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Vinnies Macnabski
...and his salmon... ...and his raccoon dog

The excitement of finally seeing the desired object. The certainty of taking secure aim even in the deepest twilight. This is the moment we work for.

Vinnie and his fox...

We recently produced a film called The Ferrari Macnab. Now footballer and Hollywood A-lister Vinnie Jones (pictured thrice) has sent us a new one: the Macnabski. On a filming trip to Russia, he took time off to shoot a fox and a raccoon and caught a salmon in one day, then went on to rope an 800-pound bull. After he tried hard with a fly, the salmon fell to a spinner. The fox weighed in at a remarkable 34 pounds without the snow. They make them big in Russia the British record is 36lb. It was a 212-yard shot with a Tikka T3 in .308. <

Fox, raccoon-dog and salmon from Mother Russia

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News Stump

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All the stuff David reads out on the programme


Two shooters dashed to the rescue when a light aircraft crash-landed in front of them as they were heading off for an afternoons pigeon shooting in North Yorkshire. DTL shooter Jack Thompson, who won the BASC World .410 Championships in September, set off shortly before 3pm to spend the afternoon with his friend Sam Graham, ambushing the birds on a field of barley stubble near his home, about 20 miles south-west of York. The pair dashed across a field in their Suzuki fourby-four, crossed a dyke and climbed the bank, to find the two pilots dazed but unharmed. The Piper Arrow aircraft was visiting from Lincolnshire, and is thought to have suffered engine failure as it approached Sherburn Aero Club near Sherburn-in-Elmet. Jack and Sam helped to ferry emergency services personnel and firefighting equipment to and from the scene before abandoning their shooting plans. The best retrievers and handlers from Britain and Ireland are heading for the Cawdor Estate in Northern Scotland next week, by kind invitation of the Earl Cawdor. Some 55 dogs are expected at the 2012 Retriever Championship will be held on 26-28 November 2012. International Gundog League sponsor Skinners, which also sponsors this news bulletin, is delighted to have been associated with the IGL for nearly 30 years. For more, go to InternationalGundogLeagueRetrieverSociety.org.uk
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Shooters help crashed plane pilot

2012 Retriever Championship

Record halibut

A retired policeman from Germany battled for three hours to catch a 540-pound halibut, a new world record. The fish was so big that at one point Reinhard Wuhrmanns rod snapped in two. The 62-year-old and two, fishing off Norway, others were only able to haul it onto their boat after tying a rope around it when it came alongside. The previous record for an Atlantic halibut was held by fellow German Gunther Hansel who caught a 483lb specimen off Iceland last year.

Balkan pheasants

Fancy high pheasant shooting for a quarter the price of Devon or Northumberland? That dot in the sky is a pheasant. Sporting agent Lasarotta which specialises in sport in Croatia and Serbia is offering two back-to-back 300-Mediterranean-bird days in December at 13 per bird plus flights. Visit www.lasarotta.co.uk

White Gold is back

Cartridge company Gamebore is backing two new clay competitions for 2013. Based on the popular White Gold Cup, one new competition is called the White Gold Challenge. Gamebore also plans to run a championship called the Gamebore Gold Cup, a 150-bird Sporting course at the Westfield Shooting Ground in Gloucestershire. Visit Gamebore.com for more.

Shooters save deer

Another story about shooters saving the day. This time we are in South Dakota, USA. A party of pheasant shooters discovered two deer with antlers locked together. One deer had already died and the eagles were feeding on it as the other one struggled to get free. The shooters estimate that these deer had been in this situation for at least a couple of days.

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Roy and the tricky roe doe


Now it may appear that Roy hasnt been quite so eager to pull the trigger of late. A few opportunities during the roe and fallow rut presented themselves, but Roy fought temptation in the name of deer management. All good things come to those who wait.

