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The Whitetail Advantage: Understanding Deer Behavior for Hunting Success Paperback – October 1, 2008


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Krause Publ; 1ST edition (October 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0896896811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0896896819
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,081,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Customer Reviews

Written in layman's terms so every whitetail deer hunter can apply the finding in the book.
Wallace G. Duncan
Gave good tips that enhanced what I knew and was already doing but now will go about a few things a bit differently.
Jim
The book is written in a straightforward manner, which is easy to understand and entertaining.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Shedder on December 30, 2008
Format: Paperback
I got this to round out an order to get free shipping. After getting burned on another Krause deer book, I had low expectations and, boy, did it deliver! Dave Samuel and Bob Zaiglin are both well known and, hopefully, well trained deer biologists, so you would think this book would be cutting edge. Instead of that, it is very basic and barely skims over its topics. They cover the usual things like deer senses, calling, movement patterns, home ranges, rubs and scrapes. I was stunned that for some of their sources they used books, by hunters, that were 20 years old. These guys are biologists! They should have access to more detailed information than that. Also, what is up with the grade three reading level of the text? Was it their editor or Krause policy to dumb it down to a painful level of reading? Worse, the information was so poorly presented that it was confusing for lack of specifics. One puzzling omission involved the chapters on deer senses. Sight and scent were covered but hearing was not mentioned at all. Surely there was something to say about this, as it is a deer's primary sense for 360 degree threat detection.

The last three chapters deal with CWD, trophy hunting and hunting's future. While these were good topics, they were not what I was looking for in a book on, "deer behavior for hunting success."

Samuel said he lacked photos for the book and that is likely partly why he asked Zaiglin to coauthor, as all the pics are of Texas deer. There are a great many of them, all in color, but to hunters unfamiliar with Texas, which is the majority, they likely don't mean much. As a northern hunter myself, Texas deer bore me. The exception to the Texas pics is the cover. Why is that? Does Krause think they can con the public better with a northern deer on the cover?
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By R. Turner on February 20, 2009
Format: Paperback
I've been reading "Dr. Dave" Samuel's work for years. As a wildlife biologist and avid bowhunter, he is well-suited to translate research results into field applications for the hunter. In Whitetail Advantage, Dave and his co-author Bob Zaiglin address common myths (the oldest bucks do most of the breeding) and provide new revelations (scrapes with either doe and human urine were visited equally) that give the hunter insight into deer behavior. For those of us who place value on knowing the whitetail's "life" as part of the hunting experience, this book is a great addition to our library.
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By Crabby on February 10, 2009
Format: Paperback
My opinion of the book is that it would take a very large stack of Magazines and Scientific Studies to present what's offered in this book.
Many times I have sat in my treestand and tried to relate what I observed to what I have read in various magazines. Seldome was I able to connect the dots. Here one can connect the dots and more.
So far I havent read anything that compares to the knowledge offered here.
A great book

Dennis Crabtree
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Whitetail Advantage by Dr. David Samuel and Robert Zaiglin is not your typical book about hunting Whitetails. You will not find information on the latest gadgets or strategies promising the reader they will bag a mature buck, although I enjoy those books as well.

Instead the book is crammed with nearly 300 pages of information on Whitetail biology and behavior. The authors say it best in the forward of the book “this is not a how to hunt book. Rather it contains tons of information that will explain why and what you what you saw from the tree stand”.

The book is written in a straightforward manner, which is easy to understand and entertaining. Wide ranges of topics are covered including Whitetail history, aging deer on the hoof, reading a deer’s body language, and the latest research regarding scrapes. I also enjoyed the chapters on Chronic Wasting Disease and the Future of hunting. The authors do a great job of blending scientific research and hunting experience to deliver an excellent book for hunters to gain a better understanding of deer and deer behavior.

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Written in layman's terms so every whitetail deer hunter can apply the finding in the book.

Dr. Dave is one of the top deer biologist and writers of today. Plus, he is a prince of a gentleman.
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By Darren A. Crisler on October 22, 2012
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This book has some good information.It held my attention for awhile but there was nothing ground breaking in it.If you are new to deer hunting, this book would be a good start about deer behavior.
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