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Furious backlash to Countryfile feature on gamekeepers

Countryfile is one of the most watched tv shows and regularly gets over 8 million viewers every Sunday evening. However a recent episode which featured trainee gamekeepers has prompted a serious backlash

Presenter Matt Baker spent time with students training as gamekeepers. As part of the study, students were taught to shoot deer and butcher the quarry afterwards. The point of the feature was to address some of the misconceptions the public holds about gamekeepers and the voiceover made clear that deer culling was important for environmental reasons, rather than fun. You can watch the clip here. 

Countryfile favourite Matt Baker is no stranger to country pursuits. His parents were sheep farmers in Durham and so he was well positioned to present the story.

However, the piece struck a wrong note with many viewers who took to social media to express their disapproval.

On the plus side, many viewers were pleased to see another point of view put forward, which might seem at odds to Countryfile’s sometimes ‘fluffy’ image of the countryside.

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