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The Whitetail Deer Hunter's Almanac Hardcover – September 1, 2000


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 280 pages
  • Publisher: Lyons Press; 1st edition (September 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585741914
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585741915
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 7.3 x 0.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,861,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Back Cover

By all accounts, the whitetail deer is the wiliest big game animal in North America, if not the world. To achieve trophy status, a buck has to make it through an adolescence fraught with dangers. He learns to survive any way he can: by becoming a nocturnal creature during hunting seasons, by bedding in areas where he can detect approaching predators and avoid them, by feeding on browse or fruits that give him the most nutrition for maximum growth, and by using all of his senses - in particular, his keen senses of smell and eyesight.Today, there are more than 25 million whitetails in the United States alone. They have proven to be an incredibly adaptable creature, learning how to live quite well in proximity to mankind. Just because there are so many deer doesn't mean it is easy to hunt them, however. In fact, statistics generally show that only one in ten hunters is successful each year - despite light-gathering optics, rifles with more power and more punch, camouflage clothing that lets a hunter truly blend in with his surroundings - everything that technology has to offer.To take a whitetail deer, and especially a good-sized whitetail buck, a hunter must be woods smart. He has to know his quarry, know its habits, know the terrain it lives in, plus know how to use his weapon of choice efficiently and effectively.This book is aimed at the hunter who wants to succeed consistently. Loaded with an incredible array of tips, tactics, woods craft, and lore, the Almanac will make you a better woodsman, and a better hunter. It will enable you to hunt areas where you have a good chance of seeing deer, where you won't, as legendary deer hunter Larry Koller observes, be a watcher of barren ground. (71/4 X 91/2, 284 pages, color photos, b&w photos, diagrams)

About the Author

JOHN WEISS is a well-known outdoor writer who has written for all the major outdoor magazines. He also has authored thirteen books.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Fish Bones on August 24, 2011
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A good collection of tips and tidbits for the novice or expert. Although the amount of "new and useful" info drops for more experienced hunters, you are sure to find something new whoever you are. The book is organized as a long list of numbered items, some are tips, some are facts, some are observations. Some items appear multiple times in the book. It has quite a few gems like this one: Deer normally enter croplands at the inside and outside corners, not along one of the side edges. When you're looking for a stand location, spend the bulk of your time scouting for entrance and exit trails at these corner locations.

As a wildlife biologist, I am often skeptical about authors' claims when it comes to wildlife behavior or biology, however, I have found nothing in this book that would raise any red flags. From what I can tell the author (John Weiss) is relying on solid scientific knowledge. When the book teaches you something new, it just clicks in your head and you think "yeah, that makes sense based on what I already know".

I would recommend this book to any deer hunter, just don't expect it to be your ultimate guide. It is a great piece of supplemental material for the outdoorsman's library.
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By Amazon Customer on January 11, 2013
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I checked this book out from the library and just loved it. I must have gone on about it enough because my wife found it and bought it for me so I would have my own copy to come back to. I love the way it's writen. I have been hunting many years and thought I knew quite a bit. Turns out I had way more to learn. Great book! Wish I could find more.
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