Fieldsports Britain – Invisibility Tips

Fieldsports Britain – Invisibility Tips

Welcome to Fielldsports Britain:  “Coming
up – The invisible man – we learn how to apply army sniper secrets to hunting situations.
We’ve got the regulars, Hunting YouTube,.NewsStump First, Andy Crow is making light work of rabbits,
light work get it! The last time we tried to go rabbiting with
Messers Dom and Crow it all went a bit Pete Tong — When we arrived Crow stuffed his knee
up by falling out of a tractor — He refused to go to hospital and despite the pain went
rabbiting. We saw 2 rabbits all night which is why that outing never made it onto the
programme. — 6 months later we’re back, Crow’s leg is still rubbish but when he’s got a new
chariot like this green mean machine it helps the pain a little. Crow is not the only one with a shiny toy
although he could certainly do with a new buggy…Dom
has made some changes to his Anschutz… “I found it too long, especially when I shoot
from the vehicle to comfortably get in and out of the truck window and speaking to Chris
Blackburn of UKGunworks we came up with the idea of what difference will it make, what
I didn’t want was to compromise the performance of the rifle just for the sake of getting
something that was a bit shorter and a bit more wealdy and he thought it would make for
an interesting experiment. There is a lot of different barrel lengths available on a
rimfire, actually how much difference does it make? So we went to the range with an angle
grinder , with a chronograph, with a load of ammunition and we’ve set about reducing
it and measuring it and seeing how it performed. The results of which, we will be writing about
in an upcoming issue of the magazine but as you can see, there is no going back, you cant
really stick it back on once its done, so here it is in its new, improved Carbine form
and we are going to give it a go tonight on the Bunnies!
So with a wheezing buggy, a stumpy rifle and a Crow with a peg leg the dream team head
off on the look out for the bunnies. Once again the pressure is on Dom to deliver
-Crow doesn’t like to let opportunities slip away — but some bunnies just don’t do what
they’re supposed to. Dom is finding the rabbits, but a miss means
Crow takes over for a field or two. They’re all within the typical range for a
.17HMR. But then he shoots this rabbit at more than 100 yards. The wind is critical
in this situation. It’s a still night, otherwise Crow wouldn’t have considered it. The .17HMR has become much more popular recently,
its got a better range, faster, flatter, lots of positive things frangible bullets, less
chance of ricochets etc, etc.But it does have a bit of an Achilles heel in windy conditions
– Andy talk us through it:; You can be along a hedgerow, there will be
no wind at all,you smack one rabbit, then you go to one about 70-80 yards out in the
field, there might be wind out there and it just blows it off and anyone who has got one
will know that. Close range, out to say 50-60 Yards you don’t get much movement, you will
get some but not a lot. Its horses for courses though, isn’t it because
some people say, you know , .22;s a better round and some people swear by the .17, each
of them have certain things that they are really good at and certain things that you
have to compromise on. So, in an ideal world, you would have one of each in your gun safe
but realistically , for most of us, it is not possible. Yes, the .17, I swear by it, I really do,
I love it. I think its a good round, its a safe round as well. The site of the battery and jump leads in
the back doesn’t inspire confidence – but the buggy keeps chugging along and the bunny
bag is growing — half way though the night we change lamps — no real reason, it’s just
to explore the merits of each — certainly, for Dom, the beam of the Nightmaster means
he can pinpoint that rabbit straight away. We have been using the taclight which is a
big favourite of Andy and of Roy, it gives a massive range and a very tightly focused
beam. It gives an impressive performance for a compact torch , really easy to use and once
you’ve found the light beam through the scope, you have found the rabbit because it is such
a narrow beam you know that is where it is going to be. For scanning large grass fields,
like we have been doing tonight, the limitation is that because it is such a narrow beam it
is easy to miss stuff, especially when it is sitting tight in quite long grass or in
the crops. We also switched over to the more traditional light force lamp, which is what
I use when I started lamping, Andy has used this for years and years and years and it
is absolutely brilliant for scanning. Its got a very very very wide beam, not quite
so much reach as the taclight but good for covering large distances. What I noticed in
comparison to the taclight was you have to recalibrate, to keep much more of a focus
on where the rabbit is because you cant just rely on there’s a red light, there’s a rabbit
because its covering so much more distance. But both are very good but I have to say I
really like the light force type of lamp. Really really good for this type of thing,
for swinging around a field and seeing whats what but I can see why the modern LED lights
have become so popular. They give remarkable performance for a small package. A bit like yourself… Considering we were only out for an hour-and-a-half,
we haven’t done too badly, with 50 rabbits, relieving a bit of pressure off the crops. This time last year we were way behind. The
Rape was probably two inches in the good places and wasn’t even thinking about flowering and
this year. well, .. We shot in this exact same field, last year,
well, a month later than now and it was virtually bald. It wasn’t even coming in flower, it was coming
but it wasn’t in flower and the field next door, that’s probably four foot tall. Its
had two growth regulators on it, its still about four foot tall and full flower. Yes,
like I say, I’m really looking forward to this summers harvest. I think it is going
to be a good one. Stumpy, Limpy and Wheezy did OK tonight –bit
