Fieldsports Britain – Tropical trout and a gold medal goat, episode 125


[Music] Welcome to Fieldsports Britain, coming to
you this week from Kenya. Coming up: I go fishing on a river where the evening
rise is spectacular. Think you are pretty accurate with a gun?
A Maasai warrior teaches me how to knock down an antelope with a stick at it. First: I want to find out more about one of
my favourite Kenyan sporting quarries, the trout. In 1905, the maverick Africa pioneer, Colonel
Ewart Grogan, who had recently walked from the Cape to Cairo, ordered 40,000 baby trout
from Loch Leven in Scotland, which he delivered to the rivers and lakes around Mount Kenya.
Quite an undertaking. Since then, others have introduced other trout to the area. I want
to see what these fish are up to today, so let’s start like Colonel Grogan started more
than a century ago. I am in the town of Naru Moro, just at the
foot of Mount Kenya at a trout farm. Is it easy to keep trout here in Kenya? Yeah, it is easy, but you see this fish is
a lot of money and most Kenyans cannot rear it because is needs a lot of money to keep,
money in terms of feed, in terms of workforce, it demands a lot of work. Is this the only trout farm? I think this is the biggest trout farm in
Kenya and the second is a government-owned farm. And are these special Mount Kenyan trout? Yes, this is Mount Kenyan trout, rainbow trout,
I’m told it is the sweetest fish around. This trout farm also has a popular restaurant
and takeaway, located in a tree. It’s on the Trans African Highway and worth a stop if
you happen to be following Colonel Grogan’s footsteps. In a hot country where the electricity
supply is unreliable and meat goes off quickly, the best way to keep your lunch fresh is to
keep it alive. The biggest problem facing wild trout in a
country where the population growth is terrifying is pollution, extraction and poaching. This
is the Naro Moru river. I am less than 10 miles from its source on Mount Kenya. It is
too polluted here to sustain life and within a few miles it dries up altogether. But I am not here to moan. I am here to fish.
Quite the most stylish way to find what are left of Colonel Grogan’s trout is by chopper. If you want to go helifishing on Mount Kenya,
contact Tropicair www.tropicairkenya.com I’m actually going to go fishing later in
the programme. First, it’s David on the Fieldsports Channel news stump. [Music] This is Fieldsports Britain News The US Fish and Wildlife Service say that
crushed rhino horn powder is now more expensive than the American price of cocaine. It fetches
more than £30,000 per kilogram in Asia, a price that threatens to wipe out the world’s
estimated 28,000 remaining animals. These animals were filmed in Lake Nakuru National
Park two weeks ago. Since then, two have been poached. The South African environment ministry may
introduce ‘end-user’ certificates for rhino hunters. It says applications for hunting
permits will only be accepted from bona fide hunters from countries that ensure horns are
being used as hunting trophies, not traditional medicines. It is expected to turn down hunting
applications from Vietnam. Back in Kenya, a lioness was killed and dismembered
in the Maasai Mara area at the beginning of April. Around 10 young Maasai warriors speared
the animal to death and cut off its tail and front legs as part of a tribal ceremony. Rangers
found the trophies, arrested one suspect while the whereabouts of the others is still not
known. Some 16 lions have been lost in the area since November last year, around 1 per
cent of the total Kenyan population. No arrests have been made. The Kenya Wildlife Service has released figures
about its war on the trade in ivory and bushmeat, including zebra meat. In the last week of
March alone, KWS officers shot dead six poachers, including three in Tsavo East National Park.
They made more than 30 further arrests and recovered five guns including AK47s, a G3
rifle and more than 300 rounds of ammunition and poisoned arrows. A KWS spokesman says:
“The fight against wildlife crime continues.” And finally, a hyena attack that injured three
people who were asleep in a donkey cart in Tanzania has been blamed by locals on witchcraft.
One resident said cases of people being sent hyenas to attack them were prevalent. You are now up to date with Fieldsports Britain
News. Stalking the stories, fishing for facts. [Music] Thank you David – more English beech tree
than African baobab. Now, Kenya may have an embarrassing bushmeat
poaching problem but there is one group of people who are allowed to hunt. Being a lion to Leitato’s warrior is strangely
terrifying and also superb. If that’s how he hunts lion I wish I could too, but lion
hunting by anyone except Maasai is illegal in Kenya. Instead, he’s going to give me a
lesson in clubbing antelope to death. First stop is the drug store, in this case a thorn
bush called Acacia nilotica. We prepare ourselves to face the lions that
we take some natural drugs and herbs. This is to try to check the warriors and to give
motivation to the warriors for then whenever we see the lions because, as I think you know,
the lions are big animals, so the warriors also must have to prepare themselves for that.
