Shooting Pigeons - John HumphreysNewton Abbot, London & North Pomfret: David & Charles, 1988, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper.
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Black & White Drawings;
From the cover: “Pigeon shooting has never been more popular. Farmers’ enemy number one, all efforts to control numbers seem to have failed and the shooting man has been one of the beneficiaries. The boom in oilseed rape growing has been to the liking of the bird and the grey hordes are to be found in all counties in the UK.
Shooting them is not as easy as it was twenty years ago. Generations of being shot at have taught the woodpigeon a thing or two about survival. Many of the old rules can no longer be applied and this book sets out to inform the reader of some new techniques. Lofting, wing flapping, more thoughtful displays of decoys and a greater adaptability on the part of the sportsman are all part of the new pattern. This book, which draws on a lifetime’s experience, explains about the choice of gun and cartridge, deployment of decoys, the construction of hides and describes the latest equipment which is available to help the decoyer.
Finding pigeon shooting is also a problem which is dealt with carefully as is use of dogs, habits of the modern pigeon and many other matters. Old and new hands alike will find here much that is new and useful. The author feels that if Shooting Pigeons helps to improve a few bags up and down the country, his efforts will have been well worthwhile.
A new generation of pigeon shooters has arrived since the last serious book on the subject was written. Armed with the information packed into this book, they will be well equipped to pit their wits against this most challenging and fascinating quarry species.”