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Sports Afield's Deer Hunter's Almanac: A Complete Guide to Finding, Taking and Preparing America's Premier Game Animals

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From the Introduction: "There is not a successful deer hunter in the world who has not come up with his own peculiar methods -- some of them secret, some not -- for beating the long odds of killing a deer. The Ojibwa Indians of the Great Lakes figured out they could attract deer by smoking wild aster in a pipe, the smell of which was like the scent of a deer's hooves. Other tribes -- such as the Choctaws and Cherokees in the Southeast -- would carry skinned-out deer heads on their belts, which they could wear ...

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Overview

From the Introduction: "There is not a successful deer hunter in the world who has not come up with his own peculiar methods -- some of them secret, some not -- for beating the long odds of killing a deer. The Ojibwa Indians of the Great Lakes figured out they could attract deer by smoking wild aster in a pipe, the smell of which was like the scent of a deer's hooves. Other tribes -- such as the Choctaws and Cherokees in the Southeast -- would carry skinned-out deer heads on their belts, which they could wear over their heads whenever they needed to make a stalk (this is no longer an advisable, or legal, technique). They used decoys and calls, and they knew that banging a pair of antlers together could summon a buck during the rut. In this book we have tried to compile some of the best information and most interesting pieces written about deer in Sports Afield since the magazine was founded in 1887. There were not as many deer to hunt back then, but over the last quarter century deer populations have boomed in nearly every state but Alaska and Hawaii, and so have the articles written about them. Many of these pieces originally appeared in the Sports Afield Almanac, which was introduced by Editor Ted Kesting in 1972; others appeared as departments or short features. All told, more than 250 deer hunters contributed, making this, we hope, a very unique look at what is now America's favorite game animal. Some of the contributors-like Dwight Schuh and Peter Fiduccia, Tom McIntyre and Ted Kerasote-are what we would call pros. They have hunted, studied and written about deer all their lives. Others are just guys who wanted to share a couple of their best deer-hunting secrets. Do not be surprised if you turn up some contradictory views. There's more than one way to shoot, skin, and cook a deer; but it may be that the best way of all is the one you have to figure out on your own." "This is the finest book on whitetail hunting that I have seen." -- Larry Myhre, Sioux City Journal

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780871136435
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Publication date: 8/28/1996
  • Pages: 276
  • Sales rank: 1,109,304
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2001

    A Guide for all Levels of Hunting

    After reading 'The Deer Hunter's Almanac' I was most impressed by the amount of detailed information it gives on all assets of hunting. Not only does it give you tips and strategies for killing that big buck you always dreamed of, but it also tells you how to prepare and cook a deer taken in the field. It explores deer and their behavior, hunting strategies, scouting, guns and ballistics, essential gear needed for the hunt, and much, much more. I definitely recommend this book to all hunters, no matter if you've hunted all your life, or are just now getting into the pastime, it is a great refresher on all aspects.

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