Let’s say we spot the lions in a specific bush, then we start singing the courageous
and motivation song, so the drugs that we have been using, the natural drugs we have
been using from the bush, now come in to effect. Also when you kill the lion you can also win
many girlfriends. You can also become an important Maasai warrior after you kill a lion. Also,
you can become the king of that group after you have succeeded to kill a lion because,
when we are in that competition, we don’t point that so-and-so you tried to spear a
lion. No it’s a competition where you all go and try all your level best, all your level
best to spear the lion first. More than the other warriors. Then that time you are declared
the winner, and on that day we make a lot of celebration, dancing with our girlfriends,
with our fathers for that day will be a big day for you. I have to ask have you got a lot of girlfriends? Yeah, me? Now I have five girlfriends. Perfect. Did you kill the lion? Yeah, I killed the lion. OK, so you are really on your way up. You can see also from the mane. In our tradition
you are not allowed to wear anything from the lion if you are not the killer of the
lion. I feel a bit like the 1960s British politician
who goes on television to take LSD: “It’s not doing much more for me than a glass of
good claret”. Next, I have a lesson in how to use the throwing stick. First you balance the stick in your hand.
Leitato shows me foot position that is just like using a shotgun. And like a double-barrelled
12-bore, Leitato recommends carrying two sticks. He shows just how lethal sticks can be when
he aims at his Maasai robe or ‘shukar’. My attempt wouldn’t knock down a small rat – but
I’m learning. Now the exciting bit – the hunting, though
for Leitato this is no more than pest control. Eating game meat is taboo for the Maasai.
He feeds it to his dogs. Normally Leitato uses his stick with deadly
effect on game and small animals that come to close while he is cattle herding. This
morning we are going to see what we can walk up. Lurking in the thorn bushes is a dikdik,
one of Kenyan’s smallest antelope. A group of children have seen it. Leitato at once
enlists them as beaters. They start at one end of the scrub and thorn while we wait at
the other. Leitato is not convinced that the animal is still there, so we soon call them
off. The next animals to cross our path is a large
family of mongoose. Leitato is quick on his toes. We are not short of game here, but it all
seems to have learnt the effective range of a stick. First we sneak up on more dikdik.
Another couple of hundred yards and there is an impala. The animal crossings over the muddy stream
beds show the numbers of game here. And the drugs are still working. Leitato’s
shot at a giraffe is ambitious. At the end of the walk round, it has been
fun but Leitato’s dogs will go hungry. I have to ask him whether he reckons people like
me will be able to go hunting in Kenya. What do you think about tourists coming here
to hunt? Do you think that would work or not work in Kenya? No, I think that one will not work here in
Kenya. It works everywhere else. Yes, but here in Kenya no, not allowed. It’s not allowed, but could it work? You get 12,000 dollars for a buffalo and you
have got herds of 400 buffalo out there. No, we don’t want that. Me I can say yes,
that one is not good, because it will not work. It’s been fascinating and I am glad I have
learnt a new skill to add to my armoury. Look out the rabbits back at home. For Leitato, it is all about cattle and the
defence of cattle, before you ask him to defend your herd the Maasai belief set is that their
god says they own all the cattle in the world. Can be a drawback. Now, I’m off to the bush to go fishing. We are after mud fish, which is appropriate,
because recent rains have coloured the Telek River here in the Maasai Mara. My guide Reuben
is not confident about our chances. Reuben is using the time-honoured method of
stick, string and hook with meat on. Fishing here has its dangers. More people
die in Africa from attacks by these guys than any other mammal bar humans. Here’s half the reason it’s not easy to catch
fish here. The other half is the recent rains, making the river too muddy to catch mudfish.
The mud also makes it hard to drive from river to river. So here is a short guide to getting
yourself out of a hole, Maasai style. [Music] All too soon it’s time to pack up, leave the
torrid plains of the Maasai Mara, and fly back up north to the long, cool, English summer
afternoon that is Mount Kenya and the Aberdares. For Colonel Grogan’s trout, you pays your
money and you takes your choice. Either it’s a long walk or a helicopter up Mount Kenya
where you can be in with the chance of a 20lber. Or you do what I do, pay 50 US dollars for
a park ticket plus 5 dollars for a fishing permit and drive into the Aberdares national
park. The signs are good as I get to the Chania
river. There’s another bloke fishing. He has an audience too. And there’s that most discerning
of anglers, a fish eagle. So we are here, 10,000 feet above sea level,
sweltering, actually apparently burnt out landscape. This more than reminds me of the
