A Complete Guide
Stalking Muntjac will give you a better understanding of this fascinating species and how to manage its population in a responsible and humane way.
Graham Downing shares his knowledge of the origin and spread of Muntjac, detailing their natural history. Muntjac were introduced to Britain from their native China in the nineteenth century and they have spent the past hundred years colonising southern and eastern England. The phenomenal success of the Muntjac population has sometimes brought it into sharp conflict with those who make their living in the countryside, with conservationists and road users alike. As a result, and with no natural predators to control their numbers, muntjac numbers need to be managed.
To the deer stalker this presents a new sporting opportunity, for though they may be the smallest of our deer species, muntjac are nonetheless a challenging and absorbing quarry to hunt. Downing covers the pursuit of muntjac on foot, the use of high seats and calls, and even the rare opportunity to stalk barking muntjac by sound alone. For the stalker who is interested in trophies there is advice on the preparation and measuring of heads, while nobody who enjoys locally sourced food, fresh from the countryside, can fail to be enthused by his notes on muntjac cookery.
Reviews for Stalking Muntjac
The author of this new guide, clearly highly experienced in this field, discusses everything from high seats, calls and head measuring to the natural history of this remarkable species. His emphasis on the need to control muntjac numbers humanely will be widely welcomed. There is a fascinating section on the culinary delights of muntjac with a number of practical, delicious sounding recipes. There is also a short section on making jewellery from muntjac tusks!
CLA Land and Business
At a time when this small, secretive and admittedly invasive deer is unfairly denigrated in some circles, Stalking Muntjac comes as a timely celebration of the species and its particular attraction to the stalker…This book is over 180 pages of reading enjoyment, written with warmth and authority, and packed with tips and advice for novice and expert alike. It is very attractively produced and lavishly illustrated with some truly superb photographs as well as a number of delightful pencil drawings. It comes thoroughly recommended and will have a valued place on any stalker’s bookshelf.
We can only learn by experience and Graham’s excellent book is a good starting point for the novice and will certainly increase the knowledge and fill in a few gaps for the more experienced stalker.
The photographs are outstanding by any standards and are some of the best wild mammals I can recall seeing.
Highland News Group