Fishing, Shooting & Hunting Books
This beautifully produced large-format journal is ideal for both game shooting and fishing records and has ample space for date, location, guns/rods, bag, and comments. Illustrated with Rodger McPhail's color paintings of game and fish species, with full-color endpapers and a ribbon marker, this all-new design makes a fine keepsake.
- RRP £30.00
Reel in the complete guide to every aspect of fishing. "The Complete Fishing Manual" is the definitive guide to fishing covering everything from strategies and techniques, to choosing bait, tackle and equipment. Whether you're beach-fishing for sharks or fly-fishing in the rivers of England, advice on anatomy, behaviour and habitat and detailed photography on every technique will mean that no fish is safe from you! And for those who want to cast their net further? "The Complete Fishing Manual" gives you an amazing insight into the world's best fishing destinations, and the once-in-a-lifetime species that you can find there. Inspiring novices and experienced fishermen and women alike, "The Complete Fishing Manual" is an invaluable resource for any keen angler.
- RRP £16.99
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This comprehensive guide to the very latest techniques for catching carp is written by fishing gurus Andy Little, Ian 'Chilly' Chillcott, Ken Townley and a team of experts from Fox International, the best regarded manufacturer of fishing tackle in Europe. Packed with accessible guidance and information, here is all you need to know about the rigs, tackle and tactics that pave the way to success every time. As well as rigs - from stiff, hinged, helicopter, lead core and pop-up - the book assesses the pros and cons of using backleads, plus modern braids, PVA in all its forms, useful knots and crimping, spodding and baits. All the rigs and ideas are presented in a concise step-by-step format and the sequences are fully illustrated with colour photography. The book adds up to the only reference guide to modern carp fishing any keen angler will need.
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Jeremy Paxman has created the perfect literary catch for fellow angling enthusiasts in this rich and varied anthology. Ten thoroughly entertaining themed chapters include 'Ones That Got Away', 'Ones That Didn't Get Away' and 'Fish That Bit Back'. Each is introduced by Paxman's own sharp, humorous observations and features both contemporary and historical writing about fishing in prose and verse, covering everything from tench tickling to piranha attacks. Some pieces are well known favourites, others are obscure, every one is a delight. 'A superb compilation because it roams from carp to cod, trout to tarpon and does not regurgitate the same old clippings. Paxman has clearly read widely and wisely in putting this together ...probably the definitive anthology of angling writing' - Keith Elliott, "Independent on Sunday".
- RRP £14.99
This comprehensive instructional guide to the very latest techniques for sea angling is written by leading international sea angler Alan Yates and a team of experts from Fox International, the best regarded manufacturer of fishing tackle in Europe. Packed with the latest facts, accessible guidance and information, this guide will hope both novices and the most experienced of sea anglers to improve their techniques and their catch rates. Whether you fish from the beach, rocks, pier or in the surf, here is everything you need to know about tactics, tackle, rigs, species and baits. Presented in full colour, with step-by-step diagrams, professional photography and colour illustrations, this book adds up to the only reference guide to modern sea fishing any angler will need.
- RRP £20.00
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A fascinating and comprehensive book on the history of gamekeeping from the late seventeenth century until the present time, offering unique insight and an accurate record of gamekeeping in times past. Aimed at gamekeepers, sportsmen, shooters, and anyone with an interest in country life or countryside history. Includes snippets from tape recordings of gamekeepers' testimonies, contemporary newspaper clippings, and extracts from historic documents. Beautifully illustrated throughout.
- RRP £25.00
'Though most of my life seems to have been spent on the banks of lakes and rivers, I have always been drawn to the sea'. Through twenty-two casts, Britain's best-known freshwater fisherman quits land in favour of the sea. There, he discovers the many pleasures of the coast: wild shores, unpredictable waves, the violent collision of the elements, and, of course, fish that glisten and dart beneath a never-still surface. From childhood remembrances of saltwater escapades to more recent discoveries, Chris Yates brings the sea and its many wonders to scintillating life.
