Fieldsports Britain – Grouseshooting, rabbits with Roy Lupton and pigeons

Fieldsports Britain – Grouseshooting, rabbits with Roy Lupton and pigeons


[Music] Welcome to Fieldsports Britain. Coming up
we have got grouse in Yorkshire. Roy Lupton is on pest patrol. We have got all the regulars,
News Stump, Kit Special and Hunting Youtube. First, Simon Barr from Realtree UK Pro-staff
is out after poor man’s grouse, the pigeon. [Music] Pigeons are my sporting weak spot. I hear
tales of birds flooding into patterns. Red hot barrels and monster bags. But for me the
opportunity has never quite presented itself. The stock excuses may be familiar, should
have been here yesterday, last week, too sunny, too windy, too rainy, but today actually has
some real potential. We have got seagulls coming in from the coast.
We have got a big flight line coming in from a nearby city. There seems to be a lot of
activity in the air here. Yes, it is going to be good. They are coming
in now if you have look. Yes, it is always good near a big city because the birds come
out from the parks, the gardens. They breed in the towns so we get good flight lines from
the town. So it should be really good. This has to be one of the first times I have
been out pigeon shooting Trevor and I have actually seen some birds when I have been
setting up. So I am hugely optimistic. No pressure Trevor. It might just be that I have finally gotten
myself into pigeon paradise. Food on the ground, good weather and a professional guide with
the inside track. Trevor has been guiding for Servis UK on the South Downs for years.
Avid shooters come from all over Europe to get stuck into this high speed sport. So if
anybody has a few tips for me, it should be him. How many decoys do you put out into a pattern
Trevor to start off with. Usually go from half a dozen up to 20 and
add to them when you shoot them. I guess today there is quite a lot about,
so do you think we will need a big pattern. No not really. Not this time of year. You
need big patterns when you are on rape, when you are shooting on rape in the winter time.
But now a days, at the moment you could shoot them on 3 or 4 probably. We had some out the
other day, just 4 dead ones and they were coming in to those. It just depends on the
situation, the weather and the area really. I always put out roughly about 15 to 20 decoys
to start with and then you can muck about either take them in, move them whatever… Why don’t you show me how you lay them out. Sure. I help putting out the decoys. Trevor only
has a few real birds and Bonny the lab has jumped the gun with a fine retrieve before
a shoot is even fired. I am getting quite excited about my chances
here dare I say it. It could finally be that my long wished for, modest by most standards,
proper day’s pigeon shooting could be ahead of me. Too many times have I been out for a red letter
day and come back with less than 20. So I am not coming out of that hide until I have
shot 50. With the trucks off the field things heat
up very quickly. I shoot more shells than birds in the first
15 minutes than I usually shoot in a whole afternoon. The confidence levels are running
very high in the hide. Just guiding themselves in. ……you and me. The birds keep coming and I surprise myself
with a couple of real screamers. Yes, what a shot!!! What do you think of that
Trevor. Rubbish. That is the shot of the day definitely. However sometimes I am missing real sitters.
Time for some tips from Trevor. I don’t shoot a lot of pigeons. How am I doing
and what do you think I can improve on. You are doing pretty well, but I think you
are getting a bit behind them. I think you just need to try and give them a little bit
more lead. Trouble is when you are pigeon shooting it is so quick and snappy, but you
have still got to try and get in front a bit. If you point straight at them really when
they are flying past you still have to get some more lead on them. These fields attract all sorts of birds. I
am shooting mainly woodies today, but ferrals coming up from a nearby town are also on the
field. As seagulls attract such a hefty fine, we shall be leaving these well alone. Crows
on the otherhand are game on. The birds have sort of tailed off a little
bit now. But we have been out for 2 hours and it has been excellent actually. The birds
have been coming in consistently and what is a complete surprise is that I haven’t shot
too badly. I have learnt a lot today how you decoy the pigeons. How you set the pattern
up. When you need to put the new battery on the whirly cause that has run out once. And
you can’t have the whirly turning too slowly. So I am learning a huge amount. The birds
are just starting to come back in now. So who knows I might get to my golden 50. One more. The birds start coming in again thick and
fast and the 50 bird bag I set myself must surely be in sight. I keep shooting until
Trevor suggests we make a move. I really hope I am close to my target. We gather the birds
up and it is going to be close. So far we have got to 48. Now we know that there are
least 2 birds that I have shot which have gone into the hedges and I am not leaving
this field until we have found them. Trevor works the dogs through the rough stuff
and hey presto would you believe it, we have picked 49. Now Trevor there are 49 here and this makes
the 50, the decoy which has been up the combine. But I know you are hiding that crow from me.
