As many of you know, I am truly obsessed with reading about whitetails. I read at least 3-4 different hunting magazines every month, cover to cover. I peruse various whitetail related hunting articles every night, while also writing pieces of my own. And I’ve got an ever growing book shelf of hunting books in my office as well that get read time after time. I say this to make a point, that being that I read an awful lot of hunting related material and have seen everything from the ghastly to the great. So when I say that “Bowhunting Whitetails The Eberhart Way” is right up with the best of them, I really mean it.
Now if you’ve followed Wired To Hunt over the past few years you’ve probably seen an article or two about the Eberhart family of Michigan. John and Chris Eberhart are two of the most successful whitetail hunters in my home state and they’ve take their experiences and shared them with the rest of the whitetail world through several books, DVDs and magazine articles. In fact I’ve reviewed a number of these in the past including “Precision Bowhunting“, “Whitetail Access” and the “Bowhunting Pressured Whitetails” DVD series. Their latest offering definitely lives up to the standard they’ve set with these past projects and I would encourage you to check out my past reviews, as I provide some additional detail into why I’m such a fan of their work. But in today’s review I wanted to focus on two important points. Number one, why does this book stand above the pack? And second, how is this book different than the others published by the Eberhart’s in the past? So, without further adieu, let take a look at these two topics…
1. Why Does This Book Stand Above the Pack: Bowhunting Whitetails The Eberhart Way is a must read because it dives in to very specific strategies for hunting mature whitetails, in highly pressured areas. John and Chris don’t talk in generalities, in this book very specific tactics are outlined and they are tactics applicable to hunting in the most difficult areas of the country. Admittedly, many topics covered in popular hunting literature just don’t apply to the guy hunting public ground in Pennsylvania, it’s just a totally different ball game. This book is for that person. But at the same time it is also for the land owner in Iowa, because if you apply these tactics in Iowa or Illinois, where maybe the pressure isn’t as high, your success will be that much more consistent and convincing. This book and in fact all the other Eberhart publications as well, are truly some of the most educational and actionable pieces of hunting literature I’ve come across.
In addition to the strategies specifically formulated for tough hunting, we’re also given a step by step process of how the Eberhart’s go about preparing and then hunting throughout the year. For those of us who have made whitetail hunting a year round process, the ideas shared in this book are invaluable.
2. How Is This Book Different From Previous Eberhart Installments: This most recent book from the Eberhart’s stands out from their previous books for several reasons. First off, this book seems to dive more deeply into specific topics, while past books like Precision Bowhunting were more about a year round outline of things to do. Strategies and tactics are discussed in previous books, but “The Eberhart Way” takes this analysis to a deeper level. Devoting entire chapters to topics such as hunting around corn, speed scouting just before season, spring scouting, hunting from the ground, specific tools used, public land hunting and hunting in in-climate weather.
Secondly, this book makes great use of full color pictures and lots of them. These illustrations make the book both more useful and interesting to read. Additionally, it seems that more personal hunting stories are told of John and Chris’ own experiences, and being more recent as well, they proved particularly interesting.
That all being said, if I did have one complaint it would be in regards to one of the last chapters in this book where the authors take some stabs at quality deer management and other philosophies along those lines. While I have no problem with someone choosing not to adhere to QDM principles or with someone disagreeing with the ideas all together, I don’t believe the author accurately portrayed hunters that practice QDM, or QDM principles as a whole in this book. While a few of the bones picked in this section are accurate in rare instances, I don’t think they apply to the greater population. Unfortunately, quite a negative spin was added and it was the one disappointment I had with this book.
Despite this blemish, in my opinion, “Bowhunting Whitetails The Eberhart Way” is an outstanding read and one of the single most educational pieces of whitetail literature you can pick up.
I have referred to the Eberhart’s “Precision Bowhunting” in the past as the deer hunting bible for anyone trying to kill mature bucks in states like my home of Michigan, and if I were to continue the analogy, I think it’s fair to say that this “new testament” is just as important a read.
For more information about the Eberharts and their offerings, visit http://www.deerjohn.net/ .