Douglas Butler Rough Shooting in Ireland

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Rough Shooting in Ireland

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"For those who shoot game in Ireland, the sporting oportunities are many and varied.

There are the challenges of snipe in the marshes and wet pasturelands; woodcock in the forests and scrubland; grouse in the heather uplands and pheasants and wood pigeon in all the counties. Vast flocks of golden plover descend on the country as autumn progresses.

Mallard, wigeon, teal, shoveller and many other species of duck abound on Ireland's loughs, bogs and marshlands. With so many game birds about it is hardly surprising that game shooting is a popular sport throughout the country.

Douglas Butler is well-informed about the state of rough shooting in ireland, and well-practised in the techniques. As well as sharing his knowledge, he caputres vividly the pleasures of rough shooting in rural Ireland: the camaraderie of the shooting party, the joys of days spent tramping across unspoilt countryside in search of game in the company of pointers, springers and setters, and the thrills of the hunt. This informative book opens with a fascinating historical backgorund to the sport, and ends with robust views about how it should be controlled and safeguarded for the future.

Irish rough shooting has its own unique qualities and there is usually a delightful informality to it which is so different to the approach elsewhere in Europe. This is a book to be treasured by all game shooters."

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"Douglas Butler, a Doctor of Zoology, teaches science at Tipperary's Rockwell College. In his book, Rough Shooting in Ireland, he writes with forthright enthusiasm about days with friends at local rough shoots: the gundogs, the approach to the different species, the behaviour of the birds, the hunting methods, predator control, habitat maintenance - all coloured by his lively interest in the history of Irish game shooting and his modern specialist knowledge of the quarry. He lives in Country Tipperary with his wife Margaret, and their family."

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