Fieldsports Britain – Airgun safari round a British garden + hunting red hartebeest, episode 134

Fieldsports Britain – Airgun safari round a British garden + hunting red hartebeest, episode 134


[Music] Welcome to Fieldsports Britain. Coming up,
how do you keep your police force happy? Where do you site your gun cabinet? Big calibres
after big game. We are after red hartebeest in Namibia. But first the other end of the
scale. We are looking at accurate air gunning with our legend in his own underpants, Roy
Lupton. Most people are introduced to shooting through
air rifles. Many are then eager to step up onto proper rifles – but there is a lot to
be said for endeavouring to master the art of one before moving onto a bigger bang. Roy has always been an airgun fan but for
a bit of an experiment and more importantly to improve his accuracy we are going to do
some back of envelope calculations – well actually back of cardboard box. As I have not used an air rifle for quite
some time, we thought it would be a good idea to just come out and have a bit of play on
the target. So we are going to put a series of dots on here and just figure out where
we are shooting at different ranges. Because obviously with a sub 12ftlb air rifle then
the tragectory can be quite steep. .35 and then we shall do one at .50. So we will just
see where our ranges are and exactly where the gun is shooting before we go out and use
it in anger. Roy has zeroed in at 25 yards but will start
at 10 and work backwards. A range finder is a vital bit of kit for this
sort of work. It is essential if we want to find out just what happens to our pellets
as they battle against gravity and the forces of nature. You are obviously trying to shoot head shots
on a lot of animals. So you have a very small target area. So what you are trying to do
is to make sure you can be as precise as possible. So having a range finder really does enable
you just with pin point accuracy to figure out where you are and with the mil dots in
the scope if you know where you are on the range then you can easily adjust up or down
just with a little bit of hold over or hold under and you should be smack on the target. And we will send the pellet on the way, like
that. So actually at .10 that is not too low at all. So we will just put another one in
just to make sure, and same hole. That is exactly what we should expect from an air
rifle of this sort of quality. So it is the same hole grouping. So we will move back to
.25 and see where we go. Right, ok so we are smack on 25, all focused
in. We shall just put one up the chamber, almost same position. So we will do it again.
And we are there again. So actually it is just a touch over to the left. At 35 yards things start to get a bit more
tricky and Roy has to compensate for drop off with hold over and there is the gusting
wind. So we are on .35 yards here and I am just
going to hit the recall button and I would have expected that we will get may be a mil
dot drop on here, but we shall soon found out. Hit that on the target. There you go.
Actually mil dot and a half and yet we are slightly to the left on here shooting through.
So we will put another one down. See if we get the same result. Down there like that,
so yes the wind is interfering. So that one is a little bit further down as well. So we
have just got to take into consideration that we have a bit of side wind. So what we would
do now at .35 yards is if we were aiming straight at that target with no wind, we would put
that mil dot straight on it at .35 yards and we then we should be straight onto it. But
we have also got a little bit of windage as well. So with the windage what we are going
to do is come across, a mil dot across like that. So we are going to aim off the target
like so and we will just see whether we can get anywhere near the target there. So what you saw on the shot there was a perfect
height. We had adjusted up, so we were absolutely spot on on line of where we wanted to be,
but obviously with the different wind strength it is going to always going to affect the
pellet depending if you hit or shoot in a gust or a lull in the wind. So that is what
you have always got to try and do. If you are having to go out and are shooting in the
wind always be aware of it especially with an air rifle. And then just make your compensations. At fifty the shot has dropped about 6 inches
– but a couple of shots with adjustment puts Roy bang on the money. You can see we have a huge drop off on .50
being zeroed at .25. So then we adjusted for it so we know where we need to be on that.
We came up here and then just adjusted for the windage and the height from that shot
to there so we knew where we were. Another final adjustment and we were smack on at the
.50 yards. So hopefully we know pretty much where we are going to be. So with a clear picture of where that pellet
is flying it is time for an airgun safari. Roy’s eccentric family home has a wide range
of bird life from eagles to doves to peacocks – so there is plenty of food about for crows,
pigeons, rabbits and squirrels. With the camera watching Roy’s every move
we can analyse where he’s putting the cross hairs and see just how the quarry reacts. OK so we have got a carrion crow which has
just landed in the tree there. I reckon he is about 20 yards. Oh, no way. That just parted his feathers
by the looks of that. I just want to look at that on replay. I think I just undercompensated
where he was sitting high up in the tree there. The shot looked like it just went straight
over the top of his head and skimmed it. And I think that must be down to the angle that
I was shooting at. I was aiming smack on, but the pellet went above. So I think I didn’t
compensate because we were shooting at quite a steep angle up. Oh well, hopefully another
