The book takes the stalker beyond the basics to examine in detail the techniques and tactics required in order to achieve success.
The book includes, amongst others, advice on rifle accessories, hunting methods and tips, cooperative deer culling, what the successful amateur deer stalker can do with the deer from carcass recovery through to its sale or food preparation.
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This book takes woodland stalking beyond the basics to examine in detail the techniques and tactics required in order to achieve success.
After considering the suitability of different calibres for various purposes, the book deals with the finer points of accessories such as riflescopes, moderators and bipods and explains how a more experienced stalker can make choices from what is available in the marketplace or create his own DIY equipment for their Woodland Stalking.
An extensive and in depth section on hunting methods is packed with practical detail and tips about successful hunting on foot and from high seats, plus the use of calls. A further aspect of stalking which is becoming increasingly popular, is co-operative deer culling and guidance is offered to the deer manager on how to organise a team cull. There is also helpful advice on assessing cull targets.
The book looks at what the successful amateur deer stalker can do with the deer brought home from the wild. It deals with carcass recovery, care of the carcass after hunting, building or setting up a home deer larder, selling venison to the game dealer and direct sales to the public within the framework of current game and food hygiene legislation. The book concludes with a section on venison butchery and basic processing, such as home smoking and sausage making.
About the Author
Graham Downing has amassed a lifetime of practical knowledge of shooting sports, having hunted with both rifle and shotgun throughout the UK, Europe and Africa.
An experienced deer manager, he stalks in the East of England and makes frequent visits to Scotland. A regular contributor to Shooting Times, The Field, Shooting Gazette and Shooting & Conservation, he has edited the British Deer Society’s journal Deer since 2003.
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