Fieldsports Britain – Hunting on your Mediterranean Holiday

[Music] Welcome to Fieldsports Britain. Coming up: Just as Burns night means bagpipes – roe rut
means buttolo – but is Roy being premature? Rifles on parade: it’s the Queens Prize at
Bisley. First, Tim is back with Rucksack & Rifle and,
this time, he is after mouflon on the craggy Croatian coast. [Music] Pretty warm over here. It’s freezing. [Music] We have stalked some trophy mouflon and there
are three quite large rams. They are very, very elusive but it is not very easy stalking
today an I think they had better move further down the valley so I think we will move on
and see what we can find. [Music] The important thing is actually, if we do
get near to some mouflon is that they can hear our voices a long, long way away, so
whilst we can be quite noisy underfoot, we must keep our voices down because they pick
it up very, very quickly. [Music] This is where the old bear has been pulling
out a bees nest. You see how their claws have pulled that away. Amazing. It’s quite deep as well. They must have big bears around here. [Music] It’s amazing this place. We have access to
quite good hunting grounds all the way along the coast, and Artemis have been taking us
along the road, and we have just parked up, as you can see here now, and we are just glassing.
And it seems a bit strange because you have got cars going behind us, people beeping their
horns, that is not a think you see in the UK. They are very, very open and happy that
we hunt. What is fascinating is how quite a large mouflon can actually just disappear
into cover. And we were spotting a really nice trophy. now it is gone and we are moving
on. [Music] This ram is only three years old and his antlers
are not growing as wide as they should. they are growing into his jaw.So that is one of
the elements we are looking when we try to cull the this animal is to be culled
out and shot, but we are trying to get you a better trophy. So that is our plan. If you
see the animal, take the pictures and we will try to find a better one. OK. All right. [Music] There is an outcrop going away from us about
650 metres away. and half way up there we have got four or five mouflon and there are
two – I think there are two rams – and one of the rams has got a fairly large head on
it, so we have been sitting here for about half an hour, just glassing, looking through
scopes – spotting scopes to see what we can do – and I think what we can do now is the
animals are now starting to feed, so they are coming down off the mountain into the
gully there. So what we can do is to work our way up, around the other side of the gully
there and hopefully we can get a shot across that mountain there. It is probably about
a 250-metre shot and probably got an hour’s-worth of light left, so we need to ‘tab’ on a wee
bit and hopefully find ourselves a mouflon ram. Really exciting. We found ourselves a decent ram 600 metres
away, we stalked up to it to within 300 metres, spent about half an hour looking at it and,
at the last moment before I was about to take a shot, our guys advised that it was too good
for a cull animal, so the decision was not to shoot it, which is fine. That’s no problem.
That is their decision. They are experienced hunters. They have to manage the mouflon and
they felt very strongly, between the three of them, that it was too good to take out.
Very disappointing – but that is hunting. So while it has been a long day, we have been
up since 4am, it has been quite hard work, these are such beautiful surroundings and
you cannot beat hunting like this. It is not all about what you are shooting. It is actually
the experience of stalking. I absolutely love this type of ‘go, get your rucksack, get your
rifle and let’s have a go’ and that is what it is all about. if we do not find an animal
today, that is hunting for you – what it is all about. [Music] As Dean says, we had a pinch of luck there.
We were walking through the bush and then suddenly one of the porters suddenly saw a
ram running down the bottom of the ravine. It is a very steep ravine, so we shot over
the top here, over these rocks, jumping around. OK. We looked out on to it. I suddenly had
to make a very, very quick shot here. The ram comes up over the other side of the ravine
and comes across and I just had to jump down, put my rucksack on here, get loaded, get ready
to go, it went along about 40 metres and I have just taken him straight through the shoulder.
