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Product Details

  • Paperback: 406 pages
  • Publisher: Nabu Press (March 5, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1146573421
  • ISBN-13: 978-1146573429
  • Product Dimensions: 7.4 x 9.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,401,886 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Princeton educated, Theodore Van Dyke (1842-1923), born and raised in the woods, was a hunting companion and literary associate of President Theodore Roosevelt. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Constant Reader on July 6, 2005
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First published in the 1880s, this is the first book ever written on American field sports. It helped inspire the craze for literary stories of hunting (carried on by Charles Sheldon, TRoosevelt etc.) amd was considered by both those men the best book ever written on the still-hunt. Written in the second person, it walks the reader through the process of learning to look for, stalk, and eventually shoot at deer, while drawing moral lessons on the evils of hunting "the wrong way." Van Dyke was esp. concerned with hunting techniques prevalent in places such as the Adirondacks at the time, shooting deer while swimming in water, etc., and his encouragement of sport by and for gentlemen helped set the stage for widespread prohibition of working-class and subsistence hunting techniques. Charming, gorgeously written, and immensely entertaining, this is a great book marking one of the most important turning points in how Americans thought about hunting and what it meant.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By FieldEngineer on January 23, 2010
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I found the well-written insightful guidance just as true today as 100+ years ago. I experienced several of the basic errors he writes of so well. Had to laugh when reviewing a photo I took of a mountain brook in my hunting area (after reading the book) when I discovered the head of a deer poking around some brush dead center in the photo - missed just as T.S.v.D predicted. The artist's rendition was nowhere to be seen (as referred to in the book).

I found the book EXCELLENT.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By L. Jenson on December 11, 2007
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This book is probably the best book on stalking game I have read so far. To be a more effective hunter read and understand this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. Atkins Jr. on February 1, 2008
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As a beginner hunter I have found few sources for pratical, useful understanding of the art of still hunting deer. I read this book during deer season and was immediately able to put wisdom from 100+ years ago to use. Prior to reading the book, I missed my first shot on a deer and was amazed that the chapter "The First Shot on a Deer", described my experience so well and helped me understand why it happened. My non-hunting friends have enjoyed reading the book with its almost conversational style or writing. I believe this book will be a resource and an enjoyable volume for many readings to come.
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By grandma on May 9, 2013
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This book is very thick and written in old English, so I am taking my time reading it. It was what I was looking for.
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Great book on hunting, packed with useful information. This classic should be on every hunters bookshelf. A pleasure to read.
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By Confused on February 12, 2013
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Nice to see the knowledge of the past being carried on. A great deal of knowledge went into the hunters of old.
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