The Whitehead Encyclopedia of Deer

The Whitehead Encyclopedia of Deer

by G. Kenneth Whitehead

The most complete reference on the world's deer species, including their distribution, biology, mythology, and place in deer hunting.


The most complete reference on the world's deer species, including their distribution, biology, mythology, and place in deer hunting.

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This encyclopedia is a labor of love. In it, Whitehead distills more than 40 years' experience in the study of deer (and more than 10 books) into what can lay claim as the definitive handbook on the subject. He taps a deep reservoir of scientific and historical research on every imaginable facet of the family Cervidae. The work is illustrated by 35 pages of color photographs of deer from around the world The tome is divided into seven parts. The first is a general dictionary of terms associated with deer, including those of myth and legend. This section is profusely illustrated with black-and-white photographs and figures, such as in the depiction of deer in family heraldry. The next section is an inventory of species of deer worldwide, including extinct and endangered species. The arrangement of these species is unclear, but an alphabetic listing of the more than 40 species described prefaces the section. A typical entry gives the Linnaean and variant names of the species, a map of its territory, a small photograph, and vital statistics and behavior of the breed. Parts 1 and 2 take up the first half of the book Next is an interesting essay on the practices of hunting and stalking deer for sport in recent centuries. Many of these techniques are ingenious, if not to everyone's taste. Both weaponry and tactics are covered. This leads naturally to the next part on deer trophies (i.e., the preparation, measurement or assessment rules, and records or awards of trophies for all species). A brief dictionary of diseases endemic to deer closes the main text The last two parts of the volume are a reference section and an extensive bibliography. The zoologist can rely upon the classification chart and the chronological taxonomy of each genus in the deer families. A checklist for each subspecies/species depicted in the text follows. A gazetteer (a list of places with the species of deer found there) is useful. The comprehensive bibliography is a fitting conclusion to this scholarly work Judging the library audience for this volume is difficult. What makes the book valuable to the scientist may make it too technical for the sportsman or the nature lover. Conversely, what appeals to the hunter may not be of interest to the biologist. Institutions with wildlife management programs and/or advanced degrees in zoology will want to consider it. This last word on deer may find itself in personal collections and on coffee tables more than in library collections, but the avid outdoorsperson will savor its riches wherever it is located.

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