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Fieldsports Britain – Trout fishing and the first roebuck of the season, episode 123


[Music] Welcome to Fieldsports Britain. Coming up: Reservoirs like this one, Bewl Water in Kent,
are open for business up and down the country. I am finding out what they have to offer. We’re out rabbiting with rifles, that’s fairly
deadly, but we’ve got Andy Crow. Talking of crows, stone the crows, well you
don’t need to if you’ve got a Winchester SX3. We’re on corvid control in Cumbria. But first, 1 April is the opening of the roebuck
season in the UK and we are out with Roy Lupton after a gold medal buck and he is no April
Fool. It’s amazing what you can get for quality
sperm these days. In this case Roy has a gold medal buck with his name on it. Fear not,
it’s all thanks to his golden eagle Cappy delivering the goods at this hormone fuelled
time of year. It’s a promising if not successful first two
minutes on this ground in Hampshire. On approaching a wood we spot movement – in all five deer
take off – two straight across the field. Those first ones were a bit jumpy. They were
literally just starting to go into the wood along the footpath and five broke and came
running back and two have gone across the field and I don’t know if the other three
have gone across the field. They might still be tucked in there though. There are quite
a few deer on the ground so we should be all right. It’s a shame as there was a perfect
candidate, there was a young buck, a young mother going across there so, it would have
been just right opening the account this year on the roe. We’ll go back up to the top and
see if we can find a few more. As we’re early Roy’s not worried we might
have our chance and fancies a squeak for a muntjac. During the pheasant shooting season
the shoot spotted quite a number moving about. All I want to do is see if there are any young
buck muntjacs about. We’ll do a bit of squeak with the buttolo. It’s really because we have
arrived quite early for stalking this evening. It seemed like too good an opportunity to
miss. See if we can get a muntjac before we go for the roe. We’ll give them a few squeaks
through the wood and see if we can get one coming in. They squeak them here they squeak them there,
without any show. We double back and the last three of the five roe have heard or spotted
us… The two does going bolting out passed us and
went round and the young buck we were after has gone hare-arsing down the field and into
the next wood, so it’s a shame. What I wanted to try and do was try and get into position
on this corner, because it’s where the deer normally fill out from, and wait for them
to come across, but we are just a little bit late. There again, even if we were 5 or 10
minutes later it would have been better because they would have been out feeding and then
we could have stalked in on them, just a case of bad timing. Roy decides to sit on the corner of this wood
for 10 minutes to see if anything else decides to show. We’re covered by land and air. Nope – let’s move on. We move to the other side of the estate – where
hopefully the deer are less jumpy. We spot two does way down in the field below us – a
little closer is this hare. With the wind in our faces he makes his way towards us.
Within just a few feet he notices a couple of large lumps in the hedgerow and trots off. The sun is dropping in the sky and the pressure
is starting to build. We’ve got a doe, hang on another deer there,
there’s a doe and a kid, or a doe and a fallow out down there, no bucks out at the moment.
All the bucks are lying low at the moment. There’s been no whiff of a decent buck and
we’re not getting anywhere near a suitable cull animal, which is going to be our plan
B. We stumble across a group and there are a
couple of young bucks having a bit of a tussle. Engrossed, we think we can move the vehicle
back and work out how to get into a safe shooting position – but when we return on foot they’ve
broken off. One buck is still in sight, but on the edge of the woodland across open ground. What I’m hoping is that it might decide to
come back out across, in which case we could give it a shot. Can you see him just going
along there? Just browse along the edge of the wood there. I’ll just try and get over
and see if we can get any closer. So we’ve got a buck just standing there, but
unfortunately it is one of those situations where we can’t do anything with him, because
the wind is coming from my back towards us and it’s only an open stalk across open ground
to get to him this way. The only other way to do it would be to come across and behind
him, but our wind would be completely wrong. I think we are better off going and seeing
if we can find something else, unfortunately we are not going to be able to get on to this
one. The sun shines on the righteous and in this
case Roy – as we walk back he spots another group of deer on the field below us. Who is perfect when we’ve got three, three
other deer just a little bit further back, so there’s a doe with two of last year’s kids
and then that young buck further up. We crawl under the trees to get a clearer
shot and look at the buck – as we settle he makes a timely exit. Oh, you… There’s a theme developing here. Roy has a proper look at the group that the
buck has just left. There is another possible cull animal in the middle with his backside
