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The Sporting Gun's Bedside Companion

Thirty shooting stories in pursuit of pheasant, mallard, geese, hares, mink, even an old wild goat, these modern tales involve bi-lingual dogs, an ignominious goose, red-letter days and disappointments, days on boglands, grouse moors, smart shoots and estuaries.

Punt gunning, rough shooting and wildfowling, dawns and dusks and assorted brushes with ecstasy and near-death. Douglas Butler has an ear for a good shooting story and, as an inveterate shooter himself, knows just what curious, unexpected, dramatic things can sometimes happen when out in the fields, woods and marshes with fellow guns and dogs.

Author: Douglas Butler
ISBN: 978 1 906122 48 5
Published: September 2012
No. of pages: 192
Price: £6.75

The Sporting Gun's Bedside Companion by Douglas Butler



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Press reviews

Reviewed in Scottish Gamekeeper in March 2013

'The writing is witty and the various escapades beautifully described.'


Reviewed in Sporting Shooter in January 2013

'The perfect gift for the shooting man...Douglas tells a great shooting story.'


Reviewed in Countrysports & Country Life in November 2012

'The author possesses an acute knowledge of the game shooting scene in both Ireland and Great Britain.'


Reviewed in NFU Countryside Magazine in November 2012

'These modern stories are entertaining and written in a flowing style that will draw you in.'


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