The Imperfect Shot
Shooting Excuses, Gaffes and Blunders
'Have I remembered everything?'
'What shall I wear?'
'Who am I likely to be shooting alongside?'
'Will the dog behave?'
'Will the birds be there?'
These are all questions that might keep the Gun, the picker-up, the keeper and anyone else connected with a day's game shooting awake the night before a much anticipated day.
'Why did I say that?'
'Why did I do that?'
'Why did my dog do that?'
'Why did I think about the weather?'
'What was I thinking?'
These are all questions one might ask oneself the evening after!
Fortunately, you are not alone in your nightmares! If you've ever encountered a particular incident or experience on the shooting field, whether it be a formal day, or as a rough shoot with a couple of friends, it's a fairly safe bet that others will have it too.
The Imperfect Shot illustrates in words and cartoons, light-hearted errors and ill-judgment of those who have experienced minor faux pas and misdemeanours on the shooting field — and also glorifies those who have got the better of a particular situation!
There are, among its pages, real pearls of wisdom; there is, though, much advice written somewhat 'tongue-in-cheek'. All immediately bring a mental picture to mind.
A mental picture is not, however, required. The illustrations, brought to life by renowned country and field sports artist, Oliver Preston — himself a shooting man of no ill-repute — has negated the need for the cry which otherwise might go out: 'Oh, if only I had a camera!' As if the situation was not clear enough, Oliver adds more.
Some tales might, of course be apocryphal — and I'll leave it for the reader to decide which they might be!
Reviews for The Imperfect Shot
Here you will find tales of embarrassing gundogs, war cries in the beating line, lunch-stealing Labradors and wonderfully incompetent shots, not to mention outrageous shooting clothing and mad ducks. Hilariously illustrated by Oliver Preston, this is clearly one for the Christmas stocking.
CLA, Land and Business Magazine
This is an anthology of shooting excuses, gaffes and anecdotes which you might actually find useful during the season. Not only does it provide very easy access light reading for those moments when the Financial Times is a bit too topical and War and Peace is a bit too serious, but it also contains some honest advice for game shooters who might like to kid themselves sometimes. There aren’t many things he hasn’t seen on shoot day — and a lot of them make it into this book.
From excuses for missing, including the ‘safety catch got stuck’ to ensuring your mobile phone is turned off, the author aims to guide the newby through some of the pitfalls of driven game shooting. And he makes it abundantly clear that pulling the trigger is just a small part of the overall shooting day, which should include a good lunch, fascinating repartee with fellow guns and getting all dressed up in sometimes ridiculous garb that, in any other situation, would be laughable.
Philip Bowern, Western Morning News
This book provides some novel excuses and tongue-in-cheek advice for pickers-up, Guns and keepers alike for when things don’t quite go as planned. Brought to life by Oliver Preston’s illustration, there are, among its pages, some real pearls of wisdom.