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Book for whitetail

Every species of deer is different. They can adapt to their habitat and have feeding preferences. I've been successful at hunting blacktail deer out west but now I'm in western Pa and have to adjust to whitetail. I used two different books to learn how to blacktail hunt and learned very well form them. If you had one or two books to choose from what would you read for hunting whitetail in western Pa?

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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 07-21-2015, 02:17 PM
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Re: Book for whitetail

Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails
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I also like Mapping Trophy Bucks by Brad Herndon.
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Re: Book for whitetail

There are way more books on whitetail than blacktail, and lots of them are good. The two mentioned are very good. Check the website for Deer & Deer Hunting magazine. They are published by Krause Publications, which also is a major publisher of outdoor/hunting/gun related books.

Anything by Alsheimer is good. Also check out Buck Naked by Jim Collyer. Here's the review I wrote on it at Amazon:
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Investigative Deer Hunting
Collyer approaches deer hunting with three principles:
1. An understanding of yourself (self-mastery).
2. An understanding of deer.
3. An understanding of how to carry out a real investigation.
This third principle is vital, and what most hunters are lacking. In fact, the reason hunters don't succeed more, Collyer says, is "Big bucks don't want to be found; that's exactly why they are so hard to find."

So, to be a successful deer hunter, you have to draw on the Sherlock Holmes in you. When you learn Collyer's method, you'll begin to see that scouting is more than taking note of deer sign, or watching deer through binoculars. It's real investigative work -- the foundation of successful whitetail hunting.
Good luck. Would love to hunt blacktails someday.

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Re: Book for whitetail

Thank you! This is what I needed to hear. Blacktail are one of the most difficult deer to hunt and I did ok at it. My brither and his friends like to drive the deer all over the county. Not my style, I prefer mono e mono. I also prefer to hunt areas too rugged and steep for other hunter to tackle. I get a nice quiet hunt that way.

If your interested in hunting Blacktail read "Hunting Trophy Blacktail" by Boyd Iverson. He hunted in Washington state while I was in Kaliforniastan but the principles remained the same. Ill you had to do is spook a good buck once and he could be gone for a week or more.

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Re: Book for whitetail

Bob Kirschner from Western PA wrote several books years ago (I think back in the 80's). Everything I know about Bucks with a Bow and I can't remember the other ones but he was ahead of his time back then. Met him at several shows when I was a kid and a few years back ordered a few videos from him. not sure if you can still find them but they are good. One is a paperback in a yellow/gold cover. the other is a paperback with a picture of him in an old baker treestand with a bunch of deer under him. Check them out if you can.

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The other book by Bob Kirschner is Art and Appreciation of Trophy Bowhunting Handbook. Both good reads.

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Have to find those kirshner books.

Didnt find mapping trophy bucks all that helpful.
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Re: Book for whitetail

Shots at Whitetails by Lawrence Koller first published in 1948 and again in 1970 My favorite hunting book of all times

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Successful Deer Hunting by Sam Fadala is a very good resource. He lists and illustrates variety of plants that deer love to eat. That's how I found out that mountain mahogany in the Sierras is a good find. I hunted coastal blacktails in Sonoma and Napa counties years ago when I was stationed at Travis AF Base. Great times hunting both public and private lands!

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