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Whitetail Nation: My Season in Pursuit of the Monster Buck Hardcover – November 15, 2010
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The Five Most Useless Deer Hunting Accessories:
1) Electric socks. For some reason, these socks that contain wires that are "heated" by a puny, rectangular 9-volt battery in a cheap orange vinyl holster still appear on shelves and store racks (albeit mostly in out of the way "general store"-type establishments), and they still do nothing to keep your feet warm.
2) Knives and other tools with a camo finish . Drop your knife in the woods. It has a camo finish. Retrace your steps, looking for said knife. Any questions?
3) Rechargeable cordless spotlights. They work great, but the energy burn rate is so high that your million candlepower spotlight does a fair impersonation of that old-fashioned war club that used a conga line of four D-cell batteries to create a pale yellow glow in about, oh, two-and-a-half minutes.
4) Facemasks. Sure, the idea of a mask with cutouts for the eyes, nose and mouth is a good way to deal with bitter cold. But when deer hunting, you're supposed to have peripheral vision and decent hearing. Either cowboy up and deal with the cold or stay in front of the woodstove and watch football.
5) Laser Rangefinders. I may be in a minority here, but in my experience if you can't tell how far away a deer is, you shouldn't even think of taking a whack at it. And the specific qualities a potential target must have to return an easily acquired, accurate reading are such that you can miss the opportunity to take even an absurd, Hail Mary shot because you spend so much time trying to get a lock on that little speck of brown among the trees in the distance.
The Top Five Pieces of Great Gear:1) A five foot length of rope with a Prussic knot attached. Look this one up, folks, if you hunt out of a tree stand and are concerned with your safety. The typical nylon safety belt has plastic buckles and/or metal D-rings, which amount to a fair amount of weight and a lot of noise. A simple, thick, nylon rope with a sliding Prussic knot, usually of a smaller-diameter cord, is the most versatile safety belt you can have; it weighs next to nothing, and makes no noise.
2) Portable tree stand umbrellas. These neat little devices screw into the tree above your stand, and spread out much like a regular umbrella to provide a canopy in case of rain. They may look silly in the catalogs, but they actually work, and can save you a fair amount of misery if you're determined to stick out a passing shower.
3) The Claw rifle slings. I imagine others are also making this type of sling now, but anyone who's ever had to deal with a rifle sliding around on his shoulder will appreciate the way this sling, made of some sort of rubber/plastic, actually clings to your shoulder. I'm not sure why it's so much better than the nylon, neoprene, or leather slings, but it is.
4) Bushnell Backtrack GPS. The problem for most hunters is that their time in the field is limited. Therefore, they don't use your typical hand-held GPS frequently enough to remember how to operate the danged thing. If you've ever gone into the woods with copies of a GPS user's manual's relevant pages in your pack, you know what I mean. Bushnell has simplified the concept with a very small, very light GPS unit that will save and get you back to any of five places you choose to mark.
5) Bow sling. If it takes you any amount of time to get to your tree stand, or if you like to poke around the woods, setting up on the ground in a variety of places, you know what a pain it can be to carry a compound bow with attached quiver by hand. The simple, cheap bow slings made by various companies enables you to carry the bow the way you do a rifle, and as snap shots while bow hunting are rare, you'll appreciate the convenience without having to worry about lost opportunities.
"This book has everything you could want from a hunting story: style, humor, suspense, and lots and lots of antler. Pete Bodo's Whitetail Nation is easily the best thing I've ever read on deer and deer hunting, and I've read a pile of it." – Steven Rinella, author of American Buffalo: In Search of a Lost Icon
"An unabashed predator in the 21st century, Pete Bodo is a funny, warm and honest companion on this fascinating romp through whitetail nation. His lucid descriptions of the landscapes he traverses and his poignant expressions of the odd spiritual revelations that come with killing ensure that this is no ordinary hook and bullet story." – James Prosek, author of Trout: An Illustrated History and The Complete Angler
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Must say I was surprised with the reviews that complained about profanity. There was very little (if any) profanity that I can recall. Should not be a concern at all to anyone considering this book IMHO.