A good kill. But it is all about preparation. I made sure my rifle was all set properly,
my scope, I knew exactly what to do, dropped down on to it. But it happened so, so quickly,
and if I had gone to set up my scope properly or didn’t have my tip properly, I would have
probably missed that opportunity. It was running away. So it was last minute but we have been
on mouflon for a good day and we have seen so many animals and we have got very close
and we have had to turn quite a few good ones away because they are not big enough, and
suddenly, bang, i three minutes we are on to one and we shot one. But that is hunting
for you. Still a bit shaky but that is absolutely brilliant, I love that. Hopefully we have
got ourselves a nice looking ram. Brilliant. I hate these rocks.So sharp and so unforgiving. [Music] Where it needs to be. And it still ran on,
didn’t it? Isn’t he beautiful. [Music] So, Dean. How do we know how old this animal
is? This is one year. This is second year. This
should be third year, so that means it is in his fourth year, but the easiest way to
make a mistake is to grade a trophy right on the field. The mouflon to me, or the chamois, are the
most beautiful animals I have had the privilege to shoot. You just look at them. This is now
in its summer coat. It is a lot lighter. In the winter, they are a lot darker and they
have white spots – a big white spot here. So, well, I think it is beautiful. A stunning
animal. And to see them, the way they move across the mountains. Yesterday we had about
20 or 30 of them skitting across the mountains and it is a beautiful scene. It is also the
noise – all the pebbles, the rocks falling down the side of the mountain, so very, very
pleased and a good shot. That’s the most important thing. We despatched it quickly, that is the
main thing. I aimed for the shoulder. I tried to go for a safe shot, and it looks like I
have gone just behind the shoulder blade there. it has gone straight through and out the other
side, so in some ways probably the perfect shot. I thought perhaps I was a wee bit more
forward. I was playing safe. we are using .308 Hornady 150-grain Interbond,
the new Whitetail they have got coming out. I went for an Interbond because I wanted something
with a bit more penetration, a harder jacket, for the mouflon and also for the boar later
on. I am very pleased with the shot, it did the job perfectly well – very, very pleased
with it. [Music] Thank you Tim, beautiful place and thank you
Tomo and the guys from Artemis Hunting without whom David and I would never have met. Deep
breath, pregnant pause, move up, it is the ‘manimal’ himself. It is David with
the Fieldsports Channel News Stump. [Music] This is Fieldsports Channel News. Gloucestershire’s police commissioner is deranged,
according to hunt supporters. Martin Surl, the elected police commissioner
for the keen hunting county, said publicly that the RSPCA were the official prosecuting
authority for cases against huntsmen. Hunt supporters had to tell him that that the RSPCA
is an animal rights organisation and has no formal legal powers or authority to prosecute
cases. A video of a home-made quadcopter that is
capable of shooting a pistol has been posted on YouTube. The video, believed to have originated in
the USA, shows a handgun being fired while strapped to an airborne drone. The drone compensates
for the recoil, adjusting its height and position after each shot. A former master of foxhounds from Yorkshire
has had gender reassignment surgery. Graham Pascoe was diagnosed with gender dysphoria
in August 2014. The former master of the Badsworth & Bramham Moor is now called Sue Pascoe. Australians are fighting an attempt by the
gun control lobby to reclassify lever action shotguns. A Turkish-made shotgun soon to be imported
into Australia by the Nioa company is, according to antis, a “high-capacity firearm that
verges on being a pump action shotgun”. They want it banned. Thanks to Michael Hurtado
for sending us the story. The Kansas frogging season is underway. The 2015 Kansas bullfrog hunting season, also
referred to as “frogging”, began on 1st July and runs through to 31st October. During
this time, anglers can attempt to catch the amphibians with hook, line, dip net, gig,
bow and arrow, or crossbow. The daily creel limit is eight, with a possession limit of
24 – and froggers must have a valid fishing license to take, catch, or kill bullfrogs.
Fried frogs legs are a delicacy across the MidWest. This film shows Tex Grebner frogging
in Illinois. And finally, a hungry bear in Colorado broke
into a local pie shop, and helped himself to some pie. In fact, he helped himself to
all of the pies. He ate more than 20, leaving out one flavour he didn’t like: rhubarb. You are now up to date with Fieldsports Channel
News. Stalking the stories, fishing for facts! [Music] Thank you David. Now, let’s see what you lot
have been up’s ‘Hallo Charlie!’. [Music] Hello Charlie. I have been out for a wee walk,
and I have got a few wee friends. Hello Charlie. Davy here up in Northumberland.
out on the mooch with a catapult, I have managed to bag myself two rabbits. Nice one. Hello Charlie. Mr Fermanaghman here, out for
an evening at the rabbits. one in the bag so far, a wee bit small but still getting
the job done. See you later. That’s it. Please send me your ‘Hallo charlie!’s
via facebook, YouTube,Dropbox or email [email protected] Thank you for those. Please keep them coming.
