The Experienced Hunter and Marksman / El Experimentado Cazador O Perfecto Tirador: Translated from Spanish into English (Spanish Studies S. v. 30)

The Experienced Hunter and Marksman / El Experimentado Cazador O Perfecto Tirador: Translated from Spanish into English (Spanish Studies S. v. 30)

By: Filippo M. Toscano (translator)Hardback

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This book is a sports manual on hunting. The author, known only by his initials, spent many years of field work, beginning in 1772. His book is rich in detail. For example, it gives recommendations where to purchase good weapons and even how to choose a dog, while it is still a puppy, how to feed it and to train it for the great day when it will be a good hunting dog. This book is a unique source of information about the sport of hunting, as it was practiced in Europe in the eighteenth century.

About Author

Professor Filippo M. Toscano received his Ph.D. from the Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. and is a member of the faculty at Delaware State University.


Translator's Note i; Preface ii; Introduction 1; 1. This chapter will deal with the quality that the barrel should have, its caliber and how it should be used. The size that your weapon should have, how big the frizzen should be, how the shot should be fired, its test, and how one should see if it is correct, how the weapon should be assembled with all its parts, and of what material from which the stock should be made 3; 2. How the shotgun should be loaded, what type of gunpowder and shot should be used, what type of precautions is to be used during this operation, and what type of wad to use during the winter and the summer 9; 3. How the barrel should be washed, what one should observe during a haggard shot, when one should prime the shotgun, what qualities the powder should have, and how to check its qualities, how to take away moisture and preserve the gun from it, how the weapon should be loaded with a ball, how one should aim, and what precaution should be observed to hit the target, and how to hit with a flying shot 11; 4. What precautions one should take when he goes to the fields, what type of clothing should be worn, how the powder flask should be, where they should be carried, how the bayonet should be, and how the knapsack should be and what should be stored in it 17. 5. Of the different prohibited ways one can hunt and what should not be used 21; 6. On the matter of how beginners should learn to hunt better by shooting on the fly and while running 23; 7. The most important thing that the hunter should know is for him and his friends to be safe from being shot, so he will be uninjured in the fields as well as at home and to be safe from accidents often occurring in this sport 27; 8. How to look for and hunt partridges according to the season of the year, what type of game is available, what observation one should have, stating there is only one type, what type of observation one should have to shoot them according to the type of flight, and how one recovers them 31; 9. How one should hunt, shoot, look for, identify the bushes and hunt rabbits, where they are bedded according to the time of the year and rules that must be observed to catch them 39; 10. How one should look for and hunt hares according to the time of the year, and how to shoot them in any season 43; 11. On the way to look for and to hunt quails, in what weather they come, when they are most tender, and when they go away 45; 12. On the guinea fowl, as they are called in Andalusia and Chochas and as they are called in La Mancha. There are birds for the start of the hunting season coming from the Barbary Coast and other foreign lands, what weather they come in, what they eat, where one should look for them, and when they migrate back 47. 13. How to hunt wild doves, pigeons, and also the local ones, and how to hunt them according to the season of the year 49; 14. On the time when the doves comes, when they are at their best, when to shoot to hit the greatest number, and when they return to their place of origin 51; 15. On the snipes 53; 16. On the water's pullet (poule d'eau), ducks, wood ducks, minor geese, and other water fowl 55; 17. On the wild pigeon, on the mountain plover, and cold birds 57; 18. On the way one should hunt big game with fur, the secret discovered by the author to identify in spring and in summer bushes where there is game with fur, even without seeing its bedding. Where they are available according to the time of the year, how one should shoot them and how one should hunt them by night, at what place, and according to the time of the year. How one knows if they are wounded, where the hunter should look for them, and how they should be recovered 59; 19. How one should hunt, shoot and retrieve the javelin, males and females, according to the time of the year, and the precautions one should take with the males, how the shotgun should be loaded for the hunt of this game 69; 20. What one should observe during the night in the parched land or ambush of the game, to avoid being shot and to avoid shooting a fellow hunter using the method of the small bell 75. 21. On the manner of hunting wolves, in what areas and how the shotgun should be loaded to hunt them 77; 22. How one can easily kill foxes provided one can see them in the field, if they do not see the hunter first 79; 23. What are the battues (or hunting which is all the same) and on the rules that should be observed when firing at the game, so as not to shoot to a partner, or be shot 81; 24. On the manner one should shoot game, where one should aim, in what manner one should load the shotgun, and who should go to retrieve the wounded game 83; 25. On the manner one should raise good hunting dogs 85; 26. On the secret on how to kill fish, trout, and carp by using the shotgun 89; 27. On the harness of the fisherman with the rod 91; 28. On the bait and the manner of fishing 93.

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  • ISBN13: 9780773462885
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 110
  • ID: 9780773462885
  • ISBN10: 0773462880
  • translations: Spanish

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