The Deer Stalking Handbook

Graham Downing



ISBN: 9781846893742

PUBLICATION DATE: January 14, 2023


BINDING: Paperback


Deer stalking is widely regarded as the fastest growing sector within shooting sports in Britain today. Those who stalk deer for sport recognise and appreciate the exciting challenge that comes from hunting a wild and wary quarry, moreover, they enjoy the opportunity to participate in a sport that can take them to some of Britain’s wildest and most beautiful places, from the hushed calm of an ancient English forest at dawn, to the magnificence of the Scottish hill.

Successful stalking, however, 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 basic grounding in the principles which the newcomer to the sport needs to know in order to enjoy a safe, successful and responsible stalking career.

The author explains the history, background and rationale behind deer stalking in the UK, covers the choice of stalking rifles, optics, ammunition and accessories, and deals with the all-important issue of safety. The law related to firearms and deer is covered in detail, together with guidance on firearm security in the home and when travelling, while the natural history of Britain’s six species of wild deer is described, with notes and illustrations to assist with recognition.

Stalking tactics are discussed and explained from the perspective both of the stalking guest who is accompanied by a professional guide and of the more experienced hunter whose responsibility it is to plan and execute a woodland stalking outing on his own. Finally, the book deals with what the stalker must do should his day meet with success, from the gralloch and preparation of the carcass for the game dealer, through to butchering for the home kitchen.

Here is a book to which the amateur deer stalker will want to refer time and time again.

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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