The Deer Stalking Handbook
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.
Reviews for The Deer Stalking Handbook
Invaluable for the novice hunter. Consider the text a solid primer in deer hunting that comprehensively covers all aspects of the hunt, from rifle selection and tracking a shot deer to cooking the venison. The author has the utmost respect for the quarry and possesses an unrivalled knowledge on the subject matter.
Updated to take in recent legislation, this is the book that every novice stalker should read. The wisdom accumulated over many years both on the hill and in woodland is distilled into a deceptively slim volume. Clear, concise and comprehensive, it covers every aspect of the sport without becoming bogged down in needless detail. It is essential reading for anyone contemplating taking DSC1.
BASC, Shooting & Conservation Magazine