When Steyr Arms asked Tim Pilbeam how fit he is, Tim took it as a challenge. Turned out he was right. The Austrian rifle maker made him run up alps and then shoot straight. He reports on the shattering experience. ▶ Contact Tim Pilbeam at tim@rucksackandrifle.co.uk ▶ Tim shoots with a Steyr. For more about […]

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Ever wondered what kind of animals you can hunt in the hilly heart of Portugal? Tim Pilbeam’s Rucksack & Rifle series takes us to the centre of the country, where is out after stags in the rut – and learns to cal them in Portuguese-style. ▶ If you want to hunt with Sergio and Tiago […]

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Tim Pilbeam’s Rucksack & Rifle series sees him travel all over the world. David Wright and Tim Pilbeam talk about their experiences wandering the world with firearms and cameras. Who would have thought it was so difficult to get guns on a plane? The hours spent in airports wondering, wandering and hoping, Tim now sees […]

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Tim Pilbeam and Karl Waktare are trying out the new Franchi Horizon rifle on chamois in the Alps. There’s no problem with the rifle – it’s the mountains they have trouble mastering. Find out if this is the sport for you… This item appears on YouTube in Fieldsports Britain, episode 437 bit.ly/fieldsportsbritain437 Sign up for […]

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Tim Pilbeam takes his .30-06 to Scotland to shoot red hinds on a wind farm. The aim of the deer management is to discourage birdlife. Yes, really. Deer manager Robbie Rowantree of West Highland Hunting encourages stags on this ground and discourages hinds, because stags make it harder for the ground nesting birds. Watch the […]

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How to get close to the big wild boar of the Sologne region of France? Tim Pilbeam has packed his rucksack and rifle, and is out with French stalker JP Bourgneuf of Wildboar-Hunting-France.com. They get close – but it’s hard to tell what sex the animals are. At last, they find a big one and […]

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We review three rifles that sell in the UK for under £500: the Remington Model 783 in .243, the Savage Axis XP in .243, and the Winchester XPR in .270. Tim Pilbeam brings together a professional gamekeeper, Roy Foster, who wants a classic yet workaday rifle, and long-range specialist Mark ‘260rips’ Ripley, who wants to […]

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Here’s a test for his stalking skills: Tim’s out with a Scottish stalker who simply points him in the right direction and lets him get on with it. Robbie Rowantree (brother of deerstalker Niall Rowantree) looks after land in Sutherland. Tim’s there for an unguided doe cull in the Scottish hills. Find out more: ▶ […]

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Tim Pilbeam puts on a German hat and climbs into a German car to discuss the merits of this new rifle by German gunmaker Mauser. The M18 is rugged and, well, boring – but does it do the job? ▶ For more about the Mauser M18, visit UK distributor www.blaser-sporting.com This item appears on YouTube […]

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It’s relentless: dove after dove comes over shooters in perhaps the biggest pest control operations in the world. In the latest in his series, Rucksack & Rifle, Tim Pilbeam is on ground outside Buenos Aires, putting lead in the air and finding out why Argentina is one of the world’s finest sporting destinations. Tim goes […]

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Tim Pilbeam is back in France and gets the opportunity to stalk a large trophy red stag. He is there at the heart of the rut, and explains his feelings – perhaps the feelings of many hunters – as he takes the shot. It’s the latest in his Rucksack & Rifle series. ▶ To go […]

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Here are the highs, the lows and the even lowers of making a weekly show about hunting and shooting during 2017. We’re already looking forward to 2018 (brave face). Sign up for our weekly email newsletter www.fieldsportschannel.tv/register This item appears on YouTube in Fieldsports Britain, episode 422 bit.ly/fieldsportsbritain422 Sign up for our weekly email newsletter […]

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Tim Pilbeam stalks wild boar in the Sologne, one of the great hunting regions of France. He is out with JP Bourgneuf and Désirée Lantz. To go hunting with JP and Désirée, visit www.wildboar-hunting-france.com Contact Tim Pilbeam at tim@rucksackandrifle.co.uk For more about Steyr’s rifles, go to www.steyr-mannlicher.com For the Zeiss binos Tim is using, go […]

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Here’s hunting so-fast-so-furious: Tim Pilbeam is chasing down wild boar on horseback in Argentina, where they lassoo them and shoot them. He calls it the most exciting hunt he has been on. It is the latest in his Rucksack & Rifle series. To go hunting boar on horseback + doves, water buffalo and axis deer, […]

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Axis deer are a pest to farmers in northern Argentina. In the latest in his Rucksack & Rifle series, Tim Pilbeam has come from the UK to hunt them, a trip which starts with him paddling a canoe up a South American river. To go hunting axis deer + doves, water buffalo and wild boar, […]

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Tim Pilbeam is in Argentina after lamb-killers. But these are not foxes or coyotes. These are wild boar. The pigs released in South America have developed a taste for lamb, and the only way to control them in the thick brush is to ride after them with horses and dogs, and shoot them at close […]