towards us. At this distance Roy wants to wait for a broadside shot. He ambles forward a few paces – clear of the
doe, but then plays the joker – (he sits down) It’s like he’s couched down. This is just
what you want, we’ve got fading light, perfect opportunity of a young roebuck, and he couches
up, arse end on to us at too much of a range for me to be happy for a decent shot at the
neck. OK. Be bold. We’re just going to have to change plan now or we’re going to lose
the light. We could be waiting another 10 to 15 minutes for him to stand up. Surely the Lupton Luck and good fortune hasn’t
started to fade. Time for plan C. As we leave our nettle-infested position we
discover the two bucks who were fighting 15 minutes ago are back. We now have a second chance at these. It’s typical isn’t it, for the first couple
of hours we didn’t see a roebuck, and now we are just pinned down by bucks, but none
of them are in suitable positions, so we dare not move. At the moment I am just hoping they’ll
wander down and come into a position where we can shoot. They’re not going to move so we have to go
to them. We make our way back to the top of this field
and work down towards them – the wind is in our favour – they’re pretty settled and it
all going very well – but then you think you account for everything. That’s typical we’ve put a hare up. The hare
ran along straight into the deer and lifted them. Now we really have got to rush as we’re
losing light. It’s one of them days. Right. Back to the couched up deer on the
other field to see if he’s moved. Thankfully all three are on their feet in
a line along the field’s edge. The bucks in front. OK I just need him to take a couple more steps,
he’s walking away which isn’t great, hopefully he’ll stop again. OK, talk about the 11th
hour. Gee whizz. Couldn’t have left it any later, the light literally just going on us
there and I thought I was going to blank with all these deer around me on 1 April, but we’ve
just got a perfect management or cull buck down there, so yes, finally success for the
evening. We’ll trundle over there. That was just manic wasn’t it? Absolutely superb. We
had bucks coming out of the woods all over the place, phenomenal when it works like that
isn’t it? Roy has made a fantastic 300-yard shot on
this animal. Practice and good kit means we have an ideal cull animal at last light. It just stopped perfectly slightly quartering
away and we took the shot, that’s the exit wound just there, good girl. It’s a young
buck from last year, obviously it’s first set of antlers coming through, obviously still
in velvet, so he wouldn’t have cleared for a little while yet. There was him, his mum
and his sister having a wander up and as I said a perfect little cull animal for the
start of the season. It has been an exceptional evening’s stalk.
The sheer variety of animals, shooting conditions, limitations and spanners in the works means
that Roy doesn’t have his gold, but he’s worked hard enough to deserve it on his next trip
out. Roy always on the look out for points on his
antlers there and now it’s over to a master of the pointless, David on the Fieldsports
Channel news stump. [Music] This is Fieldsports Britain news. Now do you know which area of England and
Wales has the most guns? The Guardian newspaper has produced a map of legal gun-ownership,
presumably to frighten its readers. As gun ownership hits a record high, the winners
are mid Wales and East Anglia. Dyfed-Powys boasts 56,618 legally held guns in 2010-11,
11 guns for every 100 people, more than three times the national average. Norfolk is in
second place with 8 guns per 100 people. Interesting that the Guardian’s map of gun crime is almost
the exact opposite of its legally-held gun map. Prime minister David Cameron has written in
the Countryside Alliance magazine about his love of rural Britain. He also reaffirms his
commitment to repeal the hunting ban. He says: “I marched for the countryside, opposed the
hunting ban and the Government I lead has promised a free vote among all MPs on repeal
in this parliament.” New deershooting rules have come into force
in Scotland. They give all the power to Scottish Natural Heritage, which now issues licenses
for out-of-season culling and has the authority to allow night-shooting. And finally a feather in the cap for this
programme. Fieldsports Britain has been selected by YouTube as a ‘YouTube Show’, which means
we are listed alongside the BBC’s Top Gear and Channel 5’s Fifth Gear in the listings
on YouTube. You can visit www.youtube.com/shows/FieldsportsBritaind even subscribe to the programme there. Oh
go on. You are now up to date with Fieldsports Britain
news. Stalking the stories. Fishing for facts. [Music] Thank you David. Now, reservoir fishing has
opened all over the country and I’ve come to Bewl Water in Kent to find out more about
it. We’re heading out to the fish cages on the
south side of Bewl Water. H2O from here quenches the thirsts of thousands of homeowners, but
no longer their gardens, in the South East. Well – sorry to all you gardeners but thank
goodness for that. This is the perfect habitat for trout, lots of trout, and this morning
we are going to be adding some more. It’s triple stock. We add about 1,000 fish
a week into the lake, which maintains a good level of fish-ability if you like, not too
easy, not too hard. Robin and Mark are just getting the boat ready. We have a tank on
the boat, we fill the tank up with water and then we transfer the fish into the tank and
