Foreword by the Duke of Wellington; Introduction; Evolution of the Shotgun; The Cartridge; Game Shooting; Game Management; Beginner's Luck; The Rough Shoot; Walking Up Pheasants; Shooting Flying; The High and Mighty; Dogging Grouse; Driven Grouse; Black Game; Climbing for Ptarmigan; North American Grouse; Desert Grouse; Bobwhite; Booming Chicken; Erninence Grise; Driven Partridge; Partridges in Spain; Cocks of the Wood; Turkey Shoot; Barnacle Bill; Goosing; Bombay Duck; Flighting; The Punter; Tiny Teal; Duck Hunting Duck Down Under 'Cock' Shooting; The American Gentleman; 'Thunder Bird'; Pigeon Pie; The Predators; The Poachers; The Gamekeepers; Sporting Dogs; Conservation; The Reapers; Pheasant Driving; Grouse Driving; Partridge Driving; Migration; The Future; List of Paintings; Terminology; Open Seasons; Acknowledgments
Ranulf Rayner has lived all his life in Devon, a county renowned for its sporting opportunities. He now manages an agricultural estate, is chairman of the South Western Region of the British Field Sports Society and founding member of the Devon Association of Sporting Shots. Andrew Ellis is an accomplished artist whose favourite hobby is hawking, and has been able to combine both for this book. He lives in Kingsteignton, Devon.