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The Beginner's Guide to Hunting Deer for Food

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  120 ratings  ·  17 reviews
Hunting deer is the most inexpensive and environmentally friendly way to acquire organic, grass-fed meat. In this thorough primer, perfect for those who’ve never hunted before, Jackson Landers explains how to supplement your food supply with venison taken near your home. From choosing the correct rifle and ammunition to field dressing, butchering, and proper safety measure ...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published September 1st 2011 by Storey Publishing, LLC
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Kevin Farrell
Jan 30, 2012 rated it it was amazing
This book is nearly perfect as an introduction to hunting deer for the first time. All the important things are covered and the rest will be figured out as I go.

If you are curious about hunting deer and what it takes to be successful at putting meat on the table, this book is for you.
shawn kilpatrick
Perfect for the guy who never had the benefit of being taught early on

This book is a must get for anyone wanting to take up hunting. Not having the good fortune to have been taken hunting as a child, I'm having to pick up this time honored past time on my own. This book answers all your questions and will get you into the field. Don't be apprehensive, just get out there and do it. You will learn each time you go and will get better and will develop your skill level. Thank you Jackson Landers for
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Concise and helped me learn a few things without complicating them. The butchering and dressing instructions were a bit confusing. I found myself wishing for more pictures or diagrams, but then I remembered that this was unhelpful even in other guides for me. This confusion perhaps will dissipate with experience and having a real (dead) animal in front of me.
Will G
Mar 31, 2020 rated it really liked it
Delicious, like deer.
Feb 22, 2014 rated it really liked it
Like many people, I guess I saw deer hunting as unnecessarily brutal or violent, or primarily for people that just want to shoot something. While I'm sure there are definitely people who are in it for a trophy, or simply because they want to kill something (sickos), hunting in its truest form can’t be any further from the truth. When you buy "farmed" meat, you're just doing the killing by proxy, someone else is doing the killing for you, and the animals likely have lived a far worse and unnatura ...more
Tristan S
Jan 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
The Beginner’s Guide to Hunting Deer for Food by Jackson Landers is a book that tells the importance and benefit of hunting, as well as how to hunt and harvesting the meat and making recipes. It also tells about understanding the deer’s behavior, hunting tactics and cooking the venison. The supplies and tools you will need to make and clean your kill.
I loved the book. It helped a lot when it came to homework and projects, as well as my own knowledge on hunting. The guidelines of the book do not
Sep 07, 2011 rated it really liked it
This book could have done with a few more diagrams, especially in the anatomy and butchering sections. The descriptions just weren't enough. Some terms, such as "brisket," were mentioned offhand with no definition or location diagram, which is fine in a more advanced hunting book but this book seems to be aimed at folks with zero experience (although I suspect many advanced hunters have a thing or two to learn from this book as well.)

If you'll be hunting mule deer instead of whitetail, be carefu
Tim Harris
Jan 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
I got turned onto this book by reading The Paleo Manifesto by John Durant who recommended it as a good book for anything thinking of deer hunting for meat. I grew up hunting with my dad, became a vegetarian/vegan at 18 and thought I'd never even think of hunting again. Well, now I'm an ex-vegan turned Paleo and after eating some venison and antelope given to me by a hunter friend I am going back to thinking about hunting. I went on a few deer hunts as a kid but we never got one so this book was ...more
Lee Tyner
Mar 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
EXCELLENT book for beginning to intermediate deer hunters. Also, it is written from the vantage of putting food on the table without regard for whether or not it's a trophy. It is primarily for rifle or shotgun hunters. I would have liked a little more on bow hunting; perhaps a chapter on it. This makes it worthy of a "4" Admittedly, most beginner deer hunters don't "begin" with archery so I am compelled to rate it a "5." Also, both the formatting and writing style are easily worthy of a "5." It ...more
James Bone
Mar 06, 2013 rated it really liked it
Definitely needs more diagrams on anatomy and butchering. Some of the "facts" about estrus linked to the phases of the moon is also pseudo-science nonsense. However, it is overall a very readable and non-political look at why deer hunting makes sense and how to do it from start to finish. I think the tactics section could be expanded to talk about party or group hunting, as it is entirely written for the solo hunter, which in my experience is the exception rather than the rule. It is a little Am ...more
Петър Стойков
В случая става дума за white tailed deer което е сърна и в САЩ сега те са вреден дивеч и трябва да се трепят, понеже преди години някой умник обявил вълците за вреден дивеч и ги изтрепали, и изненада, сърните сега толкова са се намножили, че са природно бедствие - унищожават горите като ядат младите фиданки, тъпчат земните животинки и т.н.

Книгата описва какво е нужно, за да ги ловува човек и да ги яде - как се вади ловен билет (в САЩ), как се ловят, как се стреля, каква пушка ти трябва, как се к
J. Gowin
Mar 30, 2014 rated it liked it
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Over-all a good book for beginers, who don't have a mentor to walk them through the process. However the book would benefit from having more diagrams of field dressing and butchering. The only real negative in the book, was the slap shot way it described mounting a scope on a rifle. It completely overlooks aligning, lapping and shimming the rings. It also makes no reference to the critical step of leveling the scope on the rifle. If your retical is not level and plumb, everthing else you do is a ...more
Jun 06, 2014 rated it really liked it
I'm not a hunter, although I would like to be some day, and found that this book demystified the activity for me quite a bit. It answered a lot of questions for me related to whether or not it is something I'm even capable of doing, and if it's doable without investing a boat load of money. My hunting friends are always going on and on about their various guns and equipment, but Landers shows that it hunting for food is very doable on a smaller budget.

Definitely a good read and something I will
Sep 06, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I think this is Mr. Lander's first book and he strikes an excellent balance between explaining why as omnivores we should have a healthy respect for hunting. The details of how to hunt will only be interesting if you have never hunted before or have only gone once. This is a beginner's guide, as it says in the title. If you read the Omnivore's Dilemma and are thinking about getting closer to the food chain, read this book. It will only take you a few hours. ...more
T. K. Tucker
Aug 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Awesome beginners guide

Awesome beginners guide

This is exactly what I wanted. I've never hunted anything before and am just getting into it.
Perfect overview for the beginner. I will be re-reading this one many times for sure.
Good book, really informative on weapon choice and tactics to successfully, responsibly, and humanely bring home venison for food.
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