distribute them all round the lake. The anglers close to the nets aren’t daft.
They know there are a few decent whoppers who stay close to home, mopping up the scraps
dropping through the water column. There are fish that are resident here and
it does attract quite a few fisherman to this area because there is a good chance of catching
a bigger fish around here, because they are still getting the high protein feed and if
they live under here for a few years they can attain double figure weights, 10lb plus.
So it’s a good place to try and catch one of the bigger fish in Bewl. A few 8-10 pounders show their colours as
James throws some food out of bounds. Not all fish are quite big enough for the
big wide world. The sub two-pounders are thrown back for another day. Two varieties of trout are available to fishermen
here – blue trout and rainbow – so what’s the difference? Their muscle density is apparently more compact
and it does make them a stronger fighting fish and they are a good looking fish as well.
They both are, yes, certainly the fishermen like them they fight very well, um it’s a
stockier fish, you can tell, you can see, broad across the back, slightly more so than
the rainbow, but just nice to have the variety of the two fish really, plus brown trout as
well. I think they have been out of the water long enough so I’ll put them back. Time to start putting some of these fish in
open water – but you don’t just plonk them anywhere. Big waters like this will buy the fish in
and they’ll be delivered by lorry and have one or two access points and they will dump
2,000 fish in one particular spot and yes, you do get a feeding frenzy, because the fishermen
will know these hot spots and they will see the fish being delivered. Quite often they
will stay in that environment till they have got used to their surroundings so they will
be easy pickings for a while, but the benefit of doing it this way is, you give everyone
an equal opportunity, you spread the fish around. Where they go after that is anyone’s
guess, but by doing it like this gives the lake good even stocking. With 1,000 fish being added today – and with
this sort of inside information I should be on to a winner as I head off with my rod and
my little box of dreams. Reservoir fishing, not a very precise science,
according to most anglers and here they are recommending something black with a bit of
green in it, so here we are a variety of black and green flies and I am going to start with
a thing that looks a bit like an acid house Alexandra. The water and the weather is warm but the
fish are not coming to the boat. The best local anglers are going to the fish. I have to stay, I’m taking this personally,
the bulge in his throat. I hope you choke. Invented just a few decades ago, modern reservoir
fishing is at the height of its popularity. And it is easy to see why. Hundreds of thousands
of people enjoy the price the accessibility and the sport that’s on offer. Bewl Water had its 34th season last year and
it was a record, they caught more trout last year than ever before. Certainly last year we had a very good season
with the variety of fish, I think the word spread and people came back regularly. When the reservoirs were first conceived it
was all about providing water for the cities: Walthamstow for London, Chew Valley for Bristol,
the leisure side of it came later, the duck shooting the dinghies, the fly fishing. Many
people said the fly fishing wouldn’t work, why would you want to leave the chalk streams
they argued. Well the chalk streams affectively priced themselves out of this market, but
the great thing was that the water boards, the lakes trusts, all adopted fly fishing
and made it fabulous. What’s not to like about this place, it’s perfect leisure, right side
of the brain activity. God does not count against you time spent fishing. Well, Crow Man had a lot of success here last
week. He got five fish, when we haven’t got quite so many. This week he is concentrating
on rabbits. Andy Crow is a very busy man. This evening
he’s only got an hour to go rabbiting – so he needs to make it count. The father and
son dream team is in place. So is his Anschuetz rifle and .17 Hornady rounds. I’ve had the Anschuetz now, uh had it about
four seasons, yeah this makes it four seasons. It’s a good rifle, it’s wiped the rabbits
out here. Me and Andy and the boy we usually go out, usually shooting twice a week, usually
shoot between 60 and 80. Both times we went out no trouble at all, but now we haven’t
been out since the beginning of February. You won’t see much difference in rabbits there’s
not many about the place, me and the boy did hammer them a bit and I’d say it’s all down
to the .17. With a .22 you’re limited with range, but with this the range is a lot further
and providing the bullet hits them, they’re not going anywhere anyway. It’s a lovely round.
I love it. Tonight there is no wind at all which is ideal for this thing, because it
only needs a little bit of wind and it blows it off, but it’s been mild and we’ve had a
bit of a day on the old pigeons today, so see if we can shoot a few rabbits to finish
the day off. The crops are making excellent progress in
the unseasonably warm weather, so spotting rabbits might be tricky – but where they’ve
been active – they’ve left themselves out in the open. The .17 makes a cracking noise and this fast