of a miracle really ! Thank you Andy for that piece about lights,
now somebody else tripping the light fantastic. Its David on the Fieldsports Channel News
Stump! This is Fieldsports Channel News:
When US TV host Ellen DeGeneres joined a long line of unqualified people to speak out against
seal hunting, the Inuit hunters of Canada and Alaska hit back — with ‘sealfies’.
They have posted hundreds of photos, known has “sealfies,” showing off their seal skin
fashion. She has given money to the Humane Society of the United States, one of the most
prominent critics of Canada’s seal hunt. Have you ever seen a roosting fox ? When Chris
Pritchard took his girfriend shooting he spotted a fox 20ft up a tree. It was the work of moments
for him to take the gun from the girl and shoot it. It was on the top right branch. Boring but important:There is another petition
to allow handguns. It calls on the UK Government to amend the Firearms Acts to allow the ownership
and use of .22 calibre rimfire pistols for competitive sporting purposes in England,
Wales and Scotland. Visit to sign up. Conservative prime minister David Cameron
did not allow a partial repeal of the ban on hunting with hounds last week. Pressure
from his anti-hunting deputy prime minister Nick Clegg, led Cameron to drop plans to allow
more than two hounds to flush animals including foxes, hares and mice. Rabbits and rats are
not affected by the hunting ban. However, Ministers want to issue a “call for evidence”
on how to control foxes and other vermim who are feeding on livestock in upland areas,
so there may still be a vote. Alaskan law makers have come under fire for
banning something that doesn’t even happen. They have made it illegal to deploy drones
for hunting purposes. Alaska Wildlife Troopers admit they have no evidence of drone-assisted
hunting. Poachers are shooting storks in Malta – and
their shots have been captured on film. The birds belonged to a flock of 13 storks
which are being monitored by local animal rights groups. Police were unable to find
either the dead storks nor the men who killed them. Australia has rejected a plan to offer crocodile
trophy hunting.The Australian government said the suggested hunting of around 50 saltwater
crocs across the Northern Territory wouldn’t be appropriate, even though 500 salties are
culled in the region every year. The plan was thrown out by Australia’s environment
minister, called Greg Hunt. And finally
An American police officer has uploaded a film of him rescuing a frightened fawn tangled
in a mesh of Christmas lights. New York state cop Kevin Sweet cut the lights away with a
knife. is now known as the “deer hero” in his local station and fellow officers have
taped a picture of a deer onto his mailbox. You are now up to date with Fieldsports Channel
News. Stalking the stories, fishing for facts. Thank you David. Next up , lets see what you
lot have been up to. It is Hallo Charlie. Here is what the world is up to this week.
Hello Charlie, me and shaggy here, just going out, doing a little filming for my next piece
for The Shooting Times and I’ve just been watching the channel this week. Whats all
this about me not smiling! There is an art to looking grumpy and being happy within.
So if you don’t know what a Whitehead smile looks like, here we go. Happy days. Hallo Charlie! Last day of the Roe Season,
I’ve just had this lovely culled Roe Doe. She had to be taken because she had a bit
of a bad leg, so she had to go. Hallo Charlie! Bill from Arizona, fishing
in Florida Send us your own Hallo Charlie. Film yourself
on your mobile phone. Just a sentence saying Hallo Charlie, who you are and what you are
up to. Then share it or email it via youtube,facebook,dropbox or you send it, you name it to Charlie’ Please keep those Hallo Charlies coming. .
“Now, we meet a man who’s going to show us what it really takes to blend into the background” We’ve done stories about camouflage before
— some of it serious — some of it not so serious . Oh – where is he now? Today we are not out to knock camo but show
that, with a bit of thought and attention to detail, something we know little about
at Fieldsports Channel Towers, you can just “disappear”… vital for many hunters. To prove just how effective it can be, hidden
somewhere in this shot is survival expert Dave Roaf with his rifle. Can you spot him?
– a few more seconds……..and reveal yourself Dave!!! There he is. Here’s an easier one. Well done Dave Dave runs Woodoak Wilderness in Surrey where
anyone who wants to look without being seen can learn how. lts important not just to be hidden from the
actual quarry that we are hunting but also from all its other locations. You could be
stalking a rabbit or a rat but its the blackbird who gives you away. The moment the blackbird
sees you ,he is shouting at the top of his beak that you’re there, you’re danger. So
the animals know the other animals call signs and alert signs. Dave has a dozen different ghille suits — something
for every occasion. But they’ll need fine tuning with fresh foliage when a location
has been selected — drooping is not a good look… So what are the basics Dave? The principals of camouflage concealment can
be covered under the simple five S’s and the M. The five S’s stand for shape, shine, shadow
silhouette and sound and the M is movement or sudden movement. There are a couple of
other S’s that I like to add to the list. One of them is statue, knowing when to freeze
and the other one is smell. You need to make sure you don’t put any aftershave on in the
morning when you go on to the shoot. But, your camouflage needs to be appropriate to
the environment that you are operating in. It also needs to be appropriate to the weather
environment. There is nothing worse than being all camouflaged up and the sun comes out and
all you do is sweat bucket after bucket after bucket and the other thing is, on a cold day,
if you have not got the layers there you try and hold a steady shot when you are shivering,
you are just not going to take the meat home. Next week, we’ll see Dave put his Ghille suit
