By Mark Kenyon
Did you know that a deer’s “smelling equipment” takes up nearly a third of it’s head, with over three hundred million scent receptors? Keep in mind, humans only have five million.
Or how about this – have you ever been curious about how Buffalo County, Wisconsin became the highest “trophy buck” producing county in the country?
Here’s another one, last year there were an estimated 1.1 million car deer crashes, which resulted in 150 fatalities, and thousands of injuries.
As whitetail hunters, the amount of literature we have on deer and deer hunting is pretty astounding. But almost all the materials out there are focused on how to influence, grow, hold or hunt those deer. Few if any are focused on how deer influence us. But that is where a relatively new book from Al Cambrone (author of Gut It, Cut it, Cook It – another great book I’ve reviewed) comes in. This book is Deerland.
Fellow blogger and hunter Tovar Cerulli explained Deerland in this way, “Deerland is an inquisitive and eye-opening tour through the history, science, politics, economics, and cultural quirks of our uniquely American relationship with the white-tailed deer.”
I’ve only begun to to read to Deerland, but I can already tell that this is unlike any other book out there on whitetails, but it is just as important as any other for whitetail hunters to read. I’ve always believed that a thorough understanding of everything whitetail related can make us better hunters and more thoughtful managers of this resource, and Deerland certainly appears to be a resource that we as hunters need to be looking into.
As an exploration of all things deer and how deer and humans interact and effect eachother, Deerland has already fascinated me and the remainder of the book looks like it will do much the same. For some context, topics covered in this book include looking at the biological intricacies of deer, the business in America around the deer hunting industry, the debate on baiting/feeding/food plotting, an in-depth look at the value of venison, the risks of high deer populations, the problem of urban deer population explosions, and much, much more.
While I’ll be exploring Deerland over the coming weeks, I’d certainly encourage all of you to take a look as well. If you’re obsessed with whitetails, which I know many of you are, this book should be absolutely fascinating and I’m sure it will enlighten us all on the broader context of how deer and deer hunting effect all of us.
If you’re interested in picking up a copy of Deerland for yourself, click the link below. I’d highly encourage you to give it a read!