About The Book
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 advis’able, 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. They hunted with bows and arrows, and before that were fond of blowguns that shot poison darts. They regarded deer with such reverence that many of their myths and ceremonies glorified the animal, and for some tribes a young man’s passage into manhood could be consummated only when he had taken his first deer; and returned to camp with the proof.
“Those of us who hunt deer are not the kind of people who tend to give up easily. Over the years we have learned a thing or two, and it seems that every time we go into the woods for another hunt we learn something else. Some of this helps us to take a deer and actually bring it home, but we probably learn a lot more from the hundreds or thousands of deer we don’t shoot, the ones that pass by us without ever knowing we were there. Even when we don’t learn anything, it always makes us feel lucky just to see them.
“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 con’tributed, making this, we hope, a very unique look at what is now America’s favorite game animal. Some of the contribu”tors’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 con’tradictory 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
“No other deer hunting book like it. The Deer Hunter’s Almanac is the ultimate guide to hunting deer across North America. I read it cover to cover in two sittings! An absolute must for any dedicated deer hunter’s library.””Peter Fiduccia, author of Whitetail Strategies
‘veteran deer hunters know everything in this book but have forgotten half of it. It’s a great browse through the odds and ends of deer hunting lore, full of fascinating, useful how-to.””Chris Camuto, Gray’s Sporting Journal
“If the subject is gear, hunting tactics, and recipes for deer, it is in this book, all packaged neatly in the Sports Afield Almanac style of quick tips, hints and secrets.””Tom Huggler, Michigan Out-of-Doors
“The Deer Hunter’s Almanac bills itself as a complete guide to finding, taking and preparing America’s premier game animal. And it is.””Glenn Sapir, White Plains Reporter Dispatch