Fieldsports Britain – Summer Foxing

Fieldsports Britain – Summer Foxing

[Music] Welcome to Fieldsports Britain. Coming up: She is insatiable. Michaelka is back and this
time she is fox shooting. We have News, we have Hunting YouTube. First a balmy evening with George who is doing
some pre-season cover crop, bunny and fox checks – and it is a good job too! [Music] In between winning world titles and seeing
himself on ITV news, George needs to keep one eye on his pheasant shoots. Are the cover crops healthy, have any foxes
moved in, are the bunny numbers in check? Well it is a beautiful July evening so he
has invited us out to do all that, share some tricks of the trade and – he hopes – get something
for the pot. Firstly, George explains why it’s so important
to have a quality cover for those birds. The big problem you have with cover is that
the majority of it tends to be on the highest part of the bank, because obviously that is
where the best pheasants are shown, or the best partridges are shown from. But the highest
part of the bank is often the weakest, because it lacks moisture. And unless they are farmed
as a proper farmed crop, then you never achieve the thickness and strength of cover that you
would like. So, consequently, if your cover is always weak, it is always – you know – birds
flush too quickly out of them and you cannot hold your birds. You have got no cover to
entice them up there on a rough, windy day when you want thick cover because otherwise
if they are at the top of the bank there is nothing to hold them there, they will stay
down at the bottom and you will never get your birds to cover. So, it is an ongoing
process now that makes the shooting season – and the best part of the shooting season
– good. To help protect those crops we are after rabbits
and George finds a couple in the first field. He tries to shoot the one closest to the edge
to push the other one back into the open ground. It works – sort of. By his own admission George doesn’t go in
for gadgets and likes to keep it simple. So, what grain bullet is he using? Seventeen. It is about as much as I know about
it. His rifle of choice is an Anschuetz .17HMR
– and it has a pretty hard life. It is a little rifle, and it is quite difficult
to hold steady, but I can shoot it out of the window of the truck, I can shoot it off
there. if you have got a big, heavy-barrelled rifle you can hold it a lot steadier but for
me this is a perfect little rifle. The one thing I would say about the 17HMRs, shooting
them as much as we do, is that we do tend to shoot the barrels out quite quickly. One
of the reasons is the speed the bullet is travelling at. With a silencer , they get
hot on an autumn or winter night when we are shooting ‘long’ rabbits with a 17, and the
condensation – where the barrel gets hot, and then cools down quickly – the condensation
tends to form in the silencer and the barrel, and that tends to corrode the barrel and once
the barrel is corroded, they are shot out. That is the problem we have had.When you do
as much as we do that is part of the game. George has a neat style of paunching the rabbits
but we’ll explain that later. And why does he have a duvet in the back of the Polaris? We get to the first of the shoot’s cover
crops and he is happy with the way it is looking, even though we haven’t had much rain. We have come out to look at the maize. We
had some rain two days ago which has obviously made some difference. you can see a nice , even
crop. And then as you come round, the crop gets weaker and here, where there is the over
hang from that oak tree – so you have got that oak tree there – overhangs from it – and
that will be moisture, purely and simply, lack of moisture. And you can see here just
an odd plant or two which have been eaten – the tops have been eaten just out here,
and that tends to be fallow deer.We can put up with one or two but if we get too many
then we would have to electric-fence it. Across the next field George spots a fox cub
– which also spots us. He tries to call it but no Charlie. With the wheat doing well, he is confident
that after harvest he will be able to catch up with it. Content he has got the measure of this shoot,
we move to the other. The sun is lower in the sky and the air is full of life – and
because there is no windscreen on the Polaris, we are full of life too. Even with his eyes
splattered with insects, George spots a fox sunning itself along a fence line. That’s really made things successful tonight,
whatever happens now. Just coming along here, there is a fox less than 100 yards up the
hedge, which I just shot with the .17HMR. I did not have time to change. I did not want
it to go through the fence into the ditch. And it is less then 100 yards from one of
my main release pens. A really good result. There are some rabbits between us and the
fox so George picks off those too. A half-grown cub. These really are the sort
of size of fox that (1) get in to the release pen and (2) do huge amounts of damage. Cubs
tend to kill and kill and kill and kill for fun. They do not really know any different.
An older fox will kill for fun but tends to kill and bury some, and then take them back
for young ones. But that could do me a huge amount of damage. So very pleased with it. It is a summer evening to relish and George
fancies having a cuppa at one of his favourite spots. He has had an incredible competitive
year, so does coming out here work as a cheap form of therapy? You can chill for two or three hours, driving
around and checking the shoot, checking the cover crops, shooting a few rabbits and just
get my mind completely away from it. And then of course, I only shoot clays seven months
of the year. I do not shoot clays twelve months of the year. So I have seven months full on
and five months when I am doing other things, and I think that complete five-month break
makes a Hell of a difference. I would rather be here than anywhere else
in the world. And that is saying something, because I have been to some nice places. Last month he arrived at a competition to
discover that Martin Myers had straighted the 100-bird course. George went out and matched
it, beating Martin in a shoot-off. How do you mentally prepare, knowing that one error
will end your challenge? When you have shot 100 straight at a registered
