – £600 and a new gun as well. Or if you want
to get right up and get to GB level, county level or even Olympic level then you have
got to put a lot more work and lot more money into it. The bottom of the range for what
I would call a proper sports equipment gun is about £1,200 – £1,500. What would you reckon for these girls? Something like a Browning 525 which is going
to cost you £1,200 – £1,500. A brilliant starter gun for somebody who wants to get
into it and go into competitions. How does that compare to other kit in other
sports. We take the girls to a bike shop in Oxford to ask what bicycles cost. To go for something like a full on down hill
bike you are looking at a minimum of about £2,000. Otherwise if you are looking for
a good race XC bike you are looking at a very similar price of £1,800 and they are going
to be a good performance mountain bike to either do one or the other. Back at the Oxford Gun Company, the girls
are surprised. Was actually very surprised, yes. So there you are. Shooting is cheap and easy
to do. Visit And, if you enjoyed it, please Facebook and
Tweet this film to all your non-shooting friends. Now we are off to Croatia. Realtree pro staffer
Simon Barr really wants a wild boar. Baggage handlers can be brutal with gun cases.
So the one thing I prefer to do when hunting abroad is check my zero as soon as I can once
I have landed. That was quite a boom. Just got off the plane
about an hour ago. And as we expected the rifles need to be zero’d and checked. I have
just had a go with mine and it was about 2″ down. So we are just making sure everything
is hunky dory before we go out this evening. It is swelteringly hot but this is a very
important exercise to make sure we get everything bang on before we go out. I am in eastern Croatia with Artemis Hunting
to assist with the preharvest management of wild boar. Conveniently just over 2 hours
from the UK there is an abundance of quality game and exciting hunting opportunities throughout
Croatia.It is also famous for its enormous subspecies of wild boar for ……Heat and
humidity are perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes. So thank goodness somebody has
remembered the deet. I want to see the damage these animals are
doing first hand. Also to find out how hunters and farmers try to balance eachother’s needs
at this very vulnerable time of year. So they will root the crop up when the soil is soft
and when it is not they will push it over. Yes you can see the example here. It is pushed
over and then they were grazing on it. And the farmer says this is 50% damaged? Yes, as you can see you have patches of damage
and it looks really bad. And in the end we have to pay for the damage. So you have to pay for the damage? Yes, the hunting society and the hunting clubs. So the hunting federation? Exactly all people involved in hunting who
have leases in Croatia, they are responsible to control the damage and pay for the damage. Tonight’s outing is a first for me. We’re
going to spend half an hour in a tower overlooking a local boar hotspot then we’re off stalking
under the moonlight which I have never done before. Hunting at night under the moon deprives your
usual armoury of senses. Every noise seems accentuated and I can feel adrenaline coursing
through my veins as we move around the fields in the shadows. My main sense of sight is impaired because
we are using the moonlight and my other senses seem to be buzzing. My hearing has absolutely
become acute and the smells, the fresh smells, it was really, really hot today and it has
gone really misty and moist and has just brought all the smells of the ground out. I can just
hear so many things happening around us. It is amazing. Absolutely amazing place to come
stalking. We creep through different crops, stop, look
and listen. There are boar tracks, boar smells and boar noises, but nothing to get my cross
hairs onto. However, a Croatian hunter also taking advantage of the moon has had better
luck than us. There is a field just to the one side of us
which has been completely flattened so I don’t know what this guy has been eating, but probably
quite a lot. It is after midnight and with the sun rising
in just a couple of hours we decide to stalk through. As day breaks Steffan drops me off
on the edge of an ancient woodland full of shade and wallows. Known to be a refuge to
boar during the heat of the summer’s day. I have been stalking for 5 hours since it
got dark and it has just got light now. Steffan has dropped me off into the entrance of this
woodland. I have walked down past the high seat with the wind on my back I have got in
to a very good position now. This is the wood the boar come and sleep in during the day.
They come through from the fields where we have just been stalking and this is a perfect
place to sit up for a couple of hours at this time of the day. Yes, I don’t really like waiting I am bit
over excited at the moment. A decent sized boar came out mid way through me talking to
you, stopped for half a second in the ride and I managed to get a shot on it. The boar I finally connected with lays motionless
deeper in the woodland around 50 yards from where I hit it. The shot was as I thought
a little bit low, but it has gone through both legs and taken out the bottom of the
lung. So it was actually absolutely the right thing to do to give it 15 minutes. Regrettably
it is a sow. I can see from her that she is not lactating. Come and have a look. You can
see that she is not lactating so either she hasn’t had a litter, or she is a barren sow.
You often get this when you get high density of boar. So it is beyond the 1st July and
in Croatia you can shoot any animal after the 1st July. We were told by Tomo you can
shoot any sow as long as there are no piglets at foot and I looked at her and she had no
piglets at foot so I am very happy with the result of that. I would say she is probably
65/70 Kilos minimum so that is a very, very good result. After 5 hours stalking looking
for a boar. Sitting up and have it happen just like that is absolutely amazing. What
a superb result, very happy indeed. I have learnt to keep Croatian farmers happy
at this critical time of year when the crop is most vulnerable Croatian hunters have to
show extreme commitment and first class field craft. After the gralloch the contents of
this boar’s stomach just shows how much each and every ravenous animal is impacting this
preharvest crop. That is oats, wheat and a significant amount
of money and they are eating that every day. So that is the whole point of the management
exercise. Not only are we stopping that damage we are also putting some good food on the
table. Stalking boar under the moon is like nothing
I have done before and a true sensory overload. Croatia is an exciting country of true hunting
adventure. I can’t wait to return in the winter for driven boar with Tomo and Artemis Hunting. Don’t forget to check the latest episode of
Teamwild TV with my hunting buddy Ian Harford. He is in Africa shooting an impala with an
airgun. Well we are back next week and if you are
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43 Replies to “Fieldsports Britain – Game Fair alternatives, wild boar and George Digweed, episode 138”

  1. I guess shooting like with any sport it depends how committed you are. Just to shoot casually it's not that expensive but if you want to do competitions the guns get more expensive and so does the kit, much like any other sport.

