Brian Mitchell is a founding member of the National Gamekeepers' Organisation and internationally renowned Head Keeper at the Castle Hill Estate in Devon. He built the Estate's reputation as one of the most respected shoots in the world. He has been a gamekeeper all his working life and introduced the concept of the Exmoor High Bird, first at Miltons, then at Chargot, Challacombe and Bulland, which transformed shooting on Exmoor and across the country.
Now, in collaboration with Stephen Manning, military historian,
author, keen Shot and a man passionate about working his springer
spaniels, Brian has unleashed on to the shooting world a remarkable
book. Think Like a Pheasant, subtitled Brian Mitchell and
the Rise of the Exmoor High Bird, will be required reading for
all those Guns who have attempted and enjoyed the Castle Hill
experience, and particularly for those hesitant souls who have been
deterred by the legend of the West Country high-bird shoot...A
truly inspirational book which will, I have little doubt, become a
classic in its own right.
Above all, this excellent book demonstrates that Brian is a countryman from the top of his cap to the soles of his boots; understanding of farming - so long as it does not disrupt the shooting too much - and in tune with nature...This is a fascinating and readable book, written with the help of historian Stephen Manning, that deals honestly and often humorously with an aspect of rural life not always covered in such detail or with such deep understanding. Shooters and non-shooter alike will learn a lot from its pages.
Packed with practical advice and amusing anecdotes, and is a must for anyone helping run a shoot, or who is passionate about rural affairs, gamekeeping or countryside management.