Good sensible stuff, pity he isn’t teaching anymore

What a loss to teaching, this former principal is putting his education to good use though.

He has written a book for boys about getting started in hunting and fishing.

Masterton’s Paul Adamson has been a hunter and angler for as long as he can remember and as a collector of many books on the subject, he realised he couldn’t find a simple beginner’s manual on hunting he could share with his children.

So, he decided he’d write one himself.

Mr Adamson, former principal of Fernridge School, has penned The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting and Fishing in New Zealand, which will be launched September 8.

He said he was inspired to put the book together after discovering a lack of basic guides for beginner hunters, particularly for young boys. 

Top stuff.

Mr Adamson’s Beginner’s Guide provides straightforward, step-by-step instructions on various types of hunting and fishing, including duck shooting, rabbit and hare hunting, possum trapping, deer stalking, whitebaiting and eeling.

He said he made sure to include plenty of colourful photos and diagrams – such as on loading a rifle and baiting a fishing rod – to appeal to his young male audience.

“Boys really respond to visual things,” said Mr Adamson, who went on his first hunting trip at 8.

“I wanted to make it simple, so could be understood by a capable 7- or 8-year-old.

“It was going to be a children’s book. Eventually, it evolved into a beginner’s guide for anyone interested in hunting.”

The book also includes recipes, such as possum stew and whitebait fritters, and “Did You Know?” boxes with interesting hunting tidbits and other advice, such as appropriate attire and commands for hunting dogs.

Mr Adamson said he specifically included sections on the safety aspects of hunting and fishing, including correct handling of weaponry, watching for poison, surviving in the bush, and crossing rivers safely.

Doesn’t sound like he would tolerate namby-pamby rubbish.

In a risk-averse society, he said it was vital parents were well-informed of the hazards and benefits of hunting.

“We wrap our kids in cotton wool these days,” he said.

“When we were young, we’d sharpen our spears on Dad’s grinder, and then bike 15km to Lake Wairarapa, barefoot and with no helmets.

“We’d light a fire and boil up some crawlies. Our only rules were stay together and get back before dark.

“These days, people worry about ‘stranger danger’, and kids going out without helmets and the right footwear. I think there are great opportunities for kids to experience the outdoors, and parents need to ease them into it in a safe way.

“It’s about managing risks sensibly, not taking the risk away.”

Good on ya mate.

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