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Deerstalker Roy Lupton has a poaching problem

A bit of will power means a deer that looks good one year can mean medal quality the next. Well thats all very well and good in theory but then someone comes along and screws it all up. And more often than not these days its poachers. Roy has got a few of those making their presence felt on his ground in Hampshire. He finds all that remains of a roebuck its head. We have got a big problem which is emerging throughout most of the country, and that is commercial poaching, says Roy. Unfortunately this old boy here has been a victim of it, but the biggest problem we are facing is it is not just one or two individual animals which are being taken. We are now looking at poaching on a commercial scale. Up until now a lot of the police forces have been treating this with a little bit of apathy. My hope is that by working together with stalkers, estates and the local wildlife liaison officers that we can put an end to commercial poaching. And hopefully put an end to seeing sights like this and finding poor old beasts left in the middle of the field. With that off his chest Roy turns his attention to the evenings stalking. He is here for roe does which are really only evident at last light. He has about an hour-and-a-half before it is dark. There are couple of does that I dont really want to take out, says Roy. With his recovery from his hip op going well hes now down to just one crutch plus shooting sticks which we think gives him a look of Gandalf. His first port of call is a wood which always delivers. Not this evening. We lose the light and the chance of a deer. Roy does spot one with the superior glass on top of his rifle but we lose her in the cover crop. Of course theres a host of reasons why we blanked, but Roy cant help feeling its down to poaching pressure. We have been beaten by the light, he says, but the odd thing is though, normally on this estate on an evenings stalking you will easily see 20-30 deer just on the little route we followed and this evening we have had perfect conditions for it. It has been a nice relatively warm evening, the wind wasnt too hard or too cold. You just couldnt want for better conditions and yet we didnt see a single beast. I think unfortunately we are seeing the results of a lot of poaching going on, not just on this estate, but in the surrounding areas. Not to be beaten Gandalf heads off again to try and shoot some roe. This time hes on the other side of the estate which hasnt been targeted by poachers. He chances upon a doe lying up on a ride about 90 yards away. It was just a flick of the ear that gave her away, otherwise she would have gone unseen. What he wants to do is wait until she stands up and give him an opportunity of

Roy or is it Gandalf ? Click to watch the film a shot. The only problem is that can very often happen if you are waiting for a deer to stand they can stand up and turn off carry on away from you and disappear, says Roy. That is the chance we will have to take. Roys patience pays off and eventually the doe stands up. He shoots and she drops in the cover crop. She isnt alone. Roy repositions and takes the kid as well. Its probably not dependent but Roy feels its the best thing to do with winter on its way. Nice successful evening now it is to drag them out and sort out the gralloching and we can go home and have a nice cup of tea, says Roy. Maybe he does have magical powers after all. <
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Bolting rabbits from a great bank


We are out with the South Somerset Ferreters. They reckon theyve got the ultimate warren. Its a hill not far from the South Devon coast and its a honeycomb of buries.
The South Somerset Ferreters are a group of families who get together on a Saturday not to go shopping, not to go to a theme park. They go ferreting. Between them, they have everything that ferreters need, including two lurchers, a little Lakeland/whippet cross and their notso-secret weapon, Louis, a remarkably sprightly 10-year-old Jack Russell. Yes, I dont think it really gets any better than where we are today, anywhere in the country really, says ferreting honcho Jaf Jefferson. First job is to put the nets out - both long nets and purse nets. We know what we are up against today, because we did it last year, says Jaf. We have blocked off the long nets and we have still got a lot of purse nets to set. Roughly about 200 nets. About 600 yards of long net we have got to set up around as well, five dogs, about 15 ferrets which we put down all in one go. So hopefully fingers crossed, not a lot will get away. Yes it takes time, but if you dont put the time in, you dont get the rewards. Its not just a case of bunging a net over a hole and banging it in. They have four footers, five footers and six footers, all for different holes. Then there are the elastic bands. Every purse net an SSF uses, he or she puts an elastic band around their wrist. So when they pick them up if we have any elastic bands left we know they are missing a net from somewhere. Next up the stars of the show: the ferrets. We take time off for a bite to eat. Then nets, dogs, children everyone gets in position. The first rabbits dont take long to bolt. Men, women and children are stationed round the long nets, ready to dive on anything that wriggles. After a quarter of an hour of no activity, we reckon we have had the best of this bury. Now we have to retrieve the ferrets. When ferrets lie up and have to be dug out, they uncannily choose the thickest part of the brambles. You need to sweep the brambles with Ferret Finders. Years of experience tells them that this last ferret is deep underground. The fastest way to cut through the bramble roots is to send in Louis still keen as a puppy. Once Louis has done his work, Jaf calls for another piece of kit. Its a ferreting endoscope. At last we find the final ferret. It was nowhere near the brambles but in the next field, curled up with a rabbit.

