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?