Will’s Pigeon Shooting
Will Garfit is a renowned pigeon shot and his stories of all forms of pigeon shooting are well known to readers of the Shooting Gazette, for whom he has written a monthly column since 1994.
This authoritative book on how to shoot woodpigeons is an explosion of his enthusiasm and passion for the bird and the sport it can produce. He is not a professional pigeon shooter but likes to be known as an 'enthusiastic amateur'.
His first pigeon was killed with a catapult as a buy and he then progressed to stalking pigeons with an air rifle and .410, then to decoying using a 12 bore. His youthful enthusiasm led him to meet the legendary father of pigeon shooting, Archie Coats, who took Will under his proverbial wing and become not only a close friend but like a sporting father.
For fifty years Will has been developing his art as a pigeon shooter and this book shares the personal experience, thoughts and secrets that enable him to shoot consistently good bags. An amazing record is that when protecting crops over the past ten years amazing record is that when protecting crops over the past ten years he has averaged over 100 a day over 600 days. This book explains that this is not just luck but based on the sound principles of good reconnaissance, siting and building of hides, presentation of decoys and accurate shooting. All are covered in this book which is written in an engaging style and illustrated by his own watercolours and diagrams.
Reviews for Will’s Pigeon Shooting
Everything you need to know about pigeon shooting – and more besides. One of the best-known and respected names in the sporting world, Will is well placed to write a book such as this… Nicely illustrated too by good photographs and his own sepia paintings.
In his charming and informative book, Will Garfit charts his lifetime pursuit of pigeon… His gentle, informative text offers examples and gives hints and tips for the novice or the experienced shot seeking extra pointers. It is an invaluable and well-written guide.
A lifetime’s experience, stuffed with stories of pigeon shooting, makes it a compelling read, and even the instructional pages are laced with anecdote… You certainly don’t need to be a pigeon shooter to enjoy it, but by the time you reach the final page you will certainly want to be one.
BASC, Shooting & Conservation Magazine