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Some go shopping, some go to a theme park, we ferret

Digging out. Click to watch the film The next step is the main event. Were ferreting the open hillside. Jaf is relieved to find the bury here is not connected to the holes under the brambles next to it. The ferreting action is fast and furious. You have to have the skills of a circus master and a rugby player to handle all those kids and animals running at you. When itstime to pack up, the last ferret of the day chooses the only clump of gorse to lie up beneath. Its another digging exercise, with Louis on hand to offer help. If you want to find out more, here is the South Somerset Ferreters on Facebook. Or why not make your Louis very happy and start your own ferreting group. <
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Future of lead shot


Dying dolphins, poisoned eagles, foolish foxes and the grey partridge in crisis - it was not the most upbeat symposium ever held.
The most controversial presentation came from Bjorn Beckmann of an academic body called the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology. His talk on sea eagles and the threat from lead poisoning claims that lead from bullets and from shot is the single biggest killer of sea eagles in Germany. He said: Out of the eagles carcases that have been studied, 34 were found to have had lead particles in the stomach and out of those 80% were lead core bullet fragments and six lead shot. Unlike, I think, the common perception at least in the case of sea eagles, the lead core bullet fragments are the major problem not lead shot. It is also a problem, but this is the bigger one. Members of the symposium audience pointed out the recent article in Shooting Times magazine that defends lead shot. However, a representative of the Wildfowl & Wetlands Trust poured scorn on Shooting Times. In other presentations, Nick Sotherton of the Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust talked about the grey partridge, the iconic bird that is the symbol of the GWCT I have been asked to try and produce some good news, was Sothertons opening line. I am not sure I can. Species of British breeding farmland bird that has undergone unprecedented declines over the last 30 to 40 years. And you can see 90% decline through that time period. It is a biodiversity action plan species, it is red listed under the birds of conservation concern. You name it every alarm bell is ringing. Jim Barrington, speaking on behalf of the days host, the Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management, slammed the disneyfication of our wild animals. He showed how animal brains cannot project forward like humans can. He said: That area of the brain which collects and assesses and looks after information is simply not there. There is no way in which animals of say the fox level or the deer level can project ahead and so this is quite important as far as its mental abilities are concerned and of course when people say, you wouldnt like it would you? Well of course not because we are humans. We are not animals at that level. Jim is former head of the League Against Cruel Sports but resigned when he realised how hunting benefits the fox. He is now a consultant to the Countryside Alliance. Excitement came from London Zoo, which is studying whale strandings. Rob Deaville presented a film showing bottlenose dolphins off the British coast beating up porpoises.
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Gloomy London conference says bullets to blame, too

A German sea eagle. Click to watch the (short version of the!) film In one film he showedte audeince watched a porpoise being hit out of the water by three bottlenose dolphins and again in slow motion. Quite a size disparity between these two species, said Deaville. The bottlenose we have in the UK are huge compared to Flippa on the TV show. If you are watching this on YouTube and you want to watch the whole of the symposium, seven-and-a-half hours long, click on the link on the screen. < Conference organiser is the Veterinary Association for Wildlife Management www.vet-wildlifemanagement.org.uk. Watch the whole sevenand-a-half-hour symposium here. Filming by the Countryside Alliance
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How to light a fire with a flint


