PACK AND RIFLE is the book that has inspired generations of hunters to experience all that wild New Zealand has to offer. First published in 1971 the book was immediately recognised as a classic of its genre. It recounts Philip Holden's adventures as a deer culler and contains a wealth of knowledge and hunting lore ready now to be taken up by a new generation of hunting and outdoor enthusiasts. Some of the people named in the book have moved on and the dates are old, but some things never change. The hills today are just as they were when Philip first explored them and the adventure and thrill of the hunt still resonates from the page. The book can be enjoyed by the young and upcoming hunter as well as those who will read the stories with a fond smile of nostalgia - those who have been there on younger legs and who once lived the adventures of hunting in New Zealand's mighty back country.
Born in Wales in 1937, Philip immigrated with his family to Australia in 1953, where he worked in the outback, before coming to New Zealand aged 23. By the time of his death in 2005, he had established himself as one of New Zealand's most prolific authors, with 54 published works to his credit.
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