- RRP £9.99
This is a comprehensive how-to manual on tackle, techniques and locations, shown step by step in over 1200 pictures. It features over 1200 photographs and illustrations, including step-by-step instructional sequences throughout. It covers all the major species of fish, and gives information on their habitat and location, feeding habits and how to identify them. It includes details of the best lures and baits to use, with guidance for every level of angler, and clear, step-by-step instruction on tying flies. It offers expert advice on where to fish, what to fish for, the best fishing techniques for all kinds of species, and locations and tips on reading all types of water. Angling is one of the most popular sports around the world, giving thousands of hours of pleasure to fishermen and women of all ages and levels. Here is extensive expert advice on the best fishing techniques and locations, and how to select rods, reels, lines, flies and plugs as well as clothes and accessories for all situations. The various skills involved in freshwater, saltwater and game fishing are covered in detail, with diagrams and explanations of different techniques. The book includes an in-depth visual guide to the major species the angler is likely to encounter, with advice on recognition, size potential and feeding habits, together with professional tips of the trade on how to catch each type.
- RRP £14.99
A fascinating and comprehensive book on the history of shooting from the inception of the sport in the sixteenth century to the present day. Covering all aspects of the history of shooting it not only contains a large selection of historic illustrations depicting shooting in all its forms but also draws on diaries, game books and personal testimonies from sportsmen and gamekeepers collected by the author.It provides a unique insight into the sport of shooting, readily accessible to members of the country sports fraternity and the layman alike. Written in order to provide an accurate record of shooting in times past, it is something often neglected by other authors who have focused on great shoots, top shots and big bags rather than giving balanced overview of the sport in bygone days based on surviving diaries, newspaper articles and other relevant historical documents.
- RRP £25.00
Carp fishing is the biggest growth area in European coarse fishing. Specimen carping is a specialist approach that sees dedicated anglers going in search of the biggest carp to inhabit lakes, rivers and canals. Once considered a niche area, the popularity of carp fishing has grown - and continues to grow. Presented in full colour throughout, with clear step-by-step photography, this Haynes Manual will give readers all the information they need about rigs, tackle and techniques.
- RRP £22.99
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Actor and passionate fisherman Robson Green is on a mission to discover the weird, the wonderful and the way-off-limits that the angling world has to offer. Working alongside some of the finest in their field, his exhilarating adventure series Extreme Fishing with Robson Green takes him to the greatest fishing destinations ever seen; chasing the most elusive and terrifying creatures on the planet, learning new tricks, hearing old stories and eating pretty much everything he catches. From ice fishing in Siberia, mining eggs on the side of an active volcano in Papua New Guinea and struggling with the Mekong Giant Catfish in Thailand, to surviving a Force 10 hurricane on a Canadian trawler, catching a thirty-pound King Salmon in Patagonia and dancing the Salsa in Havana, this is an extraordinary modern-day fishing odyssey with tales of victory, defeat, struggle and joy. Complete with exclusive off-camera capers, top locations and best and worst catches, this laugh-out-loud adventure is jam-packed full of facts, fishing tips and, most importantly, fun.
- RRP £8.99
A hunting gun of true quality holds a place of honor in the world of sporting equipment. Hunting: Legendary Rifles combines the thrill of the hunt with the arms rich past, from creation and refinement of each rifle to exhilarating examples of its use. A brand-by-brand catalog completes the account, offering specifications and detailed illustrations. This book s thorough approach expertly details the story of its rifles, revealing to readers the grand and fascinating world of hunting."