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With foxes on the prowl for pheasant poults, it’s time for keepers to get out the rifles and start shooting. To coincide with this, Sauer has brought out a ‘Keeper Package’. It is the latest in a trend of rifle packages from several of the manufacturers. Tim Pilbeam reviews it. For the Sauer Keeper package […]

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Hampshire gamekeeper Dean Strangeway explains why solar farms are so good for shoots – because they are good for wildlife. Reporter is Alex Howell. This item appears on YouTube in Fieldsports Britain, episode 401 bit.ly/fieldsportsbritain401 Sign up for our weekly email newsletter www.fieldsportschannel.tv/register

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What do you get from a cheap rifle? Tim Pilbeam makes the case for buying a cheap rifle: he reviews the Ruger American and points out which aspects of a rifle setup you should look at when you are buying a cheap one, including barrel, trigger, bolt, magazine, scope and moderator. This item appears on […]

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Browning invites a gang of shooting writers to France to burn through 24,000 rounds of ammunition. Shooting Sports editor Peter Moore, Rifle Shooter editor Dom Holtam, Gun Trade News Editor Colin Fallon and our own Tim Pilbeam get to test new kit including: X-Bolt McMillan stock Winchester SX4 B725 Pro Sport The new Kite optics […]

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Tim Pilbeam is looking at the Kipplauf, a rifle designed by Continentals for heading up hills – and he has three different models to play with: from Merkel, Blaser and Haenel. Blaser www.blaser-sporting.com Haenel www.cg-haenel.de Merkel www.merkel-die-jagd.de For Tim’s films go to www.fieldsportschannel.tv/category/films-with-some-of-our-best-know-faces/tim-pilbeam/ This item appears on YouTube in Fieldsports Britain, episode 387 bit.ly/fieldsportsbritain387 Sign […]

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Tim Pilbeam is a powder hound. He likes guns that use cartridges with propellant. Chris Kemp works for airgun manufacturer Air Arms. So whose rifle is most effective round the farm? Spanish Mouflon Hunting Tim’s rifle is from Browning www.browning.eu Chris’s rifle is from Air Arms www.air-arms.co.uk For more films from Tim, go to www.fieldsportschannel.tv/category/films-with-some-of-our-best-know-faces/tim-pilbeam/ […]

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Tim heads into the hills behind the Costa del Sol to go mouflon and wild boar hunting. It’s a great way to end a hard day’s relaxing on the beach. Next time you are on a Costa holiday, give it a try. Tim is sponsored by: Sauer www.sauer.de and Harkila www.harkila.com The guide who provided […]

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Being and all-round shooter means learning to shoot from many different positions. When you need to shoot quickly, you must be accurate and you must also be able to judge the right position for the job. To demontrate this, Tim Pilbeam sets a series of challenges for three useful rifle shots: Rifle Shooter magazine editor […]

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The Swedish work their elkhounds on a variety of big game. Tim Pilbeam is out to shoot wild boar flushed by an elkhound in Sweden. For Sauer rifles, go to www.sauer.de For Harkila clothing, go to www.harkila.com For more about Mamima Jakt, go to www.mamimajakt.se This item appears on YouTube in Fieldsports Britain, episode 373 […]

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Work with people like Roy, Crow and the rest, and it’s not all going to go according to plan. And it doesn’t. Here is where we mucked it up in 2016. This item appears on YouTube in Fieldsports Britain, episode 369 bit.ly/fieldsportsbritain369 Sign up for our weekly email newsletter www.fieldsportschannel.tv/register

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Badgers are the countryside’s vacuum cleaners. They tidy up a lot of wildlife. Left unchecked, however, and they can suck up the rug with the dust. Sweden has an active management programme for badgers carried out by local hunters. Tim Pilbeam joins them on a badger hunt. This item appears on YouTube in Fieldsports Britain, […]

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Tim Pilbeam is learning about charging boar, running boar and high seat boar. In his new outing in the Rucksack & Rifle series, he goes to Mamima Jakt in Sweden on a boarshooting course, and then puts his new skills into action for real. Sign up for our weekly email newsletter www.fieldsportschannel.tv/register

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Tim Pilbeam is after sheep in Spain – Barbary sheep. It’s a tough mountain hunt. To go hunting in Spain, visit www.spanishunters.com For Sauer rifles, go to ww.sauer.de For Harkila clothing, go to www.harkila.com This item appears on YouTube in Fieldsports Britain, episode 354 bit.ly/fieldsportsbritain354 Sign up for our weekly email newsletter www.fieldsportschannel.tv/register

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Tim Pilbeam is out after boar in Sweden. Find out how he uses dogs to bring them down. For more about Mamima Jakt, go to www.mamimajakt.se For Sauer rifles, go to ww.sauer.de For Harkila clothing, go to www.harkila.com This item appears on YouTube in Fieldsports Britain, episode 354 bit.ly/fieldsportsbritain354 Sign up for our weekly email […]

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In the latest of our Rucksack & Rifle series, Tim Pilbeam is in Inverness-shire with Lachie Smith looking for a sika stag. It is autumn and the stags are spooky and hard to get to. Find out how he gets on. This film is sponsored by Harkila clothing and Sauer rifles For more about Harkila […]

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