one will come in. OK so about 40 yards. Ooh excellent. I want
to have a look at that. He was just on about 45 yards. And you can see that look. And it
just drops. I didn’t quite allow enough but with the angle of where the drop off was coming
it was directly in line of where his neck was. So luckily it took him out there. So
that was a nice clean kill. So he was done. Right let’s see if we can get a couple more.
We have got a feral pigeon sitting up here. We will see if we can put a few ferals in
the bag. Keep the ferrets going for a few days. See if we can get him. He is about 20
yards. So that should be aiming smack on. Ok just wait for his head to come round. And,
yes, ok, perfect, excellent. Right any more. No nothing there at the moment. The reason we are shooting the ferals is that
we have quite a big population of white doves here and with the white doves obviously they
attract in a lot of other pigeons. When they come in they can bring disease and whatever
else in so we are constantly trimming the feral pigeons and what have you as they come
in. And we also trim up the white doves as well, because we end up with a flock of about
2 or 300 come the winter otherwise. It is always a good source of food for the ferrets
and what ever else through the season. So when we get the opportunity to pop a few off,
we certainly take it. This is a shot we had a bit earlier and it
was a miss on a rabbit. I just want to see exactly what happened. I am presuming I must
have hit over the top. So that is the wonderful thing with this camera. It shows you your
mistakes and where you went wrong. Hopefully we can see the muzzle go in a second. Wow
look at that. That is phenomenal. You actually see the pellet arcing just over the top of
his head and him ducking down. I don’t know whether he saw that coming or just felt it.
I think he just felt it as it went over his head. Again that really just hightlights how
effective you have got to be on your range finding. You have got to really either take
a range finder out with you, or be as good or as accurate as you can in getting your
ranges. It is probably worth going out and trying beforehand, because that rabbit was,
I think, 35 yards and I had allowed for a 40 yard shot. So I just aimed a little bit
too far above his ears. This was a rabbit shot by a young friend of mine Jordan and
it really does demonstrate how bad the windage can be or
your windage adjustment needs to be, as we showed when shooting at the target. So when
the pellet goes, you can see it was taken by the wind. So on this shot we have got a
left to right wind. You can see it taking the pellet right over and rather than hitting
in the head of the rabbit it goes in and hits it square in the chest. Still a very clean
kill shot, but not the one he was after. So you can see that he had already come forward.
He had come forward to allow for the windage, but just not quite enough. Luckily the pellet
still found its mark. We’ve had some success but Roy is not overly
happy. He thinks that some fine tuning could improve his accuracy. One of the problems
has been changing the magnification on the scope – this has been putting the mil dots
out, which means the adjustments he has making are not precise. He also wants to re zero at 35 yards and work
through the ranges again. He believes this will deliver a flatter trajectory, which means
less time worrying about compensating for the shot in the field. That is about right, level wise we are just
a touch off , but that is ok. Ok and spot on. So we are now at 20 yards. Just make sure
we are on. See where it is going at .20 give us some sort of idea. Just to make sure, always
take a couple of shots. That one is exactly, one mil dot high there. On to the .40, again
the wind is taking a little bit there. On to the .50, it seems to be more in line, but
the wind stops there, we didn’t get any windage issues. This is out to .60 and we will see
how much more drop away we get with just that extra 10 yards. So let’s now look at the complete picture
for four different scenarios. .22 zeroed at 25 yards there and we have got
a huge curve off and drop off like that. So from the very start all the way through we
were just trying to catch our tails all the time. The pellet from the moment it was leaving
the barrel was curving away from us. With a .22 zeroed at 35 yards, excuse my writing
it is awful. You can see here we started off at 10 a little bit high at 10, then we have
got the curve going up, over, round, dropping off and then really dropping away there. This
is .22 zeroed at 30 yards. Slightly low at 10, but not enough off to really matter then
we just go up a bit to 20, through 30 perfectly, and drop down to 50. So that is almost a more
useable curve of the trajectory on there. And then just to show the differences. What
we have got here we shot the same targets, the same ranges with a .177. So we have got
a .177 that was zeroed at 40 yards. So you can see spot on at 10, little bit high at
20, still rising at 30, smack on at 40, down through to 50. It was dropping off there.
But throughout the range of 10 to 40 a much better
trajectory. Interesting stuff and with this is mind Roy
chooses to zero at 30 and head off after some more bunnies – The first is at 30 yards so
in theory should be spot on. Even though it takes some grass seeds with it, the pellet
finds its target, exactly where the cross hairs came to rest. The second rabbit Roy has since described
as a “ninja” – This shot is at 17 yards – again remembering we are zeroed at 30 Roy puts the
cross hairs level with the eye. He expects the pellet to be rising so will find the target
between centre and the first mil dot. However, this rabbits has other ideas and ducks – not
in response to a low flying object soaring over his head but just before the pellet reaches