- RRP £60.00
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Plain talking: An unforgettable portrait of Africa's wildlife crisis The deeper the white man went into Africa, the faster the life flowed out of it, off the plains and out of the bush...vanishing in acres of trophies and hides and carcasses. A landmark publication on Africa, The End of the Game combines Peter Beard s salient text and remarkable photographs to document the overpopulation and starvation of tens of thousands of elephants, rhinos, and hippos in Kenya s Tsavo lowlands and Uganda parklands in the 1960s and 70s. Researched and compiled over two decades, Beard offers a powerful and poignant testimony to the damage done by human intervention in Africa. His own images and texts are supplemented by historical photographs of, and writings from, the enterprisers, explorers, missionaries and big-game hunters whose quest for adventure and progress were to change the face of a continent: Theodore Roosevelt, Frederick Courteney Selous, Karen Blixen (Isak Dinesen), Philip Percival, J.A. Hunter, Ernest Hemingway and J.H. Patterson. In this fiftieth anniversary edition, TASHEN republishes The End of the Game in rich duotone and with an updated foreword by internationally renowned travel and fiction writer Paul Theroux. Touching on such themes as distance from nature, density and stress, and loss of common sense, this seminal portrait is a resonant today, amid growing environmental crises, as it was a half century ago."
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Bird decoys were used for hunting in North America until the advent of hunting regulations in the early twentieth century, when decoys started to be prized and collected as masterpieces of American folk art. This handsome book is the first examination of the historic and unparalleled decoy collection at Shelburne Museum. Featuring new photography of 250 of the museum s most important and artistically carved decoys, it includes examples made by the most respected American carvers: Charles Osgood, Lem and Steve Ward, John Blair, Bill Bowman, Nathan Cobb, Jr., Lee Dudley, James Holly, Jr., Nathan Horner, Albert Laing, Joseph Lincoln, A. Elmer Crowell, and Charles Shang Wheeler. The story of the collection begins with Joel Barber, the pioneer decoy enthusiast and New York architect, artist, and carver, whose gift of 400 superior examples established the collection in 1952. Several essays provide groundbreaking scholarship on the origins, construction, and attribution of bird decoys, imparting critical advancements to our modern understanding of this revered tradition.
- RRP £50.00
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In this highly-anticipated, detailed revision of a classic work, authors Jim Supica and Richard Nahas present a fully annotated identification and price guide to the world of Smith & Wesson - revolvers, semi-autos, shotguns, rifles, military arms and other collectibles. If it says "Smith & Wesson" on it, you'll find it in this exhaustively-researched volume. New information adds 144 pages to the previous edition, for a grand total of 528 pages of pure Smith & Wesson: - 14 new revolver models added since last edition - Dozens of new variations of the M&P pistol - New rifles and shotguns, many new M&P 15 rifles For fans of Smith & Wesson firearms, this book is a must-have. This work provides easy-to-locate listings organized by model year of manufacture to quickly and accurately identify firearms. With nearly 800 models of Smith & Wesson guns and variations, including many models not found in other firearm-pricing guides, this is the book for Smith & Wesson enthusiasts and collectors.
- RRP £40.99
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'As no man is born an artist, so no man is born an angler.'Isaak Walton's The Compleat Angler, long considered the bible of fishing, is a joyful celebration of the English countryside and the relaxed and reflective lifestyle of the devoted fisherman. Through dialogue between teacher and student, the book sheds a unique light on fishing, baiting and cooking, including an original recipe for trout. Its music, rhymes, poetry, and humour are all brought to life by a full cast. As winding as a quiet brook and as bountiful as a bursting riverbank, The Compleat Angler is essential listening for any outdoors enthusiast.
- RRP £29.99
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In the dead of night on July 24, 2013, John Aldridge was thrown of the back of the Anna Mary while his fishing partner, Anthony Sosinski, slept below. As desperate hours ticked by, Sosinski, the families, the local fishing community, and the U.S. Coast Guard in three states mobilized in an unprecedented search effort that culminated in a rare and exhilarating success. A tale of survival, perseverance, and community, A Speck in the Sea tells of one man's struggle to survive as friends and strangers work separately, and together, to bring him home. Aldridge's wrenching first-person account intertwines with the narrative of the massive, constantly evolving rescue operation designed to save him.
