Practical Deer Management
There are probably more deer in the United Kingdom now than there have been in the past thousand years. As they have increased in numbers and distribution so, too, have the issues associated with them.
Practical Deer Management offers candid and comprehensive advice for anyone who has to deal with deer and the issues they present, be they gardeners suffering attacks on their flower beds, foresters looking to prevent damage to newly planted trees, or landowners with larger scale problems.
While a wealth of information on deer exists already, a career in teaching countryside managers quickly made it apparent that there was a need for a straightforward and comprehensive volume that is accessible to all. Written to be clear and easily understood, Practical Deer Management looks at the deer themselves and suggests non-lethal protective measures in addition to more active management, with attention given to other considerations such as health, the law and the practical construction of infrastructure such as high seats. A humane approach is stressed throughout.
Practical Deer Management is an essential handbook for anyone who has to deal with deer and the problems that they may present.
Reviews for Practical Deer Management
[Charles Smith Jones’] new title is his piece de resistance! His accurate knowledge of the subject shines throughout the book, and it has been a pleasure to read over the past month. I would suggest that anyone with the slightest interest in current deer management adds it to their collection — gems of knowledge like this cannot always be found via a Google search! I can promise that you will not be disappointed.
Rifle Shooter Magazine
Charlies Smith-Jones will need no introduction to British Deer Society members. A former Trustee Director, Charles is currently one of the Society’s technical advisers which, along with almost 40 years of experience with deer and a career in teaching game and wildlife management, perfectly qualifies him to deliver a detailed and thought-provoking personal view of current management practice. This is not another book about deer stalking… [it] is a well laid out, attractively-illustrated and annotated where appropriate with working examples… As time moves on and best practice all too quickly becomes yesterday’s practice, it is valuable to have a body of sound and proven advice on deer management brought together in one easily-accessible volume.
British Deer Society, Deer
A management plan for deer on most lowland estates is becoming increasingly necessary and this book is a first-class guide in doing just that… I commend this book to all our members who have deer on their land — they always say that for every deer you see, there are four you don’t.
CLA Land & Business
Practical Deer Management is a highly-polished fusion of a topical subject matter; a plethora of illuminating photographs and excellent hardcover presentation by Quiller Publishing. There is a lot to like about this book. Author Charles Smith-Jones shares his lifetime involvement of managing and harvesting UK deer in this easy to read, encyclopaedic, training manual. From the lifelike, eye-catching dust cover to the impressively useful Annexes, this book covers all facets of UK deer management in sufficient detail to satisfy the ardent of deer enthusiasts as well as those with a more casual acquaintance… Practical Deer Management provides practical information on most, if not all, aspects of potential human/deer encounters. If you only ever buy one book on UK deer, you should certainly consider Practical Deer Management being your purchase.
Gary Creighton, British Country Sports
In this long overdue book my old friend Charles Smith-Jones provides pragmatic, real-world advice for solving conflicts with deer. Refreshingly written in ‘everyman’ language it is straightforward and easy to understand. That Charles loves deer is immediately apparent, drawing on a life-times experience his heartfelt belief that our deer deserve to be managed respectfully with a humane approach underpins his writing. … Through this refreshing book there is the possibility for us all to find a better understanding and tolerance of all of our deer.
It is set to become the classic work on the subject.