And if they were the Bash Street Kids, next we have Roy of the Rutters. [Music] Just as the roe get a sudden rush of blood
to the head a this time of year, so does Roy. Many forums were talking about the rut starting
and after a recce here in Hampshire last week he reckons we should be in time for the first
flush. I was down a couple of days ago just having
a look around and there were the first signs of rutting activity. We saw a buck scouting
about and he was chasing a younger buck and moving everything about. So he was really
questing. There is definitely activity going on. We will just have our first squeak of
the evening and see if we get any interest. [Squeak] No luck here – of course the crops are high
with plenty of cover for any resting love-struck deer but when it’s on it’s really on. The wind is playing all sorts of games today,
dropping to nothing then swirling. Roy makes the decision to come at it from a reverse
direction but it means we have the sun in our face which brings with it its own issues. The boy that I saw the other night, that was
very active in this area, I really want to come in and call him in his territory. Unfortunately,
we spooked him as we were coming in and it just goes to show that you have always got
to trust your first judgement because I saw what I thought was the head of a roebuck in
some long grass, but it was very difficult to see because the sun was directly in my
eyes. And he was in heavy shade. I looked at it, and then I carried on stalking, but
again, and I almost discounted it thinking it must be a hare or something. Anyway, we
walked on another 20 yards but unfortunately it wasn’t a hare – it was him. He ‘made’ us.
We were still a long way off but he came trotting up to here and I was hoping, after giving
him 20 minutes or so, we might just be able to rest him a little bit, but he doesn’t want
to play at the moment. It is a lovely evening but, in what is normally
a deer-rich bit of ground, nothing is showing any interest. Roy has called half a dozen
times now and it is only when we are entering the last 40 minutes of light that deer start
appearing – this doe with two kids. Half an hour from dark and everything is just
coming to life. About four deer just appeared from nowhere in this field that we have scanned
for the last hour. There is definitely stuff there. I am going to head up there quickly,
get round o to the other side, scan the crops there and see if we can find something before
it gets dark, but I do not think that the rut for the majority of deer here is in full
swing at the moment. Another few days and hopefully it will really turn on. If the call isn’t going to bring the deer
to us tonight so we have to go to them. From a sedate start and middle to a fast end. Roy
turns a corner and spots a buck on the edge of the crop and shoots. [Gunshot] It leaps forward and we have a race against
the light to find it. We have got that. The impact of the shot here
and obviously he knew what was going on and he was already spooked a little but.We are
going to have to go out a little bit quicker than I would have liked. We know he is well
hit and hopefully he has not gone too far. This is where Roy turns into Hercule Poirot,
he occupies the little grey cells and follows the clues to the deer. It has run into the crops here and trying
to find the blood again. Yes, well done. Here we go. Good paint here. OK, so we have got more paint here, more paint
here and you can see here just the crops starting to get flattened out so he is starting to
fall down here, struggling. Here we go. He has just gone dashing in – just in here. Absolutely
perfect little cull beast. If you take it slow you can save a lot of
time and avoid the risk of missing it completely. We had a very good blood trail, all the way
through the hedge and we have just picked him up here, so we will get him sorted.Another
one for the larder. As I say, very nice little cull beast. He was quartering on, quite heavily
when I took the shot. it has gone in there and the exit is just at the front there, so
that will have taken absolutely everything out. There might have been a hint of rut activity
tonight but the call certainly didn’t bring the deer to us. Nevertheless it gave us a
good idea where the territories are for the next trip. [Music] The gralloch is done under headlights keeping
one eye out for the ticks. Again, just always watch out, make sure you
are always checking, because there are definitely a few ticks about. The postman delivering despite the hormones
not quite fanning the flames quite yet. Now we do like a bit of pomp and ceremony, so
let’s go to Bisley for the Queens Prize. They are an awfully long way away, those targets.