flat round really knocks these bunnies flying. We hurl around the crops and then on to the
pasture. The animals are easily spooked tonight and Crow Man thinks it could be because it
is such a bright night. Nevertheless he’s picking them off at a decent
rate. Some of the bunnies in the back look pretty young. Bit late out tonight, it’s surprising, you
don’t usually get many youngsters, but what have we got here, we’ve got one, two, three,
four, five, six old ones in there and the same with youngsters. The first ones we shot
were the youngsters, they were a bit jumpy tonight considering they hadn’t been shot
at, there’s been a bit of moon out which doesn’t help the job, but we’re getting a few, not
as many as I expected to see, I expected to see a few more. Like I said they were a bit
jumpy tonight. It’s a good thing if you don’t see too many. Yes, it is for me, but it doesn’t pay for
cartridges. Most fields deliver a few chances and Crow
rarely needs a second bite of the cherry. At the end of the hour we have 29 rabbits
– one every two minutes – Considering the place is not overrun with rabbits, that’s
efficient shooting in anyone’s book. Well, spring is definitely here and in the
north of England lambing is getting under way. Well that means corvids are on farmer’s
minds. Here’s one man who spends his winters keeping them under control. Going back to when it was cold, it is this
man from Kendal in Cumbria’s job to keep down the local corvid population. Crows are blamed
for eating the eyes out of baby lambs as they are being born, rooks damage crops and jackdaws
steal nestlings and eggs. It is often said by the wise that the trickier the quarry,
the earlier you have to wake up and the more and better kit you need. This crow controller
is no slouch on kit. There’s probably a lofting bird up there.
There’s an old dead tree just in the woods there that the sentinel birds tend to sit
in, right at the very top and if we can stop them sitting up there by putting one up here,
then hopefully they will be a little less wary and come into the pattern a bit better. The birds are within sight but not within
shot. Despite feeding them in and, passing them feeding there daily as nonchalantly as
he can, they are showing no interest in the food today. Corvids are better at counter-intelligence
than the KGB. They just come in and eat all the cattle feed,
going in and out of the barns and taking the feed, farmers are having to pay for feeding
the crows, so they’ve asked us to come and get rid of them. It’s a free service you provide? Yes, it’s all funded by myself. I don’t anything
for doing it other than the joy of going out and shooting the crows. After dawn does her stuff and floods the Lakeland
fells with sunlight, even this weak wintery sort, we must be highly visible so it is time
to move. The new farm we go to has more natural cover. It is on top of a small hill and birds
can appear suddenly from any angle. Again, the decoy pattern goes out – but this is more
of an ambush. At last: the only bird to come close enough
for a shot. So what kind of gun is best for this work? I’ve got the SX3, that’s the 5 shot so it’s
on my fire arms certificate. I’ve also got the Winchester Select over and under which
we use on shoot days, proper shoot days, for crows and pigeons and things it’s the SX3
all the way. Why do you like it? Very reliable, I have no problems with it,
very rarely jams up and if it does it’s because I’ve not cleaned it properly and it cycles
what ever you put through it, no problems, it shoots well. It’s not been a very big day today, you have
had big days up on these farms. Yup, typically you’d shoot anywhere between
20 and 50 birds here, I’ve had 100-bird days, some cracking shooting, when it’s good it’s
on a par with a good pheasant day, it’s a good sport. Well creeping up on crows with a shot gun
has its own problems. One way to really surprise a crow is by using a long distance rifle and
that’s what Ian Harford is doing this week on Team Wild TV. If you click on the angry
buck you can watch it now. Well, we are back next week. If you have been
watching this on YouTube please don’t hesitate to hit the subscribe button which is somewhere
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Britain. Fishless, but happy. [Music]

22 thoughts on “Fieldsports Britain – Trout fishing and the first roebuck of the season, episode 123

  1. Can you tell me what rifle and caliber (Sako 85 Kodiak?) and what supresor is Mr. Roy Lupton using?
    Great sequel again!

  2. I have a large pond / small lake (A bit like when is a boat a ship, when is a pond a lake?) filled with Carp. Anyone got any ideas how I can empty it of Carp and introduce Trout instead?

  3. Hi, depending on the type of Carp I have seen in the "Field" magazine a few years ago that there are people who would be happy clear and buy your stock, killing 2 birds with one stone. A trawl of the internet night be fruitful and also any people who supply course fish to lakes for fishing

  4. Great show as always chaps!

    He should use flockers as we all do here in Holland, it's magic!
    Throw away those pre ww II plstic shiny crows.

    And indeed, Watch "crow shooting in holland" on youtube..

  5. That would be nice! Went to Ireland to fish for pike a few years ago, and had a wonderfull time there. Shame I only had rods and no guns, looked like perfect shooting country

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