Set against the dramatic backdrop of the Pennines, Catlow's shooting diary records his year as an amateur pheasant rearer, gamekeeper, forester, dog-handler and all-round shooting enthusiast. But he also records his thoughts as he goes around his small shoot: his views on the right to roam, on why he loves the birds he shoots, his wine cellar, his other sporting interests. He airs his opinions on subjects as diverse as sport and the nanny state, game cookery, friendship, disobedient dogs and beloved hats.
Interspersed with pheasant shooting are magical evenings duck flighting and expeditions rabbit shooting. He controls vermin such as mink, crows and foxes - all familiar activities to those who run small shoots.
Catlow is shooting's most articulate exponent and this is an intelligent, funny and thought-provoking book.
Author: Laurence Catlow
Illustrator: Ashley Boon
ISBN: 978 1 873674 68 0
Published: October 2003
No. of pages: 192
18 black & white illustrations
Reviewed by Donald Isles of Sporting Gun in November 2003
'Strong but wise stuff .... a most charming book, delightfully illustrated, imparting a wealth of knowledge and know-how with many excellent anecdotes. Go out and buy a copy!'