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The Airgun Hunter's Year

From dawn to dusk throughout the seasons

You will not find a more experienced and enthusiastic airgun hunter than Ian Barnett who, in this new book, takes the reader on hunting forays to field, wood and farm in search of rabbits, squirrels, corvids, pigeons, rats.

As the year progresses, he describes the many tactics needed to pursue particular quarry, he offers countless technical tips, looks at the pros and cons of using certain airguns and pellets and offers some excellent recipes!

To read this is to discover the thrill and fascination of airgun hunting, enjoying the great outdoors from the depths of winter to high summer. 

Author: Ian Barnett
ISBN: 978 1 906122 28 7
Published: March 2011
No. of pages: 224
213 colour photographs
Price: £12.99

The Airgun Hunter's Year by Ian Barnett



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Press reviews

Reviewed in Airgun World in February 2011

'…covers techniques and tips to hunt all the airgun quarry species.'


Reviewed by Peter Carr of Sporting Rifle in March 2011

'Few books cater for the experienced shooter and the beginner alike. This… is one of the few.  This is a fantastic book that should grace the shelves of not just airgunners but all small-calibre hunters and countrymen. It’s a sure winner.'


Reviewed by Nigel Allen of Airgun Shooter in March 2011

'Without doubt, this ranks as one of the most informative airgun hunting books ever written. Each chapter is packed with invaluable information about quarry, technique and tips on what to look for when you’re out hunting, all interspersed with highly entertaining anecdotes that are what …sets it apart from other books on the subject.'


Reviewed in The Countryman's Weekly in May 2011

'A brilliant new book for the airgun shooter.'


Reviewed in Shooting and Conservation in June 2011

'An excellent book on airgun hunting. Packed with useful information imparted in a relaxed and chatty style.'


Reviewed in Sporting Gun in December 2011

'From start to finish, the enthusiasm and eloquence of experienced hunter Ian Barnett shines through in his latest book.'


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