1,000 yards, and the 100 finest fullbore shooters in the country are shooting them today for
the Queen’s Prize, the grandest award in British target rifle shooting. It’s a summer
event that ranks alongside the Wimbledon tennis, the Henley Regatta and the various golf championships.
So what do you have to do to win? They will be shooting two sighting shots and
15 to count at 900 followed by 1,000 yards, so the total at each range is 75, so 150 is
the maximum that can be scored here. they then add that to their second stage which
they shot yesterday afternoon to get their total score out of 300 and the winner of the
highest score is the winner of the Queen’s Prize. [Music] The shooters start take their positions for
the first leg, a piffling 900 yards. The butt markers drive out to the butts. The spectators
queue for ice cream. Well, we are down to the last 100 of our finest
marksmen who will be competing in the Queen’s Prize final and probably 2,000-3,000 visitors,
so the camp is just starting to warm up now with people starting to flood on to the ranges
to witness what is a terrific spectacle. The results are printed in the broadsheets
– The Times and the Daily Telegraph . It is a bit dry if truth be told. It does not really
capture the magic of the competition which is very evident today. It is all part of the Imperial meeting, a
four-week-long festival of shooting at Bisley which has people camping and living on site.
It’s Glastonbury but with rifles instead of music. It culminates in the Queen’s Prize. You know, there isn’t a person who started
this week – 1,100 people who were shooting at the beginning of this competition – that
didn’t dream of sitting in that chair and getting chaired off the range by the other
1,099, if you see what I mean. So this is the big deal for us. In the blustery conditions today, nobody is
prepared to predict who is going to win. Often if it is benign weather up here, then
those who squeak in by the skin of their teeth from yesterday, the day before yesterday,
do not get a look in, but I think anybody could win it. Unlike Henley, Wimbledon and the golf, the
Imperial meeting at Bisley is not televised. For the television audience, probably the
best thing that we would ever do is to have shoot-offs, where people shoot side-by-side
and you see the targets come up together, and then, you know, you can see how well each
are doing. A little bit in a way similar to the way the archery folk do it in the Olympics. That for us would be a change of a competition
that started in 1860, and so it depends a little bit on how urgent we feel that need
to attract the TV audience. I personally am quite impressed with the BallTracer of golf,
and I think it would be very interesting to devise something not dissimilar for rifle
shooting at long range because people would then begin to understand that the bullet arcs
about 15 or 16 feet above the straight line between the end of the target and the end
of the barrel, and then of course if there is wind, it starts pointing towards three
targets away and then it swings around in a a nice curve and hopefully hits the bulls-eye,
so there are those type of things that we could think about. At the half way point, as the shooters move
to the 1,000-yard position, some people are keen to make themselves comfortable. Well, it’s a little bit old actually. I think
it is an antique. We found it in our clubhouse and we decided to bring it down so we could
plot for our friend. Another spectator has a special reason to
be here today. I have my father’s Queen’s Prize gold medal
and badge which he won here 60 years ago today.he did not only shoot here.he was a member of
England 2020 and City Rifle Club. I was actually two months old when he won the Queen’s Prize. So what was Bisley like 60 years ago? Nowhere nearly so much technology. In those
days, to support your rifle, you just stuck your arm through the sling and that was it.
