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The Beginner's Guide to Hunting Deer for Food (Beginner's Guide To... (Storey)) Paperback – September 1, 2011
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From the Back Cover
Even if you've never hunted before, you can acquire the skills you need to fill your freezer with local, healthful venison. Author Jackson Landers knows the challenges of taking up hunting as an adult and gives aspiring hunters the knowledge they need to safely and responsibly bag a whitetail -- good for 40 pounds or more of fresh venison.
Everything Beginners Need to Know:
* Learning your local regulations
* Choosing your weapon and ammunition
* Understanding whitetail anatomy so you can predict behavior
* Finding good places to hunt
* Shooting to kill and preparing for a possible follow-up shot
* Dressing, butchering, and packaging your deer
* Cooking with venison
About the Author
Jackson Landers is the author of The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting Deer for Food. He teaches hunting workshops across the United States, has been featured in the Huffington Post and the New York Times, and is the subject of a documentary entitled Close to the Bone. He lives in Virginia.
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Top Customer Reviews
From what I've read about Mr. Landers' locavore deer hunting class, this seems to be a written version of that class -- heavy on the evolution, physiology, psychology, and behavior of deer, with some of his own experiences, which are somewhat helpful. The first three chapters are dedicated to understanding deer, their anatomy and biology, and deer evolution. The next few are on possible weapons and tactics for hunting, then on where to aim. The last are devoted to the kill and post-kill, including field dressing, butchering, and cooking your kill.
As far as some of the other items the book promises, it under-delivers. Specifically, you won't find specific information about "learning your local regulations" or "finding good places to hunt," other than advice to check your state's rules and regulations, then check out public parks, wildlife refuges, military bases, etc. for public hunting. Granted, the laws vary from state to state (including which weapons are permitted and when), but for a book that promises this, I think a few paragraphs for each state would have been helpful -- even if it was as an appendix.
Also, I think a few reviews (or recommendations) of specific guns or bows would have been helpful for a new hunter, rather than descriptions of the various kinds of weaponry that could be used in deer hunting.
Mr. Landers does offer a pretty good description of how to field dress a deer, but I think it would have been better to have this section equipped with step-by-step photographs, rather than the occasional drawing.Read more ›
The only problem with the book is that I think the audience it will reach best will have trouble finding it. One of the other reviews talks about how her husband bought the book but *she* a non-hunter ended up reading it. That's what this book does. It takes you from someone who never hunted and is curious about hunting and shows you the path. It won't tell you which gun to buy, it will tell you to go to a hunter safety course. It won't detail how to cut up a deer (it does at a high level) because most likely you'll want to do some more research when you get to that point. There are so many steps you have to take before you can successfully hunt (safety course, license, how to shoot, finding land, buying gear) and this is one of the tools you will want in your kit as you start out on that journey.
I wish that the butchering and field cleaning sections had more illustrations, or better yet pictures. This is probably the most daunting part of hunting for beginners, and it could have been better presented. I also wish Mr. Landers did more to stress the consumption of offal. He says, and I'm paraphrasing, that he's all for eating the offal, as long as it isn't him doing the eating. I think this is a selfish attitude, and as the author of a book that is introducing so many new hunters to the topic, would've been better kept to himself. On this topic, Hank Shaw does a much better job within Hunt, Gather, Cook: Finding the Forgotten Feast, and he should be consulted for recipes as well as ethical hunting advice. Lastly, I believe Mr.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It's a start.
I hoped that more time would be spent on what sorts of habitat to find deer in, moving to and moving from. Read more
I bought this for my husband who is going hunting for the first time this year, he is a chef who is interested in learning more about venison and how to store it and prepare it. Read morePublished 7 months ago by Karen M Sagel
Fantastic book, very in depth and detailed. Easy read for the novice. great resource.Published 10 months ago by Taylor Briggs
A great book about deer hunting for beginners like myself; this book is well written and coves the many aspects of deer hunting from the parts of a deer, to hunting seasons, to... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Zackattack123
Perfect guide for beginners, but there are some neat ideas in there even for the old timers.Published 14 months ago by Tartan Hiker
Whenever you try to learn something new, it can be frustrating when the teacher, book, etc., assumes a certain base of knowledge on your part that you simply don't have. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Shooter McGaven