  2. I've had a few issues with Oxford Gun Company.
    Once, I was offered 30mm mounts for my 25mm scope "as many nowadays are packing the mounts out with cardboard" I shit you not.

    Another time they supplied a friend a new airgun combo with the scope mounted the wrong way around, so that targets looked further away.

    Not somewhere I will be returning to anytime soon…

  3. Browning sponsor the show and many of the events the Oxford Gun Company put on. They do this in return for the promotion of their guns. Maybe this is unfortunate but do remember in the UK today even the GB Olympic Team don’t get any funding help such is the prejudice towards shooting sports so Browning are doing a great job. The Oxford Gun Company are also helping many youngsters enter this sport so well done them.

  4. Why not? Are you assuming it's a sub-12ft/lbs airgun? Remember you can get airguns in some pretty large calibres, even up to .50! These will have more than enough power to drop a given target cleanly and humanely.

  5. Er, I did view the video. And er, I do know the calibre is large.

    But that's not what makes it unacceptable to me – the muzzle energy is too low.

    The electronic technology has been around for years, in the shape of the Daystate MK3 and Airwolf models.

    The need for a 300ftlb airgun? Total nonsense.

  6. No, actually, I'm not assuming. See, I managed to actually watch and listen. Clever 'eh?

    Calibre size is not the issue here. Muzzle energy of this round is only 70ftlb more than a HMR.

    Not suitable in my book.

  7. For a deer that size, in England you must have at least a .240 (live round) and 1700ftlb at the muzzle. Anything short of that and it's illegal. Why is it illegal? Because it's deemed to be insufficient and likely to uneccecarilly wound.

    It may be legal in S.A. but it doesn't make it less likely to wound if the airgun being used here produces JUST 320ftlb.

    1400ftlb short of what is accepted as a minimum.

  8. Good show like every week!!! Im glad you were hunting pigs in my country! In wich part of country were you hunt? If you hunt in Baranja you have to came back in fall for red stag, you will not regret!!!

  9. Bowhunters harvest 100 times more deer in the US every year with equipment that is also deemed illegal here in the UK. I'm afraid the rest of the world does not conform to the limitations set by our Government.

  10. You should check out the video I've posted on Team Wild TV showing the penetration of the Rogue on an even bigger animal – a red hartebeest. The shot took out both lungs and the heart, penetrating a rib on the way in and the way out at 52 yards. It's more than capable of harvesting large game with a well placed shot.

  11. Legallity isn't really the issue, though.
    I've seen these bow hunting videos and they, too, leave me feeling uncomfortable.

    Whenever I go shooting I do so with the animal's welfare at heart. After all, this is the image we're keen to portray to the public, isn't it.

    What you did (Ian?) isn't wrong or illegal – I just don't agree with going under-gunned.
    That's all.

  12. Dead IS dead, but it's how you do it that sets you apart from what the public think we are.

    Personally I think it won't sell. I really can't see a point to an airgun like this. Picking up, and feeding, a powder burner is easier; more varied, with ammo that's available anywhere, and there's no need to pump them up after just 3 shots.

  13. No, we're still here! Of course I've been away recently and these are the films we are currently showing, but we've got plenty of UK based stuff coming soon. We've only got one camera guy and he can only be in one place in the world at a time! We could really do with a Team Wild Tardis!

  14. My apologies, I didn't realise the video was already out, I thought it was going to be in next week's show. I'll give it a look over now.

  15. Yup, can't argue with that. Although 320fps is a considerable amount of energy, even the website for the rifle itself states that it's meant for quarry no bigger than a 200lb boar, and even then at relatively close range. Poor show using it for something the size of an impala, and even worse for the inadequate marksmanship in hitting it close to the hindquarters with the first shot.

  16. great show. the moon lit boar stalking looks like excitement encapsulated. keep it up
    as for the field practical shooting, we should all be doing more of that our selves

  17. good video, but i wouldnt suggest a first gun for £1200 !!! are you mad !!
    start with a nice Lanber multi choke for £500-£600, who in thier right mind would suggest somebody pay that ammount unless they were on comission !!!!!

  18. Hey Charlie Jacoby I was listening to your interview with my mate Jason Slemes on his Australian Hunting Podcast. Good interview mate I enjoy listen to whats happen with your channel and what your up too.
    And thanks for mentioning my fox shooting channel trickybricky64. When you come out to Australia we should catch up. Cheers Max

  19. Who is the big boy with the gasses orange hat and wrist brace………. he's a hottie….mmmmm

  20. Can anyone tell where to find the rifle range in Denmark.?
    The range I go to is nowhere near as nice as this one. I simply have to try it. 😉
    Thank you,

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