The Deer Stalking Handbook

Graham Downing



ISBN: 9781846891830

PUBLICATION DATE: September 1, 2013


BINDING: Hardback

EXTENT: 192 pages

Successful stalking demands a high level of knowledge and skill. Much of this can only be learned through long hours of apprenticeship and experience. This book provides a solid grounding in the principles which the newcomer to the sport needs to know in order to enjoy a safe, successful and responsible stalking career.

Graham Downing explains the history, background and rationale behind deer stalking in the UK. He discusses stalking rifles, optics, ammunition and accessories, and deals with the all-important issue of safety. 
The law relating to firearms and deer is covered in detail, together with guidance on firearm security in the home and when travelling. 
The natural history of of Britain's six species of wild deer is described complete with notes and illustration to aid identification.
Stalking tactics are discussed and explained for both the amateur and the more experienced hunter who has to plan and execute a woodland stalking on his own.
The final section guides meat preparation and butchering for both the home kitchen and for the game dealer.

Meet the author Graham Downing

Graham Downing is a regular contributor to leading UK country sports magazines Shooting Times & Country Magazine, The Field, and Shooting Gazette. He edits Deer, the magazine of the British Deer Society and has contributed to articles in The Daily Telegraph, Country Landowner and BASC.

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