shoot, that does not deserve to be a loser, to be fair. instead of shooting 100-bird competitions,
I shoot 101-bird competitions. Refreshed, George has one last port of call
before we call it a night: his duck pond. The young mallards are vulnerable this early
in their lives. When we turn the corner, there’s a fox on the wheat pile. Then there are two. George has to try and make this opportunity
count. He targets the adult first. [Gunshot] It was feeding on the wheat pile with the
ducks on the duck pond, so I am going to ‘cop a bit of stick’ for this one, I can see. The
only thing is, I have shot either the dog or the vixen and there was a three-parts-grown
cub with it, and the three-parts-grown cub has run into that rough on the right. And…
he’s coming out, he’s coming out, he’s coming out. Coming into the wheat pile. [Gunshot] Now, that is a result. I was just about to
say, if you have shot the dog or the vixen, there is a possibility that the other one
could come back out because it will not know what has gone on. And, sure enough, half way
through explaining it, the other one has come back out to see what has happened, and I have
managed to kill the pair, which to me is the perfect evening. What an end to our evening. We didn’t catch
the foxes red-handed but they were certainly too close for comfort. You just could not have written the script
on that. What I found interesting was that when we pulled up, they were actually on hear,
and they were feeding on the wheat, so that is something else I have learned today, that
they do actually feed on the… you know, we have got a wheat pile here for the ducks
that… This is a vixen and that was actually feeding on the wheat, and then, having shot
the vixen – because I could see this was being subservient to it – having shot the vixen
the… and you can see how big it is. It is three-quarters full grown that cub. You can
tell by the fact it has never had a winter coat, and that sort of thing. But I knew that
there was a very big chance that that would come back out if we sat sat tight. A lot of
people in that situation would have roared off and gone down there to see what they had
got. By sitting tight, we managed to get two instead of one, which is a fantastic achievement
for me. Very happy. All that’s left to do is clean the rabbits,
explain his paunching technique and say why he needs a blanket in the back. I put the duvet in there just so it gives
a bit of padding if we go over any bumps when you are driving to the shoot. You know, it
just – although the rifles are in cases, and they are cases with a wooden inside – it just
gives that little bit of extra, and at the end of the day we are hear to do a job, and
do a good job. You cannot do a good job if your rifle is out of sight. So, it just gives
a little bit of extra protection and it is easy to wash. I will wash that tonight and
the blood will come out. There is no problem at all. It just gives that protection and
gives me the confidence to know that when I get here, even if I have gone over a bump
or two, my rifle is not going to be out. Basically, I hold my knife, showing about
that much of the tip, and just hold the back legs, touch it in here, go up to the chest
cavity, which – you know – lets the guts come to there.And then you take that out, get your
fingers around the paunch, which is the bit right up in the front, and then there you
have got a nice, clean rabbit, with no… all you have done is cut the inside cavity
and then there is nothing there to go off or go wrong. So, there again, same thing,
straight in, up to the chest cavity. You do not cut the paunch at all, so there is no
debris left in there from that. Everything comes out – because it is head shot – everything
comes out clean. Yet another clean rabbit. Another half/three-quarter-grown rabbit – a
beautiful eating rabbit. And then, obviously, it is not the greatest smell in the world,
so I always bring a flask full of hot, soapy water. That IS hot as well tonight. A dozen rabbits and three foxes, checked all
the covers, which is good, protecting the ducks, and done a bit of good all round, really. A dozen bunnies and three foxes: George and
his ducks can sleep sounder tonight. What a splendid evening with plenty of pearls
of wisdom from the 25 times world champion. now, the only pearls this next boy knows dangle
from his ears on a Saturday night. It is David with the Fieldsports Channel news stump. [Music] This is Fieldsports Channel News. Celebrity bushcrafter Bear Grylls has screwed
up. Knife manufacturer Gerber sells his ‘Priorities of Survival Pocket Guide’ alongside a range
of Bear Grylls-branded knives, and the guide has a section on snaring. Even though snaring
is legal and widespread, animal rights organisation the League Against Cruel Sports has successfully
forced Gerber to force Grylls to remove the snaring section from his book. Happily, you
can still watch Bear’s snaring tips on YouTube. West Rise School in East Sussex has faced
off criticism from the Daily Mail to take its kids shooting once again. Despite a romp
through the newspaper two years ago when they first held the day, a team from BASC showed
children and teachers how to shoot, the basics of firearm regulation and safety, and introduced
them to ferrets. The award-winning state school has its own farm, with goats, water buffalo,
chickens and lambs. A fox trapped eight people in a Cambridgeshire
sports club. The ‘vicious’ animal prevented eight people from leaving Alconbury Sports
& Social Club, attacking them every time they tried. The fox was eventually caught and destroyed.
Thanks to RJ Betts for spotting this story. A country girl left partially paralysed by
Lyme disease is appealing to help buy a special wheelchair. Wendy Fox suffered a brain and
spinal cord swelling caused by Lyme disease in 2001. She was left partially sighted and
paralysed from the waist down. She is a tireless worker for Lyme disease charities. She had
been using an NHS power chair but her spine is degenerating so she needs a new chair that
will cost around GBP22,000. Find out more about Project Get Wendy Outdoors at And finally, who nicked the knickers? Residents
of Glen Esk in Scotland now know where their missing undies have gone. An enterprising
pair of red kites have been steal pants and socks to build their nests. You are now up to date with Fieldsports Channel