none of these special jackets and special eye patches and all this sort of thing. It
really was skill, luck and judgment. A great deal goes into making this day work,
and one of the big aspects of the day is safety. In a lot of respects actually having 1,100
people on camp all with rifles, particularly 300 or so youngsters actually, is in theory
a security nightmare. The reality is that it is anything but that. it is one of the
safest places to come because everyone is carefully disciplined, very carefully organised,
they have been carefully trained and there is a great deal of infrastructure that actually
makes shooting the safe sport that it really is. Towards the end of the competition, the crowd
gets a clearer idea about who is going to win. Many of the spectators here have been
competing in the week, and they are well informed, especially about David Calvert, currently
top of the leaderboard. He has won before – I don’t know when – but
this morning he won the St George’s prize on a tied shoot as well as the Conan-Doyle
on a tied shoot – they did a tied shoot this morning for that – so he won it on that as
well – so it would be a pretty good day if he won this as well. He is currently three
points ahead and three shots to go, I think? At last comes the news everyone has been waiting
for. He has got it. Calvert has got it. We need a V-bull count on it. Well done Calvert! [Applause] I need a V count on these, guys. There might
be points errors. 294 – 29 to Calvert. OK.Calvert cannot lose. Really simple.One
of ours. Royal Air Force, so we are going to have sore shoulders tonight. The crowd is delighted. Wing Commander David
Calvert is one of a handful of shooters to win the Queen’s Prize twice, winning the
first time in 2010. And he is typically modest about his achievement. I just had more luck than everybody else on
the day. There is a big cheer for all the butt markers,
who have been spending this hot afternoon in a trench 1,000 yards away, marking the
targets as they are shot. And then comes the bit that everyone has been waiting for – the
‘chairing off’ of the winner, accompanied by the band. After his incredible achievement
David Calvert has a long evening ahead of him, taken on his chair from clubhouse to
clubhouse around Bisley. While he does that, let’s take our departure from the home of
British shooting. You can visit to find out more. Well that was a lovely day out, for a spectator
like me as well as for the up, let us go from the narrow world of British
tradition to the wider world of hunting on YouTube, it is Hunting YouTube. [Music] This is Hunting YouTube, which aims to show
the best hunting and shooting videos that YouTube has to offer. Halali Magazin gives us slow, dreamy hunting
tales on YouTube and this is no exception. Editor Ilka Dorn is out after roebuck and
goes for what she calls “wahl vor zahl” – sort of quality over quantity. Another beautifully filmed half-hour hunt
is this film about ibex in the mountains of northern Italy. Not too much Italian language
and lots of beautiful scenery. KUIU’s Brendan Burns travels to Patagonia
to hunt red stag with Argentina Outfitters. These stags are reputed to have escaped from
Buenos Aires zoo and made the 1,000 mile journey to the Andes without being detected. Good
move – they are thriving. Here’s a shorty but a goody. If you want to
see how fast a dog can be at despatching a rabbit: Andrew Reynolds who made it calls
is a ‘brilliant catch whilst mooching’. Ryan Darby says ‘feature me please’ – so
here he is. He is pigeon shooting in Norfolk over vine peas with George and grandad. Total
bag 57. This film, Grandes battues au sanglier, does
what is says on the tin: it is a selection of wild boar driving hunting scenes. This one is for turkey hunting nuts. Greg
Sieck’s camping weekend includes a public land long-beard at Iowa’s Lake Red Rock and
a boat full of slab crappies to boot. And finally, Canada based Wild TV continues
its strange idea of uploading videos lasting exactly 1 minute 31 seconds. They are like
hunting haikus – and say lots about traditional TV’s reaction to the YouTube phenomenon. This
is gooseshooting in Ontario. That’s it for this week. 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 those maybe you will
like is AirHeads. In this programme Cai is out with his AirArms
TDR hoping to tackle the rat problem under the hen house and keep the rabbits off his
friend’s veggie box crop. Roy is FX’d up with the Royale and is after
some bunnies for the pot and for the ferrets. We have Airstreaming , we have HotAir and
we have the with news that Nicola Sturgeon strikes again. Scotland will no longer be
an airgun hunters’ paradise. Well, we are back next week with Fieldsports
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6 Replies to “Fieldsports Britain – Hunting on your Mediterranean Holiday”

  1. Hi Charlie, like the gilet you're wearing …. could you please tell me who makes it.
    Keep up the good work !  =  Happy Hunting

  2. Fish in a barrel = sport? Shooting something from a distance that has no idea you are there is the epitome of simplicity and goes against the morals of all sport. You sad lot must be SH1T at sports and definitely lack aim to think rifling a deer or a pig is skillful.

  3. I just came back from a wonderfull vacation of sailing the Croatian sea with my family. we found a realy nice and cooperative charter sailing yacht that was super cheap on  i hope i helped anyone who wants to experience the sea affordably but still in luxurius style 😀 it is truly a once in a life time experience !

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