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The Total Deer Hunter Manual (Field & Stream): 301 Hunting Skills You Need Paperback – October 1, 2013
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About the Author
Dave Hurteau is a Senior Editor for "Field & Stream" magazine, specializing in deer hunting, bow hunting, and shooting in general. He was a contributor to the recent "Total Gun Manual" and the editor of F&S's "Gun Nuts" content. He lives in upstate New York with his wife and two sons, and hunts whitetails as often as he can.
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I shot my first doe and buck at age 12 and 13. 15 years passed with very little deer hunting on my part. I decided to take up deer hunting again. I bought the book a few months before the 2014 season. Within 20 minutes of reading I had learned more than I ever knew before.
The book is organized into a few main parts, then further broken down into short paragraphs about each one of the tips or "skills". This makes for a very easy read and fit my reading style. In other words, it is easy to pick up for a few minutes at a time. In fact, my 3 year old daughter likes this book as much as I do. Most night's she would say, "Let's read the Deer Book."
After reading this book I was able to better prepare for the season. I scouted, planted a food plot, made fake scrapes, learned to read the "signs", put up 2 stands, learned what worked best to cover my scent, etc.. Not that the book taught me everything but it helped me quite a bit.
This year I saw more deer than ever and learned more than ever. We have deer on our property, but they are often difficult to find during the season. As an example 2 family members that hunted the same land for many, many years were very shocked to learn that I was seeing 2-3 deer every time I went and even 9 deer one night.
I did manage to get a big 6 pt to visit my scrape site Mid October and got 4 great pictures on my trail cam. That buck disappeared until late November where I got a shot. My first Tennessee Deer and the biggest buck of my life (not huge compared to many states but good sized for my area at 135 lbs field dressed, roughly 3.5-4 yrs old) and my first season back hunting. I attribute a lot of that to this book and persistence in the field.
Overall it is a great book and one that I will likely re-read for many years to come.
Just buy the book already!
Thanks for reading,
- good content
- excellent graphics and illustrations
- thick glossy pages, attractive metal trim corners - great gift
Dislikes / opportunities for improvement:
- focuses almost exclusively on patterning and finding bucks.
- would like to see some additional equipment reviews e.g. "best for the money", "best value", "editors choice"
- would like to see more information on using topo maps
- would like to see pictures of wild plants deer eat/prefer
Overall, it's a very good book, and I'd highly recommend for hunters of all skilll levels.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Easily one of the easiest and best read resources in my conservation library. Seasoned pro or amateur alike will appreciate this book.Published 4 days ago by Ian Thomas
Lots of helpful stuff for the new guy. Stuff that will help you follow more advanced hunters conversations and answers basic questions so you don't embarrass yourself. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Andrew Nissen
This book rejects science in favor of biased viewpoints in order to be able to argue against conservationists. Read morePublished 1 month ago by KC
Well written, and provides additional information even for the expert hunter.Published 3 months ago by Agapanthus
This book is my new deer hunting bible. I'm a new hunter and with this book I was able to get my first buck which scored 167 2/8. This book works#Published 4 months ago by John Lame