Woodcock Fieldcraft and Quarry
Woodcock Fieldcraft and Quarry is not just a book about shooting, but also takes a comprehensive look at, and contains a contemporary discussion on this fascinating species, drawing upon the advances in scientific research to reflect population numbers, migration and the effects of climate change. It is a beautifully illustrated roughshooter's guide, with stunning photographs, looking at the responsible approach to shooting woodcock. Not only will you will learn about the woodcock today, it's natural history, migration, fieldcraft and woodcock shooting, tools for the job and future woodcock, but there are also a handful of recipes included for you to bring from field to table, such as cockbean smoking and peacock soup.
Reviews for Woodcock Fieldcraft and Quarry
This easily navigated and well researched book contains individual chapters including migration patterns and how to cook the birds… Drawing on many decades of Prof Trotman’s own hard-won experiences and contacts from right around the shooting world, the beautifully illustrated pages really bring the sport to life… Woodcock Fieldcraft and Quarry makes a fine introduction to the fascinating world of the elusive woodcock. One for the hunter’s bookshelf? In my view a big yes.
.. A book that is just as much about shooting the woodcock as it is a study of their migratory habits, WFQ appreciates its subject matter to the hilt, hunting rather than just shooting the species an important theme throughout. The book isn’t just about pulling the trigger either, in the chapter entitled ‘From Field to Table’, Mark Hinge offers a fine selection of woodcock recipes to tempt your taste buds.
Professor Colin Trotman is an accepted authority on woodcock and is a passionate hunter of the species. This book covers shooting, scientific research and contains a roughshooter’s guide to finding good woodcock shooting.
NGO Keeping the Balance
Colin Trotman’s new book on our most mysterious quarry really is a masterpiece for anyone seeking to find out more about the birds, their habits and the special place they hold in many shooters’ hearts. With a strong emphasis on conservation and natural history and a great deal of the latest research findings distilled into the text, there is an enormous amount of knowledge in this fine book. Take, for example, the evidence Colin presents of the bird’s ability to dress its own injuries with mud and feathers. This is fascinating stuff for those who want to know what it is about woodcock – and shooting them – that makes them so special. A fantastic addition to the bookshelf of any keen woodcock shooter.
Professor Colin Trotman is a champion of the woodcock, placing as much emphasis on the species and its behaviour and habitat as he does on hunting the birds. Their migration patterns and the fieldcraft needed to hunt them, therefore, take equal precedence. An intelligent chapter on cooking and eating woodcock is evidence of this rounded approach. Woodcock are one of our most exciting and mysterious of the gamebirds we pursue but the quest is often jealously guarded. Trotman understands that the future of this exceptional bird depends on bringing younger people into the sport. For those who haven’t experienced woodcock first hand, this book is invaluable. Illustrated throughout, it combines science and sport to produce a useful insight. ‘The woodcock is much revered and held in high esteem across the nations of Europe,’ says Trotman. After reading this book, you’ll see why.
A masterpiece for anyone seeking to find out more about the birds, habitat and the special place they hold in many shooters’ heart. Contains a strong emphasis on conservation and natural history with the latest research findings distilled into the text.