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Complete Guide to Hunting: Basic Techniques for Gun & Bow Hunters [Kindle Edition]

Gary Lewis
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Book Description

Make the most of your time in the field

Whether heading into the field after a favorite game animal or pursuing a species for the first time, hunters want as much information as possible to make the hunt successful. This book provides tips and techniques for hunting more than 28 species of big game, small game, upland birds, turkeys and waterfowl.

More than 300 photos and illustrations discuss choosing a bow or firearm; planning a hunt; scouting; hunting strategies such as still-hunting, stalking, using hunting dogs, driving, flushing and more.

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About the Author

Gary Lewis (Bend, OR) is an award-winning outdoor writer who has hunted and fished for more than two decades. He has authored six books including <i.Black Bear Hunting, and his work has appeared in numerous national and regional publications.

Product Details

  • File Size: 7278 KB
  • Print Length: 162 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1589233735
  • Publisher: Creative Publishing international; Revised edition (July 7, 2008)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Q3QRV8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #470,384 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Complete? Hardly. Worthy read? Depends. March 19, 2011
By Hoodoo
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I struggled to decide how many stars to give this book, and ultimately decided its value depends entirely on what you hope to get from it.

This book is an excellent, well-rounded introduction to the world of hunting. The author talks about various methods of take (guns, bows) with some equipment specifics (rifles, shotguns, muzzle loaders) and also introduces the reader to various hunting tactics such as stand hunting, driving, etc. The author clearly introduces the reader to various types of ammunition, the physics of shooting, how to make clean kills, hunter safety, and much more. Probably half the book is devoted to giving extremely high-level summaries of the various game options, such as the habits and habitat of everything from black bear and mule deer to pheasant and squirrel. His writing style is clear and concise, and there are a lot of helpful and interesting photos and illustrations.

That said, this book most definitely is NOT the "complete" guide to hunting. Not even close. You will not find details about how to track or field dress game, or anything about camping to name but a few examples. You'll probably find yourself constantly asking, "But what about...?" The book is entirely too shallow to be anything remotely "complete" and is silent on numerous peripheral, but very important topics (such as base camp) that most hunters need to know about. Anyone more advanced than novice will probably be bored with this book. But if you're interested in hunting but don't know anything about it, and just want a broad introduction to see what all the buzz is about and perhaps start learning what interests you, this book is definitely for you. It's essentially a hunter's education course with less information about laws and technical details and more information about the animals you may wish to hunt.

If this book had be entitled, "A Novice's Guide to Beginning Hunting" or something to that effect then I'd have given it five stars.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very useful, especially to novice hunters August 17, 2008
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This book helped me pass my hunter education test which is needed to get a hunting license in my state, so I can testify to its usefulness.

It is well illustrated and clearly written. It is intended to be more of an introduction than an encyclopedia of hunting, even though it is pretty comprehensive. It covers topics like types of firearms, ammunition and bows, their safety, and techniques for hunting various types of game. Also, there is a comprehensive section with most of the popular birds and mammals in North America.

Topics which are not well covered are what to do with (dress) your game after you've taken it, and legal issues around getting licensed, tagging the game, etc - for those, you need to check with your state Fish and Wildlife agencies.

Overall, it is a great book and highly recommended.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic book for beginning hunters June 27, 2010
By Croc
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At 44 I'm new to hunting so I'm reading everything I can find to gain knowledge quickly. This is the first book I bought other than reading magazines and it's a great one. It's also filled with pictures so the whole family can enjoy it. I was surprised that it's a hard back book at this low price too so looks nice on the coffee table. The book covers all types of animals, gun & bow as well as strategies.
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4.0 out of 5 stars not to bad February 8, 2013
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i have little experience in the field of hunting, but i love to shoot an be outside camping an 4x4ng. living in the so cal, hi desert. We have all terains an can varmint hunt on the front porch walk ten minutes out for coyotes an rabbits. My boys expressed an interest in doing so. So were learning together, this book was a good start for us.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the READ... February 25, 2014
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I learned a lot from this book and got a A on my book report in school. Taught my Dad a few things about safety as well. Great book!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great hunting guide even if I'm not hunting in US. December 25, 2013
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A lots of helpful informations about hunting techniques. Useful tips about bow and gun hunting.
The book cover all the basic information about hunting gear, animals habitats and hunting strategies.A lot's of helpfull informations
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5.0 out of 5 stars hunting August 28, 2013
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excelent book really helped me out and very easy to understand gun and bullet ratio aswell as the inviroment and how to study it
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3.0 out of 5 stars Basic Guide - not enough details February 19, 2013
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This book is good for a basic beginners guide, but not a complete one as described. It does have a lot of useful information, but I found myself looking for more.
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