book Salmon Fishing in the Yemen where they try and release salmon in to a Yemeni Wadi,
but this is the centre of the great dream to bring trout to Kenya and I am going to
try and catch one. There are more reasons this is a special park.
Many of Kenya’s parks are open grassland. This one is high hills, forest and moorland.
It is the first of Kenya’s national parks to be fenced all the way round, protecting
it from development, especially the rivers which, like it or not, provide Nairobi with
water. And the British know the Aberdares best because 50 years ago this year, our Princess
Elizabeth was here at the Treetops lodge when she heard the news that her father, the King,
had died at Sandringham. The fishing is surprisingly similar to fishing
a Scottish moorland stream – but the highland cattle are more deadly. According to one fishing
friend, the only fly you need is a size 8 marabou coachman, fished wet – that’s an ordinary
coachman but tied with a white fluffy marabou stork feather as its wing, to give it an East
African twist. It’s not as unusual as you might think. More than half the fishing flies
sold in the world are made in Kenya. Visit www.fishingfliesandlures.com The fish are here, and they are beautiful
to watch, but the water is crystal clear so I might as well be a herd of hippopotamus. We fish for a few miles up the Chania River
– and then my local help hears something that makes him nervous. So we fish back down again, just to show we
aren’t afraid of old laughing-boy hyena. It is not just the hyenas that are closing
in. The weather is too. I don’t recommend you do what I did which was travel thousands
of miles from the UK for a day’s trout fishing in the Aberdares where you don’t catch anything.
But I did get to feel one of Colonel Grogan’s Loch Leven trout on the end of my line and
that is worth the visit. Now it’s time to slip away from Kenya and
head for Wales where Team Wild TV is hunting goats in the mountains. [Roar of stag] We’re in Snowdonia, north Wales. It’s phase
two of my goal to get some of the UK’s biggest trophy specimens. We’ve come to this stunning
part of the country for goats, big goats. Guiding me today is Owen Beardsmore of Cervus
UK who is pretty grateful we weren’t here earlier in the week. Did you hear what the farmer was saying? Last
week they had all the snow up here and we have had three days of horrendous rain and
this is the first decent day. You’re a decent outfitter so I knew you would
get it organised. Not often I can prescribe good weather, but
let’s hope we’ve got some today. We head up the valley from where we are going
to have to walk, probably vertically and possibly for quite a while. We scan the Welsh mountains
and Owen tells me a little bit more about these hardy feral animals. It’s a feral goat and has been at liberty
for over 100 years. There’s quite a few stories about how they got here: they escaped from
a farm, they were let go from a farm originally, and the area we’re in there’s about 250 of
which we’re looking for a good quality representative old billy which hopefully sometime during
today we will be able to find. As long as the weather doesn’t come in we should be OK. They seem to be mixing. There are a lot of
sheep here as well. They seem to co-habit quite peacefully then? Yes, they keep themselves to themselves. The
sheep don’t cause any damage. They are meant to be here. They belong to the farms. The
goats stay on the tops in the summer and then come down in the winter and that’s when they
cause all the damage. The numbers are controlled to protect grazing
and to reduce the amount of damage to the dividing dry stone walls. All you need is
a herd of goats jumping the wall in the same spot and suddenly the whole lot comes down.
For this special quarry species I’ve brought something a little bit special. OK we’re up in the welsh hills, what toy have
you brought to play with this time? OK. Don’t be scared, OK? This is a Haenel
RS8 sniper rifle. Now you did tell me we could be shooting over reasonably long distances
so I said to my friends at Viking Arms who normally send me Ruger rifles and Merkel rifles
that I might need something with a little bit extra legs, so they said they had just
the thing for me. So what do you think to that? It is 5.8kg unscoped and then Zeiss
very kindly sent me the largest scope in the history of the world which is this. That is a large one. Zeiss Victory Diavari FL 6-24×72 which also
looks as though it weighs about 5kg on its own. I’ve got a cunning plan. We’ll spot the goats
at about 100 metres, drop back to about 400 and you can shoot it, OK? OK. Well hopefully we are going to get as
close as we can, as we do like to make sure of our kills. It’s not what you would call
a traditional mountain rifle. No? Well you are not the traditional kind
of guy. No, I think you are probably right. So let’s see what we can do with it. OK, let’s go. Owen finds a group of billies which he tells
me we need to get above, which of course means climbing. Am I regretting bringing such a
big boy’s rifle? Not at all. You can’t beat a bit of fresh mountain air and some strenuous
exercise. You know, I should be used to this by now.
