ED’S LET­TER

Air Gunner - - Contents - ED­I­TOR

Which is more im­por­tant in the field - tech spec’ or field­craft? Phill Price asks

In the past, I’ve been ac­cused of putting too much em­pha­sis on the tech­ni­cal as­pects of air­gun hunt­ing and not enough on field­craft, and I’ll con­fess to be­ing guilty as charged. Un­der­stand­ing how things work has al­ways fas­ci­nated me, and sub­jects like air­gun bal­lis­tics have kept my lit­tle brain whizzing around and around for decades. My field­craft skills are mostly self-taught, based on ob­ser­va­tion, along­side the suc­cesses and fail­ures of a life­time hunt­ing.

Luck­ily, in Air Gun­ner we have writers who couldn’t care less about sec­tional den­sity and en­ergy trans­fer, pre­fer­ring to learn about the fine art of find­ing and stalk­ing our quarry species. Char­lie Port­lock lives out­doors as much as he can, for­ag­ing and shoot­ing his din­ner, which he’ll cook on his camp fire. His ever-in­creas­ing knowl­edge of the an­i­mals and birds that in­habit our farms and wood­lands is a joy to read about ev­ery month.

Then we have our new­comer, Russel Webb, who is gain­ing hunt­ing skills and ap­ply­ing the lessons learned ev­ery time he sets foot on the farm. They may be at op­po­site ends of the skill range, but both men love their sport and take the pos­i­tives from ev­ery hunt, no mat­ter the size of the bag.

Air­gun­ning is a sport for ev­ery­body, which­ever part of it turns you on. Some love to com­pete, some like to col­lect, some like to hunt, whilst oth­ers de­light in the sheer joy of an af­ter­noon plink­ing with friends. Which­ever de­scribes you best, I hope you con­tinue to find plea­sure in our sport for many years to come. Ed.

Is field­craft the most im­por­tant air­gun hunt­ing skill?

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