RECORD: Darwin, C. R. nd. Instructions for Young Sportsmen [Notes on shooting]. CUL-DAR91.3 (Darwin Online,

REVISION HISTORY: Transcribed and edited by Kees Rookmaaker, corrections by John van Wyhe 11.2008. RN1

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Instructions for shooting Young Sportsmen
By an old Sportsman

There are two ways, snap & taking steady aim. Snap must be done immediately, the other steadily. —

Snap is used in sharp Cross shots, or when the bird is turning round a bush, when it generally kills them . — the other when the birds goes steadily away, or in a distant & steady cross shot.

In Hares & Rabbits, for Gods sake, shoot, above them

C Darwin fecit


Hawkers instruction to young sportsmen. 8v. —1

Waltons v Art of Fishing2

1 Hawker, Peter. 1814. Instructions to young sportsmen: with directions for the choice, care, and management of guns, hints for the preservation of game, and instructions for shooting wild fowl: to which is added a concise abridgement of the principal game laws. London: Printed for J. Johnson. There were many subsequent editions throughout the 19th century.

2 Izaak Walton (1593-1683) wrote The compleat angler, which was often reprinted in the 18th and 19th centuries.

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