its target. Slowing the shot down further it clearly shows the ear being clipped – did
it hear the shot? – did it see the pellet? – you tell us – whatever you think it is a
great excuse if you miss!!!! Lots of our air gunning videos if you look
at the screen which is appearing over my left shoulder. Now it is off to David on the Fieldsports
Channel News Stump. [Music] This is Fieldsports Britain News. The first 100lb-plus carp has been caught
by an Austrian angler in Hungary. Roman Hanke caught the mirror carp earlier this month
at the Euro-Aqua Fishery, which costs 700 euros a week to fish. ThePrevious record was
jointly held by Brits, Ambrose Smith and John Bryan with a 99lb fish from Le Graviers Fishery
in Dijon, France. The new record fell for a birdfood boilie. The Countryside Alliance has published ‘the
case for hunting’. Four years ago it produced the ĹCase for Repeal’ but, has not until
now produced a single concise document on the positives for hunting. It has now filled
the gap. Download it from www.countryside-alliance.org Pacific Bluefin tuna caught off the Californian
coast have been found to have radioactive traces from last year’s Fukushima nuclear
accident. The bluefin tuna breeds and spends its first couple of years off Japan before
swimming to the Claifornia coast. Yellowfin tuna, which tend to stay put around the Californian
coast, are not radioactive. Scientists say there is no danger from eating Californian
bluefin. Once upon a time there were eagles soaring
all over the English countryside. New research in the journal Bird Study uses place names
to show the distribution of both golden and sea eagles during the Dark Ages.Village names
beginning An or Arn mean ‘eagle’ so they believe places such as Adlington, Arden where home
to these great birds. Of course an RSPB spokeswoman quickly blamed gamekeepers for the birds’
decline. Clips from the Jeremy Wade series about big
game fishing are now on YouTube. Visit the AnimalPlanetTV channel to see films such as
this one, about shark fishing for the requiem whaler shark. And finally a nasty story about a rogue kangaroo
who stalked a woman for two days before attacking her. Australian housewife Kirrily McWilliams
was confronted in her own back yard by a growling female eastern grey kangaroo. The usually
placid animal attacked her in her driveway the following afternoon. It ran towards her
at high speed. She sustained a foot-long gash and other scratches. The local wildlife service
has hired a shooter and issued a permit to destroy the animal. You are now up to date with Fieldsports Britain
News. Stalking the stories. Fishing for facts. [Music] Now where do you site your gun cabinet? We
asked the experts at Browning. Andy Norris is looking for a good place to
site his new gun cabinet. So we need to find somewhere we can place
our cabinet that is going to be out of sight, out of mind and safe as houses. We can’t keep
it outside on an external wall where it is going to be visible and easy to access. We
don’t want to keep it in an outbuilding that is also going to be easy to get into, like
a barn. So we need to keep it indoors where it is also warm and we can keep an eye on
it and it is looked after by your household security. You can’t put it on a stud wall
because you can get something behind it, gem it off and you have got nothing to fix it
to. So what we are looking for here Nevil is a solid indoor internal wall that we can
fix this cabinet to, so that the raw bolts are really going to be able to do their duty
and lock in there nice and solid and not easy to gain access to. Well that is jolly clear. Clever Andy Norris
– or should that be clever Browning. Visit www.Browning.eu Next, let’s take those guns out of the gun
cabinet and take them big game hunting in Africa. [Music] What kind of African hunting lodge does not
have a show-off collection of mounts? There can be good ones and bad ones. This giraffe
is quite special. It is in the Blaser Safaris catalogue and Blaser is often contacted by
people asking for more details about how it is mounted. Of course it takes a lot of hard work to get
to this from this. We want to go out with Spanish hunter Alejandro as he looks for a
red hartebeest, one of the largest antelope in Namibia. First he has to get to grips with
big game calibres on the range, ammunitions supplied by Norma, rifles by Blaser, optics
by Zeiss. Stefan Buehring from Karl Zeiss is Alejandro’s
host in Namibia and he explains what the hunter is using. In this specific scope we have a very unique,
new lense design. Which was developed by our sister company Schott and which just gives
us an extra percentage up to 95% of light transmission. So that is especially for the
very early morning hours or for the late evening hours that gives you another 5% compared to
other scopes. As usual with big game hunting, nothing happens
easily. But then at last it all starts to go right. Was the shot good? Alejandro is not sure.
He walks up to where he hopes he will find the animal and there it is. The situation was that I was close behind
the guide when he asked me to come forward. He positioned the shooting stick and asked
me to aim. But when I was aiming from the shooting stick I was only able to shoot in
one position. I knew that I would get just one opportunity to shoot – so I shot. I knew
that if I didn’t shoot within those two seconds, the animal would probably have moved and disappeared. Aleandro’s wife and fellow hunter Patricia
is soon on the scene and they have an emotional reunion. Jorgen is also happy, but mainly
about the performance of his ammunition. The design behind the Norex bullet is that
it is bonded which means it will retain a lot of weight and it will also penetrate very
deep and crush bone and also the bonding makes it very strong so it doesn’t disintegrate
