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Carl Rungius studied at the Berlin Art Academy between 1888 and 1890. In Berlin, he frequently sketched animals at the zoo. His dedication to painting animals with anatomical accuracy coupled with his determination to learn and paint each animal's mannerisms and habitat made Rungius a wellrespected wildlife artist. Rungius first visited the United States in 1894, and traveled to Cora, Wyoming, to hunt and sketch. Rungius decided to remain in the United States spending the next decade of summers in Wyoming and the remainder of the year in his New York studio. During this time, he painted and hunted western big game animals, including moose, pronghorn, and bighorn sheep in the Rocky Mountains, and he completed these paintings during the long New York winters. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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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 0.8 x 9.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,543,779 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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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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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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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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From the perspective of an outdoorsman & whitetail deer hunter, I found the content of this book rather outdated to the average "joe" trying to pick-up a few pointers about the act of "still-hunting" deer. Rather, this book represents a social history from a bygone era. It is not a guide to thee modern hunter. If you're searching for a quick education on "still-hunting" northern whitetail deer, refer to Hal Blood's writing. If, on the other hand you seek a history lesson - buy this book.
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more for entertainment than hunting advise
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You must read this book if you are a serious deer hunter. If you are bored with sitting in a blind or tree stand and really want to learn to hunt deer, start here.
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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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