News. Stalking the stories, fishing for facts! [Music] Thank you David. Now, Facebook competition
time. 200 of you entered a draw to win a Harkila Pamir roe sack, as modelled by the lovely
Tim Pilbeam in last week’s show. I have put all your names into a spreadsheet on my phone,
and I am going to scroll down like that, and back up like that and choose a winner at random
like that. And the winner is Gwinnett Bompas. Gwinnett Bompas you are going to get a Harkila
Pamir roe sack. Now let’s see what the rest of you have been up to. It is ‘Hallo Charlie!’ [Music] Hello Charlie. It has been a while since I said hello. The
last time was back in April 2013 when I was out pigeon shooting, before becoming a father
for the second time, I believe on the first ever ‘Hallo Charlie!’ This time I am out with the BSA R10 Mk2, out
after rabbits on one of my permissions in a horse paddock. I have got two in the bag
so far, a wonderful summer’s evening.that is what it is all about. Hello Charlie. Just out in Devon. Went for
a little wander. Came across this little cub here. Happy days. Hello Charlie. Eoin here. Just been out shooting
with my cousin on Skye and we have got eight rabbits and a fox cub. Hello Charlie. Here we are in South Gippsland,
Victoria, Australia, out on a fox drive. Happy days. Got one. That’s it. Please send me your ‘Hallo Charlie!’
by Facebook, YouTube, DropBox or email [email protected] Thank you for those. Please keep them coming.
Now someone else who will not leave me along, it is our very own bouncing Czech, Michaelka,
and this time she is shooting foxes. [Music] We are just near to my house. We are in a
little meadow. This is, like, four minutes from my house and I am going to try to hunt
a fox. I guess we do it here in the Czech Republic
like anywhere in the world. It is summer. The weather is lovely, the foxes are young
and a little bit stupid, the countryside is beautiful. Who would not want to sit out on
a warm evening? And who would not want to sit out with a gun? We chose this spot right next this dry wheat.
And we will wait. After the countryside has settled down and
got used to us, I start with a mouse distress call. This is a common call here in the Czech
Republic. It is not long before something happens. A fox comes out, and it is joined
by another, then another one. They do not seem to be interested in my call. Nor is the
roe deer doe in the field next to us. The Czech Republic has no shortage of game. Maybe
that is why the foxes are not hungry at all. The foxes start to play ‘King of the Castle’,
and this is my chance. That backstop may not look safe but I assure you it is fine. What
is not fine is my shooting. I miss. Come on. Forgive me! I am not WonderWoman! Well, yes, I missed. No blood here, no tracks.
And it was so far to shoot. Maybe I should have waited until they come a little bit closer
to me, but I couldn’t help it, and I tried. And this is hunting, even though I wasn’t
successful. It is just another day in a field and I will try again. But it was awesome how
they were playing with this thing. It was fun. I am a little bit disappointed I didn’t
hit but that’s life. I can go home and have some dinner And there is always another day. That new
day takes me to a different hunting area. [Music] This time I take no chances. I climb into
the highseat. Below me is a wild boar feeder and it is not just the wild boar that it attracts.
Also, this time I make no mistakes. So, is this like hunting in your country?
If you want to find out more about hunting in the Czech Republic – and all over the
world – go to my website Thank you Michaelka. I wonder if she could
read the news? From the Czech Republic to the rest of the world of hunting and shooting
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. We know Byron Pace from our show and from
the Shooting Show. Now he and his brother are launching their own channel. Why we hunt:
Pace Brothers – Into The Wilderness – Pilot Episode has them flexing their cinematic muscles
in Scotland. More of the best of British: you saw him win
the UK Catapult Association Championship on FieldsportsChannel earlier this year. Now
Gamekeeper John is back to compete in the British Catapult Association championship,
held recently in Birmingham. Watch this film to find out how he gets on. To France, where Coypu Hunter brings out his
ninth Coypu Caper episode, showing him in his eternal quest to rid L’hexagone from big
rats using a Zastava CZ99 bolt-action .22 rimmie. A couple of big game hunting films. Dave Seida,
who runs, which runs the only YouTube hunting video
competition albeit only in the USA, takes a red hartebeest in South Africa. And Matt Sturtevant stalks into an elk for
three hours with a bow. This film pots the experience down to 15 minutes. Turkey hunting is a mainly North American
activity: Dane LaJoy Outdoors has four tags to fill in two days’ hunting. Staying on birds, this is Claudio Ongaro’s
Hired to Hunt Season Premiere Trailer about duck in Alberta: the rigours and stresses
of guiding for the 63 days of the season. And finally, what’s interesting about this
film is that it is the promo for the product I never thought I would find out existed let
alone believed I would oneday watch. You want ducks to land, you need to clear ice from
rivers. The Fowl Life team uses Ice Eaters from Mallard View Outdoors to keep their duck
hunts going. 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] If you didn’t like those how about these.
In Club Digweed this month George assesses whether Kent county cricketer Rob Key has
improved his game after George gave him some tips at the start of the year. He talks us
through his 25 world title and why he chooses Pilla glasses over all the others. Go to the
link on the screen. And for more clayshooting magic, it is Claysports,
episode 3. [Music] We are at the Beretta World at West Midlands
Shooting Ground, watching the cream of the country’s shooters handle Italian guns. Andy
Crow is at Sporting Targets in Bedfordshire, giving their high tower a going over, Abbey
Burton has a ladies’ shooting day in Somerset, and the whole thing is presented by Olympic
double trap gold medallist Peter Wilson. Well, we are back next week and, if you have
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good shooting, good fishing – and goodbye. [Music]