when it goes through. Especially on heavier game like African large antelopes and moose.
It is important that you have a bullet that really penetrates deep enough to reach the
vital organs. Like the heart and the lungs. The process is not over. The carcase has to
come back to the lodge to be skinned and butchered. This gives Jorgen a chance to look for the
bullet. It has mushroomed to a very large mushroom
and it has penetrated right through the animal and we found it on the skin side. How much of the bullet is left inside the
animal? Very little. Since this bullet is bonded most
of the lead and all of the jacket is bonded together and this means we have a very high
weight retention. Now we are heading for that heady moment when
Alejandro will be able to admire the head on his wall. Here in the cutting room the
meat goes one way and the hide or head, or both go the other, into the salting room for
drying. He has had a good hunt. He has had a hard
hunt. He has got his trophy. Now comes one of the most important parts of this whole
process is dealing with this animal. It comes into the skinning shed. It gets off loaded
as soon as possible. It gets, depending on what the client wants, it gets cut up into
a flat skin or a cape or whatever the case may be. The skinners and the trackers do the
skinning. The heads are cleaned off and the skins are brought here. They get put into
salt. They get spread out layer of salt at the bottom. They get salted very well for
a couple of days. What does that do? That ensures that there is no decomposition,
or minimises decomposition and kills the bugs. Trophies are not super-fashionable in the
UK these days but they are a fantastic way of celebrating your African adventure. That is what he takes back with him. The memories.
Years after he has come to Namibia and hunted this animal and he has got this trophy up
on the wall. That is actually what he retains of this whole experience. Call them a souvenir if you like, they are
long way up the scale from a straw hat or wooden giraffe. This red hartebeest mount
will take pride of place as a mount in Alejandro’s house. So that is what we have been doing. Let’s
have a look at the rest of what the hunting and shooting and fishing community on YouTube
has been up to. It’s Hunting YouTube. Roebuck, Coke cans, rats, rabbits, pretend
wild boar and a new use for an old oil filter. They’re all on Hunting YouTube this week,
which aims to show the best hunting, shooting and fishing videos that YouTube has to offer.
Thanks to everyone who has sent in their favourite films. YorkshireRoeStalking continues his epic series
on bucks that can no longer be seen in Yorkshire. This one, called Trevor’s first outing, shows
a buck succumbing to a 6.5×55. Viewer Tristan Ball says of this video: “It
is, I’m afraid, all in French and some of the shots are a bit crap but it’s quite fun.
Uploaded by Seladang, it shows kids going roebuck stalking in France. Some of the shots
are a bit dodgy, that terrier is clearly untrained (and I should know) and stone me if they don’t
celebrate a successful shot by kissing each other in most unBritish fashion but Tristan
is right, “it’s quite fun”. Coming from a world where there is no such
thing as an ordinary roebuck, TeamWildHunting is after monster roebucks in Hungary. The
hunt is, as usual, ‘awesome’. When is it not? A couple of weeks ago we showed you a film
about YouTube gamers putting down their pretend AK47s and picking up proper Brownings to try
out clay pigeon shooting. We explained how they were becoming famous on YouTube for showing
film from video games such as Modern Warfare while talking about their girlfriends and
their exams. Well now there’s a spotty Continental lad called FlabbergastingMe doing the same
over footage from a video game called The Hunter. Dear me – it’s just not healthy. In this film, ASA37MM and his mate Tom test
the Econo Can on pistols, rifles, and full autos. What is the Econo Can? It’s one of
those mad ideas that land on the gun trade from time to time: a threaded attachment that
allows you to improvise a moderator out of a car’s oil filter. Oh yes. The thing is,
as this video shows, it really works. Neil Hawkins, who sent in the video, says “I’m
not sure my local Firearms Liaison Officer would agree” Lots of people hated our Test Splat Special
series but a handful of you clearly loved it. Here is a tribute act by Jimbarbwe1985
showing in fabulous slow-mo a CZ .22 rimfire thumbhole laminated stock with moderator plus
Winchester Super X .22LR 40GR subsonic hollowpoint ammunition shooting lemonade, coke, tomato,
milk and apples, all set to Beethoven’s Piano Sonata No 8 in C minor known, as Test Splat
Special haters doubtless already know, as the Pathetic. What says rabbit shooting on YouTube these
days more than the mellifluous Northern Irish tones of HuntersVermin? In this film, rabbit
hunt number 29, things don’t go as planned as he messes up a long range shot and is lucky
to pull off a good second shot to finish the job properly. Diggers and dogs. That’s how to go ratting
as this film by AJJ0700 from January 2010 shows. It has had a quarter of a million views
in that time, showing the enduring popularity of rats as a sporting quarry. Dutch viewer
Rijk van de Water suggests it for Hunting YouTube, with the message “Keep up the good
work guys! We love your stuff in Holland!” You are all right, Rijk. 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] If you enjoyed our show this week you might
enjoy the Shooting Show. You will see a clip of it in the sky above my left shoulder just
there. Or you can subscribe to us on YouTube or go to our shows page which is www.youtube.com/show/fieldsportsbritain
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42 thoughts on “Fieldsports Britain – Airgun safari round a British garden + hunting red hartebeest, episode 134

