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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ; Second Edition edition (September 17, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0873495039
  • ISBN-13: 978-0873495035
  • Product Dimensions: 8.2 x 0.4 x 10.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Brad Herndon, published since 1987, writes several articles appearing in a number of popular outdoor publications, including Deer & Deer Hunting, Turkey & Turkey Hunting, Outdoor Life, Peterson’s Hunting, North American Whitetail, and more.Plus, Brad and his wife are outdoor photographers for Realtree and Advantage camouflage’s national ads. Brad and his wife live in Brownstown, Indiana.

Customer Reviews

This book is a must have for the serious deer hunter.
Good book!!!!
I use the author's mapping techniques to determine the best hunting stand/blind location and when I arrive, there is almost always deer sign.
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He condenses pertinent information and uses good examples.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By David H. on October 16, 2005
Format: Paperback
Many whitetail deer hunters take a leisurely stroll through the woods, find a rub or scrape, and climb the nearest tree. Then they wonder why they hunt day in and day out only to see nothing. Brad Herndon reveals the secrets of using various terrain features to your advantage in order to maximize your chances of taking a whitetailed deer -- be it a doe for the freezer or a trophy buck.

Deer are creatures of habit, and just like humans, they prefer to take the easiest route from Point A to Point B. Sure deer visit areas where you find sign, but how often? Perhaps they visit these areas outside of legal hunting hours. Your best bet is to locate certain terrain features that deer prefer in order to best spend your time in the woods. Topographical maps are the key to locating these hotspots.

Now let me speak from personal experience, as I have been a fan of Brad Herndon's work for many years. I started following his monthly terrain articles in Whitetail Hunting Strategies magazine and followed his advice. The hunting locations that I chose based on his information lacked deer sign and I actually had hunting partners scoff at my chosen locations at times. But they aren't laughing anymore. I've taken 7 mature bucks in the last 9 seasons by following Brad's advice.

Brad Herndon is a wildlife photographer by trade, and this expertise shows in this book. Excellent color photos are found on virtually every page. His illustrations show that the average guy (and gal) can take trophy bucks. Even his wife has taken some bruiser bucks -- and these weren't harvested on managed ranches or large food plots as is commonly seen on televised hunting shows. No, the Herndons hunt public and private land near their home, picking their stand locations from topographical maps from the comfort of their log home.

If you honestly want to increase your deer sightings, then you need to check out this book. You'll be amazed at the results.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on July 15, 2004
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I am not the worlds greatest whitetail hunter by any stretch. But I very much enjoy reading books about hunting and trying to improve my skills as a deer hunter. When I saw the description of this book I knew I had to have it.
Let me start out by saying that I like Herndon's style. He condenses pertinent information and uses good examples. After reading the topography information I can pinpoint reasons I saw or didn't see deer at a particular stand location. The material on wind is simply outstanding and makes me realize how many times I screwed up.
Besides finding deer trails and the like, Herndon does not put too much stock in sign. As a matter of fact he basically states that rubs and scrapes will not get you as far as the method of finding good terrain funnels. This is very much a contrast to the likes of Greg Miller who almost exclusively use sign, especially rub lines, when finding stand sites. I don't fault Herdon for this, but don't totally agree either.
Being from Indiana I enjoyed this book even more since I recognized many of the specific features Herndon writes about. I also appreciated his honesty regarding lost opportunities and hunts that didn't work out so well. Particularly the story about a bow shot that perhaps should not have been taken.
The only knock I have on this book is a personal one: I get tired of feeling like everything is an advertisement. What I mean is that many of the pictures seem staged and of course, everybody is 'Team Realtree' or what not.
Pick this book up...
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John Q. Public on September 7, 2005
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This book is OK, it is pretty basic unless you are a complete novice at deer hunting. If you know anything about deer you will find the information a little lacking in details. Most of the illustrations are a little oversimplified. For example, in one instance he tells how to approach your stand. Of course the drawing has an arrow showing entry into the woods so as not to cross a deer trail. Well, it generally isn't that simple. A lot of the pages are full page full color pictures of the author and his wife with their deer.

I give it a three because if nothing else it makes you aware of another tool to use to find deer. But as an experienced hunter I have been using GPS, TOPO, satellite images for years. As soon as GOOGLE Earth gets more detailed for my hunting area this should make scouting all the easier. If you are new to hunting get the book. If you've been at it awhile, it's ok. Nothing really new.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By MC on December 12, 2003
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This is a great book from start to finish. Hi-quality photos and illustrations along with easy to follow and common sense instructions on where to find the big bucks. My first 5 years hunting, I could count the bucks I saw on ONE hand..not too mention I never filled my tag. Then I started hunting smarter in areas that that this author tells you to look for a buck. I've learned through a lot of hard work and trial and error ( mostly error ) on where to find the big deer, but if I had this book when I first started deer hunting I would have many more trophies on my wall to show for it. I have been able to consistently see and kill deer in the areas that Brad goes over.
Mr. Herndon tells you how to use a topo map and other tools to find these deer. Of course the hunter has to get out into the field to experience the truth of this book, but the book is a GREAT start. It goes over alot of common sense basic stuff such as wind direction and using funnels and other land features to find and catch your buck before he knows of your whereabouts. But common sense basics is what alot of us forget when we go out into the woods. You can't just pick any spot in the woods and hope to find the big guys - you have to exercise common sense. Meanderless wanderings in the woods can get you lucky sometimes but it's much better to have a plan of action and work it. This book is a must have for any deer hunter. I can only hope that my competitive hunting buddies don't buy it, because I want to own the bragging rights over them for years to come. ;)
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