There is nothing quite as cheery as a fire. It is essential for cooking. Here is how to build one properly and get it going without matches.
We will need tinder to get the fire going. Two good resources for this are dry goose grass and dry bracken. Goose grass is the heart of my tinder bundle. Now I just want something to bulk it out a bit. I add some nice dead bracken and wrap it round the back of the goose grass. I dont need a huge amount, but this will provide that extra flame just to get the tinder going. You need to be a bit careful when pulling on bracken out of the ground, it can cut. For the larger kindling we need dead wood and that needs to be collected. Fallen branches are the best source for this. They can often be found caught up in holly bushes where they will be dry compared to branches that are sitting on the woodland floor. I pick up some nice fine wood. This is what is going to catch first. I put it in a separate pile to the kindling, the small kindling and any larger wetter logs. You can afford to be a little bit obsessivecompulsive about this if you want. The more organised the better your preparation, the better chance you have of getting your fire lit. With the firewood gathered it is time for the magic to commence. Here is how to use a flint and steel to light your fire. I hole the metal striker in one hand and the flint in the other. What I am going to do is flick down and make sparks. Those sparks are coming off the soft metal. I have got a nice hard piece of flint and when I strike down, you see all the sparks are going up. Next I position a piece of amadu, which lights easily. I put that on the top and then strike down. The shards the hot bits of steel come up and fall down on the top. It works first time.

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Our bushcraft hero Jonny Crockett on caveman skills

Jonny gets the fire going without matches. Click to watch the film I put that inside our tinder bundle and start blowing on it, while holding it in both hands. You cant be afraid of fire to do this job. Once the tinder is properly ablaze, I put it down on to my raft of kindling and then take two bundles of sticks. One goes on the top, and the other on top of that. Once this has started to burn I can go on to the bigger stuff which is the proper full-on fuel wood. That is what I am going to be cooking on later on. < The Survival School DVD volume 1 is available from Koolbox.co.uk. For more about Jonnys bushcraft courses, visit www.survivalschool.co.uk

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Best hunting, shooting and fishing on YouTube


NickRidley9261s film shows a group of UK based Lagottos demonstrating their traditional work as gundogs. From the Romagna sub-region of Italy. The name means lake dog from Armagnac.

and it looks like wild boar is top of the list. Here is trailer to the hunting DVD Baiting Wild Boar, made in Sweden and with lots of shooting action.

HuntingFPS has not being doing much on YouTube recently which is a great shame but he did manage a couple of trips recently when the sun was out, and here is the footage. As you can see from Slow Motion Airgun Rabbit Hunting #18, the bunnies been causing a bit of damage and the farmer is keen for their numbers to be reduced.

Now on to fish. Monster lake trout, world record laker is a rediscovered film, thought to be lost, dating from as long ago as 1996, when Bob Mehsikomer caught and released a possible 60-pounder on Lake Athabasca in Saskatchewan.

From Russia, Sladkova is a trailer for a DVD about hunting for wild boar, roe deer, red deer and game birds. More bucks, more boar, more bangs.

Now the clay season is not at its height in the UK at the moment on account of the wintry weather but heres a good idea. AntiguaClays is the YouTube channel for a shooting resort in the Caribbean, which claims to be the only one of its kind. Even if you cant afford the air fare, heres a film to lighten up your day.

Moving Down Under, Fishing Exmouth with bream gear and MadEye lures is Aussie Breamers latest technique for one of Australias favourite sea fish. This film took a week to make.

And from Spain, Reivax Films presents Great Hungarian Hunts. Once again, it is driven wild boar that are face the cazadores. There three films and four countries. All of these films lead you to websites where you can purchase DVDs. 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, email the link to charlie@fieldsportschannel.tv

The Lagotto Romagnolo is one of the new breed of gundogs that follows in the pawprints of such Italian masterpieces as the spinone and bracco. The famous gundog photographer has a YouTube site.

With Christmas coming, the DVD makers are using YouTube for their trailers

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