Customer Reviews: Whitetails: A Photographic Journey Through the Seasons
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on January 14, 2011
This is not necessarily a book about hunting, nor is it exclusively for hunters. Mr. Alshimer states that his purpose in this book is to show others his belief that the whitetail is North America's most majestic animal. Mr. Alshimer, you did a marvellous job. Hunters, photographers, naturalists and every outdoor enthusiast will love this book. The content reads much like a story, showing the reader what it would be like to walk a couple of steps behind a deer throughout the whole year, and study his every action and even thought. It does not simply show a "deer" but rather each individual animal with their "personality" and interaction with the other animals. This entire tale of a year through the eyes of a number of different deer is masterfully woven with interesting facts and statistics, not in a dry list as in other books, but intermingled so as to be best understood and of value to all deer fans. Now take this interesting and enjoyable story, which comes from a rather unique viewpoint, filled with many facts also of interest, and intersperse it with clear, remarkable and award-winning photography of deer and their natural habitat, and you will be able to envision this book. And if this has not already made this book good enough, at the end are two extra chapters tacked on, one dealing with antler growth, the other with nature photography. I think that in the future Mr. Alshimer should expand this final chapter on photography to be its own book, dealing with his adventures as a nature photographer and also make it somewhat of a "How to" guide for other aspiring photographers of animals. I thoroughly enjoy this book every time I pick it up.
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on November 9, 2010
I thought Charles Alsheimer had already done his best work in Strategies for Whitetails (2006), but in two respects, this book is even better. First, most hunters have an awareness of what deer are doing during the breeding season and the hunting season, but not so much during the other months of the year. That knowledge is necessary to be a well-rounded deer hunter, and it's all in this book both in text and photographic form.

Second, although this book can help hunters, it's not a book about hunting so it should have a far broader audience. Whether you're a hunter or not, if you think deer are beautiful and endlessly fascinating (and what nature lover doesn't?), this book can satisfy those twin viewpoints.

Alsheimer writes 12 chapters about what deer are doing, but he didn't end it there. Chapter 13 covers the intriguing topic of antler development, and then he turns his attention to his reader, the nature enthusiast -- Chapter 14 is loaded with tips on how to take your own photos and maximize your enjoyment of wildlife through photography.

Once you've read it, you won't let it collect dust. You'll dip back into it every month of the year to refresh your knowledge of whitetails, what they're doing, and why.
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on December 26, 2010
The photos were exceptional. Alsheimer knows his way around a camera, and certainly knows his way around deer to be able to photograph them that way. I in no way doubt his knowledge. It was much more a story than a book of information. I had trouble with his stories of the deer he followed. I do acknowledge that deer are capable of assessing the danger of a situation and acting accordingly but I believe it to be mostly instinctual. Deer are conditioned to what they have and have not encountered. I do not think a deer makes assumptions like, "With the snow falling heavily, the bucks knew it would be difficult for the hunters to track them." Though something like this is minor, it damages the credibility of all of the information presented the more frequently it occurs. And it occurred frequently. The book was an interesting read, not particularly my style, but I was able to finish it without gritting my teeth. From a behavior standpoint there are better books. This would be a wonderful introduction for a younger audience. I'd say 12-15 year olds. But for those like me, looking to expand their knowledge of deer behavior to photograph them, I'd recommend to keep to looking.
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on January 10, 2011
this is a beautiful journey through the life of whitetail deer,it is a very easy read,with many great pictures .
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on April 9, 2013
Photography by author is excellent. His narrative is captivating and easy to read. An excellent addition to my wildlife library.
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on February 8, 2015
Great reference since I am a taxidermist, great photo's!
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on November 25, 2014
It's very informative about the life of the whitetail deer. I have enjoyed reading it and looking at the the beautiful pictures.
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on January 6, 2014
The story provides a nice background for all the info the author is passing along. The images are fantastic. Great quality.
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