deer stalking

  • Back from the Game Fair with new signed books

    Back from the Game Fair, and just about recovered, we have a few signed copies left of the two new sporting books that were launched on our stand over the weekend.

    Stalking FallowStalking Fallow by John Thornley with illustrations by Ian MacGillivrary
    by John Thornley

    "Fallow deer are acknowledged as being one of the most difficult of our six species of deer in the UK to manage effectively. Stalking Fallow is an extensive guide to the management and techniques of stalking fallow deer from the perspective of not only the deer stalker but also the deer manager and the land owner. It provides a unique insight into stalking both woodland and open ground and the techniques in the use of high seats. Covering all aspects of fallow deer management and their natural history, it includes how to organise and manage collaborative team culls, recognise and prevent crop damage, and take into account any health and safety issues, and disease identification. Stalking fallow is beautifully illustrated throughout by renowned wildlife artist, Ian MacGillivrary and is an essential definitive guide for all associated with the management of fallow deer."

    At the Game Fair both the author, John Thornley, and the illustrator, Ian MacGillivrary, signed some copies for us. We have a few of these left for just £25.00 each.

    Mint new hardback in dust-wrapper. Signed by both author and illustrator.
    £25.00


    Between the CovertsBetween the Coverts: The shooter's bedside book by Charles Smith-Jones with illustrations by Will Garfit
    The Shooter's Bedside Book
    by Charles Smith-Jones

    "A delightful compendium that every shooting person will relish full of fascinating facts, tips and advice, A-Z of game species and a mixture of classic shooting stories, both true and fictional. A glance at the A to Z section of quarry species gives a very good idea of the scope of the book, which ranges from the commonplace to the unusual. Of course, there are entries for pheasant and partridge (both grey and redleg), but also for black grouse, ptarmigan and golden plover, plus the various species of goose and duck. The author describes them in detail - their appearance, their habitats and their habits. He does not ignore the four-legged quarry either, as hare, squirrel and rabbit, for example are all included too. So whatever your chosen quarry, you will find an accurate description, as well as an unusual fact, a tip for improving your equipment or your technique, or a useful titbit of information that will not only stand you in good stead for your shooting day but also increase your enjoyment.In other sections, the author's sound advice covers all sorts of topics, from choosing your gun and cartridges, how best to look after your equipment, basic etiquette if you are a guest, hints for safe shooting and an invaluable list of 'keeper's tips', plus ideas about storing game. Interspersed throughout the text are anecdotes, shooting quotations and snippets of fascinating information; and, of course, there is a welcome reappearance of the characters from the fictional Glen Garron estate. We are also introduced to a previously unknown regiment, the Glamorgan Fusiliers, whose exploits and eccentricities will strike a chord for any reader with a military background. The author's ability to provide a carefully researched historical perspective to the sport of game shooting - the development of firearms and shooting techniques over the centuries - can only add to the keen shot's understanding of his or her sport. Facts are explained and myths exploded against a background of great experience and deep knowledge, but always with huge enthusiasm and a liberal dose of wit and humour. You are bound to find something within this very readable book's pages that you didn't know before: and whether you are an experienced shot or a novice, you will find plenty to inform, entertain and amuse. Should you be looking for a present to take to the host of your shooting day, look no further!"

    Mint new hardback in dust-wrapper. Signed by the author.
    £20.00

  • New books and lots of bargains


    New titles
    and lots of new bargains from Coch-y-Bonddu Books
    Paul has been beavering away, sourcing new and
    interesting titles for our winter catalogue, and we thought we'd give
    you a taste of them beforehand. The catalogue should be mailed early in
    November so if any of you don't receive a copy, give us a reminder.

    We still have a few angling shows to attend. If there is anything you
    would like us to bring along please let us know in plenty of time. They
    are the Grayling Society Conference in Derby, the Irish Fly Fair in
    Galway, and the iFish Fly Fair in Sussex. More details available on the
    website Show Schedule.

    Piking in
    the Fens


    The Fenland Thirties

    A history of Fenland pike

    Volume two

    By Denis MoulesA completely new and updated
    edition of Denis Moule's compilation of more than 71 pike over the magic
    weight of 30lbs caught from the Norfolk and Cambridgeshire Fens. Only
    500 copies of this edition have been printed, around 300 of which had
    sold within the first six weeks of publication. This one won't be around
    for long!

    Mint new paperback. £20.00





    Fenland Pike

    By Denis Moules and Mark BarrettThe perfect
    companion to the book above. Fenland Pike has been widely reviewed as
    one of the best pike fishing books to be published in recent times. We
    have a relatively small number left, and the authors have long sold
    out, but in an effort to clear a bit of space in the warehouse we can
    temporarily offer it at half price! Copies are already selling quickly
    and this will be a temporary reduction only.

