Deer Stalking and Management - Lewis PotterRamsbury: The Crowood Press, 2008, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: Very Good — in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Small scuff to the upper board, a decent copy otherwise.
Signed by the author, with dedication, on the title page — without provenance. Includes: List of useful addresses; Further reading list; Colour photographs (within the text); Coloured maps (1); Colour frontispiece; Glossary; 2-column text;
From the cover: “Written in a style that is very practical and easy to understand, this comprehensive and well-illustrated book considers deer management and stalking as it really is. It encapsulates the often solitary experiences of the stalker who has only the wildlife for company and considers a world that many people do not know about, do not understand and which many find alien. The author is deeply involved in deer management and stalking and is passionately concerned about the welfare of these beautiful animals. His objective is to both educate and inform.
Deer numbers in the United Kingdom and elsewhere have risen significantly in recent years, and this has led to a substantial increase in their environmental impact in the form of extensive and costly damage to both commercial crops and young trees, as well as to the natural flora and fauna. It has also led to many more deer being killed and injured on the roads and to their movement into even semi-urban areas. Too many deer leads not only to significant agricultural and environmental damage, in hard weather it results in a greater possibility of disease, limited feed and even ‘starvation for some deer. Accordingly, as this book explains, deer numbers need to be carefully managed in a humane and compassionate way that causes the minimum of suffering to the deer.
The author examines all of the deer species found living naturally in the countryside in the United Kingdom and discusses in detail the methods of management and the pitfalls involved. He analyses deer fatalities, diseases and accidents, explains that deer management is not an exact science and demystifies some incorrect yet popularly held beliefs. Consideration is also given to stalking in different types of terrain, the placement of the shot, cull numbers, aging, antler development, gralloching, larder work, the law, health and safety, risk assessment as well as the various types of rifle, cartridges, ballistics and other equipment. Throughout the book the author’s message is the same — keep it simple.”