31 thoughts on “Fieldsports Britain – Summer Foxing

  1. So very interesting to watch either George or Michaelka,.so whom should I watch,..George or Michaelka, George or Michaelka, George or Michaelka,…oh well I'll watch them both, because their subject matters are so interesting !!!!!!!!!!! 
    Either way, Charlie, you surely know how to hold your subscriber's attention..

  2. Did he just toss the rabbits innerds into the grass?  Wouldn't that smell just draw more fox onto the property?

  3. Oi at 10:18 you can hear with headphones on,someone say after George says he shot the vixen "up the arse" hahahahahaaa is this a running joke with George ? He always mentions arse when on this show , on a serious note,it does warm my heart when he says he has been all over the world but the good old English countryside is where he calls home

  4. Much better idea to follow George Digweed round than watching Roy Lupton make excuses for never finding or hitting anything. That was good content.

  5. Waiting for the first fox on the wheat pile to present a shot was as tense as any blockbuster film I've ever seen! Beautiful shooting.

  6. Excellent episode as usual, love our sport, in all its guises, really looking forward to the CLA gamefair next weekend, fingers crossed for decent weather

  7. Brilliant episode as always! I really like George. Please tell him to loose weight. Im sure Im not the only one that would like him to stay alive for as long as possible. 🙂

  8. So the logic is……………….fat cunt wants to protect his ducks, just so he can choose when to kill them…………….he says foxes ' kill for fun ' and then he kills two foxes, who are happily eating just grain and not his ducks,………..just for fun.

    What a sad, ugly obese, oxygen waster………..

  9. Always think people like this , should be watched by the police, for if someone can smile and take pleasure from killing two young foxes playing without a care in the world, you have to ask if that person has a serious personality disorder.

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