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The Game Chef: Wild Recipes from the Great Outdoors, the companion to the TV series, features real food sourced in natural, healthy environments, cooked for enjoyment and well-being. Successful restaurateur Angelo Georgalli has created a selection of his favourite recipes that are nutritious, delicious and naturally sourced. The Game Chef features recipes for fish, pork, venison, lamb and rabbit, as well as salads, sauces, dressing, soups, stews and accompaniments. These easy-to-prepare dishes are shot in the beautiful Lake Wanaka region. They celebrate balance with nature, living off the land as much as possible, and respecting the wildlife, the vegetation, and the waterways that sustain us. The Game Chef takes a back to basics approach, with organic produce and seasonal cooking at its best.
- RRP £24.99
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The Fly Fishing Manual will give anyone the tools they need to succeed in the wonderful art of fly fishing. It will be laid out in such a manner so that it caters for everyone, from the raw beginner through to intermediate, and possibly even to those who think they know it all.
- RRP £22.99
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The ABC of Fishing, compiled and edited by the late celebrated sporting journalist Colin Willock, should prove to be the answer to every fisherman's - and would be fisherman's - dream. Here is detailed information about every type of fish likely to be found in British waters - and, of course, advice on how to catch them. Regarded as the classic guide to the sport of hook and line, The ABC of Fishing gives a thoroughly delightful perspective on the art of angling. This edition contains sections on coarse fishing, game fishing and sea fishing, plus instruction on how to use all of the equipment that goes along with the process. Easy to use and a delight to read, this volume will prove invaluable to the beginner and expert angler alike.
- RRP £20.00
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The elegant but menacing silhouette of the Luger is immediately recognisable. Nearly 2 million had been manufactured by the end of the First World War, and the gun remained in production right up until the last days of the Third Reich in 1945. Author and firearms expert John Walter has produced the most comprehensive one-volume guide to the world's most famous pistol. An engaging history, not overly complicated by technical details, this updated edition will appeal to the collectors and readers of military history alike.
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This is a book about a man's relationship with hawks, and his self-education as a falconer, and about his discovery that despite his Asperger's Syndrome, which hampers his normal social interactions, he can forge a loving bond with the young son he thought he had lost. He rediscovers his full humanity through his commitment to the training of falcons and his love of the natural world. Ben Crane writes with uncanny accuracy and lyrical precision about the intricacies of birds' behaviour and their instincts. He has a ruthless eye for the minute details of natural processes - of plumage, the patterns of flight, of killing, death and decay. He's as clear-eyed about himself and his detachment from ordinary human society as he is about the flight of peregrines and goshawks. Here is nature writing at its very best, interwoven with an affecting human story and an account of how a man mastered the ancient craft of falconry.
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On these rain-swept islands in the North Atlantic man and fish go back a long way. Fish are woven through the fabric of the country's history: we depend on them - for food, for livelihood and for fun - and now their fate depends on us in a relationship which has become more complex, passionate and precarious in the sophisticated 21st Century. In Silver Shoals Charles Rangeley-Wilson travels north, south, east and west through the British Isles tracing the histories, living and past, of our most iconic fish - cod, carp, eels, salmon and herring - and of the fishermen who catch them and care for them. In the company of trawlermen, longshoremen, conservationists and anglers Charles goes to sea in a trawler, whiles away hot afternoons setting eel nets, tries to bag his first elusive carp and drifts for herring on Guy Fawkes night as fireworks starburst the sky. Underscoring this journey is a fascinating historical exploration of these creatures that have shaped our island story. We learn how abundant and valued these fish were centuries before our current crisis of over-fishing: we learn how eels built our monasteries, how cod sank the Spanish Armada, how fish and chips helped us through two World Wars. Of course there is a deeper environmental dimension to the story, but Charles' optimistic perspective is this: no one is more invested in fish than the fishermen whose lives depend on them. If we can find a way to harness that passion then the future of fish and fishermen in Britain could be as extraordinary as its past.
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