Where is it? We saw it being shot. It has been a thoroughly enjoyable day Trevor thank
you very much. One of the best days I have had. I am not one of the best shotgun shots,
but I have excelled myself today and I am really, really happy with how things have
gone and I really enjoyed it so thank you very much. I will find the crow later when you have gone. To the farmers delight I have finally clocked
up my first half century of crop eating pigeons. It has been a great learning experience spending
time in the hide with Trevor. Pigeon shooting is really an art and I now fully understand
that it is more about the recky work before the day than pulling the trigger in the hide,
although having your eye in certainly helps. [Roar] If you have enjoyed this film then why not
check out my hunting buddy Ian’s latest adventures on Teamwild TV where you will find plenty
more films just like this. Well if you enjoyed that film about pigeons
and you are watching this on Youtube you might like to click on this film which is appearing
in the sky behind me. Now from overgrown squabs to a damp squib.
It’s David on the Fieldsports Channel News Stump. [Music] This is Fieldsports Britain News. There are some Red faces at the Royal Mail. Just days after celebrating Peter Wilson’s
win in Double Trap Shooting at the Olympics with a first class stamp, the Royal Mail announces
it is thinking of banning the carriage of firearms or firearms parts. The British national
postal service has carried weaponry since 1516 when Henry VII established a “Master
of the Posts” and there is no evidence of them falling into the wrong hands in the last
five hundred years. Cormorants could be heading for the quarry
list. The Countryside Alliance is working with the
Angling Trust and other organisations on a campaign for action on cormorants and goosanders
to protect our fish. The campaign aims to get these birds added to the general licence.
There is an ongoing Ministerial review of licensing, and a decision is expected in November. A kangaroo has escaped from a wildlife park,
and a fox and a wild boar have been named as suspected accomplices. Michael Hoffmann, assistant head of the Hochwildschutzpark
Hunsrückwest of Frankfurt, says the male kangaroo was one of three that escaped out
of their enclosure after a young fox dug a hole next to the fencing. Two of the three
were then able to escape the park entirely through another hole dug by a wild boar under
the exterior fence. Apparently fish don’t get hot under the collar? Fish could be able to survive temperature
rises better than first thought. That’s the conclusion of research by St Andrews University.
It found that the temperature a fish experiences at the early stages of development can affect
how it copes with temperature changes later in life. This is of course good news for anglers
who fear that global warming will be bad for fish stocks. You don’t need boots for walking up hills
any more. A Swiss company has come up with a new sock
that does the job for you. The Swiss Protection Sock, says the Swiss Barefoot Company, gives
you a ‘genuine new barefoot feeling’ as you walk around in it. And finally a Chinese couple discover their
cat burglar was actually a catfish. Xu Xianmin and his wife thought their one-room
home was empty when they locked up to leave for their jobs as sanitation workers at 4am.
But when they came back at 9.30am, it had been trashed. They thought they had been burgled
until they saw something moving on the floor. It was a catfish. To add to the mystery, the
couple’s home lies in a residential area with no river or pond nearby. You are now up to date with Fieldsports Britain
News. Stalking the stories. Fishing for facts. [Music] Thank you David. Now later in the programme
Roy Lupton has got a garden centre to protect from pests. First let’s go with Lee Maycock
to walk up grouse in Yorkshire. [Music] So here we are out in the heart of the Yorkshire
Dales to learn a little more about a special bird which lives in this delicate environment
that I would like to see appear on more dinner tables. My work as a chef has taken me all over the
world feeding all sorts of people. From the England football team through to movie stars.
