Author(s): Ross Curtis
Ross Curtis shot his first deer at the age of 8, by the age of 12 he was keeping the family in meat by hunting and doing his schooling by correspondence. Naturally, as soon as he was old enough he became a Government deer-culler. This book covers an era of deer control under the direction of the Internal Affairs Department when foot shooter were employed to shoot deer and recover the skins of the deer they shot. Throughout the book Murphy's Law is entwined. Like his contemporaries Ross always looked for the lighter side of an otherwise grim situation. His observations on the flora and fauna show his deep love of the mountains and the outdoor life. He describes the many aspects of a professional hunter's life as well as the unusual and often hilarious events they can and do occur. From early beginnings as a boy hunter learning the rudiments of deer stalking in the Buller Gorge, through training camp where the skills of the professional hunter were taught and on to the first hunting block in Malborough and later Canterbury. Ross weaves a very readable and enjoyable tale.