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Acknowledgements Foreword by Jonathan Young, editor of The Field Introduction Section 1: Getting Started 1. Basic Woodcraft 2. Quarry Recognition 3. The Rough Shooter's Dog 4. Guns and Cartridges 5. Clothes and Equipment 6. Legal and Ethical Considerations Section 2: Quarry and their Pursuit 7. Pheasants 8. Partridges 9. Woodcock 10. Snipe 11. Ground Game 12. Wildfowl 13. Pigeons 14. Principles of Decoying Section 3: Managing the Shoot 15. Conservation and Restocking Policy 16. Habitat Management 17. Predation Control 18. Continuing Care Appendix 1: The Fieldsports Organisations Appendix 2: The Quarry in Death Bibliography Index

About the Author

Mike Swan is Head of Education at the Game Conservancy Trust. He has advised on conservation and shoot management as part of The Game Conservancy team since 1982, he has written widely for the sporting press and is a regular contributor to both Shooting Times and Shooting Gazette


Although so much of shooting's focus is upon organised driven-shooting nowadays, Mike Swan celebrates the simple pleasures of informal rough-shooting, where the quality and variety is equally impressive. He offers practical tips on shooting, management, habitat improvement, what to wear, the equipment needed and much more. Subjects are dealt with in individual chapters so the reader can navigate the book easily, allowing him to get straight to the relevant information before picking up his gun and putting what he has read into practice.
Mike's huge experience means that his advice is absolutely sound and based on personal knowledge, and although the book is aimed at those who are relatively new to the sport, there is a lot that will be valuable to the more experienced Guns. Mike writes clearly and concisely, managing to say a great deal in a short space; the result is a book which is a pleasure to read, despite being crammed with information and makes a fine introduction to our sport. * Shooting & Conservation Magazine *
Drawing on many decades of advice from right around the shooting world the beautifully illustrated pages really bring the sport to life, Perfect for novices looking to get into the sport and for older guns looking to brush up.

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