But my real passion is game. For me red grouse really is premiere league. Today I have been
invited on my first ever grouse shoot. This is an informal, family walked up day. The
host is Mark Hancock. He has only recently taken on the moor and he is not only trying
to preserve the wildlife, he also wants to preserve the tradition of grouse shooting
which is why today the dads are walking and the boys are shooting. Most of what we are doing here is for the
long term. Now in most other facets of life, particularly these days everything seems to
be short term whether it is business, whether it is pleasure, people are wanting more short
term fixes. What we are trying to do here is build something, not for the next year
or 5 years, but really for the next generation and generation after that. Your children’s children. So on and so forth. Yes. Fantastic. The line moves off on the first drive and
incredibly the first bird of the day falls to me. What a fantastic start. The terrain
is amazing it is knee deep heather and we have only done 200 yards and you know you
have done it already so far so good it’s brilliant. The going is tough and the birds are definitely
here. The grouse break cover and the tally is building steadily. After an hour we drive
to the top of a moor for some lunch. The cabin is a cosy escape from the wet weather, but
once everybody is fed and watered I grab Mark again to find out a little more about moor
management. There is obviously a bigger picture here me
being a chef, I understand from a hotel background that with this heather you have got the grouse
shoot, but obviously it is much bigger than that. You bring in families and they stay
in the local hotels, they spend money in the local restaurants. Obviously it puts some
money back into the high streets and the local towns. So it is a much bigger picture than
just grouse shooting isn’t it? Absolutely when I started this it was the
shooting that was exciting and appealing to me. The more I understand what goes on here,
it is a far bigger picture which involves the restoration, the enhancement and improvement
of the landscape. So by working hard now to ensure that we preserve them and at the same
time bring people into the Dales, bring people onto the moors who are contributing to the
economy, that is fantastic and as you touched on being a chef, what actually is being produced
up here is food and that food is being served in our local pubs and restaurants and enabling
them. So it becomes a circular debate which is the bit that really excites me now. The second drive is also successful for all
the shooters and I get another couple of shots off. It is very fast as soon as they are up
they are away. So it is just get on and push through them and shoot. Just a little bit
of lead, but not much because they are so bloody fast. They have lost birds here to bad weather,
but there is still a healthy population. One of the reasons is heather burning. Something
I have never really understood. Amanda can you tell me why you have got 3
different heights of heather in this space just here. Absolutely the game keeper has 2 main jobs
and one of them is burning the heather in very controlled careful patches. So it gives
a mosaic, a patchwork quilt of different ages and different heights. The reason for that
is all about the heather getting the heather to regenerate. The very fresh shoots here
that the grouse eat and that is tender and full of nutrition for them. So heather burning
is all about creating that regeneration of the heather and also giving them everything
they need in their little territory. So this will be maybe 3 or 4 years it was burnt, you
can see the stalks left here and the lovely growth. Over here you can see that that might
be ready for burning in a year or two. It is getting long and quite leggy and the keeper
will burn another little patch. This will keep growing and over there you can see that
that is already coming away. So you have got cover for the grouse where they will nest,
nice fresh shoots to feed. It is not all about the grouse though. Because there are these different niches that are created they are
fantastic for other wildlife. On here for instance you might have a golden plover nest
right in the middle. He likes to see what is coming all the preditors around him. A
curlew might like to be half a metre into the edge here, into this long stuff, likes
to peep out and see what is coming, keep his head down. The heather over there I would
say is perfect for the grouse. When we were walking round today that is where we found
them wasn’t it? With 16 birds, or 8 brace we are a happy group.
But I have got things to do away from the moor. Just finished our first down the grouse moor.
My first time on a grouse moor and to top it all I shot 4 grouse which is fantastic.
But I had never understand the depth which goes into managing a grouse moor like this.