    Mint hardback in dust-wrapper. Was £30.00. Now
    only £14.95!




    We also have several hundred other pike fishing
    books on our website including scarce out-of-print books, all of the
    latest titles and many great bargains.

    Click here
    to see them all.
    Four bargain
    carp fishing books
    Superb new carp fishing bargains from
    authors
    Harry Haskell, Paul Cook, Clive Williams and Julian Cundiff - all
    considerably less than half price! We have several hundred other carp
    fishing books on our website.

    Click here
    to see them all.








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    Match,
    specimen and other coarse angling


    Fallon's Angler

    A medley of piscatorial prose

    Edited by Garrett FallonFallon’s Angler
    celebrates the telling of the angling story through original, long-form
    writing with a strong, narrative feel, and avoids the incessant barrage
    of tackle and tactics. Featuring articles from Chris Yates, Tom Fort,
    Niall Fallon, Dominic Garnett, Theo Pike, Jon Day, Kevin Parr, Peter
    Scott, Nick Fallowfield-Cooper, Rob Forth & Garrett Fallon. Intended to
    appear as a quarterly journal. This is issue one.

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    A Fish for All Seasons

    By Martin BowlerJoin Martin as he takes you through not only his
    personal voyage but also an emotional tour of the British waterways and
    the wonderful fish that inhabit them. From carp, conger eels and
    specimen rudd to salmon, few anglers have experienced so much.

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    Flyfishing
    bargains
    We now have well over two hundred reduced price
    flyfishing books on our website. The selection below are a few of the
    latest but

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    to see them all.



    Irish Rise

    Reflections by lough and stream

    By Dennis Moss

    A good, current account of Irish
    trout fishing, by an author who knows what he's talking about. Wild
    fishing with a fly rod, with something of the author's own career as a
    fly fisherman. Includes topical observations about conservation of wild
    stock, the effects of angler pressure, and favourite flies. Lots about
    big brown trout on the limestone loughs of the west of Ireland. A great
    book now available at an excellent price.

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    Fallow Deer

    Their history, distribution and biology

    By Donald and Norma ChapmanRegarded by many
    as the definitive work on fallow deer, this 1997 reprint was produced in
    response to continuing demand for the book and is now available at a
    very good price.

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  • Back from the Midland - with signed books!

    Back from the Midland Game Fair where several authors were kind enough to sign a few copies of their books for us. We only have a small number of signed copies of each of these so if you are after a copy get your order in quickly! Details below:

    Stalking Muntjac
    A complete guide
    By Graham Downing

    Mint in dust-wrapper. Signed by the author.
    Only £25.00 - click here.

    The spread of muntjac across southern England has made deer stalking available to more sportsmen than ever before."In this book, Graham Downing outlines their origin and spread, explains in detail their natural history and gives his experiences of muntjac stalking. He covers the pursuit of muntjac on foot, the use of high seats and calls, and even the rare opportunity to stalk barking muntjac by sound alone. For the stalker who is interested in trophies there is advice on the preparation and measuring of heads, while nobody who enjoys local food, fresh from the countryside can fail to be enthused by his notes on muntjac cookery."

    Chapters include:-

    The story of muntjac in Britain;
    Natural history;
    Muntjac and man;
    Stalking practicalities;
    A muntjac stalking philosophy;
    View from a high seat;
    Both feet on the ground;
    Calling all muntjac;
    A feast of muntjac;
    Trophies.

    Gamekeeping
    An illustrated history
    By David S.D. Jones

    Mint in dust-wrapper. Signed by the author.
    Only £25.00 - click here.

    "David Jones has written a fascinating and comprehensive book on the history of gamekeeping since the inception of the profession in the late seventeenth century until the present time. He writes about all aspects of gamekeeping with chapters on training, pay, cottages, gamekeepers in wartime, loaders and loading, lady gamekeepers, gamekeeping throughout the UK and Ireland and also overseas, especially in the days of the British empire. There is an interesting section on the moorland gamekeeper which includes the memories of George Grass of Ramsgill. Gamekeeping not only contains a but also draws on oral and written testimonies from gamekeepers, contemporary newspaper cuttings and extracts from historic documents. With its comprehensive coverage and wealth of stunning illustrations, this book provides a unique insight into gamekeeping and gives an accurate record of gamekeeping in times past, something often neglected by other authors who have painted a much rosier picture of the gamekeepers life in bygone days, rather than a truthful one based on hard facts."

