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If you hunt whitetail deer, but haven't been having much success recently, then it might be time to upgrade your skills. Short of getting out there in the wilderness and practicing them, there are several ways you can accomplish this goal. You can go practice your skills at the shooting range, watch some helpful videos on YouTube, or bury yourself deep into research on the topic. There are countless books on the subject.
One of such books is The Whitetail Hunter’s Blueprint, which was written by hunter John P. Stallone. Stallone has a lot of experience hunting deer—as well as other kinds of game—and he clearly shows his expertise in this informative book.
In the book, he reveals his best secrets for hunting whitetail deer, including those employed by TV hosts and professional outfitters. The book has a logical, well-organized structure that enables Stallone to go in-depth on all the relevant aspects of hunting deer. There are chapters on every conceivable facet of this activity, including ones on following and stalking the whitetails so that they're not aware of your presence, the best gear you can buy, deer behavior and group psychology, and scouting out your prey. You'll also learn how to take that “shot of your lifetime”—that one strike that's so amazing, you'll get all your work done with only a single blow.
He reviews pieces of hunting gear, pointing out which pieces and accessories will work the best for you. And, if you follow up on his recommendations, not only will you get great gear, and a lot of bang for your buck, but you'll also even manage to save hundreds (or even thousands) of dollars.
Other chapters delve into the nitty-gritty of whitetails’ habits regarding eating and sleeping, in addition to discussions of their movement patterns and how they react when they're in groups. There's even a chapter on the 20 essentials required for optimal hunting of deer. This breakdown is excellent, well-researched, and highly useful. There are even tips on effectively eliminating your scent, so that the deer you're hunting will have no idea you're on their trail.
By combining and synthesizing all this information together in one well-written, easy-to-read book, Stallone brings you all the information you need to hunt deer at the top of your game. Although the tips are mostly practical, there are some theoretical tips as well; these will help the reader gain an understanding of the reasons they're instructed to act in certain ways. Therefore, readers can more easily appreciate why he's saying the things he's saying, which increases their engagement with the book.
Stallone has a background in wildlife and ecology; he has received some certifications in this field. And you can tell that from reading this book; it really does show. For example, when describing whitetail deer in the chapter on scouting, he doesn't just describe how they move around and where they can be found; he also discusses what they look like, down to their hair and scent, so that you can recognize their tracks more easily and find them with less difficulty. He even tells you how you should be acting when you're camping out, so that the deer don't realize you're there—everything from living scent-free by eating vegetables and fruits rather than meat to washing your clothes thoroughly.
Throughout the book, Stallone takes on a clear, casual tone that's as engaging as it is helpful. He provides all the tips in a clear, no-nonsense tone, and explains things in such a way that you'll grasp them right away, without needing to reread the passages to make sure that you understood. He even goes on amusing tangents, and sometimes addresses the reader in a more confident tone (for example, page 38, on eating while living scent-free: “Try to eat more plain and, sorry to say it, but grains and veggies are the way to go”), so that they fully understand what they must do to hunt as best as they possibly can.
Stallone makes his how-to guide relatable by connecting it to his own experiences, explaining how it ties into what he's experienced when out there in the wilderness. For example, at one point in the book, he discusses the idea of a portable water-hole, which he developed himself when attempting to hunt Coues deer in the desert. He kept on finding other hunters at all the water holes he wanted to use while he was hunting, so he found his own solution: he created his own watering station. He relates this story in way that's easy to understood—and easy enough to replicate, should you find that a portable watering station would be a good idea for your next excursion—but also in such a way that you can easily put yourself in his shoes. If you've hunted deer in the desert before, you might even find that you yourself have had the same experiences, and can connect with him accordingly.
Stallone writes with his personality shining through the text. He even manages to make you laugh several times over the course of the book—which is not only good in itself, but will also make it that much more enjoyable when you're re-reading or even skimming the book, in search of new information. And you will find yourself referring to this book over the years; the tips and information found inside it will help get you out of many a sticky situation. It's more than just a book you read once and then never pick up again.
Another great thing about this book is that you don't need to be an advanced hunter to use it—and, conversely, neither do you need to have only a little experience. On the contrary, this book serves as a how-to guide that's ideal for every kind of hunter. More advanced hunters will get a nice review of the basics, while at the same time learning some new tips they might never have been aware of before. And newer hunters will learn more about the practice of hunting, getting a whole slew of tips and tricks so that they have every tool in their arsenal so that they can improve significantly. Perhaps it's not so surprising that his tips are good for every hunter; after all, in writing his book, he applied the knowledge gained from his full 25 years of experience as a hunter.
Also, this book is fairly short. That might seem like a disadvantage at first, but it's really not. Stallone is concise enough—and enough of a wordsmith—that he can say everything he needs to say without putting in any extra words. Thus, The Whitetail Hunter’s Blueprint is easy to read; there's no boring content or extraneous sections. Moreover, because it's short, you can read it quickly, which gives you more time to practice hunting, rather than simply reading about it.
Background Info on the Author
John P. Stallone is a well-known hunter and outdoorsman. Currently, he serves as director for The Hunting Channel. He is the host of Days in the Wild and works as a content creator for The Outdoor Insiders. He is also a National pro-staff shooter for a number of companies, including (but not limited to) SneekTec, cogburn, Bow IQ, trufire, Schwacker, Matthews and Gold tip. He has finished the whitetail slam, and as of this writing is working on his super slam.
When he goes on outdoor adventures, he serves as videographer as well, taking pictures of all his exploits. Four million people view his program every month, and he has more than 4 million views on YouTube, with more than 65 million hits on his videos every year. In 2014, he even won the viewer’s choice award for his TV show, which is on Carbon TV. He has been producing television content for more than eleven years now.
This is not his first rodeo; he has previously published a book on hunting. It is called The Secrets of Hunting Western Game. He was also featured in Rut Hunters, a book by Tom Miranda. He earned a certification to be a deer steward from QDMA and Clemson University, and received training to become a Certified Wildlife Manager from Penn Foster University. He also has a Master’s from Colorado State University, in the field of Rangeland Management and Ecology. He also holds a Bachelor’s of Science, which he got at Grand Canyon University.
In the past, he has worked as a field editor for Earned magazine. He has experience in archery—he has won tournaments before—and has also done Infield testing for Huntech Inc.
All in all, if you're a hunter and looking to improve your deer-hunting game, then you should definitely check out this book. It's chock-full of helpful advice, backed by research that's as much about biology as it is about the practice of hunting, and was written by someone who really knows his stuff. Go check it out today!