As you can see if you look around this wildlife, this landscape and it all impacts on the local
community. But what we are going to do now is head back to the kitchen. I am going to
take these birds with me and going to cook them and really do them the justice they deserve. Chris we have just brought these 2 birds down
off the moor. Can you just quickly explain to me the difference between young and old,
because essentially what I am going to do is take the breast off the young bird, quick
pan fry it and serve that for dinner. So can you show me how I would identify a young and
old bird. Yes. There are numerous ways. The way I use
is by toe nails. This one is very smooth, it is a young bird. This one has a ridge in
so that makes that an old bird. You can tell by the 3rd feather, the difference is in the
3rd feather it is a bit shorter. And same as early on in the season one head is very
hard and one is very soft. Perfect. So this is my bird for tonight to
cook with. That is the young bird. So we have got our grouse all prepared now
ready for the oven. We are going to take the breast off these and pan fry those and serve
them with a sort of risotto. So what we are going to do is essentially a sort of lemon,
pea and mint risotto and garnish those with some of these lovely pea shoots. In addition
to that we are going to take the black pudding make some little bomb bombs and that is going
to be the dish. So pan fried grouse served on a lemon, pea and mint risotto with a black
pudding bomb bomb. Once these are pan fried and cooked for 4
minutes, they have got to be rested for the same time. So that can be adapted to any piece
of meat. So if you roast a joint for an hour you rest it for an hour. If you cook something
in the oven for 30 minutes, then you rest it for 30 minutes. And that resting time is
paramount it just lets the moisture and the blood inside go back in the fibres, lets the
meat relax and makes for a much nicer piece of meat to taste and to eat. Red grouse are unique to the British Isles.
Many are aware of them, but possibly think they are exclusive or too expensive. Not a
bit of it from £4.50 a bird it is worth a go. If you would like to cook one ask your
local butcher or look on line for oven ready grouse. Now you don’t get grouse unless you stay on
top of foxes. Here is the perfect bit of kit for fox control. Kit Special [Music] Introducing the Pulsar Digisight N750 Digital
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up to 600m in good conditions. Here is that zoom in use on a stuffed deer we found. Scottcountry.co.uk
£1,299. And Scottcountry will throw in a free Pulsar EPS3 battery pack worth £84.95. That is it. Feast your eyes, fish into your
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This is Kit Special. Now you go to a garden centre and you see
the asters are amazing and the begonias are blooming, but it doesn’t happen by accident.
Late at night Roy Lupton is creeping around the clematis. Tiptoeing through the tulips tonight, poking
through the pansies, it’s Roy Lupton and his trusty airgun. He has been asked by his mate
Mark to help out at a garden centre that – says Mark – is being ravaged by peony-pinching
chrysanthemum-crunching rabbits. Roy must ignore the allure of the hot tubs,
not to mention sculpture that would bring a tear to the eye of everyone from Michelangelo
to Jeff Koons. He is out to control an animal that is costing this garden centre a lot of
money. Bit of an odd setting tonight. Yes we are, the management here have had a
major problem with their lovely plants and everything being destroyed by the rabbits
so the pest management that we are putting in place includes shooting, long netting and
a bit of ferreting later on in the year when the cover comes down. So have you any idea of how many rabbits are
coming into the centre at the moment or not? The owner reckons about 30. I have observed
between 15 and 20 here in the evening. Of course there are a lot of breakables here.
Those in glass houses should not throw stones, let alone loose off airguns. Roy has to be
careful with his shot selection. To help, he is only using a sub-12 ft-lb air rifle. Obviously because of the location we are shooting
in tonight and we have got a lot of ornaments around, we have got conservatories and everything
else and we have got a lot of paved areas so there is the opportunity for ricochet there.
So the safest tool for the job we are using is a sub-12 ft-lb air rifle and I am just
going to stick the night master torch that we have got here on top so that we can just
click that on here and that attaches on there like so with the clamp that comes with it.
Straight on top of the rifle. Then whack it on and away we go hopefully. What I will probably
do is put it down to half power. So we will probably put it down to half power and then
we are not going to be spooking the rabbits too much. And that should give us about 2
hours continuous use or 3 or 4 hours with us using it intermittently. That should do
us for this evening’s rabbiting. It really is a strange backdrop for pest control
but these hungry rodents enjoy their pruning more than members of the local horticultural
society. But it is not to go the legendary Lupton’s
way tonight. In two hours of skulking in the shrubberies , Roy only spots a couple of rabbits
and neither offer a chance of a shot. The only bunnies in this place are armour-plated.
