Cultural anthropologist Richard Nelson, who has worked among hunting peoples of the Arctic, offers a richly detailed account of North America's native deer species: Odocoileus hemionus and Odocoileus virginianus, or the mule deer and white-tailed deer. The latter, he writes, can be found across a range from the Canadian Arctic to Central America, and it figures in the folklore of countless native peoples. The white-tailed deer is also present in the lore of European America, lending it a talismanic quality. Nelson examines the role of the deer in several ecosystems, especially in some that are now disappearing, such as the Alaskan coastal forests, and he looks at deer's role in spreading Lyme disease. For hunters and natural-history enthusiasts alike, Heart and Blood is essential reading. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Cultural anthropologist Nelson explores the relationship between human and deer (white-tailed, black-tailed, and mule) in this well-researched, beautifully descriptive work. Using information gleaned from books and journal articles and interviews with scientists, farmers, ranchers, and homeowners (cited in an extensive bibliographic essay), Nelson first describes the life cycle of deer. The majority of the book explains the causes of deer overpopulation and its effects on the ecology of natural areas, agriculture, and urban and suburban homeowners. He discusses alternatives to culling the herds but concedes that hunting is the most humane, cost-effective method of reducing the deer population. He sensitively presents the views of both hunters and antihunter activists. Nelson lyrically describes his pleasure from observing and hunting deer; his obvious reverence for them will appeal to those who enjoy natural history as well as those who hunt.?Sue O'Brien, Downers Grove P.L., Ill.
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Excellent. Bought a copy for each instructor in my wildlife leadership academy.Published 7 months ago by TCS
This book looks at deer from the perspective of modern hunters, primitive subsistence hunters, anti-hunters and more and encompasses a range of life experiences the author has had. Read morePublished 8 months ago by bjohns7778
As a deer hunter, I found myself somewhat annoyed at this author in parts of "Heart and Blood". Even though he himself is a hunter, he seemed at times to be too sympathetic toward... Read morePublished on October 6, 2012 by Gregory Hope
I bought this book because it was highly recommended in another book, THE BEAST IN THE GARDEN (about cougars). It is elegantly written, thus, the Beautiful part.... Read morePublished on September 20, 2012 by kestrel
The content of this book is really great and my husband (who is the hunter) and I (who just loves the out of doors) highly recommend it. Read morePublished on December 8, 2009 by Path Dreamer
Highly recommend this to both hunters and non-hunters. Richard Nelson did a great job in capturing the evolution of deer and people interactions in America. An enjoyable book!Published on March 1, 1999