It is the story of a typical East coast deer hunter that has shot numerous deer, but never a GIANT buck. In the year 2008, he decides to change all that and dedicate his season to that goal. His stories of the ensuing 2 ½ months are at times hysterical, maniacal, and deeply insightful. The book seems to me to be written for the non-hunter, to try and help them "get It" about our passion. It also touched on so many aspects of hunting here in the East and especially how it has changed over the past 10 years.
During the course of the season he hunts in New York, Montana, Texas, and Pennsylvania. His thoughts and observations are unique, deep and downright funny. He especially gives great thoughts on high fence hunting in Texas. The book opens years earlier, in Saskatchewan, where he has his first encounter with a buck of B&C caliber, the "Picket Fence". As he points out, any deer that gets a name is truly special.
I hope every deer hunter reads this book, and pass it to a non-hunter.Read more ›
When I saw Pete Bodo's book "Whitetail Nation: My Season in Pursuit of the Monster Buck," I immediately thought of my journey into the forest primeval and wanted to relive it. Figuring that Bodo could and would explain more fluently the lure of observing and bagging one of the most beautiful animals on earth, I delved into this 250+-paged book and was not disappointed.
Of course, Bodo writes as a seasoned hunter with plenty of good hunting stories, which, by the way are second only in their preposterousness to the typical "fishing" yarn--meaning they can border on outright lies of which Pinocchio would be immensely proud.Read more ›
Not a hunter? Doesn't matter. This book is interesting, entertaining (Bodo is supremely self-effacing, akin to Obmascik's wry style) and along the way there are nifty side-trips to the equipment, the history the tactics and the variety of approaches that go into the hunt. Bodo does it all--tree stands, tracking and even a "high fence" hunt in Texas, which he admits at first is nothing but a "canned hunt." At least, at first. The quandaries around the fenced land hunt are fascinating and Bodo shows his ability to keep an open mind. "Hunting at Masser's wasn't really a fair-chase proposition," he concludes, "but it provided vivid proof of what good management could achieve, and the principles it could export to help improve conditions elsewhere."
My copy of the book is dog-eared to mark great lines. Look no further than Bodo's erstwhile glossary for a few gems.
Bodo takes himself to task on many occasions for less-than-savvy moments of skill in the field. But there is also a deep appreciation for the woods and the wilds and Bodo finds many opportunities to describe the emotional-social landscape that drives both the hunt and the hunt for perfect rifle, bow and related gear. "Whitetail Nation" is enjoyable, start to finish.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I can relate to Bodo's experiences hunting in NY.
Get it and enjoy the story of quest for the monster buck.
nothing but scriptures and non important things. was looking for something my husband would enjoy regarding deer hunting, this was not it.Published on January 10, 2014 by marsha
Any Hunter will enjoy this book. It will make you say, yes I know what you mean. It is a good blend of humor and honest evaluation of the world of whitetail hunting.Published on October 23, 2013 by Timothy Collins
The author was very detailed and descriptive in his writing and this made the read entertaining! I would recommend hunters and outdoorsman, and even the casual reader take a look... Read morePublished on December 1, 2012 by Frank Christman
This is a great book. Its smart, funny, and just a fun read. Picked it up couldnt put it down. Found myself very "hungry" for more when i was finished.Published on September 12, 2012 by Luke
Pete Bodo has written a fun and enjoyable book for anyone who enjoys hunting and wonders why men hunt. Read morePublished on March 22, 2012 by Tim Drake
I purchased Whitetail Nation with the desire to read of another's deer hunting perspective. Perspective I got. Read morePublished on January 27, 2012 by troutchaser
Well.... I have to say first off that I had difficulty working my way through this book because of all the coarse language. Read morePublished on September 26, 2011 by M. L Strickland
Since we live in Maine and my husband is a deer hunter, I purchased this for him as a Christmas gift. He devoured the book right away, and has read it a second time. Read morePublished on September 8, 2011 by Nana B.