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The Notorious Poacher - Memoirs of an old Poacher by G. Bedson (Author)

This is a true account of the life of a poacher, based on North Staffordshire.  It covers a period of around 50 years from boyhood to quite recent times.  In perspective, poaching is shown as a product of the depression years although, obviously, the love of the countryside and the excitement of eluding gamekeepers and the law are important factors. 

The methods used for day and night turns poaching are all explained.  The characters of the countryside - the good and the bad - are examined.  Brushes with police and gamekeepers, the irony and the humor are all intertwined.  Common myths and fallacies are criticized; no poaches.  He reveals the poacher's secrets and personal biases. 

This is a lively book, full of pathos.  Gamekeepers, social historians, lovers of the countryside and poachers, themselves will be amazed, amused, entertainment and educated by this fascinating true account of the life of a poacher. 

Product details

  • Condition: Used – Minor wear on the top dust jacket along with minor fading
  • Hardcover: 141 pages with dust jacket
  • Publisher: Saiga Publishing  (1981)
  • Language: English
  • Illustrations: Color and B&W photos  
  • ISBN-10: 0904558975
  • ISBN-13: 978-0904558975
  • Product Dimensions: 24 x 16 x 1.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 480 g


1.  Boyhood Memories
2.  I become an Experienced Poacher
3.  Poacher Allies
4.  Places and More Adventures
5.  Poaching Incidents and Personalities
6.  Return to Normal Conditions
7.  Making Profitable use of the Countryside