  1. Enjoyed the Air-rifle slot with Roy.
    Just shows it’s not as easy as it sounds, this ‘Hunting’ with a pellet.
    As this is Field Sports 'Britain' I’m not keen on the safari trips thought you should know.

    Atb t ..

  2. In Ireland we are told to place a gun cabinet in a corner so the back and one side are covered by a wall.

  3. the highlight of the week, keep up the good work, love the air gun section, goes to show you can have some great sport without breaking the bank. keep it up !!! 🙂

  4. Always love the show guys! Any chance ye lads could tell me where you got that camera adapter Roy is using?
    Slainte from Ireland

  5. Some animals can actually see the pellet and may as in the case of your rabbit duck. I have seen that my self especially with smaller and more agile birds!

  6. Hi.. we've played with a few mounts. Most are designed to fix on the back of telescopes for star gazers. The best one is the Orion SteadyPix Deluxe camera mount because the bracket fits more scopes. We got ours from the States via a UK telescope shop and was about 30-40 quid. Hope that helps!!

  7. Best episode ever….. OK I am biased because it had Airguns in it but seriously great job guys

    ATB Malc
    CPTV

  8. There's you popping off white pigeon and there's me trying to get myself some. Don't suppose you'd like to catch a few up and bob them up toYorkshire by Parcel Force? LOL

  9. He´s using this mount Seben DKA2 and u can find it on ebay for example and even on youtube u can finf some info on the mount ,I have ordered 2 of them and they works fine its a great mount for small calibers / Peter

  10. Thanks for subscribing to my airgun hunting channel, this was an interesting video, I use a exilim for slow motion kill shots through the scope, and learning how to use. FMG

  11. …why the fuck would you hunt with an airgun? I mean, even with small prey chances are the gun has not enough power to kill the thing with one shot.

    Also…hunting for crows and pidgeons? I mean, okay, Pidgeons are edible, but why would you hunt a crow? :I

  12. I guess my problem is, hunting as a sport is a mindnumbing thing for me. Most hunters I know, that is german and american hunters, don't see it as a "sport", that is a fun off-time experience, but rather as a job or, in case of some "poor" american hunters I know, as survival basis since they can't afford much food.

    I know hunting for sport and prestige is a british tradition, but seriously guys, a lil more respect for the animals would be appreciated. They're living things after all.

  13. There are several free airgun ballistic software programs available online. The trajecory still needs to verified by testing in the field, but the programs help narrowing down the ideal trajectory.

  14. Big big sound you men have been killing thing since the dawn of time you fucking fagit ass siting typing a comment on YouTube won't change anything it just wastes both our time and means I have to go out and kill more vermin cos you have pissed annoyed me

  15. I honestly don't think the gentleman spent enough time getting a feel for the trajectory of the rifle before shooting at live quarry. it gives people against the sport all the ammunition they need to criticise it when there are people just taking pot-shots in the vague hope that it might hit something.

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