Every time I climb a mountain I get half way up and think ‘you need to lose some weight’,
and here we are again, onwards and upwards. When we do stop for a quick breather, Owen
shows us what the goats have been grazing on. This is what they’ve been feeding on, these
little berries. They go black in the end. They’re really nice when they are ripe. They have nipped off nearly all the tops of
these bushes. I take it they feed on the berries and they start on the grass later. Absolutely. Just always picking the best feed
source. Anyway let’s get ourselves up there that was a good quick break we had. Owen has a spot and reports back. There are
two goats making their way up the valley and one below us. It sounds like one is a medal. He’s just over that ridge. If we go up to
this top the wind’s great for us because we are above him and we have got a nice safe
shot down. You should be able to take him. He’s lying down so you may have to wait a
minute until he stands up. We’ve got plenty of time. OK, let’s go. It looks like a gold medal, is that all right? Is that all right? of course that’s all right.
My goat is lying up in the heather and all we can see are some horns rising up like Harley
Davidson handlebars. He can’t be more than 50 yards away, but there
is just a ridge. We’ve got to wait for him to stand up, but he is a big goat. We wait and wait. This goat is in no hurry
to show himself. When he does stand he is face on and I am not happy with the shot.
I can tell the heather is going to be a real hindrance today and I am going to have to
be patient. As he moves, another one, two, three goats rise from the heather. A couple
have broken horns and would make good cull animals, but all in good time. Let’s cross
over that particular bridge once I’ve got my medal. All in a row, the older male at
the front finally shows me a clean shot. He is down and the others haven’t gone far, staying
with the dominant male. Owen and I discuss the other animals. I’m going to take out the
two with broken horns. The heather means an engine room shot is not safe and at this distance
I’m confident in taking a spine shot. Both goats drop where they stand. Oh what a cracker. Well done mate. Congratulations. It’s absolutely huge. What a beautiful animal. Got a really good cape on him as well. Actually it is not as thick as it looks. By
the time you go through it you’re right down to the skin already. You can see here the
exit wound. Actually that is the entry wound. It’s very difficult to make out on these exactly
where to shoot them. So if you imagine there is its shoulder, that’s the bottom of its
chest and that’s the top of its back, so although it looks half way up its body, it’s just in
the right spot. Want to see how old he is. Obviously with
a goat he doesn’t cast, so you get the growth, one year, two, three, four… Hold on, one year, two, three, four, five,
six… Six, I would say. What a beautiful animal. Now you told me they
were a bit smelly, but actually having followed you up the mountain all day this smells quite
pleasant. Now the second one, this is quite a bigger
one. Obviously he’s got one broken off. Why is it important to take these ones out? The problem you get is when they start rutting
they are fighting each other, they don’t connect uniformly which can cause a lot of damage
to the other billies. So it’s like an unfair advantage. It doesn’t necessarily kill them, but what
they end up getting is like fly strike. It’s like sheep. They die a really horrible slow
death. So it’s a good one to take out. Any of the broken ones we try to take out. How old: one year, two, three, four years
old. Still smells as old as his dad though. Now this one smells nasty, nastier than the
other one. Now this one obviously didn’t present me with a heart and lung shot so as you can
see here I took him in the spine and he went straight down. But the bilberry was up to there Ian so you
did well there. It was a lethal shot and he dropped on the spot, so well done. Right so let’s get him back up then. See if we can find the next one. Same story with this one, look. So it must
take some force to break these off. Really thick at the base, not as long as maybe
you would have thought given those bases, what, four or five years old? Yes, one year, two, three, four, five. A year
older than the other one. Exactly the same again. Couldn’t get his heart and lungs, so
went high in the shoulder took him through the shoulder and through the neck this time. What grain bullet were you using Ian? 185 grain. You told me they don’t like to
go down so with a .308. Normally I would only shoot up to 150 maybe up to 165-grain bullet,
but seeing that I knew with your skills we would be getting close 185-grain Lapua Megas
have certainly done the job today. Certainly have, well done, good shooting. Let’s get them down. Before the steep descent just time for a quick
picture with all three billy goats gruff. So we have had a fantastic day, we’ve done
a lot of climbing, we got the trophy we were looking for and we have taken two with broken
horns. Now the hard work begins. We have got to get all of this down there. [Roar of stag] This has been Fieldsports Britain. Motivational,
courageous and unremittingly British.