    Chapters include:-

    The gamekeeper;
    The gamekeeping hierarchy;
    Gamekeepers' pay and perks;
    Gamekeeper training;
    The gamekeeper and his caste;
    Game preservation;
    Poaching; Pest control;
    Game shooting;
    Gamekeepers' cottages;
    The gamekeeper abroad;
    Gamekeeping in Scotland;
    Gamekeeping in Ireland;
    A country gentleman's country gentleman;
    Gamekeeping professional bodies;
    The moorland gamekeeper - memories of George Grass of Ramsgill;
    The park keeper;
    The lady gamekeeper - a rare bird;
    Gamekeepers in wartime;
    Loaders and loading;
    Beaters past and present;
    Game records.

    Think Like A Pheasant
    Brian Mitchell and the rise of the Exmoor high bird
    By Brian Mitchell and Stephen Manning

    Mint in dust-wrapper. Signed by both authors.
    Only £25.00 - click here.

    "A fascinating and comprehensive book on the life of Brian Mitchell and his philosophy towards gamekeeping and countryside management - his once controversial views on pheasant rearing and cover crops are now accepted worldwide. The book covers his early working life from under keeper on the Sherborne Estate through to the great Exmoor shoot of Miltons where Brian saw the potential of the shoot to produce the now renowned Exmoor high bird. It discusses his move to Castle Hill, the many challenges he faced there and the development of the shoot over 25 years. Mishaps and successes are chronicled and each chapter is littered full of anecdotes - many of them humorous - and laced with the names of characters from the world of shooting." With a preface by Prince Eric Sturdza and an introduction by David Clark, head gamekeeper on The Sandringham Estate.

    Chapters include:-

    The morning after the season before;
    An early love of the country;
    Mapperton - a new life and a new challenge;
    Miltons and the goal of the Exmoor high bird;
    Castle Hill - a new beginning;
    'Prevention better than cure...';
    'Not always the most popular guy...';
    The future of the Exmoor high bird;
    Legacy and the future.

  • The New Zealand Collection

    We've recently been tidying up the New Zealand corner of the warehouse and have found lots of good stuff. So many good books in fact that we have created a new section on the website for books relating to hunting and fishing in New Zealand. Here is the link:

    http://www.anglebooks.com/all-fishing-books/fishing-and-hunting-in-new-zealand.html

    There are already several hundred books in the section with plenty more to be catalogued over the next few days. If you are looking for a specific title that you can't see on the website then as always, do email us with your request and we can search our uncatalogued stocks for you.

  • Muntjac - reviews

    Muntjac:
    Managing an Alien Species
    by Charles Smith-Jones

    Hardback. £19.95
    De luxe leather-bound edition limited to only 20 copies. £150.00

    "With thanks to other writers such as Richard Prior we have had access to some superb books for the management of deer, Roe in particular. Charles Smith-Jones refers to Priors good work in this book and I think the structure and style feels very similar.
    The great thing about this book is that most other deer books give a few pages to this little alien species, whereas Smith-Jones writes at length with real purpose and passion educating the reader on all aspects from natural history through the acquisition of sporting rights, understanding your deer, stalking techniques, cull management and processing of Muntjac.
    The book covers areas relevant to other deer species in the UK and the management of them, but for a reader with an interest in Muntjac, this will also offer species specific facts and advice which will provide for the novice as well as for the seasoned deer shooter." ("MORE", Amazon review, 2nd of July 2012).


     

    "This is a brilliant book if you want to know more about muntjac. Smith-Jones covers the whole topic of deer management. There are chapters on what the stalker needs to know and equipment etc which was helpful. Also chapters on legislation make the law around deer management easier to understand." (A. Cross, Amazon review, 21st of April 2012).


     

    "This really is the definitive book on Muntjac management, I can't highly recommend it enough. Covers everything there is to know about them, from history through to culling and even trophy preparation." (Mr N. Frewin, Amazon review, 20th October 2009).


     

    "This absorbing book covers every aspect of the muntjac from its history in the UK, through its habits and lifecycle, to stalking, shooting and larder work.
    Due to their success as an introduced species in this country, the muntjac must, for many, be the the most commonly encountered deer. Their increasing population is not without its problems, but this book focuses on management, i.e. living with this creature, rather than treating it as an outright pest.
    Smith-Jones must be our leading authority on the muntjac; his clear affection for the species, combined with his easy-going style, make this an engaging read for those who hunt deer, or indeed anyone with a realistic interest in this animal." ("edwardh300", Amazon review, 28th of October 2005).

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