If we want rabbit, pie, we are going to have to take the party to our ingredients. We are trying to get a shot off in between
the hardy perennials and little buddhas, but unfortunately when we have come on to a rabbit
and it hasn’t been a safe back stop or not a safe shot. We haven’t been able to look
out for one yet. So what we are going to do is now is head off into the side of the field
because all the rabbits are coming in from one particular area. So we are going to head
off into that field there and try to intercept them before coming in to the garden centre
and causing the damage. It really is tricky trying to shoot around all of this lot. So this is where they have been hiding out.
Roy gets a much clearer shot out here and at last rabbits start to fall to his airgun.
Bad luck Peter Rabbit – these days Mr Macgregor is armed. By the end of the evening there
are a few in the bag, but even a few means the garden centre will not have to count the
cost of these unwelcome visitors when the green-fingered brigade comes by. We have done lots of films with Roy. He is
a star of Fieldsports Channel. Here is one of them appearing in the sky behind me. Now,
from the little world of garden centres to the wider world of Hunting Youtube. This is Hunting YouTube, which aims to show
the best hunting, shooting and fishing videos that YouTube has to offer. Watched the Olympic shooting and wondered
how they do that, well here is top clay coach Chris Batha to explain it all. How to Shoot
Trap: Visual Hold is only a teaser for a bigger video you can pay to download but there is
still plenty of meat in here, especially about how to focus off and then on a clay target
so you can acquire it easily. So, what are Americans doing with shotguns
this week? Oh good grief. ‘Enjoy the following ten-gauge shotgun abuses,’ he starts – and
he starts as he means to go on. Interesting he lists this film under ‘science and technology’
– I’d have stayed awake in physics classes if they’d been teaching me this. Ted the Ed Edgun, founder and world president
of the Ted’s Holdover channel, is, on the face of it, a more sedate American. Airgunning
fans of the Tedmeister will be glad to hear he is back from his summer break. And he has
got a new rifle. American fishing has lures with names like
Hoo Daddy, Rinky Dink and Nipigon River Cockatush. But we’re in Britain after bream so of course
we are fishing the waggler. TAFishing heads for Old Bury Hill Lake in Dorking, Surrey,
where it is picking up handy tips from Russ Evans, callsign “The Obsessed Angler” – or
nickname as we call it in the UK. Now we Brits have some stuff to learn from
the United States. ConsummateSportsman should be called ConsummateCameraman. His 2012 Salmon
Highlights showing king salmon fishing adventures on Lake Michigan is one of the best filmed
pieces we have run on Hunting YouTube. It is a sheer joy to watch – and any YouTubers
out there could learn a lot. Especially us Brits. So it is unfair to put ‘Sharpshooting UK – walking
crow’ by Richard Utting after that because the crow may be walking but the camera is
dancing about. However, there is some good stuff here about correcting ballistic data
throughout a day’s shooting. And we have more wobblecam from Rough Shooting
in Ireland – January 2012. Epointer123 is out to see what he can get in dense Emerald
Isle gorse with his four-year-old English pointer. But then it is shooting, so it is
unfailingly good telly however you film it. Woodcock hunting in Maine is a film by Shotgun
Journal TV, which is on YouTube with a channel called SsunProd, showcasing wingshooting or
birdshooting around the world. The American woodcock, like its Eurasian cousin, is tough
to shoot and even tougher to film, but SSunProd is up to the task. You can click on any of these films to watch
them. If you have a YouTube film you would like us to pop in to the weekly top eight,
send it in via YouTube, or email me the link [email protected] Well we are back next week and if you are
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21 Replies to “Fieldsports Britain – Grouseshooting, rabbits with Roy Lupton and pigeons”

  1. trying to get into thurso north highland collage for a gamekeeping course have sent off my application just want you guys to know my choice was acc inspired through watching this channel (if you have a complaint that i chose my future career through watching youtube videos i was already into shooting hunting and wildlife management but i hadnt looked into gamekeeping and if anyone tries to dissuade me by saying its too tough.. bitch please living on a farm now that shits tough)

  2. Anyone know what kind of gun case thing simon has in his jeep, looking for something similar myself any help would be appreciated!

  3. do u have a licence and how do u get people to call u in and ask for some help do u advertise or something

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