22 Comments

  1. Weekly fix is here :D, thanks

  2. Loving your work as usual Guys. Keep it up!

  3. Hmm, somehow I don't think that would be the best place to fish…

  4. wow what a show, loved the piece in kenya but more importantly the wild billy goat shooting, simply amazing!!!

  5. nice show yet again fellers ,enjoyed it all as for MR H SO WOT!, IF WE COULD WE WOULD!
    well done crack on feller show us more. do't matter wot you got as long as its done right .

  6. Good episode as always, but I think you should invest in some higher quality cameras. The first link from Kenya was incredibly blown out and over exposed. Also the lack of depth of field makes your videos quite flat.

  7. I totally agree, I always get the feeling that the Team Wild guy gets off on killing things. Especially when he's used a bloody giant sniper rifle like he's some sort of assassin. Take out the cull goats with the broken horns, and use the meat, but why celebrate taking a trophy animal? It's not like the goat can shoot back.

  8. You should of sat on the prize goat's back and sledges down the hill 🙂

  9. where could i get a haenel rs8

  10. That masai warrior speaks better English than most people who live here

  11. Awesome episode! Love the Kenya report and Team Wild – shooting. Pitty I don´t understand which rifle they use 🙁

  12. The Haenel RS8 is distributed in the UK by Viking Arms. To find your nearest dealer visit vikingarms.co.uk. If you need any help with this feel free to drop me a message through our channel page. Thanks!

  13. something missing in that one lads , what about roy dressed up in the massai gear throwing sticks at foxes for next week id pay to see that one lol ,

  14. if you don't like it then don't watch it !!!
    A big part of team wild is there for gun maker and scope dealers to show off there latest kit if this was not on the cards then we would still be reading Mr Crabtree on catching chub. if he was't there to show the kit off then all you would have are lame picture in an add in a mag, take stock it is a SHOW, that we all but some like to watch and if you take a step back if you could you would! enjoy your life chaps its not a test run ? dilligaf

  15. Is that Jimmy Cranky playing the bagpipes at the start?

  16. Can't say I'm overly impressed with 3 bloody adverts in the episode !. 1 right in the middle. A rethink is in order methinks ?.

  17. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE DONT SAY F*$KING ZEISS SCOPES ONE MORE BLOODY TIME. THERE ARE ALOT MORE SCOPE ON THE MARKET SO LETS START SHOWING THEM. NO – O I FORGOT THERE NOT A SPONSOR ARE THEY !

  18. The missing elements in this episode was definitely Roy Lupton, and Tim Pilbeam. Those two are absolute quality, and so is the Crowman. They are highly knowledgeable, especially Roy. Also, you never get the feeling with Ray that he gets off on it, he's purely professional.

  19. sorry gents i normally love your show and can't wait for it each week. but this was poor very poor indeed. field sports Britain mmmmmmmmmmm more like here's a video we made whilst on a jolly from our sponsors. wasn't worth watching to be honest. lets keep field sports Britain in Britain hey.

    Fingers crossed next week is back on track.

  20. This was the fastest episode ever – it took me only about three minutes to watch… I watch Fieldsports Britain for the fact that it usually revolves around hunting and shooting in Britain.

  21. Suprised they didnt even speak about the rich safari history U should do an episode about big game hunting in uganda

  22. loch leven is pronounced ''leeven'' like even

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