together but today he showing us how to conceal your rifle. For demo purposes he’s using an
unloaded airsoft replica of the British Army L96A1 sniper rifle. If you wanted to be really fussy about the
camouflage. If you take a look at the end of the muzzle of this rifle, its a perfect
round black dot. That will give you away if you have got an observer looking . The trick
is to drape a piece of cloth, a small, light weight piece of cloth over the front and tie
it on at this point. When you pull the shot the air being expelled from the barrel by
the projectile will actually lift the flap up, the projectile will flop and then it will
drop back down again. So that will cover up that little telltale sign. And its little
things like that, attention to detail that will get you spotted. When camouflaging up
your barrel, you need to bare in mind that if you over-camouflage it you will break the
sight line from your scope. So you need to make sure that whatever camouflage is on the
sides and the bottom , that you keep a relatively clear area in the front. There is no point
in having a perfectly camouflaged rifle and you cant see out of it. I always keep a range
of bands or rubber bands as they are called on my rifles, they just helps me to attach
all the necessary netting and foliage that I need. To stop the lens from being a perfect
round circle just take your netting over the top of it, apply the band, pull it tight.
It will blur the vision fractionally but not enough to not make you be able to see through
it. Here is the critical point. Your working parts on a rifle, your cocking handle. You
don’t want to cover them over. There is one thing to take a shot. If it is all covered
over, that’s it. You will make more movement trying to reload. So keep these areas clear.
Once you are actually in position, your actual camouflage, your hat, your veil and your ghille
suit will cover most of this. So this doesn’t need to be camouflaged. Right, that is a basic
camouflage, very quick. Its called a hasty camouflage but its enough. All I am trying
to do is break up the straight lines of the scope and the barrel. Looking from this side
it doesn’t look much. But once you start to look at it straight on it becomes another
bush. Dave gets paid for playing hide and seek,
as well as hunting and witnessing some wonderful wildlife moments. He is hired in to carry
out covert surveillance operations, like recording flytippers in the act – and inadvertently
catching human beings in the act too. Far too many and probably inappropriate to
discuss. And, incredibly, outdoor antics are not reserved
for the warmer times of the year. Surprisingly not, its not seasonal. In the
winter there are less stinging nettles. The original Invisible Man was a book of science
fiction by HG Wells published in 1897. A scientist called Griffin invents a way to change a body’s
refractive index to that of air so that it absorbs and reflects no light. He successfully
carries out this procedure on himself, but fails in his attempt to reverse the procedure.
Find out if Woodoak Wilderness can do the same for you — go to Now for the wider world of hunting and shooting
on YouTube. It is Hunting YouTube. This is Hunting YouTube, which aims to show
the best hunting and shooting videos that YouTube has to offer. Jonathan McGee is putting out a web series
about stalking in Hampshire in the south of England with Charly Green of Shavegreen Shooting
Services. Charly sends me ‘ Passion for Deer – Part 1 of 6’ and I am delighted to showcase
it. While British cameramen are concentrating
on lovely dappled light and calm professional stalkers, the American version is this. The
bull elk charges the bow hunter in a video moment that could be sponsored by Andrex. More from the USA. Viewer Jacob Fredsted sends
in ‘Little girl experiences buck fever for the first time’. Like a 21st century Judy
Garland, she is wonderfully cute and, on advice from a couple of professional mums, I don’t
doubt that it’s real, too. Now a couple of predator films form the USA.
Eastern Coyote Hunting with AR-15 has the animal blindsided. And Realtree brings out its film about predator
hunting in the open country of Arizona. They shoot a running coyote, and then they set
about finding it. A1Decoy is out after wild geese in Aberdeenshire.
Despite the proximity of an RSPB reserve (there was a time the presence of the RSPB was a
guarantee of good shooting), they do well. Moving south, SafariHuntingUK is decoying
pigeons in Yorkshire. It takes nearly two minutes to get to the action and the intro
is a bit heavy on the word ‘beautiful’ — hey – we can see it’s beautiful — you don’t need
to say it — but hang in there. There’s a good story about pigeon shooting coming up. And finally hound sports. This is a trailer
for a folksy TV show but if it is anything to go by, the show should be good. One man,
his mule and a pack of hounds are after mountain lions, bears and bobcats. 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] Well if you didn’t like any of those and you
still want to sit and watch telly, why not watch some of our programmes. Airheads is out on Thursday the 3rd of April
and we’re focusing on the best baits- James Marchington turns his back garden into a test
facility and discovers 8 out of 10 crows prefer…well you’ll have to watch to find out… Click
on the link on the screen to see all the AirHeads series so far.
And click on the link on the screen for Fishing Britain this week. We spend a sunny afternoon
with internet angling sensations Carl and Alex, fishing for a mixed bag of species and
conversation. We reel in large carp, large tench, perch, rudd and a mighty gudgeon all
while chatting about what makes these new-school fishing gurus tick. Plus we head off to Woolastone
Court Trout Lakes where Hywel Morgan opens the next Veniard 120 challenge envelope. We are back next week and if you’re watching
YouTube please hit the subscribe button somewhere on the outside of the screen or go to our
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us on twitter. This has been Fieldsports Britain. Good hunting, good shooting, good fishing,
and goodbye.

29 Replies to “Fieldsports Britain – Invisibility Tips”

  1. Dear Mr Roaf
    We hunters are not fighting the VC or the Taliban in the Home Counties, just the odd bunny or roe deer!
    Please, please stop confusing hunters with snipers – especially as the local Filth do not like that type of behaviour! 
    Walter Mitty

  2. Mr Camo man…umm…I saw him in a split second, when you asked if you could see him, the power of the force is not strong in this one….

  3. Folks,
    Thanks for mentioning the petition to allow the use of 22 rim-fire pistols for sporting purposes. However, showing a slow motion film of a full-bore black powder pistol spitting fire and brimstone is entirely unhelpful. Perhaps a film of a sober looking target shooter popping away at the Olympics would have been a better idea. The anti's don't need any help.

  4. im not very fond of john dears, there all really electronic and if and electric thing goes wrong it can mess it all up

  5. Spot the ghillie could make a nice variation on where's Wally. I spotted him both times but only because I had already seen the colour of his suit.

  6. I 95% guarantee these "I spotted him right away" comments are coming from either novice hunters or people that have never hunted and don't understand animals. They don't see like we do, and are not accustomed to camo, nor know to look for it. Their vision is different and operate more on hearing and smell. I have hunted all my life in and out of camo, and even with skittish squirrels, as long as you remain still and quiet, you will get your bag limit.

  7. Goddamned…tell us the results of that shortened barrel. If you appear in this show, it shouldn't be just to push your magazine…this show deserves better than being a marketing-vehicle for a magazine

  8. Two grown men camed up playing army shooting rabbits, I've been taught field craft in the UK army and I wonder how they feel if the fire was returned.
    Getting your jollies from shooting rabbits? You need psychological help, I'm surprised that you aren't on a police watch list.

  9. Feel like I know Andy crow watched him that many times it's like he's a good pal lol would love to spend a night lamping with him